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Happy Valentine’s Day, EDIWTB readers! I hope you have a romantic and relaxing holiday.

As I mentioned yesterday, I am currently surrounded by upcoming releases that look very promising.

Last year, I read and loved Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes, a book that swept the blogosphere and deservedly landed on a lot of best-of-2013 lists. In Will and Louisa, Moyes created one of the more enduring couples that I’ve come across in recent fiction.

It seems fitting to feature Jojo Moyes on Valentine’s Day. Before Me Before You, she wrote a novel called The Last Letter From Your Lover. From Amazon:

A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply “B,” from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.

I have one copy of The Last Letter From Your Lover to read and review, and one to give away to an EDIWTB reader. If you’d like to win a copy of this romantic book, leave me a comment below. I will pick a winner next Friday, February 21.

Good luck!

Best Books About Love

The always-illuminating Flashlight Worthy Books has a new list up in honor of Valentine's Day: 9 of the Best Books About Love… That Your Book Club Probably Hasn't Read. I am happy to report that I contributed #7 on the list, one of my old favorites – The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping and the Novel, by Alain de Botton. For more suggestions, check out the list.

What's your favorite book about love? (My absolute #1 is Pride & Prejudice, but I can't exactly suggest that for a list of books "that your book club probably hasn't read".)

Valentines in Six Words

The Washington Post did a cute Valentine's Day feature yesterday inspired by Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs By Famous and Obscure Writers. The paper challenged readers to submit six-word descriptions of their love lives.

There are so many good ones. Here are some of my favorites:

  • 30th Reunion Northwestern HS 1979
  • Kissed in 2008; Married in 2009!
  • Too much, too soon, too bad.
  • E-Harmony told us both: "No matches".
  • Difficult convincing friends I'm happy single.
  • Spied on Metro, Now dream fodder. 
  • I love him. He loves her.
  • Ex called to say he's engaged. 
  • Married a cook; dieting now. 
  • Miss hon, my love. Stupid cancer.

Check them all out.