At Chapter Break, we heart love stories. What are your top 5 love stories of all time?
While it is very difficult to narrow down to only 5, these are some of my favorite love stories off all time, in no particular order:
1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- Jamie and Claire’s love story is EPIC to say the least. I love a tortured hero and a strong heroine and this book has them both! Add in some time travel, horses, Scot’s accents and a kilt and WOW!
2. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons- This book liberated me from a terrible relationship, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I read this book over Christmas break in college one year and was suddenly like, hey, THAT is love…. and so yeah, I ditched the jerk I was with, moved 1500 miles away and started a new life. As for the book, it has it all. Red Army solider does everything he can to protect the young Russian girl he has fallen in love with during the terrors of WWII. Altruistic, innocent but brave heroine and tortured hero willing to sacrifice his very life for his love, check. Great book.
3. Easy by Tammara Webber- So this is not historical, like my previous two mentions. What I like about it is that is hits all the marks for me and is contemporary. Lucas is the very definition of tortured hero and Jacqueline learns to become a brave heroine who must fight back to regain her dignity and self confidence. Awesome read.
4. Sempre by J.M. Darhower- Okay, so I just read these two books (Sempre and Redemption make up the Always Series) and I do not know if they will stand the test of time, but Sempre made the list this time. This is a contemporary read about a young man being groomed to take over as Mafia boss and a girl who was born into human slavery whose biggest dream is live in learning to read. Carmine is rude, insensitive, and would rather punch someone first and ask questions later. Haven is a sweet, gentle soul who suffers extreme discomfort from her master and who fears at any moment, he could simply end her life. You know Carmine has fallen for Haven when he whispers just one word he never tells anyone: “Sorry.” Great love story! and now I am re-watching all 6 seasons of The Sopranos starting with episode one, just to satisfy my mafia craving.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- I read this book the summer before my senior year of high school. I thought it would be a stuffy classic, difficult to understand and boring to read. It was anything, but! I think people don’t pick up the classics because they think the books are too difficult to read. This book reads easily and quickly. You do not need to have a three week short course in Brit Lit I to understand Jane Eyre. I find it absolutely amazing that Charlotte Bronte wrote a love story that still holds so very true to a woman’s heart today. Seriously, every chick who loves love stories, should read this one. Strong heroine and tortured hero (Oh Mr. Rochester, sigh), check! of course!
I am having a difficult time narrowing down the top list of favorite romances to five. But here’s my attempt, in no particular order.
- Outlander, of course, by Diana Gabaldon
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Only series by Elizabeth Lowell
- Phedre’s Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
Here’s a list in no particular order of 5 of my favorite love stories. I tried to include various genre: YA, adult, contemporary, historical, classic.
- Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green