Ever practical Grace Correa has planned the perfect life.
She has Leia, the perfect girlfriend, amazing friends, is part of Pine Central’s glitterati, and has been accepted into her first-choice university guaranteeing one of the best paying jobs in the country. To Grace, life is an equation where everything can be perfectly calculated to ensure maximum success and the perfect future.
The problem is that life has a funny way of getting in the way of plans.
With high school rushing to an end, Grace’s plans start falling apart. The “piece of cake” final design project is anything but easy, everyone seems to need everything from her, her schedule is a mess, and after a massive fight, all signs say that breaking up with Leia is the practical choice for both of them. Especially since long distance college relationships never seem to last. Except…Grace starts to wonder for the first time in her life if she messed up her calculations.
What can a practical person do when love is the least practical choice?
Growing up, Isabel Bandeira split her time between summers surrounded by cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs in Portugal and the rest of the year hanging around the lakes and trees of Southern New Jersey, which only fed her fairy-tale and nature obsessions. In her day job, she's a Mechanical Engineer and tones down her love of all things glittery while designing medical devices, but it all comes out in her writing. The rest of the time, you'll find her reading, at the dance studio, or working on her jumps and spins at the ice rink. Isabel is the author of the Ever After series, including Bookishly Ever After, Dramatically Ever After, and the soon to be released Practically Ever After.
Isabel lives in South Jersey with her little black cat, too much yarn, and a closetful of vintage hats.
"Although the weather may remain balmy for a few more weeks, the season of beach trips and pool days is nearly over. While it's always a little sad to say goodbye to the summer, it's always a joy to greet fall and its delights — including all the brand new rom-com novels that will hit bookstores in the next few months. Even if you haven't already read all the summer rom-coms recommended by Bustle, there are tons of sweet and steamy books to keep you company on the chilly autumn nights ahead. Below you'll find 21 books, all coming out between September and November, that explore both time-tested tropes (enemies-to-lovers! fake relationships! second chance romances!) and new twists in the rom-com genre. Whether you're in the mood for historical rom-com like Evie Dunmore's Bringing Down the Duke, a contemporary romance like Talia Hibbert's Get a Life, Chloe Brown, or a highly-anticipated new release like Christina Lauren's latest, Twice in a Blue Moon, you'll find it — and so much more — below. Oh, and just in case you needed a reminder that the holidays are a mere three months away, there are a few festive books on the list, too. Happy reading! Practically Ever After
(Nov. 12) Grace Correa has planned the perfect life. She has an incredible girlfriend, amazing friends, and plans to attend her first-choice university next year. But high school is almost over, and Grace’s plans are falling apart. Can Grace recalibrate — and find perfection in the imperfections?" — Kerri Jarema
, Books writer at Bustle