Jennifer Robson, the bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over, and Moonlight Over Paris shares a few gift ideas for Valentine’s Day:
I’ve never been a fan of the inflated expectations that go along with Valentine’s Day. Should you really have to fork out $50 (or more) for droopy hothouse roses when tulips are just coming into season? Do you really need to go out for dinner on one of the busiest nights of the year? Are diamonds really the best way to show your love for someone?
My favourite Valentine’s Day gifts tend to be both simple and inexpensive (fortunately my husband agrees with me), and that approach is one I’ve adopted when describing the gifts my characters offer to one another. Here are some suggestions for romantic gifts that I’ve taken straight from the pages of my Great War Trilogy, and I hope they inspire you this February 14th.
– In Somewhere in France, Lilly and Robbie depend on letters as a way of sharing their hopes and fears, and what is more romantic than an honest-to-goodness love letter? Use the best stationery you have, or buy a blank card, and slooooow down when you’re writing – you want to employ your best cursive writing, the kind you learned back in Grade 5. (And don’t fuss about what you’re going to write. The words will be there when you need them.)
– In After the War is Over, Edward sends Charlotte several dozen roses from the gardens at his country estate. It’s a beautiful gesture, but one that’s beyond the means of most people, Charlotte included. She demonstrates her love, instead, through practical gestures: she cares for him when he is ill, reads to him, and makes him scones and tea. Instead of going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day, consider making afternoon tea for your sweetheart. To get you started, here is my recipe for sugar-crusted scones.
– In Moonlight Over Paris, Helena and Sam exchange books of poetry: he gives her a treasured volume of early poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, while she gives him a copy of Al Que Quiere! by William Carlos Williams. Any book will do, just as long as you love it and the words inside mean something to you. Don’t forget to inscribe it with a message as well as the date.