11 Classic Romances to Hold You Over Until Valentine’s Day

Wondering how long until 14th February 2017? Reading this list of classic romances may help pass the time!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

Arguably the most popular classic romance novel by Jane Austen, with two or three of her other novels trailing closely behind, if not directly beside, this is a classic must-read. The charm of Jane Austen novels has lived on for over two centuries, and it seems it will continue to do so as long as romance is still held in high regard.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)

A plain-looking young woman with a strong, sensible heart drives this novel, and the loving, beyond-appearances romance she has with Mr. Rochester places Jane Eyre on the shelf of must-reads.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973)

We all love the movie, but the book, as always, has its own magic. Featuring adventure and a love that lasts, The Princess Bride is undeniably a classic.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)

The gothic novel isn’t your typical steamy paperback romance, but with its darker themes and eerie moors, the enigmatic feel of the novel, as well as the bewitching romance within it, has made it a favourite in the minds of many.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (1996)

More contemporary than most others on this list, The Notebook has appealed to a broad audience of readers and movie-goers that can appreciate a love that blooms quickly but runs into complications that hinder the sure path to a happily ever after.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

A romance that was so beloved that it got transferred to the big screen, where it became one of the most popular romance movies of all time, Gone With the Wind belongs on every list of classic romances.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (1595)

Perhaps without the love everlasting, Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet is still widely used in academic settings and discussed by scholars and the general public alike. We mock it or cherish it, but it definitely has its influence – and whether you’re a fan of poetry or not, there is indeed beauty in it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991)

A love that transcends time – almost literally. Time travel, beautiful 18th century Scotland, and those beautiful 18th century Scots create a beautiful setting for this enrapturing romance by Diana Gabaldon. Adapted into a series on Showtime, the seductive story of Claire and Jamie is reaching more people now than ever.

Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (1909)

Another gothic novel of romance, obsession, mystery, murder, and music – the story of the Phantom of the Opera has infiltrated from its origin in France to the hearts and minds of individuals world-wide.

Atonement by Ian McEwan (2001)

An ambitious novel that captures the sexual curiosity of adolescence and the war tragedy of its time, Atonement brings readers to the conclusion that there is no content too difficult for McEwan to tackle.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)

The captivating orchestration of Anna Karenina makes the novel a beautiful thing to behold, including the romance within. With a sly, seductive female protagonist to drive the plot of the novel, Anna Karenina manages to appeal to audiences today as much as it may have a century ago.

 

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