It Happened One Summer

If You Loved “It Happened One Summer,” You’ll Adore These 12 Books

Ever been so engrossed in a romance novel that the world around you fades away? If Tessa Bailey’s “It Happened One Summer” was such a book for you, you’re about to discover more gems that will sweep you off your feet.

From small-town romances to tales of unexpected love, here are some recommendations that promise to be just as enthralling.

“It Happened One Summer” – A Brief Overview

AuthorTessa Bailey
Main CharactersPiper Bellinger, Brendan Taggart
ThemesLove, Self-discovery, Redemption

Before we delve into similar reads, let’s reminisce about what made “It Happened One Summer” so special. The novel isn’t just a love story; it’s a journey of self-discovery, of finding love in unexpected places, and of cherishing life’s fleeting moments.

Its charm lies in its relatable characters, picturesque setting, and the raw emotions it evokes.

Books Like It Happened One Summer

1. “Runaway Girl” by Tessa Bailey

If you were captivated by the raw emotions and sizzling chemistry in “It Happened One Summer,” Bailey’s “Runaway Girl” is bound to be a hit. This tale is a whirlwind of passion, unexpected encounters, and the journey of a runaway bride finding her true self.

Much like Piper’s transformation in “It Happened One Summer,” this book promises a heroine’s journey of self-discovery, peppered with tantalizing romance.

2. “Getaway Girl” by Tessa Bailey

Another masterpiece from Bailey, “Getaway Girl” is a tale of strangers turning into lovers, echoing the unexpected love Piper finds. With Bailey’s signature touch of steamy romance and deep emotional connections, this book is a must-read for those who crave love stories that are both heartwarming and hot.

3. “The Simple Wild” by K.A. Tucker

Set against the backdrop of the Alaskan wild, this heartwarming story beautifully blends romance with self-discovery. Much like Piper’s journey to a small town, the protagonist here finds love and herself in an unexpected place.

The picturesque settings and the raw, genuine emotions make it a perfect companion read.

4. “All Rhodes Lead Here” by Mariana Zapata

Dive into a world where love, longing, and the magic of serendipity intertwine. Echoing the charm of small-town romance and unexpected connections found in “It Happened One Summer,” this book promises a slow burn romance that’s worth every page.

5. “Archer’s Voice” by Mia Sheridan

A poignant tale that resonates with deep emotions, this book showcases the transformative power of love. Like Piper and Brendan’s story, it’s a testament to how love can heal, transform, and uplift.

6. “Drive Me Wild” by Melanie Harlow

New beginnings, small-town charm, and unexpected love await in this delightful read. Echoing the themes of rediscovery and love in unexpected places, this book is a treat for those who loved the dynamics between Piper and Brendan.

7. “Get a Life, Chloe Brown” by Talia Hibbert

Chloe Brown’s journey is one of humor, romance, and overcoming life’s challenges. If you loved the blend of humor and heart in “It Happened One Summer,” Chloe’s story, filled with wit, passion, and growth, will be right up your alley.

8. “Act Your Age, Eve Brown” by Talia Hibbert

Hibbert delivers yet another gem that promises laughter, love, and a whole lot of heart. Eve’s journey mirrors Piper’s in many ways, making it a delightful read for fans of “It Happened One Summer.”

9. “Take a Hint, Dani Brown” by Talia Hibbert

A sizzling romance that’s both heartwarming and hilarious, this book is a testament to the unexpected ways love can find us, much like Piper’s unexpected romance.

10. “Unraveling Him” by Claire Kingsley

This story, reminiscent of the new-girl-in-town meets the grouchy local trope, offers a unique twist. If you loved the dynamics between Piper and the locals, this tale of unraveling secrets and budding romance is a must-read.

11. “After We Fall” by Melanie Harlow

Dive into a tale of a grumpy farmer and a rich city girl. Their animosity turns into undeniable attraction, echoing the sparks between Piper and Brendan. Set against the backdrop of a farm, it’s a tale of love, healing, and second chances.

12. “Welcome to Sea Port” series by Katrina Jackson

Welcome to Sea Port

Delight in small-town romances that range from strangers-to-lovers to other tantalizing tropes. If you were charmed by the community and the romance in “It Happened One Summer,” this series promises more of the same warmth, wit, and whirlwind romances.


Romance novels have the unique power to transport us to worlds where every glance has a story, every touch sparks a flame, and love conquers all. If “It Happened One Summer” left an indelible mark on your heart, these recommendations promise to offer similar experiences, each with its own unique flavor.

So, cozy up with a blanket, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and lose yourself in these captivating tales of love.

Written by Neelam