Cozy Up With These Heartwarming Books And DVDs This Valentine's Day
Love is in the air…
Fall in love with the right book or movie.
Get in the right romantic mood this Valentine’s Day with these heartwarming books and movies available through your Lorain Public Library System (LPLS).
Take a look at what we recommend this romantic season.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day List of LPLS Books, eBooks and DVDs
List Compiled by Valerie Smith, LPLS Public Services Coordinator
BOOKS - FICTION
FAMILY AFFAIR by Debbie Macomber
Keeping a low profile after a painful divorce, Lacey Lancaster spurns the advances of her handsome neighbor, Jack Walker, in spite of their cats' mutual attraction.
A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Rafael Yglesias
This book was inspired by the author’s relationship with his wife, who died in 2004. Both intimate and expansive, it is a stunningly candid novel that alternates between the romantic misadventures of the first weeks of the courtship of Enrique Sabas and his wife Margaret and the final months of her life as she says good-bye to her family, friends, and children—and to Enrique. Spanning 30 years, this achingly honest story is about what it means for two people to spend a lifetime together—and what makes a happy marriage. Told from the husband’s point of view, with revelatory and sometimes disarming candor, the novel charts the ebb and flow of marriage, illuminating both the mundane moments and the magic. Bold, elegiac and emotionally suspenseful, Yglesias’s beautiful novel will break every reader’s heart—while encouraging all of us with its clear-eyed evocation of the enduring value of marital love.
KISS THE BRIDE
Contains three novellas: Early Bird Special by Deidre Martin, Weddings, Ink by Christie Ridgway and All’s Fair in Love and Chocolate by Laura Florand.
MINE TIL MIDNIGHT by Lisa Kleypas (Book One in the The Hathaways series)
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging is the attraction she feels for the tall, dark and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan. Wealthy beyond most men's dreams, Cam has tired of society's petty restrictions and longs to return to his "uncivilized" Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter….
REDWOOD BEND by Robyn Carr
Katie Malone and her twin boys' trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie is having trouble putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of the sexy, leather-clad bikers who pull up beside her puts her imagination into overdrive. Dylan Childress and his buddies are on the motorcycle trip of a lifetime. But the sight of a woman in distress stops them in their tracks. And while the guys are checking out her car, she and Dylan are checking out one another. In one brief moment, the world tilts on its axis and any previous plans Katie and Dylan might have had for their futures are left at the side of the road.
(Also available as a CLEVNET Overdrive eBook)
RESCUE ME by Rachel Gibson
Everyone in Lovett, Texas knows Sadie has always been a "notional" kind of gal. She got a notion to leave town ASAP and never visit her daddy (bless his heart) again. Now she's back and got the notion to invite a good-looking, hard-muscled total stranger to her cousin's wedding. Better a stranger than some of the losers she's dated. Vince Haven got his muscles the hard way—as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He's staying in Lovett to visit his crazy aunt—the proprietor of the local Gas and Go. Before he can get the heck back out of the small town, his aunt makes him an offer he can't refuse. Maybe he'll stick around Lovett for a while. Maybe he'll make a "go" of the Gas and Go. Maybe he'll rescue Sadie out of that pink dress!
THE TAMING OF A SCOTTISH PRINCESS by Karen Hawkins
When their search for the infamous Hurst amulet takes her and her employer, famed Egyptologist Michael Hurst, to Barra, a place she fled years ago to avoid a forced marriage, Jane Smythe-Haughton is forced to confront her past.
THAT PERFECT SOMEONE by Johanna Lindsey
Returning to the "wickedly witty, lusciously sensual" (Booklist) world of her beloved Malory family, #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey sweeps readers away on a seductive adventure in which a detested marriage contract turns childhood enemies into passionate lovers.
WESTWARD HEARTS by Melody A. Carlson (Homeward on the Oregon Trail, Book One)
Kentucky. 1854. Elizabeth has mourned her husband's death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared: to take their two children west. At Kansas City, they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group's handsome guide, Eli Kincade.
WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon
For fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself . . . and finding herself again . . . in the middle of her life. Maybe it was those extra five pounds I’d gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost 20 years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other. But when the anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101).
