Your Top Autumn Rom-Com Reads

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Ditch the TV remote, these feel-good books will have you gripped throughout autumn

So, we can all pretty much embrace the sartorial elements of autumn – interesting textures, luxurious fabrics and rich hues, we’re swooning over velvet, shearling and faux fur, in deep berries and teals. Hot drinks and comfort food – yes we’ll take those too. But the weather, seriously? Now that’s a totally different story, we can’t say we’re massive fans of the shorter, darker and colder days that autumn brings. Dragging yourself from beneath a mound of warm cosy bed sheets to be greeted by a pitch black sky and freezing cold radiator doesn’t hold much appeal.

Spring and summer are made for scenic evening walks with the pooch and winter for Christmas and family gatherings, but this time of year can sometimes leave us feeling a bit lost after we’ve finally tackled a day at work, not forgetting the tedious commute home. There’s nothing better than raiding the bookshelf for an autumnal tale, so if kicking off your heels and snuggling up on the sofa in your PJs with a book and mug of hot chocolate in hand sounds like your kind of night too, then read on.

Here in the Marie Claire office, we love feel-good fiction that’s full of warmth and witty charm. When your mind’s been active all day, it’s complete bliss to just switch off. We love a novel that’s easy to follow and pick up and drop as we please, but that’s also engaging and relatable. Our top picks do just that. From Cecelia Ahern to Lindsey Kelk, rom-com to real-life struggles, these fiction writers know how to inspire us, make us cry, laugh and smile, sometimes all at once.

We’ve pulled together the new and the old, with a whole host of lovable and intriguing characters in tow, so jump in to another world, for just an hour or so. Turn your phone off, and don’t blame us if it stays that way for the rest of the evening.

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