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

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

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.

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1

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell An epic love story set in the American Civil War.
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2

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte Passions run high on the wild and windy Yorkshire Moors.
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3

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy Adulterous 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 Shakespeare The world’s most famous love story – a tale of star-crossed lovers.
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5

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte The 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 Segal The heartbreaking tale of Oliver and Jenny. You will cry.
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7

Emma – Jane Austen

Emma – Jane Austen Follow the matchmaking ministrations and meddling of Emma Woodhouse.
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8

Atonement – Ian McKeown

Atonement – Ian McKeown A 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 Maurier The 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 Marquez Florentino 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 Fitzgerald Love, 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 Bernières Can 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 Frazier Another 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 Walter A 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 Austen The 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 Nelson Who will Lennie choose? Toby or Joe?
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17

The Sound of Waves – Yukio Mishima

The Sound of Waves – Yukio Mishima A timeless story of first love set in a simple Japanese fishing village.
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18

Possession – a.S. Byatt

Possession – a.S. Byatt Join 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 McCullough A 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 Gregory We 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 Greene The 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 Niffenegger A 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 Perkins A 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 Goldman True love and high adventure captured in engrossing storytelling.
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25

The Truth about Forever – Sarah Dessen

The Truth about Forever – Sarah Dessen Comedy, tragedy and a heroine we can all relate to.
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26

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen Laugh 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 Esquivel There’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 Pasternak You’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 Ondaatje Don’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 Murakami A 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 Patchett A story of love where the only common language is music.
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32

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen A 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 Fowles A 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 View Lucy 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 Lascios More seduction, scandal and scheming than romance but a thoroughly good romp.
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36

The Notebook

The Notebook Gripping story of love that endures.
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37

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert Love 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 Didion A tribute to an extraordinary marriage.
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39

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy Bathsheba 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. Lawrence Oh, 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 Rowell Poignant 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. Forester Even in wartime, love conquers all.
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43

P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You A delightful story that unfolds beautifully as Holly unfolds every note.
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44

Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan A 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 Shriver How can so much rest on a single kiss?
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46

The Well of Loneliness –Radclyffe Hall

The Well of Loneliness –Radclyffe Hall A 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 Lehmann The 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 Quick Words 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 Fielding Rejoice as Bridget overcomes her (many) personality faults to find love.
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50

Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier

Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier A 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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Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice

All our yesterdays- just a cool YA novel with a poetic and powerful romance

I wanna read the love story!!

the time traveler's wife my best

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Good article

You should also add the luxe. It's an incredible series about secret affairs and scandalous relationships that would get anyone's heart racing.

And the duchess of Malfi was an incredible play by John Webster

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Good selection! I was very happy to see El Amor en Tiempos del Colera ( one of my favorite books ever) and Como Agua para Chocolate. With The French Lieutenant's Woman, I didn't feel it like a romantic novel, it's so sad!!

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