Cosy Autumnal Books To Read If You Love Gilmore Girls And Want More Of Stars Hollow

If you're a die-hard fan of the beloved TV series Gilmore Girls and can't get enough of the small-town charm, quirky characters, and rapid sarcasm, then this list is tailor-made for you. We've curated a perfect selection of books that capture the essence of Stars Hollow and will make you feel like you're sipping coffee at Luke's Diner or attending town meetings with Lorelai and Rory. Our Gilmore Girls book recommendations include bookish characters, cosy communities and small town romance. Titles include Book Lovers by Emily Henry, The Ex Hex by Rachel Hawkins, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May and All Adults Here by Emma Straub.

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Grab your flannel shirts and pumpkin spice lattes because fall is here, and it's time to curl up with some cosy autumnal books that will transport you to a world reminiscent of Stars Hollow. 

If you're a die-hard fan of the beloved TV series Gilmore Girls and can't get enough of the small-town charm, quirky characters, and rapid sarcasm, then this list is tailor-made for you. We've curated a perfect selection of books that capture the essence of Stars Hollow and will make you feel like you're sipping coffee at Luke's Diner or attending town meetings with Lorelai and Rory. 

Our Gilmore Girls book recommendations include bookish characters, cosy communities and small town romance. Titles include Book Lovers by Emily Henry, The Ex Hex by Rachel Hawkins, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May and All Adults Here by Emma Straub.

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry

This is a contemporary romance novel about a woman who inherits a bookstore in a small town and falls in love with the town's handsome mayor. It's a light, fun read that's perfect for book lovers.

  • Rivals to Lovers
  • Small Town Charm in North Carolina
  • Summertime
  • Bookish

Get ready for a summer of fierce competition as Nora, a ruthless literary agent, and Charlie, a skilled editor with a knack for creating bestsellers, find themselves in a surprising twist of fate. These two work rivals never expected to end up in the same small town of Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, but there they are, bumping into each other at every turn.

Nora, who's used to being the temporary girlfriend before men find their true love, is on a month-long vacation, hoping to escape the city's chaos. She soon discovers that small-town life is nothing like the romance novels she adores, but what's even more unexpected is the constant presence of her nemesis, Charlie.

With no sexy lumberjacks or cute bartenders in sight, Nora and Charlie are forced to confront their simmering chemistry. Can they find common ground and write a different story for themselves?

In Emily Henry's latest romantic comedy, "Book Lovers," you'll follow Nora and Charlie through one scorching August as they shift from bitter rivals to unexpected lovers.

Heart of Hope by Lucy Score

This is a romance novel about a woman who inherits a dilapidated farm and hires a handsome contractor to help her fix it up. It's a heartwarming story about second chances and finding love in unexpected places.

  • Christmastime
  • Stranger in a small town romance
  • Small town charm
  • Cafe Owner

Bristol, a single mother, is juggling her time between learning hockey, serving breakfast to the whole town, and trying to ignore the ache of missing her sister. While others in her life seem to be progressing, with her older sister planning a Christmas wedding and her ex-husband starting a new family, Bristol feels stuck in a rut, even during the holidays.

However, everything changes when a charming stranger named Beau arrives in Hope Falls and becomes a welcome distraction. Beau, a former professional hockey player, offers to teach Bristol all he knows about the sport, but he keeps his reasons for being in town and spending time with Bristol's family a secret.

Despite his mission to protect someone he loves, Beau finds himself falling for Bristol and struggling to balance his goals with his growing feelings for her. And as he navigates this complex situation, he realizes that keeping his secret may mean hurting the woman he's come to care for deeply.

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

This is a contemporary romance novel set in Alaska, about a woman who falls in love with a grumpy local while on vacation. It's a funny and charming story with a unique setting.

  • Grumpy male diner owner
  • Small town charm Alaska
  • Tourist in Moose Springs

Indulge in a charming Alaskan romantic comedy set in a quaint small town. Graham Barnett's diner, aptly named The Tourist Trap, was initially a playful jab until he found himself serving reindeer hot dogs to countless holidaymakers who didn't intrigue him in the slightest. Even the sweet, exuberant tourist in the corner who blushes every time he glances her way fails to impress him.

