Love a tale about love? You may be a fan when for the first time two characters meet, and you know that they are in love before they even can say something. Or perhaps in the hunt for true love, you like to witness a character who overcomes hurdles.
If you are a joyful lover of romantic stories, we’ve got your back. This selection of novels will alleviate your inner romance from current love stories to old classics. This list includes some high demanding novels like Pride and Prejudice or The Thorn Birds.
1- Vision in White
First on the list of the top 10 best romantic novels of all time, is a novel called Vision in White. This romantic tear-jerker was written by Nora Roberts. It was the first novel that earned Roberts a prominent position among other co-genre writers. The novel is a result of the interaction between Mackensie “Mac” Elliot, the photographer, and Carter Maguire, an English teacher. The creators of Vows, a fictional wedding plan firm located in Connecticut, are Mac and her childhood pals Parker, Emma, and Laurel. Vision in white remained top of the list of New York Times Bestsellers for almost 2 weeks and even achieved number 3 position on the USA Today bestseller list.
Link: Vision in White
2- Gone with the Wind
Next on the list, we have Gone with the Wind. This beautiful piece of romance was written by Margaret Mitchell. In 1939, a romantic film was produced on the story of this novel. The drama of the Epic Civil War concentrates on the life of a peevish belle Scarlett O’Hara. The film chronicles her survival through the tragic history of the south in civil war and reconstruction, starting with her beautiful existence on a vast estate and her complicated love relationships with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler. Gone with the Wind received Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937.
Link: Gone with the Wind
3- Pride and Prejudice
At number three, there comes Pride and Prejudice. This beautiful yet greatest romantic novel was written by Jane Austen in 1813. The story of this novel revolves around a lassie, Elizabeth Bennet who was interested in a lad, Mr. Darcy. Pride and prejudice was considered the most loved book by the public and this novel had sold more than 20 million copies till now. Playing the role of Elizabeth Bennet, Keira Knightley had won an Oscar nomination in 2006.
Link: Pride and Prejudice
4- The Thorn Birds
Hitting the number four, we have The Thorn Birds, written by Colleen Mccullough in 1977. It is one of the best-selling romantic novels in Australian history and has sold over 33 million copies worldwide. This romantic publication comprises an illegal love of ranch-resident Maggie and a handsome yet hot priest. The Thorn Birds Musical in 2009 was adapted from the story of this novel.
Link: The Thorn Birds
5- The Viscount Who Loved Me
The fifth novel on the list of top 10 best romantic novels of all time is The Viscount Who Loved Me written by Julia Quinn in 2000. This passionate love story has never disappointed us to swoon. Anthony Bridgerton has decided to settle down and continue on the family line after years as one of the most renowned rakes of the tonne. His parents were a bright example of a loving, happy marriage, so he knows love exists. Nonetheless, he has no plans to fall in love with his planned wife.
6- The Hating Game
The Hating Game plots around a working lady, Lucy, determined to attain professional success without compromising her principles, engages in a cutthroat game of one-upmanship with her cool and efficient opponent Joshua, a competition compounded by her developing attraction to him. This lovey-dovey novel was written by Sally Thorne and was published in 2016. All in all, this is an indelible piece of writing for romance lovers.
Link: The Hating Game
7- Jane Eyre
Next in the list, there comes a novel that is a symbol of spiritual development, love, and social criticism. Narrated in the first-person memoir, Jane Eyre was written by Charlotte Brontë in 1847. The story of this novel involves a girl, Jane who spent her life through great miseries and difficulties – her aunt Reed, the stern environment at her school, her love for Mr. Rocherster, and the marriage of Rochester with another girl, Bertha. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is an unforgettable novel that embodies religion, mature love, sexuality, and classism.
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8- Call Me by Your Name
Moving on, we have Call Me by Your Name. This powerful romantic novel was written by an American writer André Aciman in 2007. The plot revolves around a romantic relationship that flourishes between an intellectually brilliant 17-year-old American-Italian Jewish kid named Elio Perlman and a 24-year-old American Jewish scholar named Oliver in Italy in the 1980s. The new story describes their summer romance and the next 20 years. The film Call Me by Your Name (2017) was adopted from the story of this novel.
Link: Call Me by Your Name
9- Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married
The second last on the list is Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married and was written by an Irish author, Marian Keyes. It follows the lives of Lucy Sullivan, a 26-year-old chronically poor, unlucky-in-love London office worker with a propensity for bad boys, a dependent, alcoholic, and dysfunctional father, a dead-end career, and aggravating flatmates, silly Charlotte and domineering Kare. This novel was one of the best-selling books in 1965.
10- Exit West
Last but not the least, there comes Exist West written by Mohsin Hamid. The romantic story contains a couple. Nadia and Saeed get together and fall in love fast. But the couple lives in a war-torn nation and quickly realizes that if they want a future, they must flee. They have heard rumors about doors that can be brought to other cities, nations, and lifestyles throughout the world. Nadia and Saeed pass through when they locate a door. But the doors only go one way, the couple must negotiate their new life and love for one other. This novel cherishes the inner beauty of romance.
Link: Exit West