Feb 8, 2024 - Culture

Grand Gesture Books' owner shares V-Day novel picks

Illustration of a paper silhouette of cupid reading a book, surrounded by hearts.

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Valentine's Day is less than a week away — so we reached out to Katherine Morgan, a self-described romantic and owner of Grand Gesture Books, for five book recommendations sure to get your heart racing.

🗡️ "The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels" by India Holton

  • Set in Victorian times, an assassin quickly falls in love with his target.

🦴 "Digging Up Love" by Chandra Blumberg

  • "This is such a charming Black love story set in rural Illinois that I think more people should know about," Morgan said.

💌 "The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy" by Megan Bannen

  • This fantasy romance was so good, that Morgan slid into author Bannen's DMs to befriend her.
  • "It's got 'You've Got Mail' spirit, undertakers, demigods, a man who is TALL, and so much heart," she told Axios via email.

🧹 "The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches" by Sangu Mandanna

  • This novel features a sweet love story, a great cast of secondary characters and a splash of the grumpy-sunshine trope.
  • "I loved it so much that I cried at the end," Morgan said.

💒 "The Fiancée Farce" by Alexandria Bellefleur

  • This book has "the perfect amount of wooing, heat, and humor," according to Morgan, and centers around a marriage of convenience that turns into much more.

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