For Zoey Caldwell, spending two weeks in Alaska is more than a bucket list item—it's her entire bucket. The instant she sets her sights on Moose Springs, the mountain town captivates her. However, when a gesture of kindness introduces Zoey to Graham's world, she may discover that there's more to the sullen local than meets the eye, and Moose Springs has more to offer than its picturesque Alaskan scenery.

This tale of Alaska harmoniously blends together everything you never knew you craved: a fast-paced getaway, a friendly moose, a grumpy diner proprietor, a quirky tourist, a heap of restaurant humor, and a satisfying conclusion that transports you to another world.

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

This is a young adult novel about a group of friends who start investigating a local haunted house and get more than they bargained for. It's a spooky and atmospheric read with a touch of romance.

  • Supernatural
  • Bookish
  • Finding Confidence Again

Meet Florence Day, a skilled ghost-writer facing a major dilemma. Her job is to craft captivating romance novels for a renowned author, but after a painful heartbreak, Florence has lost faith in love. To make matters worse, her new editor, the strict yet undeniably attractive Benji Andor, refuses to grant her a deadline extension, leaving Florence on the brink of losing her career.

However, when a tragedy forces Florence to return home, she gets the shock of her life when she finds a ghostly figure waiting at her doorstep - none other than her recently deceased editor, who still manages to set her heart racing.

Despite herself, Florence feels drawn to the infuriatingly sexy apparition, but she knows falling for a ghost is out of the question. Or is it? Can Benji help her rediscover the joy of love, even in the afterlife?

If you adored books like Beach Read, The Love Hypothesis, and The Hating Game, this hilarious and steamy romance will leave you with all the feels!

As Seen on TV by Meredith Schorr

This is a chick-lit novel about a woman who works in television shopping and starts to question her career and love life. It's a fun and relatable story with a lot of humor.

  • Small town charm in Pleasant Hollow
  • Big City to Small Town

If you're a fan of the Hallmark Channel and Gilmore Girls, you're sure to love this charming romantic comedy. It tells the story of Adina Gellar, a city girl who, disillusioned with dating in New York City, sets out to find love in a small town just like the ones she's seen in made-for-TV movies. Adi believes that Pleasant Hollow, a tiny town threatened by a big-city real estate developer, is the perfect place to find her dream man and a story that will launch her career. 

However, Adi soon discovers that life and love in Pleasant Hollow are nothing like the movies she's seen. There are no quaint seasonal festivals, no charming bakeries, and the locals are far from welcoming. 

The only bright spot is Finn Adams, a handsome man who works for the company Adi hoped to expose. As Adi struggles to reconcile her expectations with reality, she wonders if she's been misled by TV's romanticized portrayal of small-town life. Will Adi follow her heart and risk losing her chance to make it big?

The Ex Hex by Rachel Hawkins 

This is a paranormal romance novel about a woman who discovers she's a witch and starts using her powers to get revenge on her ex-boyfriend. It's a fun and fast-paced read with a lot of humour and romance.

  • Witchy
  • Autumn Festival
  • Curse Gone Wrong

Erin Sterling, the New York Times bestselling author and master of enchantment, weaves a captivating romantic comedy with a twist of magic in The Ex Hex. Imagine Practical Magic meets the quaint town of Gilmore Girls' Stars Hollow and you've got a sense of what to expect.

Meet Vivienne Jones, a powerful witch who coped with her worst break-up by casting a curse on her ex while indulging in vodka and bubble baths. Fast forward nine years, and Rhys Penhallow, the town heartbreaker and descendant of the founders, returns to Graves Glen to rejuvenate the ley lines and attend the annual fall festival. However, his every move seems to bring disaster, leading Vivi to question whether her hex was a harmless act after all.

As the curse unleashes chaos on the town, with killer wind-up toys, an outraged ghost, and a chatty cat, Vivi and Rhys must overcome their personal animosity and collaborate to break the curse. They must save the town and, most importantly, Rhys's life before it's too late. With a spine-tingling romance, witches, hexes gone awry, and a sprinkle of magic, The Ex Hex is a bewitching tale that will leave you spellbound.

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

This is a young adult novel about a girl who spends a summer in Italy with her family and falls in love with a local boy. It's a sweet and romantic story with a beautiful setting.

