1. The Notebook — Nicholas Sparks
Die-hard romantics and those who love to sniffle their way through a book will find themselves reaching out for The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. It is a tender love story about the enduring power of love. This book has been made into a major movie and has topped the romantic book and film category for many years.
2. P.S. I love You — Cecelia Ahern
Cecilia Ahern’s PS I Love You is a love story that will capture readers’ hearts. It is an endearing novel about holding on, letting go and learning to love again. A young, bereaved widow receives a series of letters from her husband after his death which gives her the strength to carry on. This is a real tear-jerker of a novel.
3. The Time Traveller’s Wife — Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveller’s Wife is a poignant tale written with a twist. It is definitely not your usual boy meets girl novel. This is a highly original and innovative book that raises questions about life, love and the effects of time on relationships. Definitely one for those who prefer a more cerebral read.
4. Gone With the Wind — Margaret Mitchell
Who can forget Rhett Butler’s immortal line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”. This book is set during America’s civil war and is a gripping read which will have you sobbing convulsively whilst rooting all the way for the two lovers.
5. Pride & Prejudice — Jane Austen
For those who love a historical novel and hanker for a more genteel time, then Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a must. Mrs. Bennet’s efforts to marry off her five daughters is an amusing read, and the girls’ travails in the world of love transcend time and are relevant even today. It provides a perfect snapshot of life in Britain during its Regency period and continues to fascinate modern readers.
6. Anna Karenina — Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina is a timeless, historical novel by the master of Russian fiction. It is a tragic love story, set in nineteenth-century cold, grim Russia, about a lonely, sophisticated woman trapped in a loveless marriage. This long, gripping tale has sparked countless films and TV series.
7. Eleanor & Park — Rainbow Rowell
First love is the subject of myriad books and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is one such book. Everybody remembers their first love and this book about a pair of star-crossed misfit teens is bound to have readers taking a trip down memory lane and reliving their own first love.