7 Reasons to Read Romance Novels | Lisa Bergren’s Scavenger Hunt!

January 15, 2019 25 Comments

Hello, readers! Today I have the pleasure of joining Lisa T. Bergren’s scavenger hunt! As all scavenger hunts do, this one includes a fun article (on this stop) from Lisa on why we should read romance novels (not that I need more convincing, but still…I don’t mind the added incentives), and of course, prizes!

Before we move on further, here’s what Once Upon a Montana Summer is all about:

Once Upon a Montana Summer 7 Reasons to Read Romance Novels

Love is Never Best Played Out on TV…

Adalyn Stalling’s clients convinced her to be a contestant on their reality TV show, The One. Hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in each week to watch a group of bachelorettes try to win one bachelor’s heart, and then during the next season, watch bachelors do the same.

Adi appeared on the show twice-once as a potential love-match for the bachelor, once as the bachelorette. As a marketing executive for the firm who handles the show, Adi initially became a part of the cast in order to learn more from the “inside.” But as much as she wanted to stay professionally removed, she ended up giving her heart to both Adam and Connor.

Both times, the men broke it off.

Now America’s most famous “loser at love,” Adalyn is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Given the media frenzy and the paparazzi that chase her, she’s finding it difficult. And just as she learns she may have picked up a stalker, her childhood friend, Chase Rollins, tracks her down at last. He informs her that her beloved grandfather is ailing and needs her help, in more ways than one.

So begins an epic summer in which Adalyn needs to decide where she belongs, what she is supposed to do, and with whom she might find true love at last. All Once Upon a Montana Summer…

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Below you will find Lisa’s fun list, find details on the rest of the tour stops and you can read about the prize details. This scavenger hunt celebrates Lisa’s newest novel, Once Upon a Montana Summer! If you’re interested in learning more about this one you can find it on Amazon or add it to Goodreads. For now, join me in welcoming Lisa as we read on and learn all about the many reasons we should read romance novels.

7 Reasons to Read Romance Novels by Lisa T. Bergren | Lisa Bergren’s Scavenger Hunt!

7 Reasons to Read Romance Novels

Lo, long ago, in the dark ages of Christian fiction, I started my writing career by writing contemporary romance. At the time, the shelves were dominated by the Thoenes, Gilbert Morris, Janette Oke and repacks of George McDonald. So contemporary romance “felt” new in the marketplace. It helped me establish my career, and after I’d written six, I ventured into historical fiction, general fiction, medieval supernatural suspense, YA time travel, dystopians and then more historicals.

Last year, I picked up a few current contemporary Christian romances and remembered what I loved about them in the beginning and decided to return to the genre for the next year or two. Here are seven reasons you may enjoy reading them too.

#1 They’re reassuring. Girl meets boy. Boy and girl get together. Boy and girl break apart—or something breaks their bond. Girl and boy get back together. We all know what happens in a romance, right? Sometimes, in this crazy, dark world, we just need that comfort-factor.

#2 They remind us of what it was like to fall in love…or give us a hint of what’s to come. As a teen, I loved reading romances because I so desperately wanted to Have All Those Feelings. That spark. That connection. That pull. Now, as a middle-aged married person, it reminds me of falling in love with my husband, and kindles some of that spark from 28 years ago. J

#3 They inspire us to be our best selves. Oftentimes, heroes and heroines are rather idealized. They may well inspire us to be the best we can be in emulating them. But the best novels show characters that are imperfect/human too, so we can fully relate.

#4 They inform us about something. Maybe it’s about a career we haven’t really thought about before. Or they’re set in a place we haven’t had a chance to visit ourselves yet.

#5 They make us think. At least a little. Because we “experience” things along with the characters, we may learn something about ourselves. Mistakes we might make too, if we were in their shoes…and how to avoid them. Choices that we hope we’d make, no matter what the characters do.

#6 They remind us of the building blocks of any solid romance. Good communication, time, experience, chemistry, forgiveness and grace.

#7 They’re fun. Who doesn’t love love?

What is YOUR favorite reason to read a good love story?

Important Information

Be sure to visit Lisa’s website FIRST for instructions for the hunt, and then each stop once they are live. Not only does each stop offer a daily giveaway, you will find all the clues you need to complete the hunt and enter to win the major prizes on Lisa’s website! The rest of the tour stops are as follows:

January 16: Faithfully Bookish; Why Montana?

January 17: Reading is My Superpower; Excerpt from Once Upon a Montana Summer

January 18: Wishful Endings; Q&A with Lisa

January 19: Relz Reviewz; Why Once Upon a Summer?

