What We're Reading This Weekend: Love Stories

07/18/2013 at 05:00 PM EDT

What We're Reading This Weekend: Love Stories
There's the romantic kind, of course, but purely platonic devotion can transform lives too. Check out the testaments to the power of love that have our staffers engrossed – and let us know what you're reading.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Love Stories| Book Reviews, Books

Leslie Baldwin, Integrated Account Manager
Her Pick: The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice

It's an incredible page-turner following two people who were unlikely ever to meet – a wealthy woman and an estate caretaker who's an undocumented immigrant. The pair are brought together by the coincidence that they've both lost a daughter. This leads to an amazing search for one of the daughters that's really keeping me reading.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Love Stories| Book Reviews, Books

Joanna Palumbo, Sales Planning Manager
Her Pick: An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and (former PEOPLE writer) Alex Tresniowski

It's an unbelievable true story about the fierce bond that developed between an 11-year-old homeless boy and a successful sales executive after she stopped to buy him lunch one day. Very inspiring.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Love Stories| Book Reviews, Books

Laurie Coughlan, Senior Manager, Digital Communications
Her Pick: Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann

In the summer, I love long, epic novels that make you excited for a train ride or a quiet day on the beach. Anthropology's heroine is Evie, who we follow through her teens and early 20s growing up in East Hampton and NYC in the '70s and early '80s. Evie's story focuses on big, first love, and how that relationship shapes her as she outgrows friendships, struggles with family, and discovers who she is. Though I'm tempted to read compulsively, I still find myself "saving" pages for tomorrow.

Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week's moving memoirs and more great book finds here.

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