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Books to love on Valentine’s Day

Vera from Luxury Reading brings us 10 picks for Valentine’s Day — love story reads, sure to satisfy every style reader.

Gone With The Wind Gone with the wind cover

by Margaret Mitchell

Is there a better love story out there than the one of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler? I can’t imagine that there are many of you out there who haven’t read or at least heard of Gone With The Wind. But in case you haven’t, here’s a sneak peek: Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping masterpiece is set against the backdrop of the Civil War, with Scarlett O’Hara, a beautiful Southern belle at the forefront. Scarlett is proud and headstrong, and manages to survive and thrive, while the world as she knew it, crumbles around her. She is as lucky in business as she is unlucky in love — pining after the married Ashley Wilkes and marrying a string of unsuitable men in futile attempts to make Ashley jealous. When Rhett Butler enters her life, Scarlett is taken with his dashing looks and his wealth, and agrees to give marriage another chance. When she begins to fall in love, she won’t admit it, even to herself, and her headstrong nature may cost her the love of her life.
It’s hard to describe the full impact of this amazing novel in one paragraph, and I can only tell you to read it yourself, if you haven’t already. Lucky for you, there are many editions to choose from!

Twilight Twilight cover

by Stephenie Meyer

When Bella Swan moves in with her father in Forks, Washington, she has no idea that her life is about to take a very supernatural turn. Everyone at her new school is fascinated by the five Cullen siblings, who mostly keep to themselves. However, Edward Cullen seems to take a special interest in Bella. When he single handedly rescues her from a car hurtling in her director — by pushing the car away with one hand — Bella senses that something mysterious is at play in Forks.
Vampires, werewolves, forbidden love — it’s all in here. Twilight might not be the best written book, but it’s a guilty pleasure you won’t easily put down.

The Keeper The Keeper cover

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

After the death of her mother, Julia Lapp had to grow up fast in order to help her father with her younger siblings. Since her father’s heart problems took a turn for the worse, she also took over responsibilities around the farm. Despite the hardships, Julia loves her life in the Stony Ridge Amish community, and hopes to start her own family with Paul Fisher, whom she’s dreamt of marrying since she was a little girl. When Paul delays their wedding , for the second time, Julia knows just whom to blame — Roman Troyer, the Bee Man. Julia is determined to make things right with Paul, but things may work out a bit differently than she’s always envisioned…

The Keeper is a heart warming story and the love between the characters in the book is readily apparent on every page. Fisher’s new book will appeal greatly to fans of Amish fiction and cozy fiction in general.

The Rose Garden The Rose Garden cover

by Susanna Kearsley

Grieving the death of her beloved sister, Eva Ward moves back to Cornwall, to a house she remembers from her childhood. Slowly, she begins to heal from the loss but soon, she also begins to hear voices — voices that lead her back to another time. Eva cannot control her time travel between present day and 18th century — where she falls in love with the dashing Daniel Butler.

The romance through time will hook fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Susanna Kearsley’s beautiful writing and imagery will keep them coming back for more.

Red Velvet and AbsintheRed Velvet and Absinthe cover

by Mitzi Szereto

Looking for a more tantalizing read for Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Red Velvet and Absinthe, a collection of paranormal erotic short stories by Mitzi Szereto.

Szereto did a great job of selecting well written stories that blend the erotic with paranormal creatures in a Gothic setting. Readers will be treated to strong female characters in stories like “A Rose in the Willow Garden,” where the predator becomes the prey, and “Snowlight, Moonlight,” where a newly created beast learns the ropes. With truly bizarre and just slightly paranormal and everything in between, Red Velvet and Absinthe offers readers many delicious stories to choose from.

Call Me Irresistible Call Me Irresistible cover

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Her best friend is getting married and Meg is determined to get to the bottom of his seemingly perfect exterior. After all, which is worse — ruining the impending nuptials, or seeing her friend end up in a bad marriage? What Meg does not know is that her actions will turn the whole town, including the jilted groom, against her and cost — her home, her money and her dignity.

Call Me Irresistible is romantic chick lit at its best. The characters are fun and easy to cheer for, and their antics make this book a delightful way to pass the time.

The Divorce Party Divorce Party cover

by Laura Dave

Are you boycotting Valentine’s Day this year? Then Laura Dave’s The Divorce Party might just be the book for you.

Forget anniversary parties! Gwyn Huntington is planning a divorce party that will fall on her 35th wedding anniversary. Her ex-husband claims he has found religion, but Gwyn knows better — and she’s not afraid to tell him so. Adding to the mix is Maggie, Gwyn’s future daughter-in-law, who discovers her fiance’s hidden past, right before meeting her in-laws for the first time. Lighthearted and serious at the same time, The Divorce Party will have you cheering for Gwyn and Maggie, as well as their male counterparts — despite their seemingly reprehensible actions.

The Lotus Eaters The Lotus Eaters cover

by Tatjana Soli

Tatjana Soli, author of The Lotus Eaters, finds love and beauty in the most unlikely place and at the most unlikely time — the fall of Saigon. The story is set in the final days of American involvement in Vietnam. As the leading celebrity photojournalist, Helen constantly struggles to preserve her sanity in the face of war. In Vietnam, she finds comfort in another American photojournalist, Sam Darrow, and a Vietnamese ex-soldier, Tran Bau Linh, who is struggling with a dark past. From these two men, Helen learns about the reality of survival but also about the humanity that is often not so obvious in a war. Through their relationship, Helen unexpectedly develops as a woman and as a photographer.

Based in a war time setting, The Lotus Eaters is seeped with sadness and the brutality of the situation. However, it’s also a surprisingly uplifting, hopeful and touching love story that’s likely to appeal to a lot of readers.

One Day One Day cover

by David Nicholls

I’ve heard many opinions, both positive and negative, about Nicholls’ One Day, but this was still one of my favorite love stories of 2011. As an added bonus, the movie is available on DVD for immediate viewing after finishing the book.

It’s 1988 and college seniors Emma and Dexter spend one day together before graduation. Except, that one day turns into something more and the couple, if you can call them that, spend the next 20 years coming together and falling apart. Carefully laid plans are thwarted and something always seems to be in the way of them being together, but that does not stop them from trying. One Day is the perfect book for hopeless romantics who believe in love despite the odds that life puts in the way.

Something Borrowed Something Borrowed cover

by Emily Giffin

When Rachel met Dex in law school, she was sure that he was out of her league and was quick to introduce him to Darcy. The pair hit it off and was headed for the altar, but Dex’s hidden feelings for his law school friend lingered — finally finding their outlet on one drunken night after Rachel’s 30th birthday.

Read the first few pages of Something Borrowed and you will be hooked. Even though what Rachel and Dex are doing is technically wrong, Emily Giffin makes it really easy to side against the jilted bride. Something Borrowed is the quintessential beach read, or, depending on your location, a buried-in-snow read. Giffin builds up the love story in a way that will compel you to keep reading, eager to find out the fate of the possibly-doomed lovers.

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