Romance is in the air!

Whether readers are at home or on the road this summer, we hope that this list of must-read romances will keep them turning pages until Labor Day. The full list of featured books is listed here, in geographical order from North to South:

Route1Reads 2018

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Maine Humanities Council / Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book
The Remedy for Love: A Novel
Bill Roorbach

A finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the Maine Readers Choice award, The Remedy for Love is a survival tale, a page–turner, and a grown-up love story with snappy dialogue and unexpected plot twists. Eric, a lawyer whose life is unraveling, meets a troubled young woman while buying groceries before the "Storm of the Century" hits. He is concerned when he learns Danielle is squatting in a primitive cabin deep in the Maine woods, ill prepared to survive the winter, much less the coming blizzard. The two end up stranded in the cabin, challenging one another and struggling to survive.

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Center for the Book at the NH State Library
Multiple Authors
Love Free or Die: Twenty-three Tales of Love from the Granite State

In this volume 23 authors explore all corners of the Granite State and illuminate love from all directions--you'll meet young lovers and married lovers, famous people like Governor Wentworth and Bette Davis, and find love in so many unexpected ways and places. These stories infuse romance with danger, history, suspense and the supernatural. I guarantee you'll never think about the Old Man of the Mountains the same way again. This is volume 4 in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series and was edited by Elaine Isaak.

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Massachusetts Center for the Book
Some Kind of Hero
Suzanne Brockmann

U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Tom Paoletti can’t convince the Navy that an international terrorist is in his New England hometown. To prevent disaster, Tom cobbles together his own counterterrorist team, bringing together his most loyal officers, two veterans World War II, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton — the sweet “girl next door” who is now a remarkable woman. Tom has one final chance to win her heart while he desperately tries to save the day. Some Kind of Hero is a worthy addition to the award-winning Troubleshooters series from a NY Times bestselling author.

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Rhode Island Center for the Book
Treading Water
Marie Force

Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington’s mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh’s flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his company is building in Newport, Rhode Island, Jack begins to wonder if Andi might be his second chance.

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Connecticut Center for the Book
The Thunder Beneath Us
Nicole Blades

Best is quick-witted and headstrong, but how do you find a way to happiness when you're sure you haven't earned it-or embrace a future you feel you don't deserve. Evocative and emotional, The Thunder Beneath Us is a gripping novel about learning to carry loss without breaking, and to heal and forgive-not least of all, ourselves.

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Empire State Center for the Book
Sex and the City
Candace Bushnell

With Sex and the City, Bushnell captured the country’s attention by breaking down the bedroom doors of New York’s rich and beautiful and exposing the true story of sex, love and relationships. Bushnell’s writing introduced the nation to “modelizers,” “toxic bachelors,” and the women who are looking for Mr. Big as they glide in and out of the star-studded social scene.

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Pennsylvania Center for the Book
Remember When
Lindsay Detwiler

Remember When, by Pennsylvania high school teacher Lindsay Detwiler, keeps romance readers in suspense as a couple in the grips of a snowbound car wreck has only intense contemplation of their marriage to pass time they fear is edging towards an end.

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New Jersey Center for the Book
Need to Know
Fern Michaels

The NJCFB nominates Fern Michaels as its 2018 Route 1 Reads entry. Michaels, a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, is a master of the romance genre, with nearly 150 best-selling books and over 95 million books in print. Born in Pennsylvania, Michaels lived for many years in Edison, NJ while raising her family. Her best known books include the Sisterhood and the Men of the Sisterhood series, the Godmothers series, Family Blessings, the Texas Quartet and the Kentucky, Vegas and Captive series. Michaels was inducted into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Delaware Center for the Book
Reclaim My Heart
Donna Fasano

Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law, and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal—if the truth doesn't rip them apart.

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Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities
Come Sundown
Nora Roberts

Bodine Longbow runs her family's ranch and resort in western Montana, supported by a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. The Longbows don't talk about Bodine's aunt Alice who ran off years prior. What they don't know is that Alice is close by and part of a family she never chose. Bodine and Callen discover the body of a murdered bartender. Bo finds herself turning to Cal, even after he's suspected by the police. Alice reappears which thrusts the Longbows into a twisted reality that they could never have seen coming.

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District of Columbia Center for the Book
Big Girls Don't Cry
Connie Briscoe

Big Girls Don't Cry traces three decades in the life of a woman as she searches for love and purpose in an often unforgiving world. Born into a comfortable Washington, D.C., home, Naomi Jefferson leads a life that is only occasionally marred by racism. As a teenager in the 1960s, she is concerned mostly with issues around virginity. But all that changes when her older brother, Joshua is killed in a tragic car accident on his way to a civil rights demonstration. Naomi embarks on a journey to honor her brother's legacy-and to find herself.

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Virginia Center for the Book
Love On My Mind
Tracey Livesay

Beginning the Shades of Love series, successful PR executive Chelsea is one assignment away from making partner and nothing will stand in her way. Her big break? Turn computer genius Adam into a media darling for his product launch. Only problem is… his company doesn’t want him to know they hired her. But when a twist of fate brings the beautiful PR specialist to his door, Adam hires Chelsea to help his image. The more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to stay professional. When Adam discovers Chelsea’s deception, will she risk everything for her career or love?

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North Carolina Center for the Book
Garden Spells
Sarah Addison Allen

In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. The Waverley's garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its flowers, imbued with special powers. The garden is tended by the Waverleys, a family endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. In this luminous novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.

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South Carolina Center for the Book
The Beach House
Mary Alice Monroe

Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother — coming just as her own life is spinning out of control — has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances with her mother, learning life’s most precious lessons along the way — true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.

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Georgia Center for the Book
Mr. Right-Swipe
Ricki Schultz

Mr. Right-Swipe is a sarcastic, irreverent, and uproariously funny debut novel that will speak to anyone trying to find love the 21st century, or been on a bad date.
Full-time teacher and part-time novelist, Rae Wallace would rather be eaten by her own beagle than make another trip down the aisle, but when she plans to attend her best friend's wedding, her friends hatch a plan to help her find love the 21st century way: online.

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Florida Center for the Book
Stiltsville: A Novel
Susanna Daniel

One sunny morning in 1969, Frances Ellerby finds herself in a place called Stiltsville, a community of houses built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. It's the first time the Atlanta native has been out on the open water, and she's captivated. On the dock of a stilt house, with the dazzling Miami skyline in the distance, she meets the house's owner, Dennis DuVal—and a new future reveals itself. Against a vivid South Florida background, Susanna Daniel’s Stiltsville offers a gripping, bittersweet portrait of a marriage—and a romance—that deepens over the course of three decades.