LOCAL Entertainment Reader’s Lounge Feb 2015

by Rachel Rayburn

The month of February is all about heart. With stories of unconventional love, online dating disasters, and tips for finding that happily ever after, you are sure to find the perfect match!


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Small Blessings

by Martha Woodroof
College professor Tom Putnam leads a lonely life caring for his invalid wife. When a letter arrives from a former flame informing him that he has a son and the boy is coming to visit, Tom finds himself at a crossroad. Does he dare hope for a family after feeling alone for so long? Not your typical love story, this charming novel introduces a cast of quirky characters whose lives are connected in unexpected ways.
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Us

by David Nicholls
Douglas Petersen is preparing for an extended European vacation with his family when his wife of 25 years announces that she is considering leaving him. The trip will be the last chance he has to save his marriage and forge a closer relationship with his only son. Despite a carefully prepared itinerary guaranteed to provide family togetherness and fun, nothing goes quite according to Douglas’ plan. With events both comical and poignant, this engaging novel explores the dynamics of long-term relationships and what ultimately makes us happy.
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The Science of Happily Ever After:

by Ty Tashiro
The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love. Psychologist Ty Tashiro examines the science behind love and long-term compatibility. His research shows why so many people make flawed decisions in the search for love, and how to make better choices in the future. Don’t let the science turn you off, Dr. Tashiro’s book is filled with amusing real-life stories that illustrate the secrets to finding your own true love.
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Romance is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

by Patience Bloom
This light-hearted memoir reads like fiction. Patience Bloom spends her adolescent years reading Harlequin novels and dreaming of finding her own true love. Following a series of dead end jobs and relationships, she moves to New York and lands a job as a Harlequin editor. Patience becomes an expert on romance, the fictional kind, while her own love life is dull and lackluster. Just as she is ready to give up on the idea of happily ever after, sparks begin to fly in an unexpected place.
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Easy Does It

by Tanya Eby
If you like romantic comedies, try this humorous novel by Grand Rapids author Tanya Eby. Julie Mills is heartbroken after her long term boyfriend dumps her in favor of his band. After too many drinks during a girls’ night out, she posts a provocative ad on an online dating site. She meets an intriguing guy, but then her ex-boyfriend returns for a reconciliation. Julie must decide between the comfort of the familiar and the thrill of the unknown.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Rayburn is a librarian at the Kentwood branch of the Kent District Library, where she answers reference questions, teaches computer classes, and helps people find the perfect book.


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