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Great Love stories set in romantic cities

21st July 2020

Here at TripFiction our database of thousands of books can be accessed by searching for a location, a title or an author…or by literary genre.

So if crime gets your juices flowing, why not head to the Scandi countries for a spot of noir. Food…it has to be la bella Italia. Historical fiction…how about the UK. Humour, autobiography, fantasy, gothic, psychological thriller, and many more genres. Just head to the TripFiction database to help you drill down for your next book.

As an example, here are suggestions for 7 great books with love at their heart, set in romantic cities around the world.

The Secret Paris Cinema Club by Nicolas Barreau – set in PARIS

Alain Bonnard, the owner of a small art cinema in Paris, is a dyed-in-the-wool nostalgic. In his Cinéma Paradis there are no buckets of popcorn, no XXL colas, no Hollywood blockbusters. Alain holds firm to his principles of quality – to show films that bring dreams to life, make people fall in love. And Alain would do anything for his clientele – particularly the mysterious woman in the red coat who, for some time now, has turned up every Wednesday and always sits in row seventeen. What could her story be….?

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The Food of Love by Anthony Capella – set in ROME 

Experiencing the pleasures of Rome for the first time, student Laura Patterson falls in love with Italian food. So when she meets handsome Tommaso Massi, who tells her that he cooks at the best restaurant in Rome, she’s ready to be bowled over by the fantastic dishes he creates. But Tomasso has a secret – he’s a waiter. The real chef is actually his best friend, Bruno. And Bruno has a secret too – he’s fallen head over heels in love with Laura himself…

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The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons – set in LONDON & LOS ANGELES

Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. Surrounded by friends, he is young, handsome, and runs a successful business. Everything changes after he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious young woman named Josephine. Julian’s world is turned upside down by a love affair that takes him – and everyone else in his life – by storm. For the two new lovers, the City of Angels is transformed into a magical playground. But Josephine is not what she seems and carries secrets that threaten to tear them apart―seemingly forever…

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A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom – set in PRAGUE 

For Megan, visiting Prague with her friend Ollie is just business. Nothing more. Because if she admits the truth, she might lose everything.

For Hope, this trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the city when she knows how angry her daughter is. And that it’s all her fault.

For Sophie, Prague has always been magical. And now she’s counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her in the city that holds so many of their memories…

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The Christmas Café by Amanda Prowse – set in SYDNEY & EDINBURGH

Bea does not believe in second chances.

A widow at fifty-three, Bea knows she must accept that she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Surry Hills has a reputation for the best carrot cake in Sydney.

But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh leads her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. There, transported by the twinkling lights and falling snow of a traditional Christmas, Bea is drawn back to a secret past – and a secret love – that she has long ago tried to forget…

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Singapore Love Stories by Verena Tay – set in SINGAPORE

What does it mean to love and be loved in Singapore?

Singapore Love Stories is a vibrant collection of seventeen stories that delves into the diverse love lives of Singapore’s eclectic mix of inhabitants. From the HDB heartlander to the Sentosa millionaire, the privileged expatriate to the migrant worker, the accidental tourist to the reluctant citizen, the characters in this anthology reveal an array of perspectives of love found in the island city-state.

Leading Singaporean and Singapore-based writers explore the best and worst of the human condition called love, including grief, duplicity and revenge, self-love, filial love, homesickness and tragic past relationships. Collectively, the stories in this anthology reveal the many ways in which love can be both a salve and a wound in life.

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Carol by Patricia Highsmith set in NEW YORK

Therese is just an ordinary sales assistant working in a New York department store when a beautiful, alluring woman in her thirties walks up to her counter. Standing there, Therese is wholly unprepared for the first shock of love. Therese is an awkward nineteen-year-old with a job she hates and a boyfriend she doesn’t love; Carol is a sophisticated, bored suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce and a custody battle for her only daughter. As Therese becomes irresistibly drawn into Carol’s world, she soon realizes how much they both stand to lose…First published pseudonymously in 1952 as The Price of Salt, Carol is a hauntingly atmospheric love story set against the backdrop of fifties’ New York.

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We hope that’s given you some ideas for romantic travel with a book. Just head on over to the TripFiction database to find your own favourite literary genre, also searchable by location, title and author.

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