It’s reassuring to know that you don’t need a loved-one to celebrate this day. Single or coupled what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than snuggled up with a book? Here are some of our favourite romantic novels and love stories:
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The beautiful novel by the Nobel Prize-winning Columbian author proved that not all great love stories are about the young.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The initially thwarted, intensely passionate, love between Jane and Rochester is one of the greatest love stories of all time.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This magical New York Times bestseller exudes a mystical, dreamlike quality.
Persuasion by Jane Austen. We could argue forever which is the best Jane Austen novel but we simply adore her last completed work and the love story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth is, for us, the most compelling.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Niffenegger’s poignant and original 2004 novel about Clare and Henry, the ‘time traveller’, became an instant bestseller, spawning worldwide fans and a blockbuster movie.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The young adult author’s best known novel is heartbreaking, funny and unforgettable – and definitely not just for young adults.
Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes. Moyes’ emotional tear-jerker quickly became a bestseller and fans will be glad to hear the movie version will finally be out later this year.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Australian author Graeme Simsion’s story about a man who set out to find a wife via a spreadsheet became a runaway international bestseller.
One Day by David Nicholls. The funny, warm and often sad story of the friendship between two university students, Dexter and Emma, is a modern classic.
Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos. We couldn’t resist including our Book of the Week this week, a stunning love story about two Holocaust survivors who fall in love through their letter writing. So moving.