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The Romance Reader's Guide to Life
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The Romance Reader's Guide to Life


As a young girl, Neave was often stuck in a world that didn’t know what to do with her. As her mother not unkindly told her, she was never going to grow up to be a great beauty. Her glamorous sister, Lilly, moved easily through the world, a parade of handsome men in pursuit. Her brother didn’t want a girl joining his group of friends. And their small town of Lynn, Massachusetts, didn’t have a place for a girl whose feelings often put her at war with the world -- often this meant her mother, her brother, and the town librarian who wanted to keep her away from the Dangerous Books she really wanted to read.

But through an unexpected friendship, Neave finds herself with a forbidden copy of The Pirate Lover, a steamy romance, and Neave discovers a world of passion, love, and betrayal. And it is to this world that as a grown up she retreats to again and again when real life becomes too much.

Neave finds herself rereading The Pirate Lover more than she ever would have expected because as she gets older, life does not follow the romances she gobbled up as a child. When Neave and Lilly are about to realize their professional dream, Lilly suddenly disappears. Neave must put her beloved books down and take center stage, something she has been running from her entire life. And she must figure out what happened to Lilly – and if she’s next.

Who Neave turns to help her makes Sharon Pywell's The Romance Reader's Guide to Life one of the most original, entertaining, exciting, and chilling novels you will read this year.

Title:The Romance Reader's Guide to Life
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:308 pages
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    The Romance Reader's Guide to Life Reviews

  • Phrynne
    Mar 08, 2017

    This book turned out to be very different from my expectations. Yes it certainly is a romance and it is historical fiction but it is also a lot more than that! There is a book within a book, an intere...

  • Myrna
    Jun 06, 2017

    The Romance Reader's Guide to Life is very different. Told through two narratives, this novel has romance, historical fiction, a ghost story, and suspense all rolled up into one. 3.5 ★s!...

  • Erin ? *Proud Book Hoarder*
    Feb 13, 2017

    First, major kudos on the cover.Second, the back description and the cover may lead to an impression that this is a fun and potentially light/fluffy book, but that's not the case. It's half coming-of-...

  • Karen Brooks
    Feb 13, 2017

    The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell was such an unexpected delight. Provided to me by NetGalley and the publishers (both of whom I thank for the opportunity to read and review), I co...

  • Emmy
    Apr 22, 2017

    This is an example of a book I could have finished - it wasn't that it was badly written - but just didn't have the motivation to spend the time when I wasn't connecting with the story. Since it was c...

  • Carolyn F.
    May 31, 2017

    There's a book within a book here which at first I liked and then because the main story was so good, I started skipping those parts of the book. I loved the story of the siblings and of her dog in th...

  • dluvsbooks
    Apr 24, 2017

    This book was AWESOME!!! I have always been a reader and this book is like it was written just for me. This book is full of everything (and more) that I love in a story. I feel sorry for the people I'...

  • Caitlyn Lynch
    May 01, 2017

    There is a certain inherent distrust between the writers (and readers) of romance fiction and the devotees of literary fiction. Sharon Pywell, in a closing statement to this book, states that she neve...

  • Lea
    Mar 06, 2017

    Thank you Sharon Pywell and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.This book confused me for the first 100 pages and continued to niggle at me to the very end. Written in two voices and...

  • Madeline Mora-Summonte
    Mar 09, 2017

    This thoroughly enjoyable novel has something for everyone. It's part coming-of-age, part historical fiction, with elements of mystery and the paranormal. It's a story of love in its many forms - fami...