LOVE STO­RIES

Ro­mance glows bright in th­ese tales of the heart.

Country Woman - - COME ON IN - RE­VIEWED BY KATE UNGER

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

In this late-life ro­mance, Ad­die, a 70-year-old widow, asks her long­time neigh­bor Louis to sleep next to her at night. She’s lonely, and she sus­pects he has been, too, since the loss of his wife. So be­gins an un­usual re­la­tion­ship built upon friend­ship and con­ver­sa­tion, not phys­i­cal at­trac­tion. To­gether they adopt a dog and care for Ad­die’s grand­son as this beau­ti­ful, quiet love story un­folds.

The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech

Old flames Jo Lover and J.D. Gunn are for­mer band­mates and ris­ing stars in the coun­try mu­sic in­dus­try. When J.D.’s band is signed by Jo’s la­bel, the two must con­front their feel­ings and learn to make mu­sic to­gether again. This slow-burn ro­mance deals with small-town liv­ing and sec­ond chances, re­veal­ing what mat­ters most in life and coun­try mu­sic.

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oak­ley

Due to a rare med­i­cal con­di­tion, Ju­bilee Jenk­ins is al­ler­gic to hu­man touch; any skin-to-skin con­tact could be fa­tal. Forced by her mother’s death to emerge from a nine-year reclu­sion, Ju­bilee finds a job at the li­brary and de­vel­ops feel­ings for one of her pa­trons, Eric. Af­ter a near-death ex­pe­ri­ence, Ju­bilee learns there’s an ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment for her ail­ment—and Eric makes her think it could be worth­while.

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