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Books that make for a great valentine gift.

Emily Harrison By Emily Harrison Published on January 14, 2016

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This article was updated on July 11, 2017

Chocolates get eaten, flowers die, fluffy toys are not what you want when you over 5 years old but books can be read over and over again.

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10 books that will make your Valentine happy for longer than just a day!

Gone with the Wind

Scarlett and Rhett could be said to be the two most famous lovers after Romeo and Juliet. This novel depicts the aftermath of the American Civil War so vividly but despite its strong historical content, the reader lives through a love story like no other.

Pride and Prejudice

The sultry and unfriendly Mr Darcy is certainly not Elizabeth’s first choice of suitor but she slowly unveils a man full of kindness and empathy and cannot stop herself falling in love with him. Set in the 19th century when class and status dictated who you married, this novel breaks all the rules and proves that love can conquer all.

The Fault in Our Stars

Two teenagers suffering from terminal illness are brought together. In normal circumstances either would maybe not look twice at the other, but the emotional support that they bring each other overrides all the stereotypical issues two teenagers would endure. Can young, innocent love conquer all?

The Notebook

Noah Calhoun and Allie are desperately in love but her parents do not approve. When Noah goes off to serve in the war, Allie becomes involved with another man. When Noah returns to their small town years later it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.

The Love Poems of Rumi

“If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is, or what "God’s fragrance" means, lean your head toward him or her. Keep your face there close.”

Need we say anymore?

North and South

This is a story of the reluctant romance between Margaret Hale (born in the south) and John Thornton (born in the north). A romance that will satisfy both brain and heart, North and South is a real page turner.

Far From the Madding Crowd

A strong and stubborn beauty has her choice of three different suitors: a sheep farmer, a dashing soldier and a prosperous, older bachelor. Set in the Victoria era, which one will Bathsheba choose?

Love and Summer

This read may not be for the faint hearted but its rawness and authenticity makes for a wonderful read about the passionate relationship of a young farm wife with a newcomer to the slow and uneventful town.

Arturo’s Island

The novel tells the story of Arturo, an Italian boy living on an island in the care of an emotionally distant father whom he worships. One day, his father shakes his world by bringing home a young girl only a few years Arturo's senior. Arturo hates this girl – until he realizes that he loves her.


A refusal of a marriage proposal would make anyone think that a love story was over, but this novel demonstrates how happy endings can prevail.

The Best of Me

Two young lovers, Amanda and Dawson, torn apart by their families reunite after many years apart. Passionate and making up for lost time, they try to make the best of their situation until disaster strikes and once again their love story ends but part of him will still live on in her son. 

British Canadian with a passion for travelling, languages, food and all things books. And most importantly, a loving wife and Mummy to two wonderful boys.

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