Greatest Love Stories of All Time

Greatest Love Stories

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that perpetuates the sales of cards and chocolate.  The chocolate that nobody wants and forces you to negate your entire new year’s resolution to eat fewer sweets.  In honor of this holiday, we have something that is entirely less fattening and much better for your health- reading.  You can even go so far as to read while exercising but don’t worry, we won’t judge if you do. 

Classics

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I read this book in college and absolutely fell in love with Scarlett and Rhett. His passion to win her and then her determination to win him back set my adolescent heart a-flutter. The movie ranks high on our list of best adaptations too!

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy. Oh, I love this man. He is the original bad boy hero. Christian Grey, Edward and like pale in comparison to this brooding bad boy.

 

 

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

What happens when your family is lost in a shipwreck and you are a woman stranded alone in 1601?  You dress like a man and accidentally fall in love with your best friend who thinks you’re a man.  And while you are at it, worry about the woman who has fallen in love with you thinking you are a man!

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Money, murder, wealth, cheating….that is just the tip of the iceberg for this classic story.  It also leads to the question of what is love? Does it come hand in hand with jealousy?

 

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

This book is an epic story of love and loss. Edmond Dante is wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to prison for life.   What will happen to his beloved Mercedes? This is the ultimate story of revenge and love.

 

Beauty and the Beast by Gavrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villeneuve

This is a classic story of loving the beauty that is within.  We love the book and as well as the 2017 movie with Emma Watson.  We even made a bedroom in honor of this classic book!

Modern Classics

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Everyone knows how much we love this series.  We even have a list of books to read if you love this series! The love story between Jamie and Claire is probably our favorite of all time.  It is a love that transcends time and knows no end.  At almost  1000 pages each, it’s well worth it.

 

Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

The love between Anne and Gilbert starts when they are young.  Throughout the series, we follow Anne and Gilbert as they grow up. I feel like I know both of them. This is one of the series I have read over and over since I was a child.

 

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier

My former favorite book, before I read Outlander, was Du Maurier’s tale of a mother in need of an escape and the French pirate who provides it for her.

 

 

Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth’s Children Book One by Jean M. Auel

This six-book series started in 1983 and ended with the final book published in 2011!  It took 28 years for everyone who loved this amazing first book to read the conclusion.  This is an epic love story between Ayla and Jondalar. in the time of cro-magnan man.

 

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

As you wish…….Who has heard those words and not thought of Buttercup? The love between Buttercup and her farm boy really is true love.

 

 

Supernatural

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

For the record, I was always team Edward.  The whole idea of vampires, mortals, and wolves is so completely addicting. I love this series and read it every time I need to escape from reality.

 

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

Ron and Hermione, Harry and Jinny- It takes seven books for this series to come to an end.  Although Rowling has since said that she would have changed the ending, I always thought that the series ended exactly the way that it was supposed to.

 

Fallen by Lauren Kate

I only just heard about this series earlier this year, when the movie came out! It’s a 4 book love story about fallen angels that was so addictive I read it in 3 days!

 

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This stunning book is one of my favorite of all time.  An entire circus is created as a testament to two magician’s love for one another. We even designed a bedroom inspired by the story.

 

 

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Could you love someone if you knew your time was limited? What if you never really had a choice?  Clare has known Henry since she was six.  Henry doesn’t meet Clare until she is 23.  Henry has a disorder that causes him to jump through time.  This book is heartbreaking and beautiful.

 

Dystopian

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Set in the dystopian future, Katniss Everdeen is forced to fight in the Hunger Games. One boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts have to fight to the death.  This is another book that has people divided into teams: Peeta or Gale?

 

The Selection by Keira Cass

Another EXCELLENT series. I’ve recommended it to numerous people. Think Hunger Games meets the Bachelor with a love triangle thrown in! Oh and it’s about a girl auditioning to be the next queen of America. It will give you all the feels.

 

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

This trilogy is a story of family, sacrifice, courage and love.  Set in a time when people are divided into five factions (the honest, the selfless, the brave, the intelligent and the peaceful).  Beatrice must choose between her family and herself.

 

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’m only halfway through this series, the final book is coming out later this year, but I’m obsessed! When the ruling silver bloods find out that a red-blooded civilian has powers like theirs, they claim her as their own and try to wed her to a prince. A love triangle is formed and civil war breaks out — and it’s epic!

 

New to Romances

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo tells the story of her life and love that shaped it.  This book is one of our favorite from 2017.  It is beautifully written and wonderful story.  A MUST READ!

 

 

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

One encounter between the hero and heroine leads to three different storylines. Their lives are woven together regardless of which path is being told and the various versions of there love are explored.

 

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: A Novel

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary.  From his book barge, he can prescribe the book that you need.  He is able to help anyone with their heartache except himself.  This book is an ode to the love of books and finding love.

 

Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

Warning: this love story is a real tear-jerker.  Can you let go of someone that you love?

 

 

Juliet: A Novel by Anna Fortier

I ADORE this story and have read it numerous times. What if Shakespeare’s Juliet was real and was actually a curse? Alternating between the “real” Juliet’s story and her modern-day descendant’s story, the book proves that love transcends time.

 

 

The Light we Lost by Jill Santolpolo

One woman, two loves. This book explores the way love changes you and impacts your life even after a relationship has ended. A truly wonderful read.

 

 

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Who hasn’t read this one yet? Seriously you need to if you haven’t already. A story about first love and true love and ultimately, about how love is ageless.

 

 

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

I read this right at the end of 2017, it ending up making our list of best books of the year! Written entirely in letter form between two friends during WWI, you will fall in love with the characters as they fall for each other.

 

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

A moving and unique story of a circus elephant handler who falls for the ringmaster’s wife. The volatile ringmaster, who happens to own the circus, does everything he can to prevent their romance from blooming.

 

When Dimple Met Richi by Sandhya Menon

A cute story about a traditional Indian boy and a not-so-traditional Indian girl. The characters meet at a computer programming seminar where Richi is supposed to woo his unsuspecting future bride, Dimple. They clash and connect throughout the story as they try to determine if they really are destined for each other.

 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

A girl with an illness that leaves her trapped in her home falls in love with the boy next door. She decides to risk all for love no matter the outcome. The book was recently adapted and would make an excellent date night pick!

 

 

Looking for the best romantic tales to dive into? We've rounded up more than 30 of the greatest love stories ever written. Looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with something different this year? Ditch the chocolate and choose one of these books instead! From Pride & Prejudice to The Notebook, these timeless tales won't disappoint.

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