YourTango's Best Romance Of 2008

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The year's top love stories reveal romance lives around the globe and happens at any age.

Romance, of the fairy-tale romantic comedy (and supposedly mind-deluding) variety, can get a bad rap. People say romance is too sappy, lovey-dovey or corny for them. But it's not all the unhealthy, high-fructose variety! Here, we've pulled together YourTango's top all-natural, schmaltz-free (OK, maybe there may be a teensy bit of schmaltz—but hey, that's what makes it fun!), 100% guaranteed true-love tales from 2008. Watch and read stories of love lost and found in locales from Michigan to Beijing that have happened to people of every age.

Romance Lives in Kalamazoo
A feel-good story.

 

Alma Viswat and Harold Van Heuvelen (known as Van) met as freshmen at Hope College in 1936; she played the piano and he played the violin, and while at college they played music together. After graduation they went their separate ways. On November 18, 2006, 87-years-old and 70 years after their first meeting, Alma and Van were married. Read the rest here.

Can 'Til Death Do Us Part' Start At 21?
When one expects life à la "Sex and the City" and finds monogamy instead.

After a decade of watching TV shows like Sex and the City and NBC's new Lipstick Jungle, where women struggle to have it all, I was convinced that Prince Charming would show up in my early thirties once I'd already established myself. At 21, I was determined to double-book dates, clink martini glasses with my girlfriends and live like Holly Golightly (the movie version) without the cat. Read the rest here.

How To Propose To A Rockette
New York marriage proposal direct from Radio City Music Hall.