Valentine’s Recommendations

We all want something different in a love story.

That’s why I teamed up with 4 other book bloggers to bring you this awesome Valentine’s Day blog hop.

Here’s how it works:

  • See my three recommendations below.
  • Check out the recommendations from the other 4 bloggers.
  • Let me know which of us recommended the best books for you!

If you’re a frequent visitor to The Page Turner, you may have noticed that there aren’t many love stories around here. It’s not that I dislike them. I just prefer stories that are a bit more complex. I read a lot of Historical Fiction, Mysteries, and YA — so that’s what you’re going to see in my Valentine’s Day recommendations.

These three books are incredibly different from each other. They do have one thing in common: a great love story that happens behind the scenes.


Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende

Genre: Historical Fiction, Magic Realism

Description: Irene Beltrán is a force to be reckoned with. As a magazine journalist, an unusual profession for a woman with her privileged upbringing, she is constantly challenging the oppressive regime. When an assignment leads her and her photographer to uncover an unspeakable crime, they are determined to reveal the truth in a nation overrun by terror and violence.

Why I Love The Love Story: There are so many awful and unbelievable things happening in this story. The romantic subplot is a really subtle way to humanize the characters and emphasize that everyday life continues when there are surreal things happening in society.

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It Takes One by Kate Kessler

Genre: Mystery, Suspenseful Thriller

Description: Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte is returning home after seven years. Less than 24 hours later, her childhood best friend is murdered. Audrey is both the prime suspect and the only person who can solve the case. . .

Why I Love The Love Story: Audrey is such a realistic character. You can’t help but root for her happiness. The romantic elements of the story are a really fun addition that keeps the story moving forward while providing an even richer backstory.

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Description: When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

Why I Love The Love Story: It’s not at all what I expected! This is such a unique twist on the Aladdin story. I really appreciate how complicated the relationship is compared to other YA novels. [My Full Review]

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Looking for a different type of love story? See what the other bloggers recommend.


 Raised on rom-coms and Disney movies, Megan loves a good love story. She doesn’t read romance novels but enjoys good fiction and the occasional memoir (bonus points if it’s thought-provoking). At The Hungry Bookworm, she pairs every book review with a recipe inspired by that book. After all, as everyone knows: the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.
Visit her blog for a selection of Unconventional Love Stories.


 For this mother of 2 little ones, sometimes a good love story is all the romance she has time for, that doesn’t bother her though because reading is one of her favorite things to do. Typically Kerrie is a psychological thriller fanatic, but this time of year she likes to bust out the mushy stuff and read about all the romantic things that people do. You can find more great reviews on her site Comfy Reading, where you can also see how Kerrie overcame depression with her love of literature. Visit her blog for her selection of great romance novels for Valentines Day.  


 Gayathri is a freelance writer and book blogger at Elgeewrites. She loves reading, recommending books and talking about bookish things in real life. Her blog is just an extension of that habit. She has been reviewing since 2010 and her short stories have been published as parts of anthologies. When she is not reading books or creating online content, she freelances as a beta reader. She lives currently in Dubai. Visit her blog for a selection of classic romance novels for Valentines Day.


 As a part-time book blogger, a busy virtual assistant and a full-time nerd, Charlotte always seems to be dreaming about another new project. You’ll probably find her 1) with her nose in a book; 2) furiously writing new blog posts when she has a rare flash of inspiration (and the time to write them); 3) coming up new projects that will probably never see the light of day; 4) updating her spreadsheet of 2018 movie releases (which really does exist); or 5) writing numbered lists. Head over to her blog to see her list of YA LGBT recommendations.

Which of us recommended the best books for you? Let us know in the comments! 


  1. dana says:

    They all sound good. I’m intrigued by the mystery one though–very different and i’m curious to see where the love story comes in. How fun to write with other bloggers. I’d do that! Nice job 🙂

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