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The Princess Bride by William Goldman
One of my all time favorite books because it is hilarious, adventurous and has an epic love story. I always enjoy rereading this book and it always makes me laugh.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Although many wouldn’t classify this as a love story, I definitely do! Love between family members, love between sisters and of course, love between the little women and their future husbands. My favorite is of course Jo & Professor Friedrich Bhaer.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Not only was this story gorgeously written and lovely to experience, but its all about unrequited love. Duty first, personal fulfillment second. A different take on a love story.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Now we all know this story, right? right? Edmond Dantes is falsely accused of treason by his plotting friend, he is thrown into an inescapable prison and spends years plotting his way out and revenge against those who betrayed him. He goes through years of hell to be with the woman he loves and to bring justice to all of those who hurt him. Intrigue, revenge, fight scenes, betrayal, undying love.. what more could you want?
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Yes, one of William’s works had to make it in here somewhere! Romeo & Juliet is tragic and lovely. Every time I read it I wish they had found a way to be a little less rash and live through the story. Sigh. I don’t know how anyone could help but love it.
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
One of my all time favorite books, a story about nature and interwoven love stories / relationships. Amazing visual imagery, phrases, and serendipitous events link the narratives that all are connected in one way or another by the end. It is elegant and beautiful.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Oh Jane! How I love thee.This book is great because it is a dark & twisty love story. Full of nightmares, childhood trauma, shadows on the walls and fire in the night. The love is carefully hidden, controlled, drawn out and finally given. But no! Due to certain developments (read it, I dont want to ruin it) she runs away and only tragic circumstances let her return to the man she loves.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Alright, to be honest I don’t enjoy Austen’s work all that much (please don’t throw things at me!) but I do like pride and prejudice. Of all her books, it is the story I enjoyed the most. And that was mostly due to Elizabeth. Although, the repulsive Collins is fun to read too. Kitty, I’d mostly like to slap some sense into. Anyway, where was I? oh yes, so Elizabeth and Darcy make this list for their uncomfortable and enticing hate-to-love relationship.
Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Henry and Clare go through so much to be together. She is constantly waiting, worried and wondering. He is constantly ending up in places he doesn’t want to be, being beat up, getting lost, stuck in the snow, knowing things before he should. Its a lovely story about patience and endurance in love.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery. I love this book, it is sweet and touching. Nothing like watching Anne & Gilbert grow up and knowing they are destined to be together (eventually, when they stop fighting.)