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Thanks to everyone who followed my adventure through the A to Z Challenge last month. I will be hopefully posting my reflection on the 6th so stay tuned. Until then, I have put together a list of some suggested reading in May. Enjoy! Yes, these are old titles but always fun to dust off for the spring/summer holidays.

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Persuasion is my all time favourite Jane Austen novel about second chances. Settings include the beautiful Bath and Lyme Regis in England. I’ve yet to visit Lyme Regis but Bath is a favourite place to visit in Springtime. It’s also been known to cost me a pretty penny thanks to my favourite antiquarian book store where I have purchased a first edition Persuasion.

Age Appropriateness: 13+. Younger children will likely be bored but there is nothing that could be considered scandalous among the pages.
Genre: Romance, Second Chances, Regency.
Happy Ever After?: Yes. Ah, yes.
Quote: “Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.”

2. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
What Alice Forgot is a favourite amnesia story. Yes, I have a fondness for a good amnesia story and the opportunity it allows for second chances. What would you do if you woke up in hospital and are told that you’ve forgotten the last ten years and learn that you have three children and are separated from the man of your dreams?

Age Appropriateness: 17+. Moriarty’s characters use foul language and the story involves adult situations that probably are best handled/read by an older teen or adult.
Genre: Romance, Amnesia, Second Chances, Modern day
Happy Ever After?: Yes. Ah, yes.
Quote: “But love after three children, after a separation and a near-divorce, after you’ve hurt each other and forgiven each other, bored each other and surprised each other, after you’ve seen the worst and the best–well, that sort of a love is ineffable. It deserves its own word.”

3. What Happens in London by Julia Quinn.
Julia Quinn is a fabulous regency romantic comedy author especially well known for her Bridgerton series. What Happens in London is a standalone novel (#2 in the Bevelstoke Series) and literally had me laughing out loud at every page and at the same time falling in love with our beautiful and feisty heroine and hero. I think I read this book straight through I couldn’t put it down. There are lavish balls, witty banter and conversation, a swoon-worthy hero, hilarious rumors flying about, spies, and a slow burning CLEAN romance. It is a clean and light comedy/romance that you can easily get through in a couple days while on holiday or over the weekend.

Age Appropriateness: 16+. Clean romance despite a few crude moments that hopefully would go over a younger person’s head.
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Mystery, Regency.
Happy Ever After?: Yes. Ah, yes.
Quote: “They say you killed your fiancée.”

4.  Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn
In anticipation of Robin Jones Gunn’s Becoming Us, how about reading my favourite of her adult series, Glenbrooke? The series revolves around a small group of friends in a town in Oregon and branches out to their friends and acquaintances in the latter books. The first one, Secrets, focuses on a young English teacher who makes her way up to Oregon with a car load of secrets in hopes of hiding out but meeting local fireman Kyle and falling in love with him is not on her agenda. The stories are not complicated and you don’t feel like you’re being preached at although each character does have a “God moment”. Robin Jones Gunn’s best known character, Christy Miller, does not make an appearance but several of her friends feature in their own stories along the way.

Age Appropriateness: 16+. Clean romance.
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Modern Day, Christian.
Happy Ever After?: Yes. Ah, yes.
Quote: “I’d call this a cushion of grace. God knew what you needed and provided it before you even had a chance to ask him for it. He caught you on his cushion of Grace before you fell”