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Kristin Harmel

USA flag (b.1979)

Kristin Harmel is a novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. A longtime reporter for People magazine, Kristin’s other magazine credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, American Baby, Men’s Health, American Way and Runner’s World magazines. She also appears regularly as the travel expert on the nationally televised morning show “The Daily Buzz.” Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has lived in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Miami and now resides primarily in Orlando, Fla.

Genres: Historical
Kristin Harmel recommends
Strange Nervous Laughter (2007)
Bridget McNulty
"A sparkling, lyrical novel filled with surprisingly powerful truths about the nature of love."
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane (2013)
Kelly Harms
"A poignant, hilarious debut that's filled with heart, soul, and laugh-out-loud moments... it'll make you want to pick up and move to 1516 shipwreck lane immediately!"
The Balance Project (2015)
Susie Orman Schnall
"If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, you'll enjoy this charming romp, which delivers with heart, depth, and a perfectly satisfying conclusion."
The Truth We Bury (2017)
Barbara Taylor Sissel
"Once again, Barbara Taylor Sissel has kept me up into the wee hours of the night with an unputdownable masterpiece that explores family, love, and the ramifications of the decisions we make. The perfect blend of mystery, danger, and the type of secrets people kill for, The Truth We Bury will keep you reading furiously until you reach the perfectly executed end."
Come from Away (2018)
Genevieve Graham
"The talented Genevieve Graham once again calls upon a fascinating true story in Canadian history to remind us that beneath the differences of our birth, and despite the obstacles we face, we’re all human underneath. Vividly drawn and heartwarming, Come from Away is a beautiful look at the choices we make in the face of both love and war."
Love and Other Words (2018)
Christina Lauren
"Love and Other Words is a triumph, the kind of book that makes you feel so deeply for the finely drawn characters that you almost forget they’re fictional. You’ll be swept away by the heartbreak, the joy, the chemistry, and the charisma woven through the fabric of Macy’s and Elliot’s star-crossed relationship. As the story unfolds–expertly interweaving the past with the present—you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll root for Macy and Elliot to find their way back to each other against all odds. A true joy from start to finish."
Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners (2018)
Gretchen Anthony
"This delightfully clever debut is a masterfully written, Wes Anderson-esque roller coaster ride through a series of self-made disasters in a hilariously dysfunctional family. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners hits all the right notes; you'll double over with laughter, but you'll also find yourself at times misty-eyed and introspective. I have the feeling this is just the first of many skilled and heartfelt dramedies from the pen of talented newcomer Gretchen Anthony. If you're a fan of modern film classics such as The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, get ready to meet your new favorite book."
The Light Over London (2019)
Julia Kelly
"Sweeping, stirring, and heartrending in all the best ways, this tale of one of WWII's courageous, colorful, and enigmatic Gunner Girls will take your breath away."
The Daughter's Tale (2019)
Armando Lucas Correa
"Sweeping and searing, The Daughter’s Tale doesn’t shy away from tragedy, but author Armando Lucas Correa’s memorable latest reminds us that it is in the darkest gardens that the brightest seeds of hope are sown."
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe (2019)
Heather Webber
"Family, fate, and magic intertwine in this endearing Southern tale of long-held secrets, homemade pie, and building one's future from the remains of the past. A tantalizing, delicious delight, through and through. Heather Webber writes with so much detail and imagination that I'll be craving some Blackbird Cafe pie--and the comfort that comes with it--for a long time to come."
Light Changes Everything (2020)
Nancy E Turner
"Nancy E. Turner’s tale of an endearingly plucky young woman in the wild Arizona Territory in the early 1900's is chock full of family feuds, intrigue, heartache, gumption, and adventure. Colorful, thoroughly enjoyable, and as fast-moving as a band of horses galloping across the desert, Light Changes Everything is a delight."
The Light After the War (2020)
Anita Abriel
"I was utterly moved and transfixed by The Light After the War, a beautiful novel that spans a decade across four continents in the wake of World War II. You'll be swept away by this fast-paced, heartbreaking, and hopeful tale of friendship, family, second chances, and the enduring power of love, based on the true story of author Anita Abriel's mother and her fascinating journey away from war-torn Europe in the 1940s. A must-read for anyone interested in the emotional toll of the Second World War."
Lost Autumn (2020)
Mary-Rose MacColl
"A deliciously absorbing, endlessly fascinating, and perfectly heartbreaking tale of royalty, obligation, lies, friendship, and redemption... it delves intimately into the hearts, souls, and personal tragedies of those behind the headlines. I sobbed my way through the final hundred pages and will be thinking about this beautiful book for a long time to come. Lost Autumn is truly a masterpiece, and I recommend it wholeheartedly."
You and Me and Us (2020)
Alison Hammer
"Hammer is an expert at both tugging heartstrings and keeping the reader utterly immersed in a world of hope and heartbreak. A great new voice in women’s fiction."
The Kew Gardens Girls (2020)
Posy Lovell
"Utterly charming, The Kew Garden Girls, set in World War I London to the backdrop of the women's suffrage movement, is a tumbling bouquet of detail and dialogue that immediately transports the reader to one of the most famous city gardens in the world, a century in the past. Inspired by real events, Posy Lovell deftly explores issues of friendship, loss, class, equality, and freedom, weaving those serious topics into a beautiful story of women in wartime who find solace and meaning in tending the plants of Kew Gardens, coaxing new life from the soil even as they struggle to hold their own lives together. I'll never look at the sprawling, brilliant Kew Gardens—one of London's top tourist attractions and a World Heritage Site—the same way again."
The Lions of Fifth Avenue (2020)
Fiona Davis
"A captivating ode to the power of books, the bonds of family, and the beauty of finding the strength to be ourselves. Fiona Davis's spectacular setting—the iconic New York Public Library—comes alive across the generations as two women—one in 1913 and one in 1993—struggle with their own identities, a compelling mystery, and a tragedy that impacts both of them. What begins as a search for vanished rare books becomes, for both women, a quest to redefine themselves and open their hearts. This is a novel for all those who believe in the transformative magic of the written word."
A Ritchie Boy (2020)
Linda Kass
"Filled with rich historical detail and strikingly beautiful turns of phrase, this novel-in-stories moved me, inspired me, and transported me to a different time and place the way only the best tales do. Linda Kass is a masterful storyteller with a knack for taking hold of the reader's heart simply, gently, in a way that makes it easy to be swept away by her words. I highly recommend A Ritchie Boy."

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