Whether it’s glimpsing 19th-century Russia in Anna Karenina, or witnessing endless family drama on the Australian outback in The Thorn Birds, each of these fabulous books has something special.
“These are much more than love stories; they are life stories,” says US Select Editions editor-in-chief Laura Kelly.
“If you like a good love story, books are so much more satisfying than movies,” she continues.
“Books take you into the minds of all the characters, where their hopes and dreams will really fire up your own imagination.”
1. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (1977)
Set in 1915 Australia, this remarkable saga chronicles the forbidden love between a beautiful, headstrong young girl and a priest.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll stay up way too late reading this fabulous story.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
“Reader, I married him.” Charlotte Brontë’s gothic masterpiece, with its unyielding heroine, dashing love interest Mr. Rochester, creepy manor house, and foggy English countryside, has become synonymous with 19th-century romance.
And writing love stories ran in the Brontë family – Charlotte’s sister Emily’s classic Wuthering Heights is also a strong contender for this list of best romance novels.
3. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz (2013)
Technically a collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her counts as a novel because the stories all somehow connect back to the same one character’s life.
The impressive way the Pulitzer Prize-winning Díaz weaves together multiple love stories – happy and sad, fleeting and lasting – from all around the world makes this one of the best romance novels of the 21st century.