Literature plays a great role in the life of man. In fact, literature has influenced the way a man lives over the years. One of the hardest things to express in writing is feelings, love, relationships and passion. But, some authors have accomplished this task and come up with some of the best romance novels of all time. Here are 8 romantic novels of all time:
1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (1996)
Sparks has made a name for himself as one of the best romance novel writers in the recent years. He has written more than 20 books but The Notebook is considered as one of his greatest book of all time. The novel is about Allie and Noah who share a decade of life history together with romance being one of the themes.
2. Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
This novel is based on the character of Scarlet O’Hara who was a daughter of a rich plantation owner. The novel explains the journey of Scarlet through love, marriage and civil war south making it one of the best novels of all time. This is the only novel Mitchell wrote and it was quite a success because it sold over 30 million copies, helped her win the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and it was later adapted into a movie in 1941.
3. Love story by Erich Segal (1970)
Sega tells a story of two lovers (Jennifer and Oliver) who come from different backgrounds. Although they have numerous differences, their love intensified to a point of facing unforeseen circumstances. This novel is not only translated into more than 20 languages but it is also adapted severally.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
Elizabeth Bennet is one of the main characters in the novel and she has her own ideas about love, marriage, relationships and manners that are not aligning with the 19th century English society. This leads to unpleasant encounters with a lot of people including Dr Darcy who’s a conscious bachelor. This novel sold more than 120 million copies, had numerous adaptations and imitations making it one of the greatest romance novel of all time.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)
This novel explores the life of a young woman from childhood until marriage where she falls in love with her future husband, Mr. Rochester. This novel is hugely acclaimed because of attacking feminism, religion, sexuality and class.
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
In the novel, Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky to a point she is considering leaving her marriage for him. However, her decision to leave her marriage appears to be more life-altering after putting certain things into consideration. Times Magazine considers this to be the greatest novel ever to be written.
7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991)
Outlander won the RITA Award as the best romance novel in 1991. This novel is about a nurse (chair Randall) who is transported back into the 18th century. This results in her being in love with two different men at two distinct periods in time. Outlander has later been developed into a series.
8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
The novel describes the life of Clare and Henry. In the novel, Henry has a disease which enables him to time travel both in his life and his relationship with Clare. The novel sold more than 2.5 million copies, won the Books Boeke Prize, the British Book Award and later developed into a movie in 2009.