Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means some of you are racking your heads over a sweet gift for your sweetie. Here’s daeandwrite to help you. I’ve combed my bookshelves and my brain to find the best romantic books and just for you, I’m pairing the books with a delicious Valentine treat for you to add to the book to sweeten the deal.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. A boat, a book and a lost love on a river tour of France. It’s a beautiful story of old love, new love and the love that was left behind. The perfect accompaniment to this French treat is Paris’ favorite: macaroons.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I’m sure you’ve seen the luminous movie with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. The novel of a magical connection between a gypsy and an outcast that upsets an entire town, and the weather, is equally, possibly exceedingly, delicious. Pair a beautifully-wrapped copy with one divine bon bon, or a box of temptingly fine chocolate.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. (I’m sensing a theme . . .) The exquisite sensuality with which Tita prepares her meals causes outlandish, extreme acts of passion, sadness, love. The novel is set in Mexico. Add a generous helping of piping hot churros dusted with cinnamon sugar and spreading love with one bite into the toasted crisp crust.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Set in New York City in two decades, the Rules of Civility conjures a world of possibilities, losses, triumphs and achievements. It’s a gorgeous book and one of my top recommendations. Present it wrapped in a red ribbon with a box of chocolate covered cherries and save a couple to make Manhattans.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Though I read this a couple of years ago, I still recommend this haunting novel of a little girl born with wings. How she comes to love herself and then others is a great read. Pair with violet pastilles, which you can order on line, or find a stash of lavender candy of all flavors at a party store.
Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock. All the rage in 1991, Griffin & Sabine remains fascinating in 2016 as part epistolary novel, part art book, part stalker-fantasy. Give the book with one of the huge sampler boxes of chocolate — a little bit of every choice.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Another of my favorite, favorite novels involving Hollywood movies, the Italian Cinque Terre, Richard Burton, the Donner Party and family. Present the beautiful novel with a bella box of Baci Perugina chocolates and a kiss. Baci is Italian for kiss. (Even the label is romantic.)
Seven perfect pairings. Your Valentine will thank you.