(Also available as a CLEVNET Overdrive eBook and Overdrive audiobook)
BOOKS – NON-FICTION
EXTRAVAGENT EXPECTATIONS: NEW WAYS TO FIND ROMANTIC LOVE IN AMERICA by Paul Hollander
Paul Hollander investigates how Americans today pursue romantic relationships, with special reference to the advantages and drawbacks of Internet dating compared to connections made in school, college and the workplace. By analyzing printed personals, dating websites and advice offered by pop psychology books, he examines the qualities that people seek in a partner and also assesses the influence of the remaining conventional ideas of romantic love. Hollander suggests that notions of romantic love have changed due to conflicting values and expectations, and the impact of pragmatic considerations.
MANHOOD FOR AMATEURS: THE PLEASURES AND REGRETS OF A HUSBAND, FATHER AND SON by Michael Chabon
The author questions what it means to be a man today in a series of interlinked autobiographical reflections, regrets and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past.
YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP: A LOVE STORY by Annabelle Gurwitch
In this hilarious and ultimately moving memoir, comedians and real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn prove that in marriage, all you need is love—and a healthy dose of complaining, codependence and pinot noir.
BECAUSE I SAID SO
A well-meaning but overbearing mother learns that, instead of trying to play matchmaker to her daughter, she should find love for herself.
CRAZY STUPID LOVE
A father's life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children.
A workaholic music promoter suddenly becomes a single father. He meets a woman and her daughter, and begins a relationship that will forever change his personal and professional life.
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
Lars is a sweet but quirky guy who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in a life-sized doll named Bianca. He is content with his artificial girlfriend until he develops feelings for Margo, an attractive coworker, and becomes lost in a love triangle.
LOVE & OTHER DRUGS
Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway co-star in “the smartest, sexiest and downright best screen-melting romance of the year” (Parade). Hathaway delivers an unforgettable performance as the free-spirited Maggie, who meets her match in a charming Viagra salesman named Jamie (Gyllenhaal). Maggie and Jamie leap into a no-strings-attached affair, but no matter how hard they try to keep things “casual,” they can’t help falling under the influence of the ultimate drug...love!
THE LUCKY ONE
On his third tour of duty in Iraq, Efron's Sgt. Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a pretty blonde that reads "keep safe" on the back. After a series of close scrapes, he credits his survival to the memento and seeks the woman from the photo on his return to the states.
MUST LOVE DOGS
A 40-year-old divorcee throws herself back into the dating scene. Sarah Nolan is divorced, demoralized and dateless - until her sister posts her profile on perfectmatch.com. Now she has a lot of dates, mainly with weirdos, weepers, lechers and jocks. Then she meets Jake, a soulful boat builder whose idea of true love comes straight from the movies. Jake is attractive, smart and maybe a bit too intense for Sarah, so she passes him by. But in passing him up, she may be passing up a real chance for love.
P.S. I LOVE YOU
A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
When a recent widower talks about his wife on a national talk show, a recently engaged female responds.
LOVE COMES SOFTLY
A woman's dream to forge a new life for herself on the great American plains becomes a test of her inner strength and her undying faith. Based on the best-selling novels from Janette Oke, which have sold over 30 million copies.
AVAILABLE FROM THE CLEVNET OVERDRIVE COLLECTION
(Find it by clicking the eBooks & More to Download button on the right hand side of our LPLS homepage).
THE EVERYTHING GUIDE TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE: EXPERT ADVICE AND INFORMATION FOR A HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER by Stephen Martin, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist) and Victoria Costello
Every newly married couple wants to beat the odds and make their marriage work. Unfortunately, 50 percent of first marriages and 65 percent of second marriages fail. Clearly, couples need guidance and support to keep their partnerships strong. In this guide, married couple Stephen Martin and Victoria Costello offer information, tips and advice to help readers.
WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE by Ilene Beckermen
Ilene Beckermen tells her funny, sometimes heartbreaking story that every woman who's ever searched for love will recognize. Beckerman looks back on a lifetime of trying to find true love. Through it all, Beckerman holds on to the possibility that there might be someone out there who's just right for her. And, as it turns out, there is. What we do for love is a moving, humorous reminder that when it comes to love almost anything is possible!
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