Find Yourself in 15 of the Best Small Town Love Books


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Sometimes you just need to pick up a small-town romance novel and read it, for the comforting emotions it will give you in that moment. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Small town romance books create memorable, inspiring and romantic moments. They truly have the best of every aspect of a romance, all coming together to make for an amazing experience! If you’re a big fan of small town romance books, keep reading.

The romance book series set in small towns are probably some of my favorites. You can have a series of 3-5 books where they all take place in the same city. What is amazing is that they are all going to be very different from each other. Yes, what unites them is the setting, the warmth of a small town that can always be there for you. But we know that no one has the same experience. It’s interesting how an author can connect all the dots inside a series of small town love stories. That’s why most of the time I want to read all the books in the series, although I usually don’t when it comes to interconnected book series. But with small town romances, there’s just something about them that makes me want to always read them.

Archer’s voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer’s voice follows Bree Prescott who, after a horrible night, takes all her things and moves to the sleepy town of Pelion, Maine. There she meets the mysterious Archer Hale, a lonely man who holds too many secrets. Both have things to hide, but it’s possible that between them they’ll find something big in the midst of the pain.

Cover of Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter

Bet on it by Jodie Slaughter

bet on it is a fantastic story that takes us to a small town in Greenbelt, South Carolina. Not much going on there. Except for the return of Walker Abbott. After his grandmother got injured, he’s back this summer to help her. But being back in his hometown brings memories he doesn’t want to see again. Meeting Aja Owens is the bright light of his day, but Walker knows he’s not sticking around, so starting a relationship is definitely not in the cards. But they can’t deny the sexual tension simmering between them, and so they decide on a bingo-based sex pact.

Cover of Bold Fortune by MM Crane

Bold Fortune by MM Crane

One of my favorite small town romance books is audacious fortune. It’s set in Lost Lake, Alaska, and features a city girl who comes to town with a business proposition, only to confront a man who adamantly opposes it. He makes her a deal: spend a month living the good old-fashioned Alaskan life and he’ll consider her offer. Violet’s determination should not be underestimated, but she never thought that this hot mountain man would tempt her in so many different ways.

Delilah Green Doesn't Care book cover

Delilah Green doesn’t care about Ashley Herring Blake

Delilah Green doesn’t care is a small town romance novel that will have you feeling emotional from the first page.

Twelve years ago, Delilah left her town and never looked back. When her sister-in-law calls to ask her to photograph her wedding, Delilah feels torn. Especially when it means coming face to face with his childhood crush and his sister-in-law’s best friend, single mom Claire.

Cover of Digging Up Love by Chandra Blumberg

Unearthing Love by Chandra Blumberg

This small town romance is all about chasing your dreams and maybe, in between, falling in love in unexpected ways.

Alisha Blake has big ambitions, like opening a cookie shop in Chicago. She loves her small town life, but she dreams of bigger places, bigger things. But then a dinosaur bone appears in his grandparents’ garden, bringing paleontologist Quentin to his hometown.

Cover of Flawless by Elsie Silver

Flawless by Elsie Silver

Polar opposites attract Flawless, a wonderful and exciting small-town romance. In this novel, you will meet a woman who wants to be on her own and wants to show the world that she can do whatever she wants. And his opposite happens to be a bull rider who shows off a bad boy persona, even though he’s a gentleman who only wants to protect his loved ones.

Cover of Mixed Signals by BK Borison

Mixed Signals by BK Borison

For Layla, finding her one true love is impossible. She’s tried everything, but somehow she’s never found someone who puts her first, who makes her smile, who gives her the recipe section of the diary. After another disastrous first date, Layla finds herself saved by none other than Caleb. For months, he’s been ordering custom-made cakes for her every two weeks…and she doesn’t know why.

Obviously, she doesn’t realize that he had a huge crush on her. And maybe it’s finally time to shine.

Cover of Tessa Bailey's Secretly Yours

Tessa Bailey’s Secretly Yours (February 7, 2023)

Bailey’s next steamy romantic comedy is hands down fabulous. Hot, funny and beautiful, Secretly yours tells the story of Hallie who discovers that her high school crush has returned home.

If you have a thing for grumpy/sunny romances, this book is for you.

Cover of Sweeter Than Honey by Joy Avery

Sweeter Than Honey by Joy Avery

There’s just something about small towns and baked goods…they make everything ten times sweeter *wink*. Sweeter than honey follows a talented baker (Rylee) and a sheriff (Canten) who decide to pretend to date in order to save face after Rylee makes up the relationship with him! But the feelings that are starting to emerge certainly don’t seem fake to them.

Cover of Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Things We’ve Never Overcome by Lucy Score

Score’s hilarious romantic comedy is all you need. One of my favorite small town love books, Things we never got over follows a runaway bride and… the local curmudgeon who doesn’t like that he likes her so much.

Knox prefers a life of solitude. He is quite alone. I mean, he has his dog, a good job, and good people to take care of him. But when a runaway bride named Naomi arrives in her town, everything changes quickly. He doesn’t want to help her, but somehow he always finds himself there for her when she needs him the most.

book cover of The Engagement of Hart and Mercy

Hart and Mercy’s Company by Megan Bannen

This fantastic fantasy romantic comedy is one for the books. Hart and Mercy’s Company is the story of the titular characters, Hart and Mercy, two people who cannot be in the same room without arguing. They have hated each other since they first met, so whenever they have to work together, they do so with disdain. You see, Hart is a marshal, tasked with bringing corpses to Mercy’s family business, Birdsall & Son Undertakers.

One day, after an exasperating altercation, Hart writes a letter to an anonymous person: “A friend”. He would never have thought that the letter would reach Mercy, his sworn enemy. But now Mercy thinks she has a friend there…even though the one writing the letters is none other than Hart himself.

Cover of When in Rome by Sarah Adams

When in Rome by Sarah Adams

For a choice of celebrity romance, When in Rome must be on your list. Sarah Adams’ book is a compelling and heartwarming story of a famous pop star who desperately needs some rest and relaxation. Because his favorite movie is roman holidays, it leads to the nearest Rome. And it happens to be Rome, Kentucky, a small town where nothing really happens.

Unfortunately, Amelia’s car breaks down in front of Noah Walker’s lawn. This grumpy baker wants nothing to do with love, but Amelia’s arrival soon changes his outlook on the subject.

where the bells grow

Where Ruthie Lenor’s Bells Grow

Quinn ran away from her hometown twenty years ago, but now that her best friend is getting married, he’s back. He only plans to stay long enough to see them say “yes”, except his plans go south when he meets newcomer Gerti!

Cover of Work for It by Talia Hibbert

Working for it by Talia Hibbert

In his small village, Griffin Everett has no place. He’s an outcast as a man who would rather garden his plants than interact with people. One night, he meets Olu, a man trying to escape his past. They are both alone and yet, even though they don’t like each other after they first meet, they can’t help but reach out to the other person.

Xeni book cover by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

This book is pure pleasure. If you’re familiar with Weatherspoon’s work, you know she always creates amazing stories with beautiful characters. His books are going to bring so much joy into your world.

Xeni follows the titular character Xeni who suddenly receives an inheritance upon the death of her aunt. But of course, with a legacy of this size, there are certain conditions. One of them is to get married. And her aunt Sable was perfectly clear on who Xeni is supposed to marry.

I live a small town life. But I still haven’t found my little romance *sad face*. All those romance books I’ve read that show me the cutest, most beautiful, heartwarming small-town novels…and I can’t seem to find one for me! But the good thing is that I will always have books to fill me with joy and love in the meantime.

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