Tag Archives: Valentines Day

Romance Novels

We have a display in the front of our store full of romance novels! Here are a few:

SEE ME

by Nicholas Sparks

See me just as I see you…

1Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin’s and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply help assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like… until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria’s life, she and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they’ve begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us… and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

Paris for One2

by Jojo Moyes

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away–to anywhere–before. Traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the chance to prove everyone–including herself–wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life?

Love Letter for a Japanese War Bride

by Stephen E. Price

3Love Letter for a Japanese War Bride is Stephen E. Price’s memoir of his eternal love for his first wife, Ryuko. Set primarily in postwar Japan, the story provides a window into a new world–one that spawned cultural diversity, but one that was largely unprepared for and unaccepting of it. The tale chronicles the lover’s perseverance as they struggle with both the US and Japanese governments to gain permission to marry. The narrative is women into fabrics of cultures, traditions, attitudes, language and history–some of which may be unfamiliar, but all of which is captivating. Above all, the unending and redemptive romance in this story captures the purest essence of love with all its twists and turns, joys and sorrows, highs and lows, and culminates in a tragic yet transcendent ending.

After You

by Jojo Moyes

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated, too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”4

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding–the paramedic whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and for whom both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes–a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what a few novelists can do–revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.

Falling: A Love Story

by Jane Green

5When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she was sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and their expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into a Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and the relentless pursuit of more began to take a toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted, either.On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. Here she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into the renovation of the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.

Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son, whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before.

But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves–for the truth she has discovered about herself–or risk losing it all.

In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds–of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be…

 

Valentines

We have some fun valentines for your kids to give out on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Children’s Books

It’s February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We have some children’s books here for that special day when love is in the air everywhere. Here are a few of them:

Valentine’s Day Chapter Books

Love on a Whim by Aubrey Mace

Six months out of law school, Rachel Pearce is completely disillusioned by her job hunt. Despite pounding the pavement with her Ivy League degree in hand, her job prospects are no brighter than the day she graduated. Then in a chance meeting with a former acquaintance, eccentric young millionaire Henry Walker, Rachel finds an unexpected opportunity: Henry is looking for a personal secretary. Swallowing her pride, Rachel sets aside her law firm aspirations for what she envisions as secretarial work—mountains of paperwork and filing.

But when she finds her most demanding duty to be daily cookie runs for her new boss, she’s baffled by her unconventional job responsibilities. As she’s pulled into Henry’s delightful whims, caught in a whirlwind of private jets and fancy dinners, Rachel finds herself inexplicably drawn to this handsome and charismatic man. But reality always has a way of intruding, and logic tells her that this adventure can’t last. When real life inevitably comes calling, Rachel must decide if she’s willing to trade in her dream of success in the courtroom for a chance at love.

Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford

Kelly Grace Pickens is excited to get married—until she’s abandoned at the altar. Desperate, she accepts an offer to appear on a reality TV show similar to The Bachelor, called Count Down to Love. Her country ways are a stark contrast to the mysterious bachelor from New York. Wading through hurt and betrayal, Kelly discovers that being true to yourself is essential to finding happiness and love.

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

An unforgettable story about true love, real life, and second chances…

Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.

Rachel grows up in an affluent Florida suburb, the popular and protected daughter of two doting parents. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent for running.

Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again—linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both of their lives.

A sweeping, warmhearted, and intimate tale, Who Do You Love is an extraordinary novel about the passage of time, the way people change and change each other, and how the measure of a life is who you love.

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber

Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks’ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.

Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She’s come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she’s been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie’s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.

Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other’s trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.

Valentine’s Children’s Books

Just how cute are these children’s books. Come stop by the store to see more books all about love and Valentine’s day.

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

 

This irresistible picture book is a celebration of love in all its splendid forms.

You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of a worm . . . and a worm.

When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux?

The answer is: It doesn’t matter. Because worm loves worm.


 

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Little Miss planted a kiss . . .

One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey aboutlife, kindness, and giving.


 

Superlove by Charise Mericle Harper

For little girls who love Ladybug Girl and Fancy Nancy, here’s the perfect story to share on any day you’re filled with love!

