Today I woke up feeling like reading some quality books with romantic themes. This is a very narrow list, because I only try to recommend books that I have already read, and I have read few romance novels. That being said, here are some of my favorite books with romantic themes.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: I really think this book is one of the most romantic of all time. Victor Hugo was a French writer, and I guess what they say about the French and love is true. At any rate, there are several levels of romance in this book, but my favorite was always between Cosette and Marius.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: This book is amazing to me on many levels. Jane is a strong character that is unlike any other from books in that period. The romance she develops with Mr. Rochester is exciting, funny and touching at the same time.
Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George Macdonald: I honestly love several of his stories for the romance aspect. Macdonald writes in a kind of epic Gothic style, full of fainting women, creepy castles and possible activity from beyond the grave. At any rate, his romances are touching in an old-fashioned way. I loved them as a teen and still love them today.
A Rose in Bloom by Lousia May Alcott: A very old-fashioned romance. If you can get beyond the idea the the main character eventually marries one of her cousins, the romance is sweet.
Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs: This book will give you a thorn in your heart while you read it. I have never read any other book that brought me to have such passionate feelings about the characters. Most of the drama in this story revolves around two sisters marrying the same guy due to ridiculous misunderstandings and laws, but suspend disbelief to enjoy the heartbreaking aspect.
P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern: This is the book behind the movie. It is another sad story, but I prefer a little heartache with my romance.
The Little Minister by J.M. Barrie: Surprisingly enough, the author of Peter Pan also wrote other stories! I love this romance novel of his focusing on the romance between a minister and a gypsy girl. The minister struggles between convention that says he cannot be with the woman he loves and the knowledge that the gypsy is the kindest and most loving person he knows.
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks: A touching romance between a young boy and his dying girlfriend. Better than the movie. I don’t say that for The Notebook, however. I prefer the movie for that one.