Books in which a man meets a woman, a man woos a woman (or, woman woos man) and man and woman live happily ever after are a dime a dozen. I don’t deny the fact that they are enjoyable, they are for sure, but not what you’d call memorable.
If you’ll look at the scenario, romantic novels have enraptured countless millions of readers, and have created a fair few scandals, too. But you should get ready because romance novels are going to be your best buddies. After all, you’ve now become a victim of that love arrow that just got stuck in your heart. Isn’t it?
And, there’s no remedy for it except if you read some or all of these romantic narratives that I’ve collected here for you. So, let’s get started.
1. Anna Karenina – by Leo Tolstoy
Frequently a top author’s choice, this Leo Tolstoy novel is a literary soap opera. Set in the highest circles of Russian society, Anna Karenina visits her brother Stiva in Moscow to help him save his marriage. While there, she falls in love with Count Vronsky.
2. Atonement – by Ian McEwan
In the heatwave of 1935, Robbie Turner accidentally sends his benefactor’s daughter an explicit letter via her sister Briony, who later implicates Robbie in a crime. And Briony is “possessed by a desire to have the world just so”.
3. Wuthering Heights – by Emily Brontë
In one of the oldest heart-wrenching classics, Emily Brontë’s novel takes us back to 1802 at the Wuthering Heights estate. In this timeless love story, our leading man Heathcliff grows to become best friends with his adopted sister, Catherine, his life-long crush.
4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – by William Shakespeare
A romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, this play takes place in Athens as Duke Theseus plans a large festival around his marriage. During this time, Theseus’ daughter, Hermia, is refusing to marry her fiancé due to a true-love-in-the-wings named Lysander.
5. Dr. Zhivago – by Boris Pasternak
This Noble Prize-winning Russian novel by Boris Pasternak is the ageless classic of one man torn between two women. Yuri Zhivago is a medical doctor and poet during the 1917 Russian Revolution. While married to aristocratic Tonya, he falls in love with nurse Lara. Set during a wartime, Zhivago’s love triangle falls prey to a twist of fate.
6. Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen
This evergreen and delightful romantic comedy gave us timeless lovers and sly social satire. Charles Bingley is new to town and has leased an estate with his sisters and close friend Fitzwilliam Darcy. Neighbor Elizabeth Bennet finds herself repulsed by Darcy’s ego.
7. The English Patient – by Michael Ondaatje
Haunting and beautiful, Ondaatje’s award-winning novel tells the story of four war-damaged souls living in an Italian monastery at the end of WWII, and the love story between two of them, the exhausted nurse Hana, and the severely burned unnamed English patient.
8. The Remains Of The Day – by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day is a 1989 novel by Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. It is a story of Stevens, an English butler who has dedicated his life to the loyal service of Lord Darlington. The novel begins with Stevens receiving a letter from a former colleague, the housekeeper Miss Kenton, describing her married life, which he believes hints at an unhappy marriage.