So, for some reason, a lot of the books talk about horses. Because yes, we have a lot of those (we also have a lot of cows, donkeys, and BUFFALO). But Kentucky is known for a lot more (i.e. bourbon, invention of hamburger, gold mining, etc). And I live across the river in a tiny town that has a lot of wineries, orchards, and a ton of independent coffee shops.
1. Love Story by Jennifer Echols
It's no secret I love Echols. She's my go-to author when I really need something awesome and swoonworthy to read. Now that I look back on my review of this book, it's reminding me a bit of Fangirl. It's a series of stories within the original story, and the main character is a writer from Louisville. She goes to school in NYC, but a lot of things follow her there from home, including some things from her past she'd rather not deal with. She pens stories for her creative writing classes that have similarities to things that have happened at home, and a whole lot of steaminess comes from this.
2. When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot
This was one I read before I blogged, and it's actually the first in a series (called 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU). As always, Meg Cabot delivers. In a typical Indiana fluke storm, she's struck by lightning and accidentally winds up with the ability to locate a missing person when she sees an image of them. Super cool and unique if you're looking for an original realistic-paranormal series. There are only 4 books, and they FLY, so it's not a big time commitment. If you're up for the challenge, you could really read a book a day. And of course, in traditional Meg style, there's a handsome man that plays into the story. This is one of her underrated series that I think is one of her best. (Also, cheesy 90s cover alert! I kind of love it)
3. The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
First, I want to say how adorable and sweet Alecia is. Second, her book is awesome. It follows Ricki Jo, who no longer wants to be called by her farm name, moving to the high school and reinventing herself. She wants to be popular, on the cheerleading team, etc. It's pretty realistic as far as life at a small-town Catholic school goes. You're either popular or you're virtually invisible. There's really no in between. And while occasionally her actions made me more than angry, just because she wasn't that smart doesn't mean the book isn't written well. I loved Alecia's writing more than anything, and the storyline flowed smoothly and seamlessly. Also, I really loved Luke a lot. It always helps to have a great boy.