January 20: Lisa T. Bergren; The Final Stop and Major Prize Entry Form.

Enter by midnight on 1/21/19 USA Mountain time! Winners will be drawn on 1/22/19 and posted on the prize entry form page on Lisa’s site.

Discover a fun guest post with @LisaTBergren (+ #giveaway information!) and discover all the reasons to read #romance novels. 7 Reasons to Read Romance Novels | Lisa Bergren's Scavenger Hunt! Click To Tweet
Major Prizes:

1st: $100 Amazon gift card
2nd: $30 Amazon gift card
3rd, 4th, 5th: 3 romance novels that Lisa wrote at the beginning of her career! (USA only; if an international wins one of these prizes, she will send them a $20USD Amazon gift card)

You can visit the next stop of the Mini Montana Scavenger Hunt now, by going to Beth Erin’s FAITHFULLY BOOKISH!

Also, you can enter to win one of the following novels by Lisa, thanks to Lisa!

Winner’s choice of one of her Montana-associated novels (print copy US only) – The Bridge, Glamorous IllusionsFirestorm or Once Upon a Montana Summer.

If the winner is outside of the United States, they will receive an e-copy of ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER.

*I’ll also draw a second name for any reader to win a Kindle copy one of the books mentioned above!

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  • Heidi Robbins January 15, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Today I’m starting The Flight of a Butterfly by Rachel Ward.

    • Rissi January 18, 2019 at 8:29 AM

      Hope you enjoy, Heidi. :)

  • Laura January 15, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Started reading Deck the Halls a Fixer-Upper Mystery by Kate Carlisle

    • Rissi January 18, 2019 at 8:30 AM

      Sounds like a fun read, Laura! :)

  • Sonnetta Jones January 16, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    It reminds me that people want to be connected by love.

    • Rissi January 18, 2019 at 8:31 AM

      Thanks for sharing, Sonnetta. No matter our reasons, I will always enjoy romance novels because they’re always lovely. :)

  • MJSH January 17, 2019 at 3:45 AM

    All of the above! Great reasons to love a good story. I just finished So Bright a Hope by Amber Lynn Perry. A great story.

    • Rissi January 18, 2019 at 8:32 AM

      Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed your last read!! :)

  • Rosalyn January 17, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    Current read – The Curse of Misty Wayfair

    • Rissi January 18, 2019 at 8:33 AM

      Hope you enjoy, Rosalyn. :)

  • Joan Arning January 17, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    I’m reading With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander.

    • Rissi January 18, 2019 at 8:33 AM

      Hope you enjoy, Joan. :)

  • Arletta January 18, 2019 at 6:59 AM

    Fun little scavenger hunt! Thanks for hosting. I hadn’t realized that Lisa was writing this book. I’m following her Keturah series.

    • Rissi January 18, 2019 at 8:34 AM

      I didn’t either, Arletta, but am always glad to discover a new book from an author. :) Hope you enjoy her Keturah series.

  • Priscila Perales January 18, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    I loved this! And indeed! I could relate to so many :)
    I recently had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Abigail by Jess Heileman and it was amazing! Completely recommended!

  • Myra Limbaugh January 19, 2019 at 2:25 AM

    Looking forward to reading this interesting book by Lisa

  • Kay Garrett January 19, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Love all the reasons lists, but also love when it’s something I can connect to whether it’s a location, situation, age, etc. Love it when it’s recommended to me by a dear friend because I figure they know me and if they recommend it they know I will love it too. Love to connect with new to me authors too as another avenue to explorer.

    Would LOVE to have the opportunity to read “Once Upon a Montana Summer”.

  • Myra Ball January 19, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Lisa T. Bergren is new author to me but this book sounds great. I checked her books out on Amazon and wow, she has several several series. I’m not sure how I haven’t came across her until now. The synopsis for this book sounds like a fun story with a stalker mystery.

  • Alison Boss January 19, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    I am currently reading ‘OF MOZART AND MAGI: A Rose in Three Quarter Time Christmas Tale (Three Quarter Time series)’ by Rachel McMillan. Thanks for being a part of this scavenger hunt and for this additional giveaway!!

  • Rebecca Dewey January 19, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Contemporary novels are my favorite genre. I think it’s because many times I can easily relate to the characters and often times be inspired to be a better person.

  • Natalya Lakhno January 20, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Sounds great! I would love to read it! Cover is beautiful.

  • Amanda January 20, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    I love her reasons, especially #6.

  • kim January 20, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    that there is always hope.

  • Danielle Hammelef January 20, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    I’m currently reading The Girls of 17 Swann Street.

  • Christine Kilner January 20, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    I am reading The Meek by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

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