  • Italian Holiday Romance
  • Mother/Daughter Relationship
  • Mother has passed away

After losing her mother Carol, Katy is left devastated and disoriented. Carol had been more than just a parent to her; she had been a confidant and closest companion, and their shared dream of journeying to Positano was tantalizingly close.

Feeling adrift and disconnected from everything, Katy makes an impulsive decision. She decides to retrace Carol's steps by embarking on a solo trip to Italy, hoping to keep her mother's memory alive.

Despite anticipating a mournful trip, Katy discovers unexpected solace and comfort in Italy. However, a sudden and unexpected turn of events brings Carol's past and Katy's present crashing together, making Katy question whether she ever truly knew her mother.

Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Kerry Winfrey is a romance author who writes light and funny stories, with relatable characters and plenty of romance.

  • Meet-cute
  • Screenplay writer
  • Romcom Obsessed

In Kerry Winfrey's charming debut adult novel, a romantic who obsesses over romcoms wonders if she'll ever have a meet-cute that lives up to her dreams, or if reality will always fall short of fiction.

Annie Cassidy spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and longing for a picture-perfect encounter with her very own Tom Hanks--a man who is kind, sensitive, and maybe even owns a houseboat. But finding her Tom Hanks seems impossible.

When a movie begins filming in her neighbourhood and Annie lands a job on the set, she believes it's a sign from fate. However, things take an unexpected turn when she meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a conceited prankster who couldn't be less like Tom Hanks if he tried. Their initial meeting is more of a meet-fail, but soon, Annie finds herself experiencing classic rom-com moments with Drew. However, her dream man can't be an actor who's leaving town soon, can he?

A City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

This is a contemporary novel about a woman who leaves her job in the city to become a baker in a small town. It's a heartwarming story about finding a new home and starting over.

  • Baking
  • Boston to Small Town Vermont
  • Grumpy Inn Owner

Olivia Rawlings, a talented pastry chef for an exclusive Boston dinner club, accidentally sets the building on fire while preparing a flambéed dessert. Seeking refuge, she escapes to Guthrie, Vermont, a charming town known for its Bag Balm and contra dance. Livvy finds solace with her best friend Hannah and is offered a job by the cantankerous owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, Margaret Hurley, who sees potential in Livvy's dessert skills.

Livvy moves into a sugarhouse on the inn's property with her enthusiastic dog Salty and begins baking mouth-watering desserts for the town's residents. She soon realizes her true purpose in Guthrie is to help Margaret win the blue ribbon at the county fair apple pie contest.

As Livvy immerses herself in small-town life, she falls for Martin McCracken, a local who has returned to care for his ailing father. Livvy learns that she isn't as alone as she thought, but a new arrival in town threatens to upend everything. She must decide whether to flee or embrace the sense of belonging she's found in Guthrie. Through her journey, Olivia discovers that the life she wants may not be what she expected, but it could be even better.

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

This is a literary novel about a young woman's first year at college. It's a coming-of-age story with a lot of humor and intelligence, and explores themes of identity, love, and language.

  • Harvard Freshman
  • 90s Set
  • European Summer
  • Wants To Be A Writer

In 1995, when email was still a novelty, Selin - the daughter of Turkish immigrants - began her freshman year at Harvard. Despite enrolling in classes that she had never heard of before, she quickly befriended Svetlana, a charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate. As fate would have it, Selin began exchanging emails with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary, almost by chance. Although she had barely spoken to Ivan in person, their correspondence infused the act of writing with new and increasingly enigmatic meanings.

At the end of the academic year, Ivan departed for Budapest while Selin journeyed to the Hungarian countryside to teach English in a program organized by one of Ivan's acquaintances. Along the way, she spent two weeks in Paris with Svetlana. Selin's summer in Europe was unlike anything she had previously heard of regarding typical American college student experiences or any other kind of people. For Selin, this was a journey of self-discovery, an attempt to come to terms with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with her growing awareness that she was destined to become a writer.

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

This is a mystery novel about a woman who moves to a small town in Florida and becomes embroiled in a scandal involving a missing woman. It's a suspenseful and engaging story with plenty of twists and turns.

