True love stories never have endings – Richard Bach.
Whether you are in a relationship or not, readers of the world love to get lost in a love story or two. In fact, I used to love reading more about love when I wasn’t in love, just to imagine the indescribable feeling of being close to someone who chooses to shower you with affection, care for you and be with you no matter what. There are so many love stories in the world, from the classics of Shakespeare and Jane Austen to the modern stories about flat-sharing and train rides; so many, in fact, that it would be impossible to read them all within one lifetime.
As for my collection of love stories, I thought I owned more. After all, romance is one of my favourite genres to read. I didn’t want to bombard you with Young Adult fiction which is the genre of a lot of the romantic books I own and so I present to you a collection of books that are a little mismatched, some classic love stories in the modern world and all personal favourites from my bookshelf.
WHERE RAINBOWS END
Better known as Love, Rosie worldwide due to the stunning film adaptation starring none other than Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, this Celia Ahern novel is a beautiful story of best friends who have supported and cherished each other throughout their entire life. The difference with the book version is that it really is the characters’ entire lives, right up until they are in their sixties or seventies. It will make you laugh and cry and is so easy to read that you will fall in love with Rosie and Alex’s story instantly.
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
Another international bestselling book that graced the big screen with huge stars attached to it and an incredible 2500 pound protagonist who will steal your heart. Jacob Jankowski runs away to the circus during Depression-era America to find adventure. Little does he know that he will find the love of his life too. This tumultuous, funny, endearing, brutal story will capture your heart as quickly as Rosie, the elephant, does.
IF I STAY
This is the only book that I would class as a Young Adult novel. It tells the story of Mia who is involved in a horrific car crash. She lies in limbo, holding on to a thread of life whilst her family dies. It’s here that she has to decide whether she wants to stay with the living or die, ending the pain that will forever haunt her. It is also a story of first loves and the hope that comes with them as well as the pain that tears them apart. The sequel Where She Went is a continuation of this powerful love story.
A complete and utter teary-eyed romance that is a gift that keeps on giving. I saw the film before I read the book and so can only see Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as the star-crossed lovers Noah and Allie who met in the summer of their youth to be ripped apart as life well and truly kicked in. They find their way back to one another, despite all their quarrels, their fights and their mishaps and find that true love never dies, no matter how much you wish it to.
YOU HAD ME AT HELLO
I really want to read this book again. It is the easy kind of book that you can read in an afternoon on a far-flung beach somewhere or in the warmth of your bed. Ben and Rachel were the best of friends until suddenly they weren’t. Fast-forward a few years and they bump into one another, living completely different lives. The tug and pull is still there, but Ben is now married and Rachel has just broken off her long engagement. You Had Me At Hello is funny, first and foremost, and a little teary with a lot of spicy drama to keep you on your toes.
Whatever your plans are this Valentine’s, make some time for the book nerd within you and fall in love with characters and their stories of finding love whatever their age.
What are your favourite love stories?
Love, Faye xo