One of the most relaxing places to read is on the train. Train travel grants us the luxury of being able to melt into a seat and get lost in a world that isn’t our own- one that’s (usually) without WIFI and the trappings of our modern lives. As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we wanted to share five books to fall in love with and read on the train.
Trains and Lovers: The Heart’s Journey by Alexander McCall Smith 128 pages
Do you ever get on a train, look at the people around you and wonder what stories they have hidden within them? That’s exactly what happens in this book when four characters meet on a train travelling from Edinburgh to London and begin to share stories of love and train travel. Whilst we think it would be fun to read this book on the same route as the characters, we’re quite certain this book can be enjoyed on any stretch of track.
The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore
When a mysterious Frenchman comes into the life of a family unhappily living in the country, a seed is planted and they find their garden- and lives- magically in bloom. Exploring the power of love and the importance of family, this book is definitely a heartwarming tale.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
When a genetics professor named Don Tillman decides it’s time to find a wife, he drafts a 16-page scientific method for doing so and call it the Wife Project. Very few women fit his criteria for a perfect wife, and the charismatic Rosie is but one potential partner who falls short. Though he doesn’t consider her wife material, Tillman agrees to help Rosie on a project of her own: the Father Project, which will lead her to her biological father. Do they both find what they’re looking for? Pick up the book to find out.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Lou is a woman who thinks she knows exactly how her life will play out. Meanwhile, Will is recovering from a motorbike accident and has lost his will to live. When the two of them meet, their lives change forever. How? You’ll have to read it to find out, but keep in mind that this can’t-put-it-down book is so absorbing you may just miss your train stop.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
This isn’t one of Austen’s most famous works, but it is one of her most beloved by readers. The book tells the story of a women who, nearing thirty, is practically a spinster after having been talked out of accepting a proposal by a Captain Wentworth as a young woman. Because of this, Anne lives for many years with regret and longing for the man she could have married. When their paths cross again, she must confront her feelings for him but will he return her love? Will Anne be reunited wit her Mr. Darcy? You’ll just have to read it to find out.