  • Grief
  • Quaint Motel
  • Small Island Florida

Letty Carnahan becomes certain that Evan Wingfield, her sister Tanya's ex, is responsible for Tanya's death in her New York City townhouse. Despite her grief and panic, Letty honours Tanya's dying wish: "If anything bad happens to me—it's Evan. Promise me you'll take Maya and run." Thus, Letty embarks on a journey with her niece, leaving her old life behind. 

Tanya, a woman with a mysterious past, leaves behind a single clue: a faded magazine article about a quaint motel called The Murmuring Surf Motel in Treasure Island, Florida. Letty and Maya check into this motel, hoping to heal Maya's heartache and uncover the truth behind Tanya's secrets. As danger looms, Letty races against time to discover the truth and right the wrongs of the past.

The Bake Shop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kauffman

This is a cosy romance novel set in a small town in Maine, about a woman who returns home to help run her family's bakery and falls in love with the town's new doctor. It's a sweet and heart-warming story with a lot of autumnal charm.

  • Small town charm Vermont
  • Family Bakery
  • Return To Hometown
  • Halloween

As autumn rolls around, Moonbright, Maine transforms into a charming spectacle with its piles of crunchy leaves and flickering jack-o'-lanterns. But what makes this town truly enchanting is the touch of sweet magic in the air.

During the annual Halloween parade, witches, goblins, and the occasional ghost make an appearance, as adults and children alike don costumes to celebrate their favourite holiday. And no place embodies the season's spirit more than Bellaluna's Bakeshop - a family-owned business that offers traditional recipes, welcoming warmth, and, according to legend, truly spellbinding treats that can melt even the coldest hearts.

Amidst the good-natured Halloween pranks, frothy pumpkin lattes, and the irresistible baked goods, three unsuspecting Moonbright residents will discover that the spookiest thing of all is the sudden magic of falling in love.

Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

This is a young adult romance novel about a girl who is cursed with bad luck when it comes to love, and who must navigate family secrets and a complicated love triangle. It's a touching and emotional story about identity, family, and finding love.

  • Mother and Grandmother
  • Quirky Floridian town
  • College

They say Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea, which makes dating her a bad idea, especially if you're a boy with a boat. But Rosa herself feels more trapped than cursed, torn between cultures, generations, and aspirations. Her abuela is a revered healer and community leader, while her mother is an erratic artist who blows in and out of her life like a storm. Rosa loves her hometown of Port Coral, a quirky town in South Florida, but she also longs to connect with her Cuban heritage, which her abuela refuses to discuss. 

As she faces a crucial decision about college, Rosa's path intersects with Alex Aquino, a mysterious boy with ocean tattoos who comes from a family that owns the local marina. With so much at stake, can Rosa break free from the curse and chart her own course to a fulfilling future?

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

This is a coming-of-age novel set in the 1970s, about a 14-year-old girl who takes a summer job as a nanny for a hippie couple in Baltimore. It's a nostalgic and heartfelt story about growing up, learning to be independent, and discovering the power of love and community.

  • 1970s Summer
  • Independence
  • Bookish

Set in 1970s Baltimore, Mary Jane, a shy and bookish fourteen-year-old, enjoys cooking with her mother, singing in her church choir, and listening to Broadway show tunes through her family’s subscription to a record club. When she lands a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of a local doctor, her mother approves of the respectable job in a respectable house.

However, the house appears to be respectable only on the outside, as it is messy and chaotic on the inside, with bumper stickers on the doors and cereal and takeout for dinner. To make matters worse, the doctor is a psychiatrist who has taken on the task of helping a famous rock star recover from addiction, and the rock star and his movie star wife move in shortly after Mary Jane starts her job.

During the summer, Mary Jane tries to bring order to the household by introducing a family dinner schedule and neatly ironing clothes. She also gets a first-hand view of a liberal lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, including group therapy sessions. Caught between the familiar life she has always known and the exciting but unfamiliar future that lies ahead, Mary Jane will emerge from the experience in September with a new perspective on her aspirations and the kind of person she wants to be.

Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper

This is a paranormal romance novel about a witch who must team up with a demon to solve a mystery and save her coven. It's a fun and fast-paced story with plenty of action and romance.

