Love is in the air. Or the flu. As we’ve all been sick this month, it could be either. Still, tradition dictates that I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day, whether you are in a new relationship and are planning to spend a small fortune on a night out; in an old one and are chuckling with your mate at the prices of Valentine’s Day cards; or alone, looking forward to a nice, quiet evening.
In the past years, I’d taken the opportunity to inform you about Victorian Vinegar Valentines, share short Valentine’s Day stories, or mention events and giveaways that would be perfect for anyone wishing to spend the day reading.
This year, I have a great array of books to propose to you to celebrate love – not just romantic love but also love for your wee one, for your mom, or for your BFF. And if you feel like you’d rather celebrate the flu, then no worries: I’ve got that covered, too.
All Tomorrow’s Memories
Jackie Weger’s newly released sweet romance. Not your usual cookie-cutter romance, it will make you laugh and shed a tear.
Willa Manning answers a plea from her adopted daughter’s biological grandparents to share in the life of their only grandchild. Her own health in unexpected jeopardy, Willa sells all she owns, and in a risky leap of faith moves cross-country to meet the wealthy older couple. She soon finds herself reckoning with feelings for the acerbic, idiosyncratic attorney who brought them together. He doesn’t trust her motives. She doesn’t trust his. Wary of deceit, Willa determines every inch of give-and-take must secure her daughter’s future. Success will be on her terms and none other. The attorney is about to find this out the hard way.
Ideal gift for: any woman in your life who loves their romance sweet and witty.
Heaven for Toasters
What If Your Perfect Man Was A Robot?
A souvlaki and some sun. That is all Detective Mika Pensive wanted from her fun weekend away on the Greek islands. Instead, she finds herself caught up in a sinister plot, hatched by a reclusive billionaire with a penchant for illegal genetic engineering. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she has to put up with her new partner, Leo. Leo is an android—or toaster, as people scornfully call his kind. The only thing that could make things even worse would be for the headstrong Mika to fall for Leo. But people don’t fall for toasters—do they?
Ideal gift for: the woman in your life who is a sci-fi fan. Or the woman in your life who is not –yet- a sci-fi fan and could try a light-hearted approach to it.
A book for mothers and daughters of all ages, by Marina Gioti.
The minute our children are born, they steal our hearts forever. A book about the unique bond between mothers and daughters.
Ideal gift for: your wife and daughter, your mom, your expecting bff, your bff who has a daughter.
Moms and sons will giggle and bond over this one.
Synopsis: A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the ones we share with those we love most.
With over 70 glowing reviews, this multi-award-winning children’s book is the ideal gift for: your wife and son, your BFF who has a son.
And if this whole Valentine celebration is not your thing, well, then, just forget a world full of pink and red hearts by reading some sci-fi fantasy. Here’s one short stories collection you will (ahem) love.
As one reader puts it: “From a day out fishing with an acquaintance to saving your mom, this book has it all! Space aliens, pirates, and the mob. You’ll thank yourself for reading this one!”