The smell of the rain, the essence of the morning dew or the faint warmth of the winter sun; all these things call for a romantic story.
The only problem? You don’t know which to read! Well, fear not. Your friends at TaccoMacco are here to help. So, here are ten stories romantic stories you should be reading right now (Yes, even if you have read them before. There is no rule for not reading a good book again!)
10. Behind a Mask by Louisa May Alcott
A romance filled with deceit and cunning, Louisa May Alcott brought a new turn to the romance genre with Behind a Mask.
9. The Chandrakanta Santati series by Devkinandan Khatri
Hindi classics are often forgotten when it comes to romance. The Chandrakanta Santati series is amongst the most revered period romantic dramas of all time, and automatically earns its place on our romantic stories list.
Chandrakanta tells the tale of the love between Prince Virendra and Princess Chandrakanta of Vijaygarh. However, their love is thwarted by the political ambitions of people waiting for the chance to seize the throne of Vijaygarh.
8. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
Often forgotten amongst some of Bronte’s other great novels, Shirley remains a unique romantic drama which beautifully elucidates the balance between love and duty.
Set during a time when the Napoleonic Wars were spreading the desire for revolution amongst working class people, we come across Robert Moore, a mill owner trying to maintain his family name.
7. Mathilda by Mary Shelley
Though Mary Shelley is known more for dabbling with science fiction and adventure, she weaves
a intense tale of forbidden love in Mathilda.
Mathilda, on her death-bed, narrates her story to a friend about how her father confessed to having incestuous feelings towards her. Incensed with passion while dealing with topics considered taboo, Mathilda ranks amongst the romantic stories you should give a look.
6. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
A romantic story without pain and tragedy often fails to hit the spot. Ethan Frome doesn’t have any such problem.
Most stories portray love and its pursuit as noble and natural. Ethan Frome breaks that trend, presenting a haunting narrative of how the desire for love can be dangerously naive.
5. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Its never too late to doubt your love.
Regarded amongst the best books of all time, Mrs Dalloway deals with themes of love and the mistakes made by lovers.
Mrs. Dalloway follows the life of Clarissa Dalloway and her life living in London. She is confused about her marriage with Richard Dalloway, a well-to-do man who is highly reliable.
4. Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
If any writer knew how to craft a romantic story, it was probably F Scott Fitzgerald. His last completed novel, Tender is the Night brings to light the fragility of love and the pain of loss.
Dick and Nicole, engaged, start living in a villa in Southern France. There, they entertain many guests from their social circle. One of the guests is Rosemary, an actress. Rosemary soon starts noticing something strange about the engaged couple.
3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The strongest love, is sometimes one sided.
Victor Hugo delivers a masterclass with The Hunchback of Notre Dame, talking about the sinister side of love and romance.
Esmeralda is a beautiful young gypsy girl in Paris who has single-handedly captured the affection of many men in the city. However, this affection leads to a series of mishaps which lead to Esmeralda being tried for murder.
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
How could Wuthering Heights not be here?
Emily Bronte shows love is not tender, but brutal and passionate and malevolent. In her only book she ever wrote, she created the greatest literary marvel of all time.
An orphaned boy is taken in by the Earnshaws and he falls in love with the daughter of Mr. Earnshaw. This takes things into a different tangent and sends the lives of everyone involved in a tailspin.
1. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
A punch to the gut, a shock to the heart; F Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby is often described in sensory terms. Not for nothing, the story is still considered the greatest piece of literature from the twentieth century.
Jay Gatsby is a young secretive multi-millionaire infatuated by Daisy, a woman he met some years ago. In the hope to see her again, Gatsby throws magnanimous parties in the hope that Daisy would come one day.
So here was our list of the ten romantic classics you should read right now. Which book do you think we missed out? Tell us in the comments below and remember: reading is happiness
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