Top 10 Best Books for Valentine's Day

From romantic reads to passionate page-turners, you're guaranteed to find the perfect book in this list of the best books for Valentine's Day. It features sentimentality, sensuality and seduction in abundance, and tantalising tales from masters of romance including Nicholas Sparks, Jane Austen and Jackie Collins.

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1. Chance Developments

Alexander McCall Smith

This gorgeous collection of stories about all kinds of love was inspired by a selection of vintage photographs, lovingly reproduced throughout the book. The author looks at each photo and creates a fictional story about the characters captured in them. From an estate in Scotland to a Canadian travelling circus, be whisked away by these inventive and captivating tales, which will make you smile, laugh, cry, and feel inspired.

 

2. The Notebook

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Nicholas Sparks

This sumptuous novel is uplifting and heart-breaking in equal measure. It follows Noah Calhoun, a man haunted by memories of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, Allie, whom he loved beyond compare. To his shock and amazement, Allie shows up in his town to see him, and this is when their story truly begins. Theirs is a tumultuous, fiery and passionate relationship, but one that ends with profound sadness as Allie's memories begin to fade. This stunning story will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

 

3. Pride and Prejudice

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Jane Austen

This beloved book of 1813 follows the provincial middle-class Bennet family. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks he's an arrogant, narcissistic individual. Similarly, he is indifferent to her beauty and vibrant mind. When Darcy starts to interfere in the relationship between his friend Bingley and Elizabeth's sister Jane, Elizabeth is determined to loathe him more than ever - but instead ends up falling in love. When it comes to romance, you can't beat this much-loved classic.


 

4. Me Before You

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Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark leads a modest but comfortable life, working at the delightful Buttered Bun teashop, trying to find time to see her fitness-mad boyfriend, Patrick. But everything changes when the teashop closes down. Lou finds a new job supporting a quadriplegic man named Will, whom she initially deems to be utterly infuriating, his mood erratic, his comments cutting. But then she learns his shocking secret. Can she change his mind over a heart-breaking decision before it's too late? This touching story is both amusing and poignant.

 

5. Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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Louis de Bernieres

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is despatched to the Greek island of Cephalonia as part of the occupying forces. At first, he is ostracised by the locals, but they realise in time that he is civilised, amusing, and an excellent musician. But it isn't long before Corelli and the local doctor's daughter, Pelagia, become involved in a steamy affair - despite her engagement to Mandras, a fisherman. Can their love survive the war as the lines are drawn between invader and defender?


 

6. Fifty Shades of Grey

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E. L. James

If you're looking for something a little more risque, this darkly sensual novel is guaranteed to get your pulse racing. The young and naive Anastasia Steele somehow winds up interviewing the incredibly handsome and wildly successful entrepreneur, Christian Grey. She is shocked to find herself longing for this mysterious man - but even more astonished when she discovers he wants her, too. It's not long before Ana uncovers Grey's dark inner demons from a shadowy past, and the intimate secrets he hides behind closed doors...

 

7. Wuthering Heights

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Emily Bronte

This compelling classic follows the stormy relationship between Catherine Earnshaw, who lives on the desolate Yorkshire moors, and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by her father. Heathcliff, bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley, falls deeply in love with Catherine. Believing this love to be unrequited, he leaves Wuthering Heights, but returns years later as a prosperous man, determined to wreak a terrible revenge for his former miseries and lasting anguish. Chaotic, violent, yet infused with fierce love, this haunting masterpiece will shock and thrill its readers.


 

8. Cathy Bramley Collection

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Cathy Bramley

For something a bit more cheerful, this is the perfect heart-warming collection. It features 3 feel-good reads: Appleby Farm, which follows Freya Moorcroft as she tries to find love and friendship between her farming work; Ivy Lane, in which Tilly Parker looks for a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude; and Conditional Love, in which some serious surprises are in store for Sophie Stone when a mysterious benefactor leaves her an inheritance. There's just one catch: she must meet the father she's never even seen.

 

9. The Santangelos

Jackie Collins

Full of spark and sensuality, the late Jackie Collins's final book brilliantly showcases her incredible talent, and is unremittingly addictive. It features a vengeful enemy, a drug-addled Colombian club owner, and a passionate Italian family. Poor Lucky Santangelo is certainly kept busy trying to manage it all. But there are pressing problems in Lucky's own family, as her son Bobby is set up for a murder he didn't commit. Lucky and her husband must try to ensure that the Santangelos once again come out on 

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10. Noughts and Crosses

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Malorie Blackman

This award-winning book tells a gripping, subversive tale that will open readers' eyes to the real-life prejudice that has torn societies apart, through an intense and tumultuous love story. Callum is white, and thus a lowly Nought; Sephy is black and a privileged Cross. The two are close friends throughout childhood, despite their divisive society. But increasing hostility between their families means they have to see other in secret... but for how long? Powerful and compelling, you'll be captivated from the first page to the last.