Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The colors and food that signify the fall season always feel so full of life despite the upcoming bitter chill. The same is true for these ten books, in their own way. With the dawn of September, fall is just around the corner. So grab yourself a cup of your favorite hot drink and curl up in a cozy reading spot with one of these perfect autumnal reads.
10 Novels as Colorful and Cozy as an Autumn Afternoon
Personally, I don’t think there is ever a wrong time to read a romance novel, but MEET ME ON LOVE LANE is the perfect heartwarming read for that beautiful fall chill. Maybe it’s the charming Pennsylvania lake town, the flower shop our heroine finds herself working at, or the dreamy love triangle between the hot English teacher and the hot doctor. Broke and blacklisted by her former boss, Charlotte is forced to leave New York and move back to her hometown of Hope Lake. The plan is to only stay long enough to make some money and get herself back to New York, but of course, these things never go as planned. Now Charlotte’s heart is torn between two men and two cities. The best part of this novel, other than the cozy romance, is the down-to-earth and believable characters that immediately draw you into Charlotte’s world. The love, friendships, and family aspects of this novel really bring the story together and leave you with a heart full of warm and fuzzies.
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a romantic comedy about a woman who grudgingly returns home to small-town Pennsylvania, only to find herself falling in love—not only with the town, but with two of its citizens.
Charlotte Bishop is out of options in New York City. Fired, broke, and blacklisted by her former boss, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Hope Lake, PA to lick her wounds. Although she’s expecting to find a miserable place with nothing to do, she is pleasantly surprised to discover it is bustling and thriving.
She’s only supposed to be in Hope Lake temporarily until she can earn enough money to move back to New York. She’s not supposed to reconnect with her childhood friends or her beloved grandmother. She’s not supposed to find her dream job running the local florist shop. And she’s definitely not supposed to fall for not one but two of Hope Lake’s golden boys: one the beloved high school English teacher, the other the charming town doctor.
With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?
A perfect blend of humor and heart, Meet Me on Love Lane is the second in a new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Nina Bocci that is sure to charm fans of Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.
I know I just said that romance is perfect for every season, but novels with romance and adventure and the possibility of big, cozy wool sweaters are truly wonderful fall reads. THE SIMPLE WILD has so much heart to it that you really should pick up a copy, don your favorite sweater, and curl up by the fireplace as Tucker takes you through the Alaskan wilderness. Calla, only two years old when she and her mother fled Alaska, has grown up to be quite the city girl in Toronto. Now 28, Calla receives news that her father is ill. Despite the fact that she hasn’t spoken to him in years and that she’s unfamiliar with the dangers of the Alaskan terrain, she knows she needs to see him. And that’s when Calla meets Jonah, a pilot who works for her father. And that’s where our enemies-to-lovers romance plot begins. The bickering and banter between Calla and Jonah, as he tells her that she can’t handle Alaska mixed with Calla’s stubbornness to try, makes their romance all the more satisfying.
City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.
Calla Fletcher was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.
She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.
Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago.
It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.
I have always preferred hot apple cider over pumpkin spice, though that might just be because I’m allergic to pumpkins, either way, you can’t deny that this delicious book just screams autumn. THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER follows Sanna, a fifth-generation cider maker, who wants nothing more than to live a simple life on her family’s apple orchard. All of that changes when Isaac and his 10-year-old son, Sebastian, arrive. While Sanna is grateful for the help after her father has an accident, Isaac comes with his own complications. In an attempt to protect Sebastian from his mother’s troubled past, the father and son pair settle on a farm where Sanna and Sebastian form an unexpected friendship, and Sanna and Isaac might be falling into something more. Then the hope of a quiet life of a cider maker is threatened by a force outside the farm.
Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie.
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Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land.
Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.
Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm.
From the warm and funny Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider is a charming love story with a touch of magic, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Gayle Forman.
There is something so innately human about our need for stories that is amplified by colder weather and shorter days, which is why THE THIRTEENTH TALE is such a compelling fall read. This book is just so mesmerizing and a true treat for storytellers and story lovers alike. It’s the kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve read the last page. Vida Winters has made a life and a career for herself weaving masterful fictionalized versions of her own story. But now she’s finally ready to tell the full violent and tragic truth. She enlists the help of a young biographer, Margaret, to tell it. The story that Winters tells is full of family drama, ghosts, governesses, and fires set to rival any gothic novel. While Margret is enraptured, she is also suspicious and demands the truth from Winters. Together, they must confront the pasts that haunt them.
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In this novel, biographer Margaret Lea is approached by a well-loved but gravely ill author with a surprising request: she wants Margaret to capture her life story before it’s too late. Although Margaret has never read the author’s work, she’s intrigued, and soon gets immersed in her strange and troubling history. Now both women will have to confront their pasts—and grapple with the ghosts that still haunt them.
