Author: Sherry Helms
This Valentine Day set the scene for your date with some treasured love stories. Celebrate the delight of romance by gifting or reading to your soul mate the top classic Romance Novels of all the time. Check out our quick list of romanticism in literature:
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - To celebrate your love day, what else can be better than reading to your date some excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest love stories of all time. This is a tragedy written by the greatest playwright William Shakespeare about two young “star-cross’d lovers” whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet and Macbeth, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is a classic love story. Vivacious and witty Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of the five daughters whom Mrs Bennett is anxious to put into marriage, hastily dismissed the superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world. But, as soon as he realizes that he is deeply in love with Elizabeth, he starts improving his stubborn manners and made her to change mind. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë - Published a year before her death at the age of thirty, Emily Brontë’s only novel is set in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors. Depicting the love story of Cathy and Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with an instinct for poetry and for the dark depths of human psychology.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Tells a doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky, this classic story by Leo Tolstoy has been cherished by the generations of readers. Tragedy unfolds when Anna renounces a respectable yet stifling marriage for an affair that offers passion even as it ensnares her for destruction.
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway - High in the pine forests of the Spanish Sierra, a guerrilla band prepares to blow up a vital bridge. Robert Jordan, a young American volunteer, has been sent to handle the dyamiting. There, in the mountains, he finds the dangers and the intense comradeship of war. And there he discovers Maria, a young woman who has escaped from Franco’s rebels. Telling about an unusual love story, For Whom the bell Tolls is one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century by one of the greatest American writers.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – First published in 1936, this book is a historical novel set off against the harrowing milieu of the American Civil War. This American classic has a page-turning love story in which a manipulative woman, Scarlett O’Hara and a roguish man, Rhett Butler carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Its movie adaptation is also as popular as this book is.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - This is a moving love story written by the Nobel Prize-winning author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude“, Gabriel Garcia Marquez that binds three people’s lives together for more than fifty years. In this chronicle of a unique love triangle, readers will meet the character of Florentino Ariza, who waits more than half a century to declare his undying love to the beautiful Fermina Daza, whom he lost to Dr. Juvenal Urbino so many years before. An enthralling story of an eternal love.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks - This is another romance novel by Nicholas Sparks that have been touching the hearts of our readers. The Notebook, a story about love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah Calhoun, her teenage love who she left so many years ago? The movie adaptation of this book has also received as much applause as the book had.