This Valentine's Day, every book worm must want to indulge themselves in the best sentimental romance novels, and so, we're compiled a list of five universal romance novels you must have on your bookshelves to read during this month of love.
'Me Before You':
Me Before You is a romance novel written by Jojo Moyes and was published on January 5, 2012. The book also has two sequels titled, After You and Still Me, released in 2015 and 2018 respectively.
The story revolves around the protagonist, a free spirited and lively girl named Louisa Clark. She signs up as a caretaker for Will Traynor, a 35-year-old man who became quadriplegic after suffering a car accident and is insistent on ending his life.
This novel takes the readers on an emotionally versatile journey where Louisa and Will grow close and end up spending the best six months of their life however, the journey may not end as expected.
'Pride and Prejudice':
Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel written by the famous Jane Austen who published this regency era romance novel in 1813.
This evergreen novel is all about the character development of the intelligent and charming Elizabeth Bennet, who has a tendency of forming prejudiced opinions over first impressions.
However, as the story continues, she grows close to the prideful, Mr. Darcy, a character, readers have grown to love.
As the duo progress in their journey, Elizabeth overcomes her prejudice while Mr. Darcy sets aside his pride as the two surrender to their love for each other.
'The Song of Achilles':
The Song of Achilles is written by the American novelist, Madeline Miller and was published in the year 2011.
This fantasy romance novel is set during the Greek Heroic Age and is a retelling of the infamous Trojan War and its perspective from the eyes of Patroclus.
Patroclus is the son of King Menoetius and is deemed as one of the potential suitors for Helen of Troy. After he accidently kills one his father’s nobles, Patroclus is exiled where he meets Achilles and the sea nymph, Thetis.
The Song of Achilles focuses on the romantic relationship of Patroclus and Achilles from the moment they met to their exploits during the Trojan War.
Jane Eyre, originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, is written by Charlotte Brontë and was published on October 19, 1847.
The novel is an infusion of the gothic and romance genre where the protagonist, Jane Eyre’s five stages of life are narrated by herself.
Orphaned as a child, Jane struggles having an affectionless life however she grows into a strong and passionate woman who values her independence and freedom.
'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo':
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was published on June 13, 2017 and is written by the American author, Taylor Jenkins Reid.
This novel is a life story of the protagonist, Evelyn Hugo, who is a reclusive former star and wants a magazine reporter, Monique Grant, to write down the events of her life.
Evelyn undergoes a rollercoaster ride as she enters the entertainment industry to become a successful actress and switches husbands for different motives, from publicity stunts, to cheating to love.
Evelyn has been through it all and when her story is finally published, it reveals that none of the seven husbands in her life were ever actually her true loves!
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