Best romance reads
Some days there’s nothing better than curling up with a page-turning romance novel.
We take a look at ten books that will renew your faith in love, all of which feature a great romance storyline.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is a classic for a reason, and a must-read for fans of romantic fiction. The witty prose, fascinating cast of characters and sublime settings play second fiddle to that most famous of romances between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
This famous sweeping epic, set against the backdrop of the Civil War, pits spoiled southern belle Scarlett O’Hara against the rogue Rhett Butler. Despite its length it’s a real page turner, beloved by millions of people.
The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy
Postwar New York City provides the setting for this tragic love story, which tells the story of two strangers who have a chance meeting before going their separate ways. It’s a touching tale of soulmates, determination, heartbreak and forgiveness.
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Fans of the Notebook will adore this novel by Nicholas Sparks, but it’s sure to appeal to anyone in need of a romantic read. It’s a beautifully written story of two couples, one at the start of their relationship, the other a widower reflecting on the lifetime of love he had with his wife.
Ps I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
The first book by Cecelia Ahern launched her into the romantic bestseller lists, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a page turning read about a young widow who receives letters written by her husband that help give her hope when she’s grieving.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Another incredibly popular romantic fiction book is this historical fantasy, the start of a series of books by the beloved author. It tells the story of a married wartime nurse, Claire, who travels back through time to 1700s Scotland and becomes torn between the love of her husband and the love of the redheaded Jamie.
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
If you’ve been enjoying the recent smouldering adaptation on TV, then you’ll love this. Ross Poldark returns from war to find his sweetheart engaged to someone else and his estate on the verge of collapse. The book follows his attempts to rebuild his family fortune, and in the process to learn to love again.
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
Deveraux is a much-loved romantic novelist, and this is one of her most popular books. When a woman is abandoned by her lover in a church, she finds herself in the company of a sixteenth-century hero who is destined to be her soulmate through all eternity.
Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
Bestselling romance author Roberts has created many series that captivate readers, and this book is no exception. When a woman leaves her home in America and heads to the lush landscapes of Ireland, intending to study Celtic legends, she finds herself drawn into a passionate romance with a local.
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin is a bestselling ‘chick-lit’ author, with lots of titles sure to satisfy readers in need of a little romance. This book tells the story of a successful thirtysomething who finds her life shaken up when the child she gave up for adoption appears on her doorstep, forcing her to examine her life, and loves.
What’s your favourite romance read?
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