Trope Rec Tuesday: A City Girl Finds Love in a Small Town


To explain a little about what this post will be about, every Trope Tuesday post starts with the same introduction. In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes you find inside its pages. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. Every type of entertainment and media. Romantic tropes are everywhere, and they are fabulous. I adore them and I always tend to find my favorite ones in romance books so I can enjoy them even more. Trope Tuesday is a weekly column where I share books that I know people will enjoy with a specific central trope.

What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best: “​Despite the erroneous definitions already published here, ​trope on ​the interwebs really refers to an often overused ​plot device​. It can also be described as another variation on the same theme. TV shows, movies, comics, games, anime’, & books are full of tropes & many rabid fan-sites now name & track said tropes with a self-explanatory title for each one.” We can name a few: accidental pregnancy, best friends to lovers, sibling’s best friend, marriage of convenience, and so many more. Your favorite couples? They probably got a trope too! It’s always so nice to realize or find out your favorite romance trope and keep searching for books with the same theme. So really? I’m just helping you find that new favorite book of yours. If ever you want a post on a trope I haven’t done yet, do drop me a tweet at @thebookvoyagers and let me know!

Let’s talk about the city girl moves to a small town and falls for someone who lives there trope. Sometimes they’re running from something or thinking of starting over. Either way, our girls find themselves in a new place where they don’t know anyone. There, they meet new people, they make their new families and manage to learn a little bit something about themselves. It always looks nice whenever I see it, so maybe I should try it and there might be a chance that I find my perfect grumpy local romantic partner. 

If the city girl is only there for a short time, this might create a bit of a romance with an expiration date which we love to read because we crave angst. I don’t know why we crave it, but it’s wonderful when you read it. 

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

This book reminded me so much of Hannah Montana The Movie… I don’t even know why. They don’t even resemble each other but the aspect of both female characters going to a small town in the middle of nowhere is very present in both of them. Plus they are definitely both into fashion, love taking selfies and get to fall for the most caring guy ever.

In It Happened One Summer, we have ‘It Girl’ Piper who has been banished to this small fishing town to finally know where she came from, where she was born. There she meets Brendan, a grumpy fisherman who clearly does not want her to stay in his town. But he cannot escape Piper and maybe he doesn’t want to.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

If you loved the previous book, you’re going to love this one too. I won’t say they are super similar because I do think The Simple Wild has some heavy subjects (like cancer and a family death), but the influencer, city girl going to a small town trope is clearly there. 

Calla travels to a small town in Alaska to finally meet her father after 20-something years. She finds out he’s dying and wants to get the chance to understand why he never went to visit her. Expecting her dad to meet her at the airport, she not only does not find him there, she meets this grumpy, obnoxious Alaskan pilot who her father sent to pick her up instead. He thinks she’s too pampered to handle the wild and she thinks he’s very annoying. What’s going to happen next? 

Wild Love by Lauren Accardo

I have not yet read this one, but I’m tempted to start it right away because it sounds incredible. City girl moves to a small town in the mountains to save her mother’s bookstore. In between rebuilding and revamping the store to a romance bookstore, she starts falling for the brooding mechanic! I think there is a little bit of forbidden romance there as well.

Cups of You by Karmen Lee

Another book I haven’t yet read but thankfully I do own already! I wanted to mention it because it does feature the city girl returning to a small town trope and it sounds like this book will give you lots of swoony moments.

Amber is returning to her hometown, but only for six months. After that, she’s leaving all the painful memories behind and driving back to her city life. She never really expected meeting the perfect guy for her at a coffee shop. But Benjamin and Amber can be described as opposites, so are they going to be able to surpass the differences and have a happily ever after?

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