Are you a diehard romantic who views the world through rose-tinted glasses? Then there is no better way for you to explore the world of passion and love than with written words – romance novels. Chivalry is hard to find with men today. Lost is the world where gallant men in shining armour used to be ever so ready to rescue a damsel in distress. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why women try to find their “prince charming” in the pages of historical romance. Nevertheless, it stands for some dispute why Mills and Boons are top sellers in the world of publishing. Compiled in this article are top best selling romantic books of all times that you must read.
Pride and Prejudice
If you have an inherent taste for romance, then this is the book for you. Pride and Prejudice is a classic romance novel authored by Jane Austen and first published in 1813. The story revolves around the main protagonists Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. The story is set in the Georgian era, where Mr Bennet an English gentleman lives in a fictional town called Hartforshire with his five daughters and an overbearing wife. The novel progresses to narrate the riveting story of Elizabeth, an opinionated and intelligent woman who is prejudiced against Mr Darcy a wealthy gentleman of immense pride. Amidst the raging clash of wits and staunch opinions, they both discover love. Pride and Prejudice is a captivating story of love and life amongst English gentility.
PS – I Love You
Another heartrendingly beautiful love story ever written is PS- I Love You, written by Cecilia Ahern. Cecilia narrates the story of Holly Kennedy, a beautiful, vivacious and smart woman happily married to funny and passionate Gerry. Her life is picture perfect. However, her blessed life breaks down to shambles when it is discovered that Gerry has a brain tumour and ultimately succumbs to it. Bereaved and deeply distraught, Holly withdraws from her friends and family.
The turning point in her life comes when she receives a birthday cake on her 30th birthday with a letter from Gerry. Gerry arranges for the letter to be delivered to Holly after his death. The letter is only the first in a series of life changing letters with the same ending remark – PS – I love you. The letters help Holly to embark on a new journey of self-discovery. This captivating book is sure to keep you hooked throughout.
Wuthering Heights is the only book ever written by Emily Bronte. It is an intense love story that is straightforward and complex to a fault. The novel is set in the Yorkshire Moor, revolving around the enigmatic Heathcliff. Heathcliff is an adopted child of Mr. Earnshaw, who has raised him like one of his own children, daughter Catherine and son Hindley. Catherine is very attached to Heathcliff and loves him, whereas Hindley, who believes himself excluded from his father’s affections, hates him.
Catherine and Heath grow up together playing in the wild moors and despite the apparent enmity between Heath and Hindley, their friendship grows to blossom. When Hindley’s father dies, Heathcliff is brought down to slavery.
The twist in the story lies when Catherine falls in love with another man, and a distraught Heathcliff, bent on revenge, disappears. Years later, Heathcliff returns as a rich and educated man still burning with revenge. The story progress to show Heathcliff unleashing the full force of his anger at the world, the aching love still shared between him and Catherine.