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Valentine's Day Reads

Valentine’s Day is upon us and we are ready to get swept off our feet and whisked into a world of romance, passion and laughter. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration in your relationship or ways to spice up your love life, or maybe just a good getaway into something new, a good book is always the answer. Here are 5 books that are sure to help you escape into wondrous fantasies…

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New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

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Black Dog Bay’s former golden girl is back in town and looking to reinvent herself. After growing up privileged and marrying for money, Lila Alders finds herself on the brink of a failed marriage and lost without direction. In an effort to regain happiness, Lila opens a boutique of vintage clothing her hometown and plans to reunite with her ex. But soon Lila realizes some things are better left in the past as a boy she used ignore has now grown up into the man she truly wants.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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This is a story about two star-crossed misfits who find themselves striving for true love even though they know the odds are against them. Set in 1986 over the course of one school year two sixteen year olds: Eleanor and Park struggle to fit in within their circumstances. Eleanor is insecure about her weight and flaming red curls and Park is a quiet half-Korean kid who loves comic books and making playlists for Eleanor’s enjoyment. These two characters tell a story of love that will make you feel like that awkward kid in high school all over again.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Sparks of romance take place in Paris and Manhattan in this New York Times Bestseller, Isla and the Happily Ever After. Isla has always had a crush on Josh, the quiet cartoonist she met back at school in Paris. They begin to fall for each other one fateful summer in New York City, but when they return to Paris for their senior year, Isla and Josh are forced to confront family drama, uncertainty about their college futures and the possibility of long distance.

Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Brown

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Rosie is a rule-following and ambitious event planner who is about to put on the biggest wedding of her career, but her new assistant—who happens to be her boss’s son—is making things more difficult. While Rosie’s weddings are epic proclamations of love, her own life lacks romance. But as tensions rise with her assistant who challenges her to be more of a free-spirit, Rosie finds herself struggling to hold on to her picture-perfect image.

Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes

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Elly Jordan is a curvy wedding florist who has had an interesting year. First, she had to design her ex-husband’s wedding to the mistress who broke up their marriage and then she called things off with her hot St. Louis musician boyfriend. As Elly prepares for the greatest wedding season of her career, a popular reality show BlissBride asks her to design the wedding of a famous celebrity. Elly is about to live out her dreams when a stranger shows up at her store with a request that changes her life.

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