Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day dedicated to all things love, we sat down with Kate Watson, author of two exceptionally swoony reads, Seeking Mansfield and Shoot the Moon, to hear more about her top romantic reads to get your heart racing. Here are her picks:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Take a strong-willed heroine with a thirst for adventure and independence and match her with a brooding, Byronic hero, and sparks literally fly. I discovered this Gothic tale of dark, addicting romance in high school, and I’ve probably read it 15 times since then. Jane and Rochester are broken, but they manage to mend themselves through the almost supernatural force of their love. Le sigh.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Could there be anything more cliché than having P&P on a list of swooniest reads? Of course not. Could that stop me? Not even remotely. I mean, come on. Jane Austen may not have started the enemies-to-lovers trope, but she perfected it. Lizzy and Darcy are the ultimate OTP in my eyes. [That’s One True Pairing for those of us who can’t keep up on Tumblr.]
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
Speaking of enemies-to-lovers, this retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing delightfully adapts Beatrice and Benedick. Their chemistry positively sizzles, whether they’re fighting or flirting, and they do both. A lot. The fact that this retelling takes place in a 1920s Speak Easy during Prohibition adds a charm that cannot be described, only experienced. This book was one of my favorite discoveries of 2017!
By Your Side by Kasie West
Do you remember the first time you saw The Breakfast Club? I wanted to know what happened when Claire and Bender saw each other at school again on Monday. I wanted to track every moment of the weeks and months ahead for them to watch their relationship…do whatever it was going to do. That’s basically this book. Two teens from opposite sides of the tracks spend a weekend stuck in a library together. We see the first hints of their romance and connection…and then we get to see the rest! And it’s wonderful.
About our author guest blogger:
Kate Watson is a young adult writer, wife, mother, and the tenth of thirteen children. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in philosophy. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has also lived in Israel, Brazil, Utah, and the American South. She now calls Arizona home. She is the author of Shoot the Moon and Seeking Mansfield.
Seeking Mansfield is a young adult retelling of Mansfield Park featuring a diverse protagonist, a compelling balance between serious issues and light-hearted, teen-appropriate comedy, and all the swoon-worthy romance a reader could ask for. It’s perfect for fans of Jane Austen’s work, romantic comedies, film, musical theater, and character-driven young adult novels.
Shoot the Moon is a young adult retelling of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations with a splash of the movie Rounders thrown in and mixed on high. The companion novel to Seeking Mansfield, it features Tate Bertram, a nineteen-year-old gambling addict who, despite almost losing his life over his vice, is not ready to admit he has a problem.
Happy Valentine’s Day, from Kate and all of us at Flux!