I’ve been listening to most of my books rather than “really” reading them. Recently, I’ve wanted lighter fare and found my way back to what was once called “women’s fiction” and would call relationship fiction. Naturally, “romance” falls in the category.
However, I find I have a much lower tolerance for most romantic fiction than I did back when I was getting my monthly shipments of the Harlequin and Silhouette romance lines. I prefer fiction that uses a backdrop of current events or recognizable historic events. I also prefer fiction that deals with broader relationships and issues.
I recently completed a trilogy by Elin Hilderbrand: Winter Streets, Winter Stroll, and Winter Storms. While somewhat light, they dealt with real issues and events from multiple perspectives, giving the viewpoints of several central characters. I enjoyed them and would read her work again.