Epic Love Stories To Accompany Your Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day looms ahead, you might be yearning for a grand love story. Here are some of our picks for getting swept up in big emotion.


Cover_The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

A timely, almost trendy romance with an unusual hero. Don is the ultimate straitlaced professor: high functioning but decidedly on the spectrum, he lives an extremely regimented life and has few human connections. His decision to find a life partner through his “Wife Project” gets him introduced to Rosie, who doesn’t meet any of his criteria but manages nonetheless to make an impression on him. A charming, funny, quick read.




Cover_The Japanese LoverThe Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

An epic love story that spans generations, with well-drawn historical details that immerse the reader in a journey from wartime Poland to present-day San Francisco. There’s Alma and Ichimei’s secret love that spans decades, and Irina and Seth discovering a love that might save them. Truly romantic in the notion that true love endures time and trials.




Cover_UsUs by David Nicholls

An exploration of a marriage on the verge of ending, as seen through the eyes of the husband, Douglas,  while he, his wife, and their teenage son travel throughout Europe. A clever and intimate look at the details of a relationship, in turns funny and heartbreaking.





Cover_Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

When a dying Hollywood actress ends up on an isolated Italian island, it’s love at first sight for Pasquale, a native of the small town. But this isn’t your typical love story, with its splintered narratives and sprawling cast of flawed yet loveable characters. Definitely one for your keep shelf.





Cover_Me Before YouMe Before You, by Jojo Moyes

A read to give you all the feels. Louisa and Will’s beautiful, unconventional, tragic love story will make you look at the world with different eyes afterward. Come prepared with many tissues—and don’t miss the sequel, After You!






What’s your favorite epic love story? Share with us in the comments below!




Natalie Hallak is an Editorial Assistant for MIRA. She has a pretty omnivorous appetite for books, but particularly enjoys character-driven novels featuring a unique setting—and she’s a sucker for a good love story. Beyond reading, she loves photography, traveling, playing the French Horn, and cat videos.

    Margot Mallinson

    Margot Mallinson is an Editorial Assistant at MIRA. She loves working with manuscripts—after years as a copyeditor, she’s so happy to shift her focus to the best bits: story and character. Margot started reading early because she wanted to read more and faster, and she still stays up too late finishing every type of novel. Her downtime, such as it is with two little kids and a dog, is filled by training for triathlons, where she earns some solid participation ribbons. She rewards herself amply with red wine and dark chocolate.

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