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Are romantic novels dead?

 

Does the word romance seem outdating now, especially in the age of equality. I mean, when we think about dating, who pays, who drives and who decides where we go?

But what if real romance could bring a new sense of joy to our lives? What if we could bring some of it back, and would it enhance our relationships and take them to another level?

 

“My heart is, and will always be, yours”

JANE AUSTEN

Sense & Sensibility

Thinking about romance can enter into a fantasy world where we can daydream may be the beginning of our journey. Why, well, we have to allow our imagination to ignite those area’s that may have become a little dry. The rest, then, as they say, is up to you.

What better way to begin that process than to read a bit of fiction. I mean when was the last time we actually read something fun? During a holiday, a couple of years ago maybe.

Quite often the art of reading is overlooked, as we just want everything to be visual. Some of us would rather download an audible than turn a page. But there is something innocent and heartwarming about reading the written word, and it can be good for our mental wellbeing, not to mention our cognitive memory.

So we thought we would find the top 5 most romantic novels so that we can all go on a journey of romantic discovery together.

Bridgeton – The Duke & I

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely – and almost-on-the-shelf – Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth – it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable . . .

Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austin

In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) lives with her mother, father and sisters in the English countryside. As the eldest, she faces mounting pressure from her parents to marry. When the outspoken Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and upper-class Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), sparks fly. Although there is obvious chemistry between the two, Darcy’s overly reserved nature threatens the fledgling relationship.

The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough

The Thorn Birds is a sweeping love story set on Drogheda, a sheep station in the Australian Outback. At its heart is the ill-fated romance of beautiful Meggie Cleary and the handsome Roman Catholic priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart.

The Great Gadsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby’s origins and desires. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life, Gatsby is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon, this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel. 

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte”

It follows the life of Heathcliff, a mysterious gypsy-like person, from childhood (about seven years old) to his death in his late thirties. Heathcliff rises in his adopted family and then is reduced to the status of a servant, running away when the young woman he loves decides to marry another.

 

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