  • Paranormal
  • Return to Home
  • Revenge
  • LGBT

Lana Harper's new rom-com combines the enchanting world of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina with the drama of The L Word. The story follows Emmy Harlow, a not-so-powerful witch who left her hometown of Thistle Grove years ago to make her own way in the world. However, when her family's spellcasting tournament approaches, Emmy is guilted into returning home to participate.

Back in Thistle Grove, Emmy reunites with her best friend Linden Thorn and meets Talia Avramov, a skilled practitioner of the darker magical arts who just ended a tumultuous relationship with Gareth Blackmoore, the notorious heartbreaker and heir to the most powerful magical family in town. Talia and Linden team up to seek revenge on Gareth, but they need Emmy's help. As Emmy grapples with her complicated family history and her attraction to Talia, she must decide whether to join forces with the vengeful duo.

Despite all the chaos, one question remains: Why can't Emmy stop thinking about the captivating Talia Avramov? This fresh and sizzling rom-com is sure to keep readers on their toes.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

This is a young adult romance novel about a girl from a poor family who falls in love with a wealthy boy. It's a sweet and charming story about overcoming differences and finding love in unexpected places.

  • Rich and Poor Romance
  • Mother/ Daughter Relationship

Caymen Meyers, a seventeen-year-old, conducts her own private study on the wealthy, concluding that they only excel in one area: squandering money on trivialities such as the porcelain dolls in her mother's store. When Xander Spence enters the shop to purchase a doll for his grandmother, Caymen identifies him as affluent with just one glance. Although he is personable and the first individual to comprehend her, Caymen comprehends that his attraction to her will be fleeting because her mother's admonishments have taught her that the wealthy have a short attention span. Despite her attempts to dissuade him, Xander continues to visit, and she is unexpectedly drawn to him.

Knowing her mother's disapproval, Caymen conceals their friendship, and her mother prefers that she spend time with the local musician who was not born into riches. However, just as Xander's commitment and loyalty persuade Caymen that wealth is not a personality flaw, she discovers that money plays a much greater role in their relationship than she had previously assumed. Furthermore, she realizes that Xander is not the only individual she should be concerned about.

When in Rome by Sarah Adams

This is a romantic comedy novel about a woman who travels to Rome to attend her sister's wedding and falls in love with the best man. It's a funny and light-hearted story with plenty of Italian charm.

  • Rome
  • Holiday Romance
  • Small Town Charm
  • Audrey Hepburn Inspired

Amelia Rose, beloved by her fans as Rae Rose, has grown exhausted from upholding her "princess of pop" persona for years. Seeking a respite, she embarks on a spontaneous trip to Rome, inspired by her favourite Audrey Hepburn film. However, she ends up in Rome, Kentucky, instead.

When Amelia's car breaks down on his property, Noah Walker, occupied with running his grandmother's pie shop and fending off nosy yet endearing locals, makes it clear that he doesn't have the time or patience for celebrity woes. Despite his reservations, he allows her to stay in his guest room temporarily until her car is fixed.

As Noah gets to know Amelia, he discovers a side of her that goes beyond her public persona as Rae Rose. He finds her to be warm and comical but also lonesome due to her prolonged exposure to the limelight. He can't help but grow closer to her. Although she'll soon return to her glamorous touring life, Noah is determined to give her a taste of small-town charm, while she helps him open up his heart.

While Amelia is smitten with the cosy town and her cranky tour guide, she knows that even Audrey had to depart from Rome eventually.

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

This is a cosy romance novel about a woman who inherits a corner shop in a small English village and starts a new life for herself. It's a heartwarming story about community, friendship, and finding love.

  • Small English Village
  • Shop Owner
  • Community
  • Return Home

Rosa Larkin's luck has taken a turn for the worse in London, so when she inherits a dilapidated corner shop in a charming village in Devon, her initial instinct is to sell it for some quick cash and start anew. However, there's a catch to this bequest that complicates matters: the identity of her benefactor is unknown, and they've included a critical legal stipulation that prevents the shop from being sold. Instead, it can only be passed down to someone who truly deserves it.

Despite the challenges, Rosa decides to take on the task of revitalizing the shop in the quaint seaside community of Cockleberry Bay with everything she has. But can she do it alone? And if not, who will assist her in achieving success, and who will secretly plot to see her fail?

