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The Top 50 Most Romantic Novels According to Us ...

By Neecey

It’s so glorious to curl up and lose yourself in the pages of a romantic story. We’re swept away by love as it brings forth drama and romance, comedy and tragedy, loss and gain, sorrow and joy. I’ve picked out the 50 romantic novels I think every girl should read.

1 Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind – Margaret MitchellAn epic love story set in the American Civil War.
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2 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights – Emily BrontePassions run high on the wild and windy Yorkshire Moors.
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3 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina – Leo TolstoyAdulterous love set in a backdrop of the historic social changes that swept Russia during the late 19th century.
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4 Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet – William ShakespeareThe world’s most famous love story – a tale of star-crossed lovers.
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5 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre – Charlotte BronteThe life and times of Governess Jane and her growing love for Mr. Rochester.
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6 Love Story – Erich Segal

Love Story – Erich SegalThe heartbreaking tale of Oliver and Jenny. You will cry.
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7 Emma – Jane Austen

Emma – Jane AustenFollow the matchmaking ministrations and meddling of Emma Woodhouse.
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8 Atonement – Ian McKeown

Atonement – Ian McKeownA towering story of betrayal and forgiveness set before and during World War II.
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9 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca – Daphne Du MaurierThe eerie tale of the second Mrs. De Winter, married to a man and a house haunted by the first wife.
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10 Love in the Time of Cholera –Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in the Time of Cholera –Gabriel Garcia MarquezFlorentino Ariz’s love for Fermina Darza spans nearly 60 years. Is there a happy ever after?
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11 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott FitzgeraldLove, passion, and partying in the Jazz Age – with a dose of tragedy.
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12 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernières

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De BernièresCan love blossom between enemies in wartime? A sweeping romance between an Italian soldier and a Greek girl in World War II.
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13 Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain – Charles FrazierAnother epic romance set in the American Civil War. Can Confederate soldier Inman make it home to his beloved Ada?
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14 The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Walter

The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James WalterA tale about a free-spirited photographer and the one true love of his life.
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15 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility – Jane AustenThe Dashwood sisters - one sensible, one sensitive - find love and happiness
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16 The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy NelsonWho will Lennie choose? Toby or Joe?
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17 The Sound of Waves – Yukio Mishima

The Sound of Waves – Yukio MishimaA timeless story of first love set in a simple Japanese fishing village.
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18 Possession – a.S. Byatt

Possession – a.S. ByattJoin two researchers as they embark on a journey to uncover the lives and loves of two Victorian poets.
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19 The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough

The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCulloughA tale of forbidden love and dark secrets in the Australian Outback.
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20 The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa GregoryWe all know the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, but what do you know about Henry and Mary Boleyn?
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21 The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

The End of the Affair – Graham GreeneThe tale of the love to love-hate relationship between Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles.
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22 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey NiffeneggerA touching love story set in an intriguing science fiction concept.
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23 Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie PerkinsA year of romantic misses and a crush thousands of miles away.
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24 The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The Princess Bride – William GoldmanTrue love and high adventure captured in engrossing storytelling.
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25 The Truth about Forever – Sarah Dessen

The Truth about Forever – Sarah DessenComedy, tragedy and a heroine we can all relate to.
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26 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice – Jane AustenLaugh and cry as you become deeply involved with the trials and tribulations of the Bennet sisters as they try to find love and a good marriage.
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27 Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura EsquivelThere’s much love and wit to be found in early 20th Century Mexico.
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28 Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago – Boris PasternakYou’ll find yourself deeply lost for hours in the story of Zhivago and his love for Lara, set in the turmoil and upheaval of the Russian Revolution.
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29 The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient – Michael OndaatjeDon’t be fooled by the movie – there’s more to this tangled tale than the English patient and the woman he loved.
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30 Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood – Haruki MurakamiA delightful coming of age and love story inspired by the main character hearing the titular song by The Beatles.
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31 Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

Bel Canto – Ann PatchettA story of love where the only common language is music.
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32 Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants – Sara GruenA page turner telling the story of Jacob Jankowski and his time at the Benzini Brother’s circus where he falls in love with married Marlena.
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33 The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles

The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John FowlesA period piece that goes beyond being a social commentary on love in Victorian England.
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34 A Room with a View

A Room with a ViewLucy Honeychurch sees beyond her prejudices to see where her true passion lies.
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35 Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos De Lascios

Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos De LasciosMore seduction, scandal and scheming than romance but a thoroughly good romp.
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36 The Notebook

The NotebookGripping story of love that endures.
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37 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary – Gustave FlaubertLove is ultimately the undoing of the seductive and sensuous Emma Bovary.
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38 The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan DidionA tribute to an extraordinary marriage.
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39 Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas HardyBathsheba Everdene is lucky to attract three suitors. Who will win her heart and will there be a happy ending?
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40 Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. LawrenceOh, the scandal as Lady Chatterley takes her gardener as her lover.
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41 Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow RowellPoignant tale of love and fitting in at high school.
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42 The African Queen – C.S. Forester

The African Queen – C.S. ForesterEven in wartime, love conquers all.
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43 P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love YouA delightful story that unfolds beautifully as Holly unfolds every note.
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44 Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise SaganA sultry, lyrical novel about a girl meddling with others’ romantic affairs with disastrous consequences.
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45 The Post Birthday World – Lionel Shriver

The Post Birthday World – Lionel ShriverHow can so much rest on a single kiss?
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46 The Well of Loneliness –Radclyffe Hall

The Well of Loneliness –Radclyffe HallA timeless and classic portrayal of lesbian love.
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47 The Weather in the Streets –Rosamond Lehmann

The Weather in the Streets –Rosamond LehmannThe passionate and overwhelming story of an affair between a young woman and a married man.
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48 The Good Luck of Right Now – Matthew Quick

The Good Luck of Right Now – Matthew QuickWords can’t describe this! A grief counselor, an emotionally damaged librarian, an alien-believing housemate and a maverick local priest all in a story written in the form of letters to Richard Gere.
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49 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen FieldingRejoice as Bridget overcomes her (many) personality faults to find love.
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50 Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier

Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-FournierA magical and sentimental tale of lost adolescent love.
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I can’t wait to hear what would have made your list.

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