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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Top Five Romantic Reads

“Since the invention of the kiss, there have only been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind.” The movie adaptation of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride gives us the definitive greatest kiss of all times, at least according to S. Morgenstern. But what are the most passionate, most pure romantic novels of all times? There have been so many great love stories through the ages that it’s hard to imagine choosing just five. So, to level the playing field, I’ll limit myself to more recent offerings. Here are my five contemporary contenders for the crown. Have a list of your own to share? Let us know your favorites in the comments below.

Me before You by JoJo Moyes - When relentlessly cheerful Louisa Clark accepts a job as a daytime caretaker for Will Trayner, the only thing they seem have in common is the town that brings them together. A motorcycle accident left Will, a former thrill-seeking executive, paralyzed and deeply depressed. Their deepening relationship provides a complex, compassionate take on what it really means to love.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - The breathtakingly magical Le Cirque des Reves, open only at night, serves as an arena for the dueling protégés of two enemy magicians. As Celia and Marco create ever more elaborate illusions to outwit and delight each other, the consequences of their competition begin to affect both the circus and its performers.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - In the first entry of the Outlander series, a circle of standing stones in Scotland flings Claire Randall from the arms of her husband in 1945 to the arms of Jamie Fraser in 18th century Scotland. Her fate becomes passionately entwined with the young warrior as she navigates the perils of clan conflict and political intrigue.

Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt - In this elegant and intellectual love story, modern day scholars Maud Bailey and Roland Mitchell are brought together by hints of a hitherto unknown romantic relationship between Victorian poets, Christabel Lamotte and Randolph Henry Ash. Their quest to uncover long-hidden secrets will change both of their lives forever.

The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Librarian Henry DeTamble suffers from chrono-displacement, a time-traveling disorder. Despite his disorienting and at times humorous dips through time, he and artist Clare Abshire’s relationship is a love that endures all.

- Rebecca Wolff,Centreville Regional Library

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