Love is something that should be celebrated throughout the year, but February, the month of love, is a great time to surprise a romance lover with a lovely book. Whether your relationship is still brand new or you have been together for many years already, remind your partner how special your relationship is to you with the gift of a good book. Here are our recommendations for Valentine (and beyond):
Eleanor & Park is a tale of late-night conversations, mix tapes and the amazing feeling of falling in love for the first time. With her red hair and mismatched clothes Eleanor immediately seems to be the odd one out in her new town. Until she meets Park, a boy who lives his life flying under the radar. The book is set in 1986, detailing one school year of the couple, making it a beautiful and nostalgic read for everyone who can still remember the feeling of being young and in love.
David Levithan takes a different approach to romance by constructing his story of a relationship in dictionary format. The nameless narrator of the tale uses words in alphabetical order to describe moments of their own love story. Many of these moments will be very familiar to couples who are in love and serve as a great reminder of how sweet, funny and joyous a relationship can be.
Sometimes love blossoms in the most unexpected circumstances, as in this book by Jamie Beck. When a man is injured by a drunk driver he is treated by a physical therapist who is shocked to discover her own brother was the man responsible for the accident. Passion soon begins to simmer between the two, but due to their circumstances there is a lot standing between them and lasting love.
Not many authors choose the world of 1930s Parisian haute couture as a setting for a romance novel, which already makes The Dress Thief stand out. It is the tale of Alix Gower, a designer with big dreams, but a dark secret. When the opportunity finally arrives for her to make her dreams come true she finds herself falling for a English war reporter. With plenty of intrigue, glamor and romance this is a tale that is hard to put down.
Don Tillman is a 39 year old geneticist looking for the perfect partner. However, he decides that the best way to go about this task is a scientific test that he dubs the Wife Project. Don then meets Rosie, a woman who becomes a big part of his life despite being completely unsuitable for him per his criteria. Remind your partner that love isn't an exact science with the gift of this heart-warming and humorous book.