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The best books for hopeless romantics this Christmas

For those looking to get a little weepy this year, we present fantastic romance novels from 2021 and beyond, guaranteed to sweep you off your feet while the turkey is roasting.

For the person in your life who can't get enough romance novels and likes to spend Christmas sighing wistfully over a Bucks Fizz while everyone else opens presents or watched telly – we have the perfect list for you.

Below are tales of lifelong affairs, thwarted passions, star-crossed lovers and a fair few rolls in the hay, including novels new to 2021 and time-honoured classic you may have missed.

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