Riot Recommendation

20 Favorite Stories of Rekindled Romance

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

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This installment of the Riot Recommendation is sponsored by A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley.

When Laura Gantt returns to the North Georgia town where she recently buried her mother, she hears a startling rumor from her high school sweetheart, Sean Halloran. Many believe that when her beloved but unstable father disappeared in a mountain lake years ago, he staged his “drowning” and fled to the wild. Recent sightings of an unkempt mountain man seem to indicate that the crazy rumor is true. While Laura deals with serious doubts about the dad she adored, Sean protects her from still darker secrets that can remain hidden as long as her father never returns. As old affections are rekindled, Sean and Laura also uncover memories of a long-ago event that could break them even as it reveals the love beneath the secrets.




You know how it goes. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall for each other. Boy and girl get married, or boy and girl grow apart. Most stories end there. But every now and then, something special happens, and the boy and girl get a second chance together.

Last week, we asked you to tell us about your favorite books that tell stories of a love that gets a second chance. Here are your picks for books that talk about rekindled romance:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Random Harvest by James Hilton

One Day by David Nicholls

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Glimmer of Hope by Sarah M. Eden

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

The Final PIece by Maggi Myers

The Gift by Julie Garwood

It’s Always Been You by Victoria Dahl

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Only His by Susan Mallery

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly

Lorna Doone by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani

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