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Books to Fall in Love With 2014

Valentine's Day

Books to Fall in Love With 2014

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Still stuck on what to buy your Valentine? We have the answer --- and it's all about books! Recently we gave readers the chance to win one of our five Bookreporter.com Valentine's Day prize packages, which included one copy of each of our featured books and some delicious Ghirardelli chocolate. Congratulations to our winners! Even if you weren't a winner, we encourage you to take a look at our feature and see which of our titles you would like to give to your Valentine --- or yourself.

Our featured Valentine’s Day titles are:

Winners

  • Erica from Columbia, MD
  • Frances from Oklahoma City, OK
  • Karen from Albany, GA
  • Laura from Valencia, CA
  • Nick from Vernon, CT
Your Top 10 Literary Loves and Lusts
1. Mr. Darcy from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
2. Christian Grey from 50 SHADES OF GREY
3. Pip from GREAT EXPECTATIONS
4. Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS
5. Rhett Butler from GONE WITH THE WIND
6. Four/Tobias from the Divergent series
7. James Bond from the Bond series
8. Atticus Finch from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
9. Daisy Buchanan from THE GREAT GATSBY
10. Edward Cullen from the Twilight series
 
Honorary Mentions
1 Horton from HORTON HEARS A WHO
2. Matthew Clairmont from A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES
3. Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series
 
Cider Brook: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers - Romance


Samantha Bennett is a treasure hunter who has returned to Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, to solve a 300-year-old mystery and salvage her good name. Now she has everyone’s attention --- especially that of Justin Sloan. Samantha is daring, determined, seized by wanderlust --- everything that strong, stoic Justin never knew he wanted. Until now…

I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe - Historical Fiction


Rosetta doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist as a soldier in the Civil War, but he joins up nonetheless, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Determined to be with him, no matter the cost, Rosetta cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s as their marriage is tested by war.

Love Is a Canoe by Ben Schrank - Romance


The author of a classic self-help guide to love and relationships, Peter Herman has won the hearts of romantics and cynics alike. But decades have passed since Marriage Is a Canoe was published, and a recently widowed Peter begins to question his own advice. Much to his chagrin, he receives a call from Stella Petrovic, an ambitious young editor in New York City who forces him to reconsider his life’s work, not to mention the full force of his delusions.

Love on Mimosa Lane: A Seasons of the Heart Novel by Anna DeStefano - Romance


Law Beaumont and Kristen Hemmings have watched each other from a distance for years. But Law, a bartender with a bad-boy past, and Kristen, an assistant principal devoted to helping her community, couldn't seem more different. When they unite to mentor a young foster child and to help Law's troubled daughter through the aftermath of her parents' ugly divorce, their attraction deepens.

Loving Cara: A Love Under the Big Sky Novel by Kristen Proby - Romance


Cara Donovan’s summer tutoring job is turning out to be a challenge --- and not just because of her troubled 12-year-old student. It’s his uncle Josh who’s the real problem. If problem is the word for an irresistibly cocky, muscle-bound rancher with a taste for tight Levi’s and shameless flirtation...

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - Romance


Louisa Clark takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life and is pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Louisa refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole - Fiction


SAND DOLLAR is an epic, heart-wrenching love story about the one who got away. It is best described as a romantic fantasy, kind of like THE NOTEBOOK with a SIXTH SENSE twist. Similar to a Nicholas Sparks novel, but uniquely different, SAND DOLLAR is a thought-provoking, emotional read with real life situations that might even have you yelling at the main characters at times. And not only is it filled with plenty of twists and turns that will make it hard to put the book down, but the ending will knock your socks off!

Sex After...: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes by Iris Krasnow - Self-Help


Filled with edgy and honest stories of carnal challenge and triumph from women of all backgrounds and life stages, SEX AFTER... is Iris Krasnow’s signature take on EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK --- during all of life’s passages. Krasnow is a media and lecture tour favorite, and readers will applaud her eye-opening perspectives on the one issue that can change lives for better or worse like nothing else.

The Swiss Affair by Emylia Hall - Fiction


For Hadley Dunn, life has been predictable and uneventful. But that is before she spends her second year of college abroad in Lausanne, a glamorous Swiss city on the shores of Lake Geneva. Lausanne is imbued with the boundless sense of freedom Hadley has been seeking, and it is here she meets Kristina, a beautiful but mysterious Danish girl. The two bond quickly, but as the first snows of winter arrive, tragedy strikes.

Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland - Nature


Packed with beautiful, breathtaking full-color photographs, UNLIKELY LOVES is a celebration of love between species. Here are stories of parental love, like the Dalmatian who mothers a newborn lamb --- a lamb that just happens to be white with black spots! Stories of playful love, including the fox and the hound who become inseparable. And stories of orphaned animals who have found family-like ties in unexpected combinations, like the elephant who’s bonded with sea lions, goats, and other animals in her walks around the Oregon Zoo.

A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker - Romance


Almost 10 years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads. One day, she hears a stranger’s voice in her head that causes her to leave her office without explanation. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear, it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life?

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin - Fiction


Molly Hallberg is a divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family’s Long Island upholstery business. Fearless in everything except love, she is now dating a chiropractor. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance “in the style of Nora Ephron,” she flunks out big-time. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron’s romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism.