Despite the unreasonably warm weather, Fall is quickly approaching and I am longing for a cool evening when I can get all cozy with a book, a blanket, and a hot beverage. The cozy (or cosy for those who prefer “the Queen’s English”) blanket will have to wait, but the book and the beverage (perhaps with a bit of ice) do not.
So, in collaboration with Justine of the YouTube channel Justine Marie (check out her video linked below), here are some of my favorite books that feel just right for Fall:
No Other Will Do is the first in Karen Witemeyer’s charming Ladies of Harper Station series. This novel, (and the follow-up Heart On the Line) is full of Witemeyer’s signature humor and sweet romance. It is a perfect read to escape into the past where a swoon worthy hero and a strong heroine take on the danger that threatens the small women’s colony that she founded with her suffragette aunts.
Reviews: No Other Will Do
Worth the Wait (novella)
Heart on the Line
For a complete change of pace, but again great escapist fiction, Mike Nappa’s Annabel Lee is a thriller that will keep you reading late into the night. Fast paced, but with character development and just the right touches of wit and humor, Annabel Lee (and the second Coffey & Hill novel, The Raven) will affect the quantity of your sleep, but not the quality.
Reviews: Annabel Lee
My ultimate cozy (or cosy, as it is a very English book) read choice, however, is a classic work of suspense that I am currently reading and plan to follow by re-watching Hitchcock’s classic black and white movie interpretation from 1940 – Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. From the first evocative line to the last, the writing is, for me, an immersive experience. Much like my favorite Spring read, The Enchanted April, the atmosphere of the novel is closely matched by the film version but the written version adds more depth and reveals some interesting insights and surprises.
So there you have it, three novels (and some bonus sequels) to warm your heart and chill your spine in the cool of Fall. And to physically warm you, be sure to check out Justine’s video and give her seriously yummy Pumpkin Spice Syrup and Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte recipes a try:
Justine and I had lots of fun collaborating on these Fall picks and we’d love to hear from you in the comments here or on her video!