Thursday, February 7, 2019

My 10 Favorite Romance Novels

Good morning!  I love a good romance novel. Historical romances are my favorite but I also enjoy modern ones as well, especially if they are set in a romantic destination like Paris, London or Venice. As Valentine's Day is just around the corner I thought I would share my 10 favorite romance novels. 

 All of these books currently reside in my bookcase and have been for years; several of these books I read in high school, a couple in college and the others over the last 10 years. Some are classics, some more modern but the are all wonderful books that you will love if you haven't read them already. If you have read them, why not read them again, a classic never goes out of style. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

Ferney  by James Long

When Mike and Gally Martin move to a cottage in Somerset, it's to make a new start. But the relationship comes under strain when Gally forms an increasingly close attachment to an old countryman, Ferney, who seems to know everything about her. What is it that draws them together? Reluctantly at first, then with more urgency as he feels time slipping away, Ferney compels Gally to understand their connection - and to face an inexplicable truth about their shared past. A passionate love story that spans the centuries, fall under the spell of Ferney.

The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen

 Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Read for free on Kindle.

The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”

Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquirel

This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way

At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle...

The story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere-and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

Do you have a favorite romance novel? If so please share your favorites!

Have a great day!

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  1. I very rarely read romance novels. I'm more into the suspense categories. But The Time Traveler's Wife and Like Water For Chocolate sound intriguing.

  2. I've read many of these and loved them! Never read The Princess Bride but you make me want to--oh how my kids watched that movie over and over! I've never tried the Outlander series, probably the only woman who hasn't! I'm writing down Ferney, sounds like one I'd like. Love all the others. I tried to think of others I loved over the years. I enjoyed some of Elizabeth Buchan's especially Consider the Lily. Almost all of Rosamunde Pilcher's, especially Winter Soltice. And here's an author from the 30s-50s, Frances Parkinson Keyes, ever heard of her? I still have about 20 of her novels and non-fiction. And then there are the D. E. Stevenson books that I think I have the complete collection, light romance stories taking place in England of the 40s through 60s that are my comfort books to reread at bedtime when I need gentle reading.

  3. Pride and Prejudice and The Princess Bride for me.

  4. Oh these are great recommendations Elizabeth...such a romantic at heart I see!

  5. What a nice stroll down memory lane! Although I've read them sounds really good to curl up and re read a few!

  6. I loved both Water for Chocolate & Bridges of Madison Country. Most especially the latter. Wow!


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