A few years ago I read a lot of chick lit and blockbuster novels by authors such as Tasmina Perry, but now I barely touch that kind of book. Recently though, I have begun to feel an itch for sweet contemporary women’s fiction, and I thought that Kindle singles or novellas would be a good way to get that fix.
There are a few options to be aware of if you want to find some chick lit in the Kindle store. It’s easy to get carried away because there are so many titles and most are available for a couple of pounds. Some are stand alone novellas, but some are stories in a series that are released about a month apart, and then finally they will be released together in a full novel.
If you are looking for a quick, standalone read, then novellas may be ideal for you. You pay once and get a story immediately delivered to your Kindle, which you can read in a couple of hours, and that’s it. A quick, satisfying read when you have an evening to fill.
However, reading a series can be fun; you can read the first section, pre-order the next installment and then look forward to finding out what happens next. It’s a bit like waiting for a new episode of a favourite TV show. Sometimes it is more cost effective to wait for the full novel to be released, but I have seen that sometimes buying the series ends out being cheaper. It’s up to you to decide what works best for you.
Here are my recommendations:
If you are looking for standalone novellas, I recommend Heather Pardoe. Her plots really reel me in and she has a selection of books I want to read. I particularly enjoyed The Ivory Princess, a charming story about an archaeological dig where love blossoms in unlikely places.
Beth Good is another author who is on my radar for novellas, and I didn’t need much persuasion to order The Oddest Little Romance as the plot sounds so intriguing, and it’s bound to keep me entertained for a couple of hours.
If you’d like to try a series, there are currently three which I am really excited about. I fell in love with Cressida McLaughlin’s All Aboard, the first in the Canal Boat Cafe series, and I have already pre-ordered the next installment. Summer is struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother and taking over the running of her business. The characters and the setting immediately won me over.
I now have the first part of The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard, as I love a sunny, foreign setting and a catchy premise; a holiday which goes wrong and the promise of romance.
Finally, I have ordered part one of Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas, about a glamorous hairdresser who has lost her way until she goes to stay with a relative in deepest rural Scotland.
These reads were all either 99p or free so it’s a guilt free way to indulge my love of book buying. Will you be trying any Kindle singles?