I'm not known for being a romantic. I roll my eyes at Facebook declarations of love on Valentine's Day and send my husband sarcastic Some Ecards in lieu of my own.
Don't get me wrong, I do believe in romance. Romance for me is my husband filling my gas tank (*notaeuphemism*) or fixing my computer. I'm not a jewellery and flowers girl.
Romance novels can be fun and I enjoy them from time to time, but love stories aren't just stories that have passionate kisses on the deck of a ship. Love stories don't even have to be about romantic love. I've complied a list of 5 somewhat unconventional love stories for this upcoming Valentine's Day.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Orphan Anne finds love in an unlikely place: the home of two elderly siblings. They make an odd but loving family. Anne also falls in love with Avonlea, and finally finds a place to call home.
Barks and Purrs by Colette. People have a special relationship with their pets, but what do pets feel? Barks and Purrs is told from Toby-Dog and Kiki the Demure's point of view. While Kiki might be standoffish, Toby is all love: "I love—Her and Him devotedly, with a love that lifts me up to them."
H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. After Helen MacDonald lost her father, she bought herself a hawk to train. The hawk becomes her whole world.
Lady Into Fox by David Garnett. A man stays devoted to his wife, even after she suddenly turns into a fox.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. Lucy grew up in a family that loved to cook and eat. They loved to travel the world, trying different dishes. Relish is Lucy's love letter to food.