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David Jones

Isn’t it romantic

Old photograph of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh from the feature film Gone with the Wind.


If you’re easily moved by the sentimental – bouquets of flowers in bows, individually wrapped chocolates, grand syrupy gestures – then there’s a good chance you like love stories. We don’t blame you. Contrary to what some may think, it doesn’t make you a hopeless romantic. It just means you appreciate the beauty of a serendipitous encounter, the magic in a well-orchestrated first date, and the power of good chemistry.

Getting all caught up in a beautifully-written love story is, in your opinion, time very well spent – we agree completely. That’s why we’ve gathered 6 of our most stunning romantic titles, so charming you’d think they’d been curated by Cupid himself.

Read on for the best books to whet your appetite for love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Looking For Alaska

By John Green


The un-missable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska brilliantly captures the exquisite painful joy of living and loving. Poignant, funny, heartbreaking and compelling, this novel will stay with you forever.

“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event, until he meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever and undoubtedly screwed-up, Alaska draws Miles into her reckless world and irrevocably steals his heart. For Miles, nothing can ever be the same again.

To Capture What We Cannot Keep

By Beatrice Colin


Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.

As the Eiffel Tower is being assembled, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, a young Scottish widow and the Tower's engineer fall in love.

Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Emile live-one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman's place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.

The Dressmaker

By Rosalie Ham

Tilly Dunnage has come home to care for her mad old mother. She left the small Victorian town of Dungatar years before, and became an accomplished couturier in Paris. Now she earns her living making exquisite frocks for the people who drove her away when she was ten. Through the long Dungatar nights, she sits at her sewing machine, planning revenge.

The Dressmaker is a modern Australian classic, much loved for its bittersweet humour. Set in the 1950s, its subjects include haute couture, love and hate, and a cast of engagingly eccentric characters.

The Dressmaker is now a major motion picture, starring Kate Winslet and fine Australian actors including Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Liam Hemsworth and extras from the author's hometown of Jerilderie.

Dangers of Truffle Hunting

By Sunni Overend

Is life too short to play it safe? Kit Gossard's life is neatly mapped out. A secure photographic job. A partner ready to commit. A wedding in the family vineyard for her mother to preside over. So why the apprehension? Why a hunger for something more? Then someone new appears. Earthy, reserved, magnetic, this new man brings out feelings she has long suppressed, and suddenly Kit can't contain her simmering discontent. Black truffle hunting, illicit pastry lessons, vine fruit on flesh – Kit is seduced. It feels right. Before it all goes wrong.

Artful, sexy, sophisticated, The Dangers of Truffle Hunting explores how a man can be more to a woman than a destination."

Beyond The Orchard

By Anna Romer

Cover image of Beyond the Orchard by Anna Romer.


A haunting story of yearning, love and betrayal from the bestselling author of Thornwood House.

Lucy Briar has arrived home in turmoil after years overseas. She's met her fiancé in London and has her life mapped out, but something is holding her back.

Hoping to ground herself and find answers, Lucy settles into once familiar routines. But old tortured feelings flood Lucy's existence when her beloved father, Ron, is hospitalised and Morgan, the man who drove her away all those years ago, seeks her out.

Worse still, Ron implores Lucy to visit Bitterwood Estate, the crumbling historic family guesthouse now left to him. He needs Lucy to find something an old photograph album, the very thing that drove Ron and his father apart.

Lucy has her own painful memories of Bitterwood, darkness that has plagued her dreams since she was young. But as Lucy searches for the album, the house begins to give up its ghosts and she is driven to put them to rest.

And there, held tightly between the house, the orchard and the soaring cliffs, Lucy uncovers a long-hidden secret that shattered a family's bond and kept a frightened young girl in its thrall... and Lucy discovers just how fierce the lonely heart can be.

The Light between Oceans

By M.L. Stedman


This mesmerising Australian novel has been a bestseller around the world, and movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman (Harry Potter) set to produce.

They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.

1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.

Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.

Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds.