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    14 Wholesome Love Stories To Read During This Season Of Love

    Pause the cynicism and revel in the cheesiness this February <3

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    1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks - ₹235

    It's not for nothing that The Notebook film has been known to make even the "manliest" of men shed tears. This love story, on which the film is based is full of the urgency of young love balanced by the maturity of a love that has lasted a lifetime. Narrated in flashback scenes, this novel shows us exactly how difficult loving can be especially when your family and the constraints of society and morality come into play.

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    2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - ₹298

    Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus and forge an unlikely bond that leads to a love story that is all-consuming in a way that only young love can be. Through their relationship, Rowell explores difficult themes like body image and domestic abuse, showing us just how tumultuous the teenage years can be. This book will make you miss your first innocent school crush that you were so sure you'll end up marrying!

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    3. Looking For Alaska by John Green - ₹279

    Everyone's favourite YA Author writes about Miles' search for purpose as he enters a new boarding school where he meets the beautiful and mysterious Alaska. In this coming-of-age tale, we see Miles make friends, find love, and learn the importance of every small choice. This novel explores the nuances of one-sided love and the pain that feels unbearable at the time. We also see what it's like to be unable to love someone else, especially when one is having such a hard time loving themselves.

    P.S. - It was recently adapted for a series on Hulu.

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    4. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern - ₹318

    Sometimes a love is powerful enough to surpass a lifetime. When her husband Gerry passes away, Holly feels like the sadness will never leave her. Little does she know that her husband has made sure she doesn't lose her spark and stays true to herself. Peppered with funny flashbacks and reminders of a life full of love, this novel will make you cry fat tears even as you wish for a love that's half as pure as theirs.

    *Keep a box of tissues nearby*

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    5. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - ₹337

    Narated across one eventful night, this novel is about one glorious first date. Norah and Nick are thrown together by fate on night out in a seedy bar in New York City. what follows is a night of adventures and mishaps strung together with their immense love for music. This novel will give you highly unrealistic first date expectations but who knows maybe there's a love story waiting for you out there too!

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    6. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan - ₹554

    Levithan writes the quintessential love story, except both his protagonists are teenage boys. Their circumstances are as different as can be, but they both struggle to be as authentic as they can while also seeking the acceptance of their peers and love of their family. It's high time we read about love stories that represent more than heterosexual couples. This novel is important since it normalises a same sex relationship and shows readers that love is universal and not governed by gender and sexuality.

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    7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - ₹249

    Will Traynor is a wheelchair bound cynic who has no particular interest or enthusiasm for life. Louisa Clark is a vivacious young woman who is hired to assist and take care of him. Through her mission to make Will stronger both physically and mentally, she too learns about her own shortcomings. they learn from each other and grow to be better individuals. Their bond, thus formed is deeper than the word love seems to cover and has to face the ultimate test in the end.

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    8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - ₹309

    Read the book that inspired 2014's breakaway hit film of the same name. Augustus and Hazel are cancer patients who meet and fall in love at a support group in a church basement. While they are young, their love has that old-school quality we all yearn for. There are stolen glances, grand gestures and whispered sweet nothings that'll make your heart sing just a little. They know they don't have forever but they make their love feel like a lifetime..

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    9. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett - ₹115

    This novel narrates to us Eva and Jim's love story starting from when they first meet in a chance encounter at Cambridge. It follows multiple versions of their life going forward to represent that every decision can lead to an alternate fate. The adventures that follow across all three versions show us the different sides of Eva and Jim as they learn to love. It'll make you question how every decision you've made has slowly but surely led you the life you are leading today and how one tiny change could alter the course of your life entirely.

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    10. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern - ₹499

    Best friends, Rosie and Alex has seen each other through the toughest of times all their life even from across continents. Written in letters they send each other through the decades, this novel unfolds slowly and luxuriously from the comfort of friendship to reveal a love that completely takes over. As readers we see their love much before they do so it's interesting to see if and when they'll realise that theirs is the love they've been looking for.

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    11. The Dandelion Years by Erica James - ₹179

    Saskia has chosen to live her life at the edge of Suffolk village. This is not a place where anything remarkable happens and often her days are the same. She loves the routine but silently wonders what could be? When she finds a mysterious book documenting a love story that is decades old she becomes wholly invested in it. She wants to know everything about this estranged couple and when her search leads her to the now owner of the book she forms a natural bond with him. But Saskia has lived her entire life without letting anyone come too close, will this age-old love story make her finally see the love and life she's been denying herself all these years?

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    12. A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks - ₹224

    Another Nicholas Sparks classic, this novel goes on to prove the "opposites attract" theory when the most popular guy in school Landon takes an interest in the studious and witty, Jamie. They start of as friends who couldn't be more different and slowly reveal sides of their personality that they've never let anyone see. Both feel truly seen for the first time with each other and form a bond that is pure and magical. There are secrets they both keep that threaten to tear them apart but true love finds a way to beat the odds!

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    13. The Plumberry School of Comfort Food by Cathy Bramley - ₹239

    There's no love purer than the love for food. Verity has no prospects and is facing a quarter life crisis of sorts, only her dream to build a cookery school keeps her going. she leaves behind her career, friendships and love to find her love for food again and maybe also find her true purpose. In this book about friendship, loss and love, Verity teaches us that most relationships can get through even the toughest falls and that love has the power to conquer all.

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    14. Falling in Love Again: Stories of Love and Romance by Ruskin Bond - ₹212

    In this short story collection, Ruskin Bond writes about the fleeting moments that encompass love and how they are amplified because we feel emotions deeply. Love is not a singular feeling and all love is not the same. Love is affection and passion but also anger and pain. Love is laughter and tears in equal measure. Through his stories he shows us the many sides of love that everyone will experience as they go through life.

    Buy it here.

    There's no better Valentine than a beautiful new book!