Enter a handsome rugby player, a seductive plumber, a fraudulent journalist, and a host of meddling locals. Toss in a hit-and-run accident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace, and what unfolds is a journey of self-discovery and unexpected events.

With touching and unforeseen results, Rosa, accompanied by her little sausage dog Hot, slowly uncovers the murky secrets of the inheritance while also bringing her own long-concealed heritage to light.

Virgin River (Series) by Robyn Carr

This is a romance novel about a woman who moves to a small town in California to start over and falls in love with the local doctor. It's a warm and engaging story with plenty of small-town charm and romance.

  • Small town charm
  • Cabin
  • Young Baby 

Looking for a fulfilling opportunity as a midwife or nurse practitioner? Look no further than Virgin River, a quaint town nestled among towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers, with a population of just six hundred. And as a bonus, we're offering a rent-free cabin!

When Melinda Monroe, recently widowed and seeking solace from her grief, comes across this ad, she sees a chance to reignite her passion for nursing in a picturesque setting. However, upon arrival, she quickly discovers that the cabin is run-down, the roads are perilous, and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Disillusioned, Mel considers leaving the next day.

But fate has other plans. When she discovers a helpless infant abandoned on a front porch, Mel's heart softens, and the arrival of former marine Jack Sheridan further cements her decision to stay in Virgin River.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood 

This is a contemporary romance novel about a physicist who enlists the help of a rugby player to pretend to be her boyfriend to impress her colleagues. It's a fun and charming story with plenty of humour and heart.

  • Accomplished Female
  • PhD Candidate
  • Grumpy Male Lead

Olive Smith, a Ph.D. candidate in her third year, doesn't believe in long-term romantic relationships. However, her best friend Anh is a firm believer in them, and this belief is what led Olive to her current predicament. Convincing Anh that Olive is in a happy and committed relationship requires more than just Jedi mind tricks; being a scientist, Anh demands evidence. Thus, in a state of panic, Olive kisses the first man she sees.

As fate would have it, that man is Adam Carlsen, a young and accomplished professor who also happens to be notoriously difficult to work with. Despite her initial shock, Olive is relieved when Stanford's most feared lab boss agrees to play along with her charade and pretend to be her boyfriend. However, when a major science conference goes awry, putting Olive's career in jeopardy, Adam surprises her once again by offering his unwavering support and revealing a chiselled set of six-pack abs.

Suddenly, their pretend relationship feels like it might become something more, but Olive knows that love is a complicated hypothesis, and putting her own heart under the microscope might be the greatest challenge of all.

Always Mine (Honey Mountain Series) by Laura Pavlov

This is a second chance romance novel about a woman who returns to her small hometown and reunites with her former flame. It's a sweet and emotional story about love, forgiveness, and finding your way home.

  • Second Chances
  • Small Hometown
  • Firefighter
  • Friends To Lovers

He fights fires for a living, but the flames building between us may be too big to extinguish. Niko West is the most beautiful man I’ve ever laid eyes on. Six feet, four inches of broody, chiselled Greek god in a firefighter suit. He’s also been my best friend since kindergarten. He always says the only solid thing in his life is our friendship. He’s Honey Mountain's favourite player and I’m what you’d call a relationship girl. But when I find myself single for the first time since turning sixteen, I make Niko an offer he can’t refuse. Who better to show me what I’ve been missing? But now that we’ve crossed that line, I don’t know if friendship is enough for me.

No More Secrets: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score

This is a contemporary romance novel about a woman who returns to her small hometown to help her family and falls in love with a man who has secrets of his own. It's a sweet and sexy story about love, trust, and second chances.

  • Inherited Family Farm
  • City Journalist
  • Opposites Attract

Carter Pierce inherited his family farm and desires nothing more than to spend his days tending to it. After serving in the military and surviving a few bullet wounds, he seeks a peaceful life in his hometown. Unfortunately, the free-spirited and nosy Blue Moon, along with the intrusive neighbours, disrupt his tranquillity. 

Adding to his woes is the arrival of city journalist, Summer Lentz, who is interviewing him for a magazine article. Summer's designer wardrobe, inquisitive nature, and striking denim-blue eyes get under Carter's skin, and she ends up typing away his family's story at his kitchen table and sleeping in the bedroom across the hall. 

