Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Top Ten Love Stories for Valentine's Day
It's Valentine's Day so what better than a Top Ten of Love Stories - not all necessarily ending in happy ever after...
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier - a long-distance kind of love as Inman battles his way back from the horrors of the American Civil War to his love Ada waiting, and barely surviving, on Cold Mountain
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - an anonymous, horrifically burned man lies in a hospital bed. Gradually his backstory is revealed - one of passion, betrayal and tragedy.
Persuasion by Jane Austen - Anne Elliot and Capt Wentworth met, fell in love, and were parted by interfering relations. When they meet after several years, will they fall in love again?
The Ballroom by Anna Hope - meeting in a mental institution may not seem like the best start for a love story but this is where John and Ella meet, and love blossoms.
A Room With A View by E M Forster - Lucy Honeychurch is a conventional young 'miss' till she travels to Italy and encounters art, scenic views and love.
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy - Gabriel Oak's steady, reliable love contrasts with Bathsheba Everdene's impetuous passions.
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Clare lives life as we all do, progressing from A to Z in a straight line. Henry's rather different, darting backwards and forwards in time.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - three love stories for your money; one happy, one tragic, one 'middling'.
Versions of Us by Laura Barnett - Again, more than one story, but this time with the same 'lead' characters. Eva swerves her bike and Jim steps forward to help her, but from that point on their story splits into three different versions.
Possession by A S Byatt - two university researchers follow a paper trail of letters and diaries, and stumble upon a secret love affair between two Victorian writers. Part detective novel, part love story, it's one of my all time favourite reads