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10 Best Classic Romance Novels of All Time

Updated on April 6, 2016

Summer Reading Made Easy

What romantic books do you like to curl up with on a stormy summer's evening? Do mysteries chill your blood? Do you like magic or are you more geared towards regency love stories? There is a bit in this list for everyone even teenagers. Most of these are classic novels. Not all of these tales are strictly classic, but these tales are bound to stick in your mind and in your hearts forever.

To go with this classic style books, many of which you may have never read before, I chose this painting that you may have never seen before. I painted this a few years ago of Fleur De Lis, which is a symbol of the French Lilly and French Royalty. The painting is actually pink, but I digitally altered my painting to purple, because it is the color of Royalty and it is also my favorite color. I hope you like it.

Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh

Romance of the Forest, Number Ten

This romantic tale might not have a big screen version of it, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth giving this book a read. Jane Austen herself loved Anne Radcliffe's supernatural style. In fact if it weren't for Jane Austen, I would have never heard of this book.

This is a photo of a flower I took while on a walk in my hometown. I picked to picture to go with the natural nature of the Romance of the Forest.

Where I heard of This Book

I didn't know of this author until I saw the movie Jane Austen's book club, which lead me to research Ann Radcliffe, it was only then that I found out that she wrote both The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho.

The Mysteries of Udolpho, Number Nine

Ann Radcliffe was one of the first to write Gothic romance, she is well known (by those who have heard of her) for her vast descriptions. When I first heard of her I had to get her books from downloads only, now they have far more novels in paperback and have started printing more of her works.

This was her fourth published novel and was printed 1794.

And for this section I have chosen A regency style drawing I did about four years ago. This is actually titled Jane Austen's World, I did this piece for a shop I run. I love to draw pictures of Regency England and of Parasols or Umbrellas, because I love the look.

If Only You Were True, Number Eight

Okay this is a modern supernatural romance and my favorite movie was based on it, Just Like Heaven. The story is about a girl who is stuck in between life and death and only love can save her. Marc Levy the author of this book is a Frenchman, and this book was a huge hit in France.

Ella Enchanted, Number Seven

I didn't want to leave out children and I love magical tales of love and mystery. Ella enhanted is a schlastic book which means it will make you or your kid super smart. I love this Cinderella tale and I hope you will two. Ella is cursed to do whatever she is told, good or bad and she longs to be free.

Mansfield Park, Number Six

I love all things Jane Austen, but some books are better than others and this was her favorite.

In 2000 I read this book after seeing the movie, none of the movie adaptions are very close to the book, but they all have their charm. The book is about Fanny Price, a poor girl who is taken in by a rich family. She falls in love with her cousin Edward, but there is someone in her way. He is in love with a charming woman who might not be suited to be a Vicar's wife.

This is a Victorian style photo dummy couple, I took this picture in a village around Christmas.

Stardust, Number Five

I love the genre called Steampunk and have written about it before in other lenses. My favorite kind of Steampunk is geared towards magic and this is a fantastic magical tale of a man Tristan who is in love with a woman and to win her hand he climbs over the Wall to find her a star, but when he reaches the fallen star, she is a lot more lively than he thought she would be.

Northanger Abbey, Number Four

Northanger Abbey is one of my favorites, it's like Jane Austen's own Regency Gothic romance adventure and I love the sometimes silly Catherine Morland who no one ever thought would grow up to be a hero, mostly because she was a plan and sometimes stupid child. Despite all this she grew up to be a hero, if only of her own life's tale.

This book is witty and classic and I'm sure you will love it too.

This is my image that I drew of Northanger Abbey.

Jane Eyre, Number Three

Why would Jane Eyre fall for such a man, some who was rude at time very abrupt to others, with more secrets than rooms in his estate, because he was the first person see her, love her. The first in her life to treat her like she was a real person and not just someone to talk down to.

The author based much of the mostly sad tale on her real life growing up in harsh schools, she left much of her hardships out of this novel, fearing it would be not be believed by her her readers.

