Today we’re excited to welcome Martha Waters to the Get Lit stage. Her debut novel, To Have and to Hoax, is a Regency rom-com starring the delightful Lady Violet Grey, who’s in a battle of wits with her husband, Lord James Audley. After five years of marriage, four of which have been subpar, they become embroiled in a prank war involving hilariously elaborate schemes that may just save their marriage. Thanks for joining us, Martha!
The beauty of romance novels is that I can read them no matter how I’m feeling. While I love a good, fast-paced nonfiction narrative, I can’t immerse myself in that type of book if the real world feels too anxious, nor can I properly appreciate the achingly beautiful sentences of a piece of gorgeous literary fiction if I’m feeling particularly busy or overscheduled. But romance? I can read it anytime, anywhere—and that’s one of the many reasons I love it so much. But that’s not to say that I want to read just any old romance at any particular moment—just like any other genre, romances vary wildly in terms of their emotional heaviness and tone. This means that, if I’m feeling sad, I don’t particularly want to read a dark, angsty romance, or if I’m feeling stressed about work, I don’t necessarily want to read a romance about a heroine dealing with similar issues. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite romances here to help you choose a great read that might fit whatever your mood is at the moment.