“Today I am Superlove! There will be love, a wedding, and happily ever after.”

So begins the day of one young girl who decides to stage a wedding between her stuffed animal, Mr. Mittens, and Pinky—her cat. Pinky is less than thrilled with the idea, even when Superlove dresses up as the flower girl and arranges some practice weddings between her other stuffed animals. Will Superlove get Pinky out of the tree in time to be the blushing bride? Or will she come up with another way to save the day?


 

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy

What better gift for a new baby? The creator of I Kissed the Baby! celebrates animal moms and babies in an irresistible novelty book.

A giraffe kiss is very tall — just turn the page and see! Elephant kisses are long, of course, while tiny mice and bubbly fish have kisses all their own. Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, smiling, and leaning over for their kisses, too.

Happy Valentines Day!

We have pulled in a variety of children’s books for Valentine’s Day this year; come stop by and check out the great selection.

Love Splat by Rob Scotton

It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?

dddd

Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis

Whimsical watercolors illustrate a comical, cumulative tale of an amorous mouse who aims impossibly high — and learns that you’re never too little (or too big) to love.

Tiny Too-Little loves someone who’s very, very tall, and Tiny wants a kiss. What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a thimble? What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a matchbox on top of a thimble? Clever cut-away pages show Tiny’s precarious pile growing higher and higher, while the object of his affection stays just out of reach. When the teetering stack finally falls with a crash, will his hopes be dashed? How can a tiny mouse get the kiss he needs?

Junie B. Jones and Mushy Gushy Valentine by Barbara Park

It’s a mushy gushy mystery!

Hurray! February 14 — Valentime’s Day, Junie B. calls it — is just around the corner. Junie B. can’t wait to see all the valentimes she’ll get. But she never expected a big, mushy card from a secret admirer! Who “is this secret mystery guy, anyway? Junie B. is determined to find out!

dd

dd

Olivia and the Perfect Valentine by Natalie Shaw

Olivia has lots of love–and even more imagination–to share in this Valentine’s Day story.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and Olivia is determined to make the very best possible valentines for all of her friends and family. Each valentine is made with extra special care and is personalized just for its recipient. What could be sweeter?

Be My Valentine Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish

Mrs. Rogers is throwing a party on Valentine’s Day. But Amelia Bedelia lost the guest list. No problem — she takes her cues from the Valentine’s Day cards with the invitations. Just pull back the flaps to discover how her literal approach to love wins a variety of new friends. You’ll say, “Be mine, Amelia Bedelia!”

dddd

Be sure to check out our other Valentine’s displays here at The Book Table, including fun scrapbook paper for cards and other crafts, sheet music and songbooks, and more!

Romance and Love Novels

With Valentine’s Day approaching, our General Books department has put together a great display table. You will find romance novels, yummy chocolate, and even a book or two about chocolate! Perfect gifts for the hopeless romantic in your life. Come check it out!

Be Mine – 3-in-1 Book

Join bestselling authors Jennifer Crusie, Victoria Dahl, and Shannon Stacey for three stories about finding the one you love.

Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie

Business takes a backseat when successful ad executive Emily Tate meets Richard Parker. He’s an accountant who’s been sent to keep her in line and under budget in her ad campaign for a sensual new perfume called Sizzle. And if Emily’s not careful, she could well melt in Richard’s hands.

Too Fast to Fall by Victoria Dahl

For Jenny Stone, driving is her escape–from her past, her problems, her quiet life in Jackson Hole. But after Deputy Nate Hendricks stops her–again–for speeding, she could lose more than just her license. She could lose her heart. Nate seems to think that Jenny should replace her love for fast driving with something even more…heart pumping. And despite her need for speed, Jenny’s never been one for defying the law.

Alone With You by Shannon Stacey

When waitress Darcy Vaughan’s friend asks her to help out with the launch of a fledgling restaurant, she’s happy to oblige. Little does she know the owner is Jake Holland, the perfect guy who slipped through her fingers after their one night of passion. But for Darcy and Jake, one touch was just not enough.

Be My Valentine by Debbie Macomber

 Two delightfully romantic stories in one book!

