This week’s Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, is:
What is your favorite romantic book –or book that includes a love story? (an adult romance, young adult, kids’ story, anything)
I’m not a romance reader and I have categorically refused to read Twilight – so this is not as difficult a question for me as it will have been for others, as I have a smaller population of books from which to choose!
I think I have to say Jane Eyre – the romance is borne (born?) of a meeting of minds and ideas, rather than being based on physical appearances. Jane turns aside the romance knowing it is wrong when she learns of the mad wife in the attic, and then cannot bring herself to go to India as St John’s wife, knowing she has experienced true love. When Jane and Rochester are finally re-united, there is an element of tragedy to it, but the reader knows it is for the long haul.
And of course, one of the most romantic lines in literature:
“Reader, I married him.”
Other strong contenders include Anne of Green Gables, Persuasion, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibilility (is it any surprise that I have three Austen novels here?) and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.