Tales of romance

How do I love thee, tales of romance? Let me count the ways – I love your strong, smart, vibrant heroines; I love your handsome, witty, sensitive men; I love your exotic locales and eras, and I love the grand passions, just as much as I love the quiet tendernesses. And I love knowing that I am not alone in my devotion. In honour of Valentine’s Day, here are some wonderful stories that have made us swoon over and over. https://blog.booko.com.au/2016/02/10/valentines-day-for-book-lovers/
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We consulted 27 "Best valentines Day" book lists and came away with 305 unique titles with 27 appearing on more than one list.

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.  If you love The Fault in our Stars, try I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith  I Capture the Castle’s memorable first line, “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink”, hints at the quirky delights within.  Styled as the journal of seventeen-year old Cassandra, the story follows her eccentric family, living in genteel poverty in a crumbling castle.  There’s her father, crippled by writer’s block; her stepmother, bohemian but surprisingly practical; and…

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Stories of first love are often tender and heart-rending – none more so than John Green’s The Fault in our Stars.  Gus and Hazel are teens who meet in a cancer patients’ support group.  They are funny and philosophical, and refuse to be defined by their illnesses.  They bond over books and witty repartee; they become each other’s strength. Inevitably though, tragedy strikes.  John Green has created some incredibly appealing characters, and...

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Katherine by Anya Seton.  If you love Gone with the Wind, try Katherine by Anya Seton. Although Katherine Swynford plays an important part in British history – she is an ancestress of Plantagenet, Tudor and Stuart royals – she was relatively unknown until the publication of this mesmerising love story. Katherine, daughter of a minor knight, catches the eye of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster; an emotional connection eventually blossoms into love. This love is tested during a tumultuous…

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Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  Gone With the Wind is a historical novel with a thoroughly modern sensibility – Scarlett O’Hara is determined, assertive, tough, but also selfish and wilful; Rhett Butler is an anti-hero with dubious morals.  Their passionate but difficult relationship has influenced our collective understanding of a grand romance, assisted by its backdrop of incredible wealth and its subsequent destruction during the Civil War.  A true epic.

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Carol by Patricia Highsmith.  If you love Wuthering Heights, try Carol by Patricia Highsmith  Written and set in the conservative 1950s, a sense of doom hangs over the growing attraction, and ultimately love, between beautiful, sophisticated Carol and young, lonely Therese.  Even when they acknowledge their feelings for each other, unease lingers about whether this forbidden romance can last.

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  Out on the wily, windy moors, a boy and a girl fall into deep, all-consuming love… Heathcliff’s tortuous, obsessive relationship with Cathy in Wuthering Heights is heightened by its unrequited nature and the story’s bleak moorland setting.  The tempestuous emotions – passion, vindictiveness, grief – resonate with many (especially during hormonal teenage years).  You may not think Cathy and Heathcliff are nice or pleasant characters, but you won't forget…

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Frederica by Georgette Heyer.  If you love Pride and Prejudice, try Frederica by Georgette Heyer.   Georgette Heyer singlehandedly created the Regency Romance genre; she evoked Georgian England vividly, through her staggering knowledge of period minutiae.  A personal favourite is Frederica, a subtle and mature romance where a world-weary hero loses his cynicism and finds love when he meets the irrepressible Merrivale family.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  The appeal of Pride and Prejudice  is phenomenal: 203 years after first publication, it remains one of the best-loved novels in English literature.  The story of how proud Mr Darcy and judgmental Lizzie Bennet overcome their mutual dislike to recognise each other’s worth is tender and heartwarming; add a cast of brilliantly drawn secondary characters and the story is enriched by sharp satire about money, status and sexual politics.

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