My Funny Valentine
Dianne Williams needs a man. But only for a night. The night of the community center Valentine dinner, to be precise. Exasperated by her children’s relentless efforts to get her a date, Dianne finds herself approaching a handsome stranger named Steve and making him an outrageous offer. An offer he doesn’t refuse. An offer that might lead to more than just one night.

My Hero
Bailey York needs a man. But only on paper. She’s writing a romance novel and she’s having difficulty creating a hero. So she needs a real-life model for her story. Parker Davidson is perfect, everything a hero should be. But he wants to become the hero in her life, not just her book. And not just on Valentine’s Day, either!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Anouska Knight

“How do you learn to love again?”

In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson’s life as she knew it changed forever. Now–to the external world, at least–she’s finally getting back on her feet, running her bakery, Cake. But inside, she’s still going through the motions befitting a twenty-seven-year-old widow.

Then she meets Ciaran Argyll. His privileged and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there’s more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he, too, is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again–and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?

We LOVE our General Books Valentine’s Day display!

Our General Books manager, Jeanne, is great at pulling all of the best books for every holiday. And we have to say, we absolutely LOVE the Valentine’s Day display! Check out both our fiction and non-fiction books perfect for this holiday of love.

Fiction

We have a wonderful romance section in our General Books department. Come check it out!

Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe

Matilda Geoffrey had risked it all for love.

15842398She’d left Australia to be with Barry—the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she’s alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren’t working out exactly as planned….

In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda—staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake and looking desperately in need of a groom. He doesn’t have many warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she’s been scammed by her online “fiancé” stirs something in him.

Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?

Starting Now by Debbie Macomber

#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns to Seattle’s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what’s truly important in life.

For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.

With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia’s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey’s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby’s future in surprising and profound ways.

As A Good Yarn becomes a second home—and the women a new kind of family—Libby relishes the different person she’s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.

Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love.

Non-fiction

Though our relationships section in the General Books department is no longer here, the books are. Just ask at the back desk and they can show you were to find these relationship favorites!

Keep Kissing by Rand H. Packer

“I like the way you come home, ahead of your footsteps your whistle, your hand firm on the door, the sound of you opening and closing it. I like your looking around, reclaiming the walls and floor, searching for, finding me, casually–with your head bent down for a kiss, bringing the world to me.” -Helen Harrington

Too many couples find their love going nowhere in the cyberspace surrounding them. In a howling, high-tech world floating on power and money, yet craving for simplicity perhaps this little book will be a gentle wind. Madly in love marriages are here for the making. However, we have to want it, and we have to Keep Kissing.

Marital Tune-up Kit by Douglas Brinley and David Brinley

(New) Marital Tune-up Kit (Brinley)Anyone who owns a car is familiar with the need for a periodic tuneup. This Marital ‘Tune-up Kit’ is designed with a similar goal in mind: Assist couples to keep their marriages functional and viable with a quick daily tune-up.

Each day of the year contains a verse of scripture or a quote, usually from a[n] [LDS] Church leader, followed by an application of the principle. Filled with wit and wisdom, every couple can benefit from this powerful tune-up.

Get the Guy by Matthew Hussey

Most dating books tell you what NOT to do. Here’s a book dedicated to telling you what you CAN do.

In his book, Get the Guy, Matthew Hussey—relationship expert, matchmaker, and star of the reality show Ready for Love—reveals the secrets of the male mind and the fundamentals of dating and mating for a proven, revolutionary approach to help women to find lasting love.

Matthew Hussey has coached thousands of high-powered CEOs, showing them how to develop confidence and build relationships that translate into professional success. Many of Matthew’s male clients pressed him for advice on how to apply his winning strategies not to just get the job, but how to get the girl. As his reputation grew, Hussey was approached by more and more women, eager to hear what he had learned about the male perspective on love and romance.

From landing a first date to establishing emotional intimacy, playful flirtation to red-hot bedroom tips, Matthew’s insightfulness, irreverence, and warmth makes Get the Guy:  Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve a one-of-a-kind relationship guide and the handbook for every woman who wants to get the guy she’s been waiting for.

