Reader Question – Recommendations for books that will play with your heart strings…

by Maryse on March 9, 2017 · 18 comments

in Book Recommendations, Reader Questions

Samantha is in the mood to FEEL… and she’s looking for suggestions! I have plenty for her (of course!! I like the hurty-ones), but maybe you guys have some great recommendations for her too?

She asks:

Samantha: I’m looking for a book that plays with my heart strings. I want it to be happy and sad. Make me cry. I just want to feel! Any recommendations?

Maryse: Have you read How to Kill a Rockstar yet?

Maryse: I also have these lists of my favorites, that I’m SURE will do exactly what you’re looking for:

Samantha: Thank you!!

Anyone else have a recommendation for her (and us). ;)

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa March 9, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Hi Samantha,

I just wrote my first book that I hope will accomplish just what you are looking for. I am currently testing it on beta readers. Would love to send it to you and Maryse, if you are interested. Let me know!

Ashley March 9, 2017 at 7:11 PM

I have so many books that have made me FEEL (…and cry!) a lot here are just a few that are at the top of my list…

The Hard Count – Ginger Scott
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover
Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover (*basically any Colleen Hoover!)
My Skylar – Penelope Ward
Archer’s Voice – Mia Sheridan
The Air He Breathes – Brittainy C. Cherry
The Silent Waters – Brittainy C. Cherry
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
Making Faces – Amy Harmon
Elude – Rachel Van Dyken
Written In Scars – Adriana Locke
Turbulance – Whitney G.
Burying Water – K.A. Tucker
Before Jamaica Lane – Samantha Young
Unbreakable – Emma Scott
Punk 57 – Penelope Douglas
Harley & Rose – Carmen Jenner
Love, In English – Karina Halle

I could really go on and on and on….

MichelleS March 9, 2017 at 10:47 PM

Anything by Colleen Hoover

MichelleS March 9, 2017 at 10:50 PM

Forbidden, by T. Suzama. Tears for sure!

MichelleS March 9, 2017 at 10:51 PM

And Mists of the Serengeti!

Jan March 10, 2017 at 12:39 AM

The Turning Point by Freya North.
Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur.
If you’re into HRs, Heartless by Mary Balogh. The ‘heartless’ hero’s redemption makes me cry.

Pia March 10, 2017 at 7:16 AM

Unlit Star by Lindy Zart. I rarely cry when reading a book, but this one made me :-)

Carly March 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Me before you, without a doubt. *Sighs* That’s the only one that’s coming to mind right now, and I’ve read tons that made me feel everything, but that little gem is just….Everything!

Cristina March 10, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Without a single doubt… Rainfall by Melissa Delport. I still feel that book and get emotional when I discuss it.

Maryse March 10, 2017 at 8:47 AM

OMG Cristina YES!!!!! I’m right there with you on that one… One of my absolute FAVORITES in the world.

Maryse March 10, 2017 at 8:47 AM

All VERY beautiful choices, my friends and I agree!!! :D

Anna March 10, 2017 at 9:42 AM

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I know this has already been recommended, but I’d like to enhance those recommendations.

Melanie March 10, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Thank you for this question! Tearjerkers are my ultimate faves!! Although I think I have already read every book on Maryse’ s lists, I am going to go through and read all the comments for more suggestions! I have no idea why I love books that make me a sobbing hot mess, but I do!!

Alisa March 10, 2017 at 12:14 PM

At Peace–Kristen Ashley
Just finished this a few days ago. Laughed and cried, a lot. Vi and Joe are really hanging on to me. Seriously, read it with a box of tissues near by. I love books that take me to both extremes.

Robyn March 10, 2017 at 12:14 PM

These are my favorite kinds of books! I’ve read almost all the ones listed.

The first book that came to my mind when I saw your post was Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn. This book will drag you under, put a spell on you and then put you back together again! It has all the feels and marminess you’ll ever need. This is my go to reread book when I need that “feeling”.

Maryse March 10, 2017 at 12:57 PM

I LOVED THAT ONE too, Alisa!!! I totally get you!

Jan March 10, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Yes Alisa and Maryse. I cried over At Peace as well. One of KA’s best. And Joe is soooo hot! *happy sigh*

Tracy March 11, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Carnage gutted me!

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