Romantic novels have earned themselves a special position in literature. As a result, they have an entire genre dedicated to them. Romantic books have been written in every language in the world. For most people the idea of love begins with the romantic novels. Their ideas for their partners are based on the descriptions written by the authors.
For many of us, the introduction to romantic books happens with the famous Mills and Boons series. The tall, dark and handsome but rugged highwayman sets the parameters for our ideal dream partner. However, as time passes by we take interest on the top romantic novels which have passes the test of time to become immortal.
Here is a list of top 10 romantic novels which would find admirers in all ages in every generation. Romantic novel is a famous genre of literature. A study has revealed the almost 55% of the paperbacks published in North America is dedicated to love novels. It is therefore a difficult task to choose the top 10 romantic novels when there are thousands of them.
However, we have taken the responsibility upon our shoulder to bring you the list of top 10 love books, which you must have in your bookshelf.
Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
May be no list of romantic novels is complete without mentioning ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell. She has created Scarlet with whom every woman can associate with. She is the true representation of a woman in love. Scarlet would go to any extent to win over the man she loves and every woman knows how very true it is.‘Gone with the Wind’ has also made into a successful Hollywood flick. Now, if you have only seen the movie but have not read the book yet, then it may be the time to add it to your library.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
If you are for classics then it is an obvious choice for you. This is an eternal love story of two young hearts, created by the master of English literature- Shakespeare. The story has been so relevant even in the modern time that more than once it has been adopted for films and every time it was a sure success in the box offices. We can even safely assume that ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has set the basic guidelines for romantic novels upon which other writers have weaved their stories.
Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen
It is considered as the epitome of Jane Austen era. Jane Austen has created the two most sought after romantic characters of all time- Elizabeth Bennet and William Darcy. It is a telltale about pride, ego and love of two very different personalities. Elizabeth happens to be a very proud woman, who wouldn’t sacrifice her pride to sougth a matrimonial alliance. On the other hand, Darcy is a very complex character who harbors both love and rejection for Elizabeth. Once you start reading the book there is no stopping till you finish it.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Love is not always perfect. But it is full of conflicts, dilemma and contradiction. Also it has the question of commitment to be answered. Claire Beauchamp, the main protagonist of the book, has experienced every emotion in her returning journey to Scotland during which she has to choose between her young love interest, Jamie and her husband, Frank.The book is written in the backdrop of WWII, where Claire was a nurse to war torn England. Claire met with the young soldier, Jamie, who talks about life even when facing death everyday. Frank on the other hand has lost his interest in life. Outlander is full of drama and conflicts of a woman’s heart and you have to read the book to know who Claire chooses at the end.
Love story by Erich Segal
It’s one of the most widely read romantic books of all time and for the obvious reasons it features in the list of top 10 romantic novels. Erich Segal with his literary skills has woven the mesmerizing tale of Oliver and Jennifer.The story is told from Oliver’s perspective on how he has met, loved and lost the love of his life, Jennifer. The opening line of the book tells it all."What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me"
Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
It’s a tale about a female professor who wants a baby but doesn’t want the troubles that comes with marriage. Where can she find a man who would be stupid enough to deliver her what she wants? The modern approach to the story has made it one of the most widely read romantic novels of the modern literature. Hence, quite naturally it has earned its place in our list of top 10 romantic novels.
Emma by Jane Austen
Jane Austen had been the master of creating the most loved characters of all time- Emma being one of them. Jane weaved Emma with lots of innocence and goodness at heart. She is too full of herself to consider what other feel about her nosy parker attitude. The story revolves through romance, heartbreaks and falling in love again.
Emma by some is the best creation of Jane Austen and hence no wonders that it has sealed a position in the list of top 10 love books.
P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Life does go on and true love would teach you how to live your life to the fullest. It is the story of Holly and Gerry, who were inseparable when they were together. Now, when Gerry is gone, Holly is finding it hard to continue her life. Just about when her life is about to fall apart, Holly receives a packet full of letters written by her dead husband, which he had written before his death to instruct his beloved wife on how to live life when he is gone. Gradually, Holly gets back the rhythm of life and continues without Gerry.
The Irish background upon which the story is set is the added bonanza.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Considered to be the best of the 3 books written by Nicholas Sparks- The Notebook has all the drama that is expected from a romantic novel. The book tells the tale of Noah and Allie. The story is such told that you can relate yourself to it very easily.
It is a story of heartbreaks- boy meets girl, loses her, he finds her again and loses her once more. This is the story of every love story as it captures the ups ad downs of passion. When you would read The Notebook you can easily understand why it features in the list of best romantic novels of all time.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
This Tolstoy novel is a must add in the list of classic romantic novels of all time. Set in the backdrop of Russian high society this story tells the tale of Anna Karenina who has found herself an anew love conflict. Despite being married she was attracted to Count Vronsky. Her desire was so powerful that it has made her estrange her husband, Alexie. When she was denied divorce she has to live her life seeking acceptance for her new relationship.
You have to read the book to find out the heart wrenching ending of Anna and to understand why this book is an obvious choice for the list of top 10 romantic novels.
The story is based on the two warring clans and how family rivalries have engulfed the lives of two young lovers.