Valentine’s Day is almost here, but not all minds wander to chocolate and roses. If you are the person who would rather celebrate this day with a good, heart-pumping read, visit the Pop Fiction shelves on the library’s first floor to take home one of these quasi-romantic novels:
Once Upon a Winter’s Heart
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Emma has given up on dating and declared romance dead. She is forced to give it a second thought when her grandfather dies leaving her grandmother heartbroken. In her grandfather’s honor, Emma agrees to keep the tradition of decorating the bookstore with hearts for Valentine’s Day and is helped by Lane who soon becomes more than just a friend. Unfortunately, he is also more than just a friend to Emma’s sister.
The Heart has its Reasons
After losing her husband, Blanca, a college professor in Madrid travels to California in search of a new life. Accepting a research grant to follow a deceased, exiled Spanish writer, she works to sort out a long gone life of passion and intrigue while dealing with a colleague who has not disclosed secrets he knows about the writer.
The Woman from Paris
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Phaedra appears at the funeral of Lord Frampton, recently deceased due to a skiing accident. She is a surprise to the entire family and also the heiress to Lord Frampton’s sapphires. Three brothers contest the will, while the oldest wins Phaedra’s heart. The love affair is made difficult by another family member who is determined to uncover Phaedra as a fraud.
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First a story of loss, then love, Meredith retreats to Nantucket with a friend to heal after her husband cheats his rich investors out of millions of dollars and loses the house. Life becomes interesting when Meredith’s high school sweetheart shows up and she is forced to sort through thoughts of what life might have been.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
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The second novel by the author of Loving Frank, this time Horan focuses on the love between Robert Louis Stevenson and his feisty American bride, Fanny. I haven’t read this one, but Loving Frank was exceptional so I’ve put this on my list.
These books also go well with chocolate and roses. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Our Pop Fiction selection varies month to month, so check frequently for new titles.
Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and special acquisitions coordinator in Resource Management.