Ahh love… that thing that makes characters do all kinds of stupid things like leave the person they love for their own good, marry someone they don’t care about, and commit suicide because the person you love is dead. Of course it is also the reason husbands and boyfriends are currently scrambling to get restaurant reservations and will make an attempt at romance in just a couple of days. In honor of the holiday, here are my top ten favorite romances (if I can find ten that is…)
2. Ginny and Harry – These two don’t let a little thing like love keep them from their destiny. Of course it also means that she wasn’t there during some of his toughest challenges but that was his own fault. I loved this story because I never reached a point where I got annoyed with them. (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
3. Richard and Kahlan – These two are the definition of epic romance. These two have so many obstacles to overcome and so much in their way and yet they love each other even when the entire world would rather see them apart. The two are ready to give up anything and everything for each other while still working to do what is best for their people.They are the embodiment of true love conquers all. If you haven’t read these books. Start. Now. No really, don’t even finish this list first. (Seeker of Truth series by Terry Goodkind).
4. Peeta and Katniss – Yep. It starts with a loaf of bread. Survives a futuristic Colosseum (twice) and endures through brainwashing and torture, not to mention a love triangle. (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
5. Jane and Rochester – When the idea of a rich guy falling in love with the help came from. I love that Jane doesn’t give up her standards for love. She is rewarded for keeping her ideals. Just wish there had been a bit more to the ending… So reader, I married him is just not quite enough. (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
7. Percy and Marguerite – Nothing like a story about a woman falling in love with her husband. It’s sweet and conventional and just a great story. (The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy)
8. The romance in The Crown of Embers – I don’t want to give away who the character is because it might completely ruin the first book but only true love refuses the immediate because it is the right thing to do. I want book three – yesterday. (The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson).
9. Eve and Caleb – Leaving your love for their own good. Frustrating but wonderful at the same time. Often compared to The Handmaid’s Tale, these books are wonderful. (Eve by Anna Carey)
10. Valancy and Barney – These two get thrown together in what seems to be a temporary situation but realize that they mean more to each other than they thought. This is a story where love sneaks up on the characters in the best way. (The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery)
Who are your favorite romances in what you’ve read?