Sure, it’s easy to throw this book on the list due to its title alone, but AUTUMN is truly a masterful piece of work about people in a specific time and place, but not in a linear sense. Part of her seasonal quartet, Smith expertly captures the feeling and the atmosphere of Britain post-Brexit. Her prose brings both the season and the mood of the times to life. The story centers around Elisabeth and her connection to her neighbor Daniel, and jumps between what life was like when Elisabeth was a girl, to what life is like now as she visits Daniel—who is in a coma—almost every day. This is truly a novel meant to capture the feeling of a nation in a tumultuous time with profound prose.
I have to say it, I can’t write a fall book list without including some sort of witchy title. Of course, to me, PRACTICAL MAGIC will always be more than just another book about magic. It is a story about fierce female bonds, destiny, freedom, and the love and strength between sisters. Alice Hoffman is an expert at weaving magic into the heart of all her stories, but PRACTICAL MAGIC will always be one of my favorites as we follow the Owens’s women and the curse that any man they love must die. Both sisters, Sally and Gillian, are determined to escape their lives of “witchery” but all that changes when Sally’s husband dies and Gillian appears on her doorstep in desperate need of her sister’s help.
Having lived most of their lives with their eccentric and magically gifted aunts, orphaned sisters Sally and Gillian want nothing more than to ignore their own burgeoning powers and blend into normal society. But when a ghost begins to menace their hometown, can this misfit family embrace their magical gifts to save their community?
These stories are full of chilly New England air and some chilly New England sensibilities following Olive Kitteridge and the people of Crosby, Maine. Really it is a collection of short stories that centers around the ornery and stern, yet perceptive and honest Olive Kitteridge who hates the change she sees taking place in her town. Strout creates a compelling analysis of the human condition through this stark portrayal of Olive and the people around her as Olive herself begins to change. As she is brought deeper and deeper into the lives of those around her, like the musician haunted by a past love or her own husband and his conflicting feelings on their marriage, Olive is forced to learn about herself as well.
At times stern, at other times patient, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge is one of literature’s most complex characters in recent years. This Pulitzer Prize–winning novel offers profound insights into the human condition—its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
Life is filled with rules. Some rules that are meant to be followed, some that are meant to be broken, and some that have yet to be created. THE CIDER HOUSE RULES is another novel with rich characters and complex emotions that haunt you after you’ve devoured it from cover to cover. St. Cloud, Maine, is the place women go when they don’t want to have their children. Set in the early part of the twentieth century when abortion is still illegal, Dr. Larch is the only one who offers a safe procedure and the choice of abortion or adoption. Enter Homer, one of Dr. Larch’s orphans in St. Cloud who is trained to assist the doctor. That is until Homer is old enough to really understand the procedure and refuses to take part. Instead, he becomes enamored with a young couple seeking Larch’s help and leaves with them to their family’s apple orchard. At first, Homer only plans to learn enough about orchards and return to the orphanage, but as his relationships with the characters change, Homer embarks on a true coming-of-age-story that will take your breath away.
John Irving’s 973-page classic recounts the coming of age of Homer Wells, an un-adopted orphan and protégé of orphanage director and abortionist Dr. Wilbur Larch. The film won two Academy Awards—one for best supporting actor Michael Caine and one for best adapted screenplay by John Irving.
I love this book and the frenzied obsessive it creates. Even after reading it, there was still part of me that longed to be included in an elite group of scholars who studied the classics and drank martinis. THE SECRET HISTORY is something you want to be a part of and that’s why this book, in my opinion, works so well. Under the influence of an extremely charismatic professor, a group of misfit students free themselves of the modernist ways of thinking and throw themselves into living as the ancients did. But when the lines of morality blur, the group dissolves from obsession to corruption and then betrayal, and eventually, into something downright evil. Taking place in an elite college in New England, this novel is crisp, hypnotic, and filled with a darkness perfect for fall.
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The misunderstood, unhappy kid who yearns for an East Coast college where he can forget his modest upbringing and meet sufficiently interesting friends? Sounds like Richard Papen, the narrator of Donna Tartt’s first novel, THE SECRET HISTORY.
Family fiction with a slow burn romance centered around a knitting shop in Harlem? If this doesn’t convince you to grab a cozy blanket or a sweater and curl up with REAL MEN KNIT, I don’t know what will. After suddenly losing their adoptive mother, Mama Joy, four young men struggle about what to do with the legacy of her Harlem knitting shop. Jesse, who has always been devoted to his adoptive mother, is the only one of his brothers who wants to keep the shop open. So he enlists the help of his childhood friend, Kerry. Despite her longtime crush on him, Kerry doesn’t believe they can have a real relationship with Jesse’s history of breaking hearts all over the city. But as they continue to work together and she shows him the ins and outs of the business, Jesse is determined to prove he can be the right man for her. This book is charming, but again, so much more than just a romance, as the relationship between these four adoptive brothers unfolds.
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