Monet
Monet

Persuasion and Pride and Prejuide and other great Movies

Pride and Prejudice, Is Number Two?

You might be surprised that this is not number one and it was my favorite for a long time and it was the first book that I ever read for my own amusement. I saw the movie when I was fifteen with friends and just had to read the book and spared no time getting my hands on a copy.

Pride and Prejudice is a classic tale of two people who are bound to love each other, but do not know it at first. Lying jerks, pride, prejudice and awkward behavior are all against these two.

So how does it end, when it comes to Jane, love always wins in the end.

I hope you enjoy this Pride and Prejudice drawing I have done for this lens. It is meant to be of Lizzy Bennet at her home, before she marries her Mr. Darcy.

Persuasion, My Number One

Persuasion, Number One

I love this novel above all others. When I was young it wasn't a favorite, but this tale is about an order woman getting a second chance at her first love. Anne is used to not being noticed and is only talked to when her family and friends want to vent their own problems, but she keeps all of her secrets to herself while smoothing over everyone cares. Her world is turned upside down when her first love comes back into her life, but he is still angry with her at how they ended and another man is trying to win her hand.

I read this when I was ill and it took a mere four days to read and I am not a fast reader.

I drew this photo myself a couple years ago, it is Regency style Jane Austen drawing.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Some great reads here to catch up on. So many books and stories, so little time! I found it interesting that you rated Persuasion as No.1 over Pride and Prejudice, both by Jane Austen. Persuasion was sort of redone in Sandra Bullock's movie "The Lakehouse", in which a comparison to Persuasion is made by the two people getting their second chance. Sort of looking at two people looking in the mirror at two people looking in the mirror, etc.! Great choices here!

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I've read some of these books not all, nice lens

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      All of these are excellent romances!

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      DoctorOrEngineer 4 years ago

      <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Great list, but I don't know if I'd put Persuasion in front of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      I love Jane Austen books.

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      anne mohanraj 4 years ago

      Some of my favourite books have found place in your selection! A very nice lens!

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      AnnaSt777 4 years ago

      I love your selection of books and films. Great choices!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Some nice picks here - I am personally very fond of Stardust. :)

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Very interesting lens, although I, being the manly man I am, am not very interested in romance novels or chick flicks. Not very, just the tiniest bit sometimes.

      TonyB

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      christinebbr lm 4 years ago

      Oh yes, those are great romance novels. It's more romantic reading them than watching it in the movies, don't you think? You can always fantasize your own plot. A one great lens :-)

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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      Love Stardust <3

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for your click

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      DeepaVenkitesh LM 4 years ago

      wow, my favorites are on top, thanks for writing this lens.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Who doesn't love a classic romance? Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are probably my favorites. *blessed*

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      achivevery 4 years ago

      Just like you i am avid book reader. I usually read non-fiction books (those that are insightful, inspirational and relationship and mood lifter). I also have a page about books. I usually watch fiction stories on movies but Im open with your suggestions above. I have a copy of Pride and Prejudice :D

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Some of my favourite books.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I love Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte. You have a nice selection here!

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      coolmon2009 lm 4 years ago

      Nice selection of Romance Novels; Some I have read some i haven't yet.

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      Great, fine selection of classic reading! I'm so behind in my reading. I'll definitely add them to my list. Thanks so much for this awesome lens! May God bless you!

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      MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

      thanks for adding "Mansfield Park" :) .. I love this novel!

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      I love your choices! By the way, your profile picture is so lovely.

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      belinda342 4 years ago

      I really need to catch up on my classic reading. Good suggestions. I'll put them on my list.

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      Nice suggestions for summer reading. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It looks like I have a lot of catching up to do and just wish I had time for recreational reading to escape into classic romance novel.

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      MyBabyBoo 4 years ago

      Awesome lens, nicely done!

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      Adele Jeunette 5 years ago

      A nice list of romances that have a little meat to them, too. I like books in which I can learn a little something while reading a good story (which is why I put together a " brainy but fun" list.) Jane Eyre was a magnificent book. I'm intrigued to read Persuasion.