It’s the month of love and romance and so… it makes sense for me to recommend my favourite romantic/love related books to get you in the mood for the most romantic day of the year.
By the author Me Before You and After You this cute little collection of short stories features undeniably romantic tales from the city of love; Paris. As well as some set in jolly old England as well. Damsels in distress rescued by hot Frenchmen abound.
9. All She Ever Wished For by Claudia Carroll
Witty, warm and akin to cuddling up in your favourite chair on a winters evening. Tessa is unexpectedly called to jury duty just weeks before she’s due to get married but it’s as much a journey of self discovery for her as she tries to prepare for the big day.
8. A Miracle at Macy’s by Lynn Marie Hulsman
Don’t let it put you off reading this just because it’s set at Christmas. Lynn Marie Hulsman has a witty and delightful way of writing and this romantic story featuring a baker and her lost dog will pull the strings of even the hardest hearts.
7. The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
A fast paced and delightful story featuring not only romantic love but the love of books too! What more could you want? Another tug of the heartstrings here and the perfect novel where everything turns out right in the end.
6. How to Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
How to Fall in Love is a beautiful story about loving life as well as a romantic partner. Christine saves Adam’s life when he tries to commit suicide and she is determined that before his 35th birthday she will show him why he should embrace and love his life.
Four very different women are brought together in this sweet story. Lucy, Autumn, Nadia and Chantal meet up in Chocolate Heaven to discuss everything from work, to friends, to love. There’s a gambling husband, a cheating boyfriend, a flirtatious boss and a loveless marriage. But of course there’s also a happy ending.
Well let’s face it, it had to make the cut! What would Valentine’s Day be without a bit of romance S&M style? But for those who haven’t read it, you should know that beneath the smut there’s a true love story which develops throughout the trilogy. A damaged man just looking for someone to love him better. It’s irresistible.
Hughie Venables-Smyth. He’s irresistible and he’s not the only one who knows it. Distraught husbands often pay him to use that irresistability and flirt with their wives to help bring back that spark. It’s going so well with his newest ‘wife’ Olivia that he decides to employ the same techniques on his own longed for love – Leticia. There’s some shocking revelations ahead!
In a way this is not a romantic novel. In some parts in fact it’s a little disturbing. But it wouldn’t be Marian Keyes if it didn’t give us life in real time! Paddy is a famous politician but it’s the broken hearts he’s left behind that are the secrets he doesn’t want the public to know about. This is more a story of loving yourself than loving the wrong man.
Sian is not a reckless person. Ok, so she was, but only once, and when that recklessness resulted in her beautiful son Rory how could she possibly regret it? Like all the women in Katie’s books, Sian has a super cool job as a furniture restorer.
When Sian leaves the City for a quiet life in a beautiful cottage in the English countryside romance is the last thing on her mind, but fate has other thoughts in store….