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Small Town Perfection: Cassabaw Station

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Cindy Miles‘ Superromance series, The Malone Brothers, is set on the beautiful barrier island of Cassabaw Island.  It’s the kind of place where people look after each other, where peach pie is made for neighbours, and where no-one forgets you, even you’ve been gone for years.

Those Cassabaw Days, the first book (published under the name Cindy Homberger in the UK) follows Emily Quinn on her return to the island she grew up on – the island she hasn’t returned to since her parents died when she was still a child – and the rekindling of her friendship with Matt Malone.

For Emily, Cassabaw Station is the perfect place for her to restart, reopening the Windchimer, a cafe left to her by her great aunt.

Similarly, Reagan Quinn comes to Cassabaw Station in At First Touch, after suffering an accident in Afghanistan that’s left her without her sight.  She comes to live with her sister and her soon-to-be brother-in-law, and she reconnects with Matt’s brother Eric.

There’s something really special about the setting for these books, something that Miles herself perhaps sums up best in the Dear Reader letter in first book:

“I wrote this novel from many of my own memories:  the place I grew up, people I knew and loved, and beloved recollections that still resonate within me when I inhale a certain scent or hear a particular song.”

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My Name is Ali Williams, and I’m Addicted to SuperRomance

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SuperRomance.

On the Harlequin website, the writing guidelines for SuperRomance say:

“Harlequin Superromance stories are big romance novels filled with intense relationships, real life drama and the kinds of unexpected events that change women’s lives forever!”

They’re longer than you’re average category romance – clocking in at around 80 thousand words – which means that there’s space to develop the communities where the books are set, as well as even allowing for secondary romances!

I’ve been reading SuperRomance novels for years and it’s the complex characters that define the line that I love best.

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There’s Janice Kay Johnson’s Snowbound, which has one of the most textured and well-rounded depictions of PTSD found in any genre.

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Then there’s my favourite librarian novel – Karina Bliss’s What the Librarian Did – where the heroine falls for an incredibly sexy rock star…

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Because of their length, SuperRomances often incorporate suspense and mystery narratives and plotlines, with Molly O’Keefe’s Undercover Protector being a prime example!

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Of course, they’re also renowned for putting a twist on a popular trope; Abby Gaines’ Married by Mistake taking the marriage of convenience and changing it up.

I’ve been revisiting the line recently, literally devouring all the books I can get my hands on.

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I’m currently reading CindyHomberger’s Those Cassabaw Days, starring an ex-soldier and a heroine who’s returning to the town of her childhood.  It’s got big characters and heart and it makes me smile when I read it.

I love the fact that SuperRomances have high stakes; it makes reading them all the more emotionally intense, and it appears that this line is filling the hole that the ModernTempted line left!

What are your favourite SuperRomance authors and books?  I’m open for recs!