On this Valentine Day, celebrate love with these wonderful romance novels whose essence speaks of love, whose pages and stories will please your senses and leave you experiencing a plethora of emotions. Whatever your plans for this romantic day, with or without your Valentine, these romantic books will take you into a world of love where you can have your heart’s desires fulfilled.
Here are our top ten picks for romantic novels, from medieval romances to recent classics, to try out in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
Published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice is one of the most enduringly admired novels in the English literature. An ironic novel of manners, Pride and Prejudice revolves around Elizabeth Bennet, the chief protagonist and the second eldest of the 5 Bennet daughters. The garrulous Mrs Bennett wishes just to find a perfect match for each of her five daughters. It is an incredibly enjoyable story that book-lovers find irresistible because of its rich character study, depth, earnest romance, comedy and liveliness. The author beautifully narrates the trials and tribulations of a young woman in 18th century snobbish English society.
Partly autobiographical, Jane Eyre is a masterful tale of a women’s quest for love and liberty. The novel starts with the small and intelligent English orphan Jane Eyre, who physically and mentally abused by her aunt and cousins. When the girl attended a charity school, she further suffered the same hardships and tyrannies. Through it all, the girl remains strong-minded and decides not to allow such an unkind and egocentric world to squeeze her freedom or her strength or willpower. Charlotte Brontë’s timeless classic, “Jane Eyre” is a must read for anyone desiring to honor the indomitable power of determination.
This is a funny, heartfelt, and moving story of two young college graduates, Oliver and Jenny, who meet at the Radcliffe library and get married quite a few days after graduation. It shows the beautiful bonding between two people who come from different worlds and who are opposite in nearly every way. Translated in 20 languages, Love Story ranked the top-selling work of fiction for all of 1970 in the US. Beautifully written, heartbreaking and touching, amusing and flip, Erich Segal’s outstanding novel, Love Story, still continues to make true lovers, desperate lovers, singles, readers from all around the world smile, laugh, and shed tears. Published on February 14, 1970, Valentine’s Day, this book is highly recommended to everyone who wanted to know the meaning of true love.
Based on a true story, The Notebook is a 1996 romantic and touching tale of love lost and regain by American novelist Nicholas Sparks. At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after WWII is distressed by memories of Allie Nelson he lost decades earlier. Socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry an ambitious and prosperous lawyer, but she could not stop herself thinking about the boy who captured her heart like no other. Then, starts a heart touching tale that moves us to laughter and tears and make us believe in the power of love. This is a truly moving love story, with all the emotions to hook you from the get-go.
The debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a mesmerizing love story about Henry DeTamble, a librarian with a genetic disorder that causes him to travel involuntarily through time, and about his wife, Clare Abshire, an artist, who has to put up with his regular absences and dangerous excursions. Classified as both romance and science fiction, the book examines the issues of love, freedom and loss and uses time travel as a way to look at miscommunication and distance in relationships. Published in 2003, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a spellbinding story of fate and belief in the bonds of love.
From national bestselling author Sylvain Reynard comes a captivating and wildly passionate tale of a brilliant and enigmatic professor, Gabriel Emerson, and a kindhearted young woman Julia Mitchell. When Julia enrolls at the University of Toronto, she knows she will meet someone with whom she shared some crucial moment of her life. A fascinating and sinful exploration of seduction, unconditional love, and redemption, this is an unforgettable tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn love and forgiveness.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer converted millions of people into readers. An amazing young-adult vampire-romance novel chronicles the story of teenage girl, Isabella “Bella” Swan, who falls in love with a beautiful vampire boy, Edward Cullen. First book of the Twilight series, this is the best-ever written book that will blow your mind. Besides winning nearly every YA award under the sun, this is as timeless as well as perfectly executed tale of love.
Penned down in English and published in 1955 in Paris, Lolita by Vladimirovich Nabokov is a funny, harrowing, heartbreaking, and transcendent story of a 37-38 year old European intellectual Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring and doomed passion for a 12-year old Dolores Haze. Lolita is his private nickname for Dolores. Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, Lolita, is a captivating story that has the power to raise both chuckles and eyebrows.
34-years old unmarried Physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington wants a baby, but not a husband. However, her genius restricts her options and she’s decided to find an average or, preferably, stupid man or a man with limited intellect to balance out her genes. Written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and published in 1997, this is an incredibly amazing story of a nerdy professor who has never known family importance fall in love. Filled with lot of humor, engaging characters, enjoyable contemporary romance, spellbinding plot-line, feel-good ending this book is a must-read for everyone.
Kingdom of Dreams is an amazing and extremely poignant story of headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick who was abducted from her convent school by the Duke of Claymore, Royce Westmoreland. Known as “The Wolf,” Royce’s very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But the proud Jennifer does not easily surrender to the powerful and brutal English warrior. Besides, she challenges his will until the day the rogue guy takes her in his powerful embrace. And suddenly she finds herself trapped in a mystifying web.
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