Ten romantic reads to get lost in this Valentine's Day
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Reading is traditionally a solitary activity, which might make it a less than popular way to celebrate Valentine's Day. But maybe you're going to spending The Most Romantic Day of the Year by yourself. Maybe your SO is miles away, working or simply not available. Or maybe you're both bookworms and reading together is your idea of heaven. Whatever your reasons there is never a bad one for picking up a book. We've put together a list of ten romantic reads you may not have come across before and which might make Valentine's Day 2018 your best one yet. Persuasion, by Jane Austen We're starting off classically, but with a slightly more unusual choice than many of these lists. Persuasion is the last full novel Jane Austen wrote before she died, and was the first (alongside Northanger Abbey) to be published under her name. Unlike her earlier romances, this one concentrates on lost love: the heroine, Anne Elliot, once broke off her engagement to Captain Wentworth as her family and friends disapproved. When he reappears in her life, this 27-year-old old maid has some serious decisions to make. Much more mature and thoughtful than Pride and Prejudice, it still offers the same delicious gossip, intrigue and amusing characters and, of course, romance galore! Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell In a much more modern move, this 2011 novel is told via e-mails, as an epistolary novel for the 21st century. Lincoln O'Neill's job is to read company e-mails and issue warnings for inappropriate usage. Instead, he finds himself drawn into the friendship between Jennifer and Beth and falls head over heels for the latter. In an age where we might first become aware of somebody via their social media, this poses the ultimate question: how on earth do you explain your Facestalking in a way that doesn't make you seem like a creeper? The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, by Eva Rice This book has it all: romance, rock n roll, rambling country mansions and really good dialogue. Set in 1950s England, the main characters are Penelope Wallace's eccentric family and friends, from her beautiful but vague mother to ambitious but distracted brother. This is one to be read with tea and cakes and a slick of red lipstick either on your lips or on your collar, entirely up to you! The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen Sarah Dessen's books are always a pleasure, but this one gives us the wonderful Macy and Wes, who bond over catering jobs and games of 'truth'. It's not without its heartache, in the death of Macy's father before the book begins, and her inability to connect with her mother, but the strength of the friendships she builds with Wes and his friends makes this a truly memorable and romantic book. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
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