When I was first falling in love, we did this book at my bookclub. A friend lent me her copy - hardback, red, with a red ribbon to mark the pages. A beautiful book, a perfect present for any woman who loves words.
Anyway, as I said, I was falling in love and I stayed up all night, reading aloud to myself and crying. It was pure bliss!
Of course, at bookclub I drove them all mad, waxing lyrical about the book, reading whole poems aloud...
They indulged me, of course, partly because I was a woman in the first throes of love but mainly because they all loved Rapture too.
Three years later, I still read and sometimes weep, to River:
'Down by the river, under the trees, love waits for me
to walk from the journeying years of my time and arrive...'
'...and I feel love come to my arms and cover my mouth, feel
my soul swoop and ease itself into my skin, like a bird
threading a river. Then I can look love full in the face, see
who you are I have come this far to find, the love of my life.'Make it Happy: A short guide to long term relationships