Valentine's Day is fast approaching and romance is in the air. Whether you are attached or flying solo, these books are guaranteed to get you feeling the love.
While not all of the couples live happily ever after, they all represent the many ways love can change our lives.
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Lou Clark knows lots of things, but she doesn't know she's about to lose her job, or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour.
Pride and Prejudice delightfully captures the affectations and rivalries of class-conscious English families in an age when status and security for women hung entirely on matrimonial ambitions. It is also the source of some of the most memorable characters ever written, making this book the most superb comedy of manners (and love) of Regency England.
Noah Calhoun has just returned from World War Two. Attempting to escape the ghosts of battle, he tries to concentrate on restoring an old plantation home to its former glory. And yet he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met there fourteen years before, a girl who captured his heart like no other. But when these distant memories begin to slide into reality, the passion that had lain still is ignited once more. Though so much is in their way, the miraculous force of their love refuses to fade.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
15 July 1988 - Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?
The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the highpoints of nineteenth century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention, and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.
When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father, she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. As a new student is a rare occurence in Forks, she is treated like a celebrity by everyone in school. Everyone, that is, but the Cullens. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him. He seems determined to push her away, until an almost fatal car crash that changes both their lives forever.
She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy . . . wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant. Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now . . . When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill - the setting of one of her favourite movies - Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too. Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?
In the bawdy music halls of the late-19th century, Nan is captivated by Kitty Butler, a male impersonator. She manages to meet her heroine and, soon after, becomes her dresser. Heading for the bright lights of London, they form a double act, while privately, a love affair begins.
Perhaps the most well-known love story of all time, the tragedy of the young star-crossed lovers of Verona has been read, performed ad adapted countless of times accross all mediums.
Romeo and Juliet fall instatly in love with each other on the night they first meet, unaware that their love is a forbidden one. Forced to form a plan to escape those who wish to keep them apart, a miscommunication leads to a devestating ending.
Holly is a young Irish widow, who must put her life back together after she loses her husband, Gerry, to a brain tumour. Three months after his death, Holly emerges from her house to retrieve a mysterious package from her mother. When Holly opens it up, she finds that Gerry has left her a letter for each month of the year following his death, each instructing Holly to do something to help her heal.
From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century.
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and just when she's about to get her heart's desire, tragedy destroys her world. In the aftermath of loss and divorce, she throws herself into her career as a music therapist. Working with Vanessa, she finds their relationship moving from business, to friendship, and then - to Zoe's surprise - blossoming into love. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of children again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that she and her husband never used. But Max, having sought peace at the bottom of a bottle, has found redemption in an evangelical church, and Zoe needs his permission to take his unborn child.
Keeping house and rearing children, Nazneen does what is expected of her. Into that fragile peace walks Karim, raising questions of longing and belonging that open her eyes to surprising truths. While Nazneen struggles in Tower Hamlets, her sister Hasina has her own dreams back home in Bangladesh .