February and Virginia are for Lovers! Do you watch the The Bachelor or Bachelorette? I have friends who love it and never miss a single episode and others who abhor its blind-date to insta-engagement shallowness. Wherever you dream on the romance spectrum, a story of never-ending true love is always inspiring.
A month ago, my mother sent me THE LOST WIFE by Alyson Richman and I devoured it. It was a beautiful story of first love, lost love, remembering love and filling in the gaps when love is far and comfort is near. It takes place during WWII, so there is abundant tragedy and loss, which is artfully countered by the author’s beautiful descriptions. One of the main characters is an art student and painter who shares her observations of color, backdrop, beauty and hardship with language so beautiful it is like reading a painting.
Separately, Richman’s main characters try to survive WWII and the suspense of their hopeful reuniting will keep you turning pages.
If romance and love are on your list of criteria for selecting a book, here are several by BQB and WriteLife Publishing that will entertain and inspire you this Valentine’s Day:
Catherine’s Cross by Millie West – In a painstaking search for answers, Jenks delves more deeply into her twin’s life. Along the way, her bond with Detective Mason reaches unexpected depths. And what secrets could medium Meta Jane be holding? Was Gigi’s death really an accident?
What it Takes by Kathryn Asher – Kelsey has successfully kept Patrick at a distance, and her reputation intact, until her drunkard brother-in-law Richard threatens to ruin everything by selling her darkest secret to the highest bidder. Now the victim of blackmail, Kelsey has nowhere else to turn but to Patrick’s arms. But, can he be trusted? Or will the past destroy them all before she can find out if he’s the hero she needs?
Destination D by Lori Beard-Daily – A broken promise from their school days at Spelman College takes three successful friends in Atlanta to an unexpected destination of discord, duplicity, and denial. Their personal demons drastically alter their friendship and their life’s destiny.
Anytime Soon by Tamike Christy – Frenzied. Overburdened. Stressed. Overwhelmed. These are just a few ways to describe college senior Anaya Goode’s life. Add to this no career prospects following a looming graduation, and Anaya quickly finds herself drowning in the chaos of her own life. Her family and friends demand much of Anaya, and she’s struggling to balance herself in the mire. Facing an onslaught of grief, complex relationships, and a life that is full of deafening noise, Anaya must find herself, and maybe even true love and redemption, amid old traditions and new beginnings.