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February - has always shied away from the Romance as a category. We do sometimes read books in this genre -- but with so many websites already doing a very good job in this extremely active area, we are content to let others be the experts while we focus on the more literary contemporary books.

Within many of the books that we do review, there is much romance and explored from many different angles. It is at the heart (so to speak) of many a good plot or storyline and in every type of fiction. Fiction is about life and life is full of romance (and heartbreak). Check out these reviews of some of our favorites:

The History of Love by Nicole Kraus

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love Burns by Edna Mazya

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel

Half in Love by Maile Meloy

Give Me (Songs for Lovers) by Irina Denezhkina

Raymond + Hannah : A Love Story by Stephen Marche

Theft : A Love Story by Peter Carey

Zorro by Isabel Allende

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kinshu: Autumn Brocade by Teru Miyamoto

Eve Green by Susan Fletcher

The Bend in the River by Susan Gibbs

The Night Garden by Pamela Holm

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

No Ordinary Matter by Jenny McPhee

The Calligrapher by Edward Docx

A Ship Made of Paper by Scott Spencer

Random Hearts by Warren Adler (much, much better than the movie which was a loose interpretation)

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

Martin Sloane by Michael Redhill

Snowleg by Nicholas Shakespeare

An Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky

The Shadow of the Wind by Carolos Ruiz Zafon

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff

Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell

Brazil by John Updike

Dirt Music by Tim Winton

Welcome to Higby by Mark Dunn

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

Stay by Nicola Griffith

The Clarinet Polka by Keith Maillard

Marriage: A Duet by Anne Taylor Fleming

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer

The Jazz Bird by Craig Holden

Christopher by Allison Burnett

Shipwreck by Louis Begley

Red Sky in the Mourning by Tami Oldham Ashcroft

The Fall by Simon Mawer


A Bit on the Side by William Trevor

Truth and Consequences by Alison Lurie

The Wrong Man by John Katzenbach

A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka

Many Ways To Get It, Many Ways to Say It by Cris Mazza