Carter's only choice is to scare her off, but when he discovers her hidden secrets, he's hesitant to let her go. Despite the Beautification Committee's attempt to bring them together, will their relationship result in a happily ever after, or will it turn into a homegrown disaster?

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This is a young adult novel about a group of friends who share a pair of magical jeans that fit them all perfectly and bring them together even when they're apart. It's a heartwarming and uplifting story about friendship, growing up, and finding yourself.

  • Best Friends
  • Small Town Charm
  • Summer Adventures

Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bridget have been inseparable best friends since childhood. They reside in a small American town and typically spend their long summer holidays together. However, when they turn 16, they have separate summer plans, but they vow to stay in touch. In a stroke of luck, Tibby discovers a pair of jeans at a second-hand shop that fits each of them perfectly, despite their varying body types and heights. They devise a brilliant plan to share the pants throughout the summer, sending them to the next friend when the time is right.

As the girls travel from Baja California to Greece and engage in activities ranging from film-making to football, they experience first love, family turmoil, and even life-threatening illness. However, they take solace in the fact that their friendship remains constant, and the pants serve as a symbol of their bond, easily transported via parcel-delivery. By the end of the summer, the girls have endured a multitude of challenges and gained a plethora of new experiences to share upon their return home.

Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton 

A woman inherits a house in a small Alabama town and discovers a new community, new love, and a new purpose. It's a touching and inspiring story about family, home, and second chances.

  • Small Town Charm
  • Three Generations
  • Daughter at High School

Glory Road, written in Lauren Denton's beloved Southern style, follows three generations of women as they navigate the twists and turns of their hearts during a summer that promises to shake up their lives.

Jessie McBride, the thirty-eight-year-old owner of a garden shop, has resigned herself to a life without romance after a failed marriage. She lives happily with her passionate mother and strong-willed daughter, but the sudden appearance of two men on Glory Road challenges her contentment. The first is Sumner Tate, a handsome and wealthy man who asks Jessie to arrange flowers for his daughter's wedding. Jessie can't resist his persistent attention. The second is Ben Bradley, Jessie's long-lost high school flame who moves back to town. Jessie finds herself drawn to both men and her heart is pulled in unexpected directions.

Meanwhile, Jessie's fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is starting high school and grappling with her own emotions and identity, especially after meeting a charming new neighbour. Jessie's mother, Gus, is struggling with memory loss and an uncertain future.

As the three women navigate their uncertain paths and confront the changes in their lives, one thing is certain: the summer ahead will bring transformation, whether they're ready for it or not.

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

This is a literary novel about a family in a small town in New York that is forced to confront their past and present issues. It's a thoughtful and insightful story about love, family, and growing up (even when you're already an adult).

  • Small Town Charm
  • Three Generations

When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the town centre, it triggers a long-buried memory from her early parenting days. This realization makes Astrid question whether she was the kind of parent she believed she was to her now-grown children. However, the consequence of her parenting mistakes remains uncertain.

Astrid's youngest son is struggling with a lack of direction and is making his own parenting mistakes, while her daughter is intentionally pregnant but struggling to let go of her youth. Her eldest son seems to be living his adult life according to his own standards that no one else understands. The question remains as to who has the authority to determine which past mistakes are the most significant, and which apologies really matter. Perhaps only Astrid's thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend comprehend the courage it takes to tell the truth to those you love the most. 

In "All Adults Here," Emma Straub blends wisdom, humour, and insight to create a satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school sweethearts, middle school bullies, birth order's lifelong effects, and all the things that follow us into adulthood, whether we want them to or not.

So, Gilmore Girls fans, if you're craving more of that Stars Hollow magic and can't resist the allure of autumn, these cosy and heart-warming books are here to satisfy your literary appetite. 

From small-town quirks and romantic encounters to academic charm and witty dialogue, each book on our list offers a taste of the delightful world that made Gilmore Girls so beloved. Make yourself a cup of coffee, light one of our gorgeous scented candles and lose yourself in these autumnal tales that will transport you back to Stars Hollow in all its cosy glory. 

Gilmore Girls Book Recommendations - Cosy Autumnal Books To Read If You Love Gilmore Girls And Want More Of Stars Hollow

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