The Best Romance Novels to Read This Weekend
Sometimes we all need to break up the banal work routine with a romantic rendezvous (of the fantasy variety, of course). Whether you're in a relationship or looking for love, there's nothing quite like a romantic tale to make your stomach flutter and set your heart on fire. And let's be honest, we're all feeling a little amorous with Valentine's Day around the corner. Scroll down to see the books we'll be curling up with this weekend.
If you haven't had the intimate pleasure of leafing through the romantic phrases of Wuthering Heights, then we compel you to read this classic stat. From the first few pages, we guarantee you'll be immersed in this passionate yet tortured love story about Catherine Earnshaw and her love triangle conundrum. Not one to marry below her station, she relinquishes her intense love for the gypsy Heathcliff to meet the expectations of her class, choosing the well-bred Edgar Linton instead. Wuthering Heights is recognised as one of the greatest novels in English literature for a reason: It's intense and it isn't very pretty, but you won't be able to put it down.
Just Kids by Patti Smith ($22)
This might not be the most conventional love story (or a happy ending), but Just Kids is certainly brimming with all the passion, sparks, butterflies, and adventure you'd expect from a modern romance. In her first book, Patti Smith details the story of her love and friendship with legendary American artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This is not only an intimate story of two lovers but also a first-hand account of New York City in the late sixties and seventies when all the cool cats, musicians, and artists hung out at The Chelsea Hotel.
If you want a book to transport you to another place and time, then this is the story. This clever tale is about a handsome librarian, Henry DeTamble and his artist wife, Clare Abshire. Henry suffers from chrono-displacement order that sees him bouncing back and forth from one moment in time to another. Despite the constant back and forth throughout time, the couple's passionate love affair remains constant. This beautiful yet unconventional story is gripping and powerful; you won't want to put it down. So we suggest warning your family and friends before you begin; they might not see you for a few days.
This New York Times best-seller is now a popular TV series, thanks to its rich and compelling storytelling. The hearts of millions of readers across the world have been captured by Outlander and its curious characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser. This is the ultimate escape, fusing history, adventure, and romance all in one spectacular tale. Are you ready to lose your heart to a book? This one's sure to take your breath away and evoke every emotion.
This book really needs no introduction: We bet most of you reading this have already seen the movie, but the novel was a New York Times best-seller long before Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams made it a household name. This beautiful tale is incredibly moving, heartbreaking, and frustrating. It will make you laugh and cry a river, but the enduring love story is worth the emotional rollercoaster. This story proves the power of love can create miracles. Just make sure you read it to the very last page.
This is a modern love story about two people who shouldn't work because they have nothing in common, but yet somehow it's just right. If you are looking for a romantic novel that speaks to this generation, Me Before You is our pick. This story shows how love can blossom in the most unexpected places, despite hardship and adversity.
It's hard to believe this book was first published in 1813, yet it's still just as relevant and adored by readers today as it was back then. This love story continues to top most-loved book lists and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. This compelling masterpiece depicts the complicated love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, but it's also an incredible tale of status, wealth, respectability, and sex, written in a world where men held the power and women negated their social hierarchy.
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