10 perfect books for Valentine's Day gifts

10. Persuasion, by Jane Austen

It's hard to make a list of love stories nowadays without including a Jane Austen novel. And certainly Persuasion – a book that some Jane-ites love even more than "Pride and Prejudice" – is a worthy addition. The story of the romance between Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth gives new hope to all readers who would like to believe that even a terrible mistake – in this case, Anne's youthful refusal of Frederick's marriage proposal – doesn't close the door on the hope of a happy ending.

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