Happy Valentine’s Day! The responses of reader favorite romantic books ranges from the classics to the modern era. The results:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. More than a few readers counted the classic tale of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy as their favorite romantic novel. As one reader commented, “I am a big Jane Austen fan, so I would have to say that my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I love the book on many fronts but especially the fact that Elizabeth was a strong person who did not hesitate to stick up for herself. She still found love and was revered for her strength and courage to be her own and was not just some silly girl.”
Sense and Sensibility – another Jane Austen favorite of strong women realizing what they must do to find their own happiness.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. One reader noted, “This is the work that turned me onto Shakespeare.” While the story of star-crossed lovers certainly doesn’t end will for them, their deaths are the catalyst that reconcile their feuding families.”
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Lots of positive comments on this soon-to-be-a-motion picture. Said one reader, “A very good read, unique circumstances blow away any conventional wisdom we have learned. Turns your mind around. The title forces you to think of someone else’s circumstances in a new way.”
Manifestations of a Phantom’s Soul: A Phantom of the Opera Story Collection, by Michelle Rodriquez. For those Phantom of the Opera fans who wanted Christine and the Phantom to share a life together, opera singer and writer Rodriquez delivers. She has written a series of popular Phantom/Christine romances. A breath of fresh air is the character of Christina Daaé is much more assertive and confident. As Rodriquez notes, “A face does not define the heart of a man or the love it can hold.”