Valentine’s Day – Our Reviewers’ Top 5

February 14, 2017 News & Guest Blogs 0

To celebrate Valentine’s Day the BestChickLit reviewers have collaborated with four of our favourite authors to find the perfect Valentine’s read. Here is what Nikki, Charlotte and Lizzie have to say!

 

bestchicklitgirlsNikki Ford:

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

A new entry. I just read it and I think it’s just about perfect. Intriguing, mystical and super intelligent. The different types of love between the characters is so stunningly real.

 

 

 

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Flowers In The Attic by Virginia Andrews

I loved all her books when I was an early teen but this was the first I read and so the most special. I think they opened my eyes to the existence of a darker sort of love.

 

 

 

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Who hasn’t felt like a plain Jane? It very much resonated with me as a younger woman -when no boys would look at me, I hoped for my very own Rochester. What a sensual relationship! Plus the Brontes lived near to where I do so it’s close to my heart in that way too.

 

 

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The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

I love magical realism and this one inspired me to start writing myself. It’s such a heart-breaking story and so very unusual – if you’ve not read it yet, I’d really recommend it. A love story at its best.

 

 

 

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Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Wowzers – the passion at the beginning of this book is unparalleled in my opinion. The contrast between the sensuality of the love affair and then the brutality of war is gut wrenching and brilliantly written.

 

 

 

Charlotte Foreman:

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

I was totally obsessed with this book from the very first page. I read it not long after it was published and the story of Abby and Travis remains one of my all time favourite romances. The intensity of their can’t-live-without-each-other relationship is the main draw of the book and brilliantly written by Jamie McGuire.

 

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Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 

Although the same timeline as Beautiful Disaster, WD is told from Travis’ POV and shines a whole different light on the story. Out of the two, I honestly can’t decide which one is better but Walking Disaster definitely brings all the feels.

 

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My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero by Emily Harper

Emily Harper pens characters that never fail to hit the spot. This particular book gave me a warm fuzzy feeling that had a stupid grin plastered all over my face as I read this in one sitting. I’m sure both Lizzie and Nikki will confirm the fact that I was more than a little fanatical about it!

 

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Kiss Chase by Fiona Walker  

If you’ve never read this then please do. It’s utter genius and will forever be one of the very few books I re-read on a regular basis.

 

 

 

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Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer 

The marmite of romance! Personally I loved the whole saga and was bereft when it came to an end.

 

 

Lizzie Wright:

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

One of my first introductions to the world of love and the pain that so often accompanies it. It might not be the first book that comes to mind when you think of romance, but it is a classic for a reason!

 

 

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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Again this isn’t a romance novel but it definitely delves deep into the mysteries of love and its many forms. It’s one of those books that always stays with you and I find myself reading it every year.

 

 

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I truly found myself swept up in this book and just writing about it makes me want to read it again. Mesmerising is the perfect word for it.

 

 

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Atonement by Ian McEwan

If you feel that love is unfair, this is the ideal novel to lose yourself in. Ian McEwan is a masterful writer.

 

 

 

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A chilling story with love at its core that I keep finding myself returning to.

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