Manga, or Japanese comic books, can be excellent vehicles for love stories, as proved by these irresistible adaptations of romance novels. The titles are color-coded: pink for innocent romance, violet for more sensual fare.
Harlequin Pink: A Girl in a Million, based on the romance novel by author Betty Neels, tells the sweet story of Caroline, a young British pediatric nurse. When she goes on a vacation in Amsterdam, she first encounters the handsome, older Marius van Houben. Amazingly, their paths soon cross again, when Caroline's London hospital admits a three-year-old boy, unconscious following an accident. Enter the family's renowned anesthesiologist from Amsterdam: Marius. There are complications, of course, and misunderstandings galore -- but ultimately, a very happy ending, with the couple's feelings well conveyed by Kako Itoh's art. Ginger Curwen