Ultimate Library shares their recommended list of reads about love and romance. From Nick Nornby’s tender ‘Just Like You’ to Rosie Green’s ‘How to heal a broken Heart’, these are the books about the heart you need to be reading this season.
1. Just Like You by Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby’s brilliantly observed, tender and brutally funny new novel gets to the heart of what it means to fall headlong in love with the best possible person – someone who may not be just like you at all. Lucy and Joseph are opposites in almost all ways. She is a teacher and mother of two, with a past she is trying to forget; he is an aspiring DJ with a wide-open future that maybe needs to start becoming more focused.
2. Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson
One of the most talked about debut novels of all time, White Teeth is an unforgettable portrait of multicultural London. Dealing – among many other things – with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.
3. Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola
Moving exhilaratingly across perspectives, continents and genres, from the historic to the vividly current, Love in Colour is a celebration of romance in all of its forms. Babalola finds the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology and rewrites them with incredible new detail and vivacity in this debut collection. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, she reimagines iconic myths.
4. A Love Story for Bewildered Girls by Emma Morgan
Grace is single with no kids. Her life is the envy of her straight friends, but all this time she has really been waiting for love to knock on her door. When Grace meets a beautiful woman at a party, her luck changes. At the same party, lawyer Annie meets the man of her dreams, and across the city, Violet is making another discovery of her own: that for the first time in her life she’s falling in love with a woman.
5. How to Heal a Broken Heart by Rosie Green
When Rosie Green’s husband left her after 26 years of marriage, she was brought to her knees. Heartbreak is tough always tough and Green doesn’t sugar coat it here. Here’s your guide to getting through it – with advice from the experts, with the help of your friends, with a deliciously dark sense of humour and, for Rosie, with some highly inappropriate sex
advice from her pre-teen daughter.