In honor of Valentine’s Day, we at BookPage were asked by the folks at Springpad to share a Top 10 love story list. We put our heads together and came up with the following. Do you agree? disagree? have a favorite literary couple of your own? Tell us in the comments before 10 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, and be entered for a chance to win a box of 6 romance novels, including the latest from Christine Feehan and Stephanie Laurens!
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A total classic enlivened by a strong heroine who knows what she wants–and what she deserves.
- Possession by A.S. Byatt
The twinned stories of modern-day scholars and 19th-century poets make for a romantic, suspenseful tale.
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Full of romance, humor and adventure, this is a love story for all ages.
- The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough
Forbidden love with a sexy priest, set against the backdrop of the wild Australian frontier—what’s not to like?
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The romance between headstrong Scarlett and the debonair Rhett is as turbulent as the times they live in.
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
Youthful romance is eventually rewarded in Garcia-Marquez’s contemporary classic.
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Pip’s obsession with Estella is epic and heartbreaking. You root for him and them throughout the entire novel.
- About Alice by Calvin Trillin
Trillin proves true love is real by creating this stirring tribute to his life with his wife of nearly 40 years, written five years after her death from cancer.
- The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss
This 1972 novel kicked off the romance genre as we know it today.
- Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare
No work of fiction has better captured the feeling of first love.