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Our top Valentine's Day reading picks

A Classic Love Story – Pride & Prejudice 

A classic tale from a classic author. Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice acquaints us with Elizabeth Bennet and the infamous Mr Darcy in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, enmity and love, that turns their lives upside down.

 

A Tragic Love Story – Me Before You

Most recently seen on the big screen starring Sam Caflain and Emilia Clarke, Me Before You tells the beautifully poignant story of Louisa Clark bursting into Will Traynor's world in a riot of colour and how they changed each other's lives for all time. Have tissues at the ready.

 

A YA Love Story – All The Bright Places

All the Bright Places is a brave and beautiful love story. Theodore Finch wants to take his own life, and Violet Markey is devastated by her sister's death. This is the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. 

 

A War-Time Love Story – Atonement

Set during World War II,  young lovers Cecilia and Robbie are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia's jealous younger sister, Briony, and all three of them must deal with the consequences.

 

A Modern Love Story – The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's passionate love for each other with grace and humour. Their struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control is intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

 

A Raunchy Love Story – Fifty Shades Darker

The second novel in E. L. James'  Fifty Shades series sees Ana's desire for Christian Grey still dominating her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist... Fifty Shades Darker is also now a major film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

 

A Comedic Love Story – Bridget Jones's Baby

In this gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic, maternal bliss, and social, professional, technological, culinary and childbirth chaos, Bridget Jones – global phenomenon and the world’s favourite Singleton – is back with a bump. The only question is, who's the father?

 

Historical Love Story – And I Darken 

Lada definitely doesn’t want to fall in love. Falling in love with the sultan’s son Mehmed is definitely not part of the plan to wreak revenge on the Ottoman Empire for keeping her and her brother, Radu, hostage. Lada is far from a gentle princess, and her fight for revenge and power is at the centre of this intense historical novel.

 

Fantasy Love Story – Valentine

Our protagonist, Pearl Lindford, detests Finn Blacklin with a passion, but is forced to work with him when their friends start behaving weirdly and disappearing. Love, magic and murder collide to make a funny and fast-paced story that is definitely not a fairy tale.

  • Part of the Vintage Classics Austen Series: all six of Jane Austen's major novels, beautifully designed by writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton and introduced by our finest contemporary writers

  • Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. 

  • The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.

  • 'The best thing he has ever written' Observer

  • A special edition of E L James’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Fifty Shades Darker, that includes her own photos and caption commentary from the making of the film—and an excerpt from her forthcoming book, Fifty Shades Darker, As Told by Christian Grey.

  • ** The funniest book of the year ** ** The new Bridget Jones novel **

  • An epic coming-of-age drama starring a kick-ass anti-princess who knows how to wield a sword

  • Valentine is the first in a smart and page-turning YA series with a paranormal twist.

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