And they all lived happily ever after …
Or do they? Not every love story ends with a couple walking hand in hand into the sunset. In fact, some of the world’s great romances end in heartbreak – Gone With the Wind leaves you sobbing, Anna Karenina is pure tragedy, and we all know how Romeo & Juliet ends. Yet these classics have been bestsellers for generations.
So what makes a good love story? British spinsters from centuries past seem surprisingly well versed on the subject: Jane Austen’s novels always make an appearance on the Top 10 Romance lists and Mr. Darcy has become synonymous with Mr. Right – while no one can hold a candle to Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights as a leading man.
Fast forward a few hundred years, which modern loves stories do you think will stand the test of time? Three of our recent favourites include:
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A young woman confused about her career ends up applying for – and landing – the job as a carer for a grumpy quadriplegic…the ways in which each alters the other’s life sets the scene for a heart-breakingly affecting love story, so beloved by readers that Moyes couldn’t help but follow it up with the sequel, After You.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
A hostage situation may not sound like an auspicious setting for a love story, but the romance that develops between two of the captives will captivate you. Ann Patchett is a wonderful storyteller and this is possibly her best book.
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Love and war are frequent bedmates in literature – with the prospect of doom hanging over every page, they guarantee an exciting read. Set during the Second World War, Atonement is a story of love, guilt and forgiveness told in McEwan’s beautiful prose.
All books are available for purchase at Books & Books in Camana Bay.