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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than reading the latest rom-coms?


From The Princess Bride’s Westley and Buttercup to Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, books have brought us memorable couples in epic romances.

I think I now have a new favourite literary couple – I’ve just finished reading Happy Place, the latest book from the wonderful Emily Henry (out in April). In this book we get to know Wyn and Harriet who, to everyone who knows them, are the perfect couple. Except they’re not – they spilt up six months ago but they didn’t tell anyone!

When they end up going away with their closest friends on a special holiday things have the potential to get very awkward indeed. I won’t give too much away but this is such a beautiful and authentic romance – and the last few pages really are absolutely breathtaki­ng.

While you may need to wait until April for Happy Place ,Ihave plenty of great romance novels on my list that you can read right now, such as Looking Out

For Love by Sophia MoneyCoutt­s (HarperColl­ins, PB, £8.99). Stella Shakespear­e finds herself at a real low point when she’s not only dumped by her boyfriend, but cut off from the Bank of Mum and Dad, too.

What she really wants is to find true love and when the charming and sophistica­ted Fitz sweeps her off her feet, she’s thrilled. However, dating someone who works with a private investigat­or nicknamed The Affair Hunter has its challenges…

This thoroughly enjoyable rom-com is a perfect antidote to the winter blues and fizzes with charm and laugh-out-loud moments.

When it comes to brilliant rom-coms, there’s a new kid on the block – Joseph Murray, who has just released his debut, Fling (Macmillan, HB, £14.99).

After six years of marriage and several rounds of unsuccessf­ul IVF, Tara and Colin’s marriage is beginning to crumble. Independen­tly, they both turn to controvers­ial new dating app, Fling, designed for married people seeking no-strings-attached affairs. They’re both shocked to find they have 100% matches – but is the app really the answer?

Touching, funny and heartwarmi­ng, this novel is a fresh new voice in the massive world of romantic fiction.

So, what are you reading at the moment? What great authors have you discovered recently? Write and let me know! Email me at myweekly@ with ‘Love Reading With Susan’ in the title bar or catch up with me on twitter @MWFictionE­ditor

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