As an avid reader, I’m no stranger to love stories. In face, I err more on the side of romantic/love story fiction than anything else. It feels so cheesy to say that I love love stories but, well… I do! Here are five love stories that I have read & *ahem* loved. 😉
This story is a bit darker than your typical romance, but at the heart of the story it’s about two people from opposite walks of life falling in love. Jane is an orphan who is employed in Mr. Rochester’s house as a governess for his younger daughter. If love is a rose, then Mr. Rochester is the thorn. Despite his prickly demeanor falls in love with him before she finds out about his dark secret in his home, Thornfield Hall. I loved this story, and it’s on my list of books that I would re-read.
I am a self-proclaimed Austenite. Everything about her books is what I love. I don’t know if Pride & Prejudice is her most popular book, but it would not surprise me it is. This is the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, prejudice and pride, respectively. It is set in 18th century Britain and follows their courtship. Jane Austen infused her own commentary on the social structures of that time within her story, and it is such an enjoyable read. If you have never read this, you really should try it out!
To be honest, I was a little hesitant to include this book. It is a love story, but it’s quite sad. This is the story of Clare and Henry, who have known each other for a long time. Henry is a time-traveler, but he doesn’t have any control over it. He met Clare when he was 36 and Clare was 6. They met many times through their lives, each at different and varying ages. Their story poignant, and it has stayed with me over the years. This is high on my list of loves stories to recommend, even though it’s heartbreaking at times.
This is one of those stories that I don’t expect to be on a lot of love story lists. Lincoln O’Neill’s job is to monitor company emails. Two employees, Beth and Jennifer, couldn’t care less about the company email rules and discuss every aspect of their personal lives via company email. Lincoln finds himself falling for Beth the more he reads his email, and eventually finds himself in an awkward spot. Should he report them, and if he does, how does he explain not reporting them when he’s been reading their emails for so long? And then there’s the unfortunate fact that he thinks he’s in love with Beth… This is such a cute, amusing read, it definitely deserves more attention!
I am sorry, but not really sorry, to include another Austen style book. I just love anything that has to do with the world of Jane Austen! This book is about Longbourne, which is the Bennet estate. This centers around the world of the servants. You see glimpses of the Bennets, of course, but you also see another side of the Bennets that is not addressed in Pride & Prejudice. Sarah is an orphan and works in Bennet’s household. This story is about her finding love and literally going the distance to make a normal life for herself.
I would love to hear about your favorite love stories! Have you read any of these?