 

Sweets for Your Sweetheart: LDS Romance

With Valentine’s Day approaching, our LDS department has put together a “Sweets for Your Sweetheart” table. On this display table, you will find romance novels, yummy chocolate, and even a book or two about chocolate! Perfect gifts for the hopeless romantic in your life. Come check it out!

In Love and War: A Collection of Love Stories by Carla Kelly

From daring sea captains to genteel lords to soldiers with sordid pasts, there’s a little something for every heart’s fancy in this treasury of short stories from beloved romance writer Carla Kelly. Travel to the far reaches of Imperial India and across the Atlantic to America in these four fan favorites:

“A Hasty Marriage”
“The Light Within”
“Something New”
and “The Background Man”

Whether you’ve been a Carla Kelly fan for years or you’re just discovering her for the first time, you’ll adore these wonderfully written stories of dashing war heroes and the sassy heroines who can’t help but fall for them.

Hearts Through Time by Marie Higgins

10843657When a woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal’s office and begs for help in solving her murder, he thinks he has lost his mind. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so he doesn’t need any more fireworks as he rebuilds his life. Still, he is intrigued by Abigail Carlisle’s plea, and he needs clients, even if this one insists she’s dead. The more secrets Nick uncovers, the deeper he falls for the beautiful ghost.

Abigail believes Nick is her heart’s true desire, but how can happily-ever-after happen when she’s already dead? The more time she spends with him, the more real she becomes, until Nick can finally touch her.

In a strange turn of events, Nick is suddenly whisked back to 1912, two weeks before Abby’s murder, but she doesn’t remember him. When he attempts to win her over so he can save her from a tragic destiny, Abby thinks Nick is courting her for her inheritance. But even if he can rescue her and make her trust him again, how can they be together forever?

Of Grace and Chocolate by Krista Lynne Jensen

If someone told Jillian Parish moving on is easy, she would argue that it depends on what someone is leaving behind, and how much chocolate is available.

13068381Jill has worked hard to build up a life far different than the one scarred by her mother’s alcohol abuse. She works at a busy publishing house, is writing the novel of a lifetime, and goes home alone every day to a little dog, a spotless apartment, and a piece of 70% cacao and sugar. But in one day, Jill’s phone is stolen, she is tackled by a childhood love who has no idea who she is, and finds her long-lost sister on her front doorstep. In two days, Jill’s carefully controlled world is turned upside-down. In three days, she wonders if chocolate will ever be enough again.

When Scott Gentry moves to the city of Portland, Oregon and spots Jillian at church, he learns her reputation as a lost cause. But something compels him to get Sister Parish’s attention, no matter how difficult that may prove. As Scott stumbles, crashes, and falls into Jill’s guarded world, he finds himself with more attention than he bargained for, and more willing to do anything he can for the woman who is not made of stone, but of strength.

Grace brings Jill and Scott together, but can grace erase the past, or save the abandoned hearts left in its wake?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We love Valentine’s Day here at The Book Table, because it means treats, crafts, and most of all, books!

Check out some of our favorite Valentine’s Day books below.

The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda A. Ferber

Leon has a crush. A BIG crush. A let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain crush. And he’s made the perfect valentine.

But this valentine has other ideas.

“Love is yucky, kid! Valentine’s Day is all about candy!” the card yells, and leaps out the window.

Here is a totally fresh take on the most complex holiday of them all. Saying “I love you” has never been so yuck or so sweet.

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy

Buzzy, bubbly, long or small, whose is the best kiss of all?

Can you guess?

13572908

A giraffe kiss is very tall — just turn the page and see! Elephant kisses are long, of course, while tiny mice and bubbly fish have kisses all their own. Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, smiling, and leaning over for their kisses, too.

A lip-smacking hug of a book, perfect for sharing with those you love!

Great for ages 2-4.

Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish 

6388480Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about Valentine’s Day.

  • The sweet surprises
  • Cards to give and receive
  • A party at school
  • A big, long family hug
  • Amelia Bedelia can’t wait.
  • What could be better?
  • Valentine’s Day!

Hooray for Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to check out our other Valentine’s displays here at The Book Table, including fun scrapbook paper for cards and other crafts, our great selection of Utah Truffles and other delectable treats, and more!