The novels you have to know.
There are certain love stories that have to be read. I mean, have to be read. They are tender, touching, passionate and a must-read for anyone who considers themselves even vaguely romantic. Here we've found five novels that you should add to you reading list immediately (seriously, go do it now).
1. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger – In the heartbreaking story of Clare and Henry, love is tested by Henry's uncontrollable time traveling. They meet at different points in each other's lives, and try everything to remain together. But some things, not even love can conquer. For the full experience, you can enjoy the 2009 film version (after finishing the book, of course).
2. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell – For the YA lovers out there, there is nothing better than the 2013 hit Eleanor & Park. This tender story of two misfit teens tells a tale of first love, and will take you back to your own first high school romance. Park and Eleanor are adorable, relatable and realistic in their quest to transcend via love.
3. On Dublin Street, Samantha Young – If you're looking for something a little saucier, try On Dublin Street. This erotic New Adult romance tells the story of a woman with a dark past, and the man who wants to know all of her, despite her desire to keep him at a distance. If you love On Dublin Street (and we know you will) you’ll be pleased to know that Young has several more related works in the series, including Down London Road and Until Fountain Bridge.
4. The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion – Kooky is the best word to describe this adorable novel. The socially awkward geneticist Don Tillman sets out to use science to find his perfect wife. Then along comes Rosie (who is on a journey to find her father) and everything goes awry, in the best possible way.
5. Chocolat, Joanne Harris – Everyone knows this one. The story of the mysterious Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk, this sensual novel delights its readers with romance, intrigue and of course, chocolate. Vianne brings magic to the lives of her fellow villagers with her fantastic chocolate, and along the way finds a love of her own. Chocolat was followed by The Girl with No Shadow and Peaches for Father Francis.
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