The 10 Best Romance Novels of All Time - Reader's Digest™

The 10 Best Romance Novels of All Time

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Title: The Thorn Birds

Now, 25 years after it first took the world by storm, Colleen McCullough's sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback returns to enthrall a new generation.
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN 13: 9780380018178
Pages: 704
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Title: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights tells the story of a romance between two youngsters: Catherine Earnshaw and an orphan boy, Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. In attempting to win her back and destroy those he blames for his loss Heathcliff creates a living hell for those who live at Wuthering Heights. This tale of hauntings, passion and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.
Author(s): Emily Bronte
ISBN 13: 9781904633044
Pages: 412
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Title: The English Patient

Hana, the grieving nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the emotionally detached Indian sapper, Kipeach is haunted in different ways by the riddle of the man they know only as the English patient, a nameless burn victim who lies swathed in bandages in an upstairs room. It is this mans incandescent memoriesof the bleak North African desert, of explorers caves and Bedouin tribesmen, of forbidden love, and of annihilating angerthat illuminate the story, and the consequences of the mysteries they reveal radiate outward in shock waves that leave all the characters forever changed.
Author(s): Michael Ondaatje;Pico Iyer
ISBN 13: 9780307700872
Pages: 263
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Title: True Believer

Author(s): Nicholas Sparks
ISBN 13: 9780446578295
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Title: The French Lieutenants Woman

This novel explores the fraught relationship of gentleman and amateur naturalist, Charles Smithson, and the former governess and independent woman, Sarah Woodruff, with whom he falls in love. The novel builds on Fowles' authority in Victorian literature, both following and critiquing many of the conventions of period novels while exploring the rights of the individual within a society.
Author(s): Harold Pinter;John Fowles
ISBN 13: 9780451135988
Pages: 366
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Title: Chesapeake blue

Author(s): Nora Roberts
ISBN 13: 9780399149399
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Title: The Remains of the Day

Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
Author(s): Kazuo Ishiguro;Salman Rushdie
ISBN 13: 9780307961440
Pages: 213
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Title: Anna Karenina (Pevear / Volokhonsky Translation)

Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as flawless, Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
ISBN 13: 9780143035008
Pages: 864
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Title: Outlander (Outlander Series #1)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldons work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages. OUTLANDER Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenachan outlanderin a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743. Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
Author(s): Diana Gabaldon
ISBN 13: 9780385319959
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Title: Follow the Stars Home

Being a good mother is never simple: each day brings new choices and challenges. For Dianne Robbins, being a devoted single mother has resulted in her greatest joy and her darkest hours. Weeks before her daughter was born, she and her husband, Tim McIntosh, received the news every parent fears. Tim had not reckoned on their child being anything less than perfect, and abruptly fled to a solitary existence on the sea, leaving Dianne with a newbornalmost alone.
Author(s): Luanne Rice
ISBN 13: 9780553110739
Pages: 337
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