16 Quotes from books about unexpected love that will give you hope

Sometimes the best things in life can be found in the most unexpected places at the most unexpected time, and can change your life for the better. And love is no different.

On the run up to Valentine’s Day, here are 16 quotes from books about finding love unexpectedly that will give you hope for the future – because you never know what day is going to change your life, and you never know when you’ll meet the love of your life.

1. “She wasn’t exactly sure when it happened. Or even when it started. All she knew for sure was that right here and now, she was falling hard and she could only pray that he was feeling the same way.”
Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven

2. “The thing about love was that it caught you unawares, turned up in the most unexpected places, even when you weren’t looking for it.”
Sarra Manning, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

3. “Was this what falling in love was like? Not something big and amazing that you knew about straight away, like in a story, but a slow thing that crept over you in waves until you woke up one day and found that you were head-over-heels with someone quite unexpected?”
Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines

4. “Maybe it’s just hiding somewhere. Or gone on a trip to come home. But falling in love is always a pretty crazy thing. It might appear out of the blue and just grab you. Who knows — maybe even tomorrow.”
Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

5. “Because I fell in love with you. And I hadn’t calculated for that.”
Dez Schwartz, Roam

6. “I’m pretty sure it’s too soon to love her, but shit. She’s got to stop doing and saying these unexpected things that make me want to fast-forward whatever’s going on between us. Because I want to kiss her and make love to her and marry her and make her have my babies and I want it all to happen tonight.”
Colleen Hoover, Losing Hope

7. “Love does not pay attention to timetables or knock when it is convenient for you. True love shows up unexpectedly, bags fully packed, daring you to offer it a place to stay.”
Alfa Holden, Abandoned Breaths

8. “Love can be found in unexpected places. Sometimes we go out searching for what we think we want and we end up with what we’re supposed to have.”
Kate McGahan, JACK McAFGHAN: Reflections on Life with my Master

9. “You might not have been my first love, but you were the love that made all the other loves irrelevant.”
Rupi Kaur, Milk And Honey

10. “She was wiser than she’d been before. Now she knew how fragile life and love were. Maybe she would love him for only this day, or maybe for only the next week, or maybe until she was an old, old woman. Maybe he would be the love of her life … or her love for the duration of this war … or maybe he would only be her first love. All she really knew was that in this terrible, frightening world, she had stumbled into something unexpected. And she would not let it go again.”
Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

11. “When I see the way that mankind loves… You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… What I’m trying to say, Tristan is… I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I’d know it for myself. My heart… It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange – no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust

12. “No one’s ever really mattered before. Like this. I mean, they mattered, but they didn’t get in there. As in right here.” She rubs at the area over her heart and then thumps it twice. “I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t see her coming. I guess you’re not supposed to.” And she smiles, lost in the memory.
Jennifer Niven, Breathless

13. “It isn’t the happy ending Ingrid and I had dreamed up, but it’s all a part of what I’m working through. The way life changes. The way people and things disappear. Then appear, unexpectedly, and hold you close.”
Nina LaCour, Hold Still

14. “When you were in a long-distance relationship, of course you made the most of the time you were together. But sometimes, it was the unexpected that really made the difference. The unexpected emotions you were hit with when you saw that face, looked into those eyes, felt those lips. The unexpected reminder of why you fell in love with this person could hit you so powerfully. And this was that time.”
Alice Clayton, Rusty Nailed

15. “That’s the thing. Life takes you in unexpected directions. There’s good, and there’s bad to that. Sometimes on a detour, you find what you need in the least likely of places. And then you wonder if that was the direction you were always meant to go.”
Penelope Ward, Love Online

16. “Keep an open mind. The right person coming to you at the right time will change everything you ever thought was true.”
― Kate McGahan, One Heart’s Journey

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