Books Novels with the Best Love Stories  

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This list is about novels with the best love stories; it answers the question, “What are the best books about love stories?” Love stories can take us all over the place; one minute we have those fluttering butterflies in our stomachs, and the next we’re crying hysterically because of how painful love is.The best love stories are the ones that truly touch our soul; who doesn’t shed a tear or two when Romeo wakes up, just in time to see his beloved Juliet drink poison and die by his side? And who wouldn’t feel a sense of empathy and injustice when reading Memoirs of a Geisha? Only a cold-hearted person wouldn’t be touched by the heartwarming story of Anne of Green Gables or Little Women.

Yes, love stories can make us utterly miserable, laugh as loud as a child, furiously angry - even seriously depressed - and most of the time, within a single novel! Perhaps the most famous love story is Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables that is set in Paris, France during the French Revolution. It is always stories where love is produced during hard times that we can identify with the most. Do you have a favorite love story that is featured on this list? Vote for yours!

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Princess Bride William Goldman

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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Outlander Diana Gabaldon

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

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Anne of Green Gables is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Emma is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Emma Jane Austen

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Persuasion Jane Austen

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The Thorn Birds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
A Walk to Remember Nicholas Sparks

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North and South is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
North and South Elizabeth Gaskell

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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Casablanca Michael Moorcock, Kildare Dobbs

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The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger

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Much Ado About Nothing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux

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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen

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Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine

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The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

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Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Atonement Ian McEwan

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje

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Dear John is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Dear John Nicholas Sparks

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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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The French Lieutenant's Woman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories

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Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Ashley Yow added Bram Stoker's Dracula Jan Needle

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Love in the Time of Cholera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez

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Vampire Academy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Vampire Academy Richelle Mead

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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
lucyheartfilia25 added Divergent Veronica Roth

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Twilight Stephenie Meyer

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The Mortal Instruments Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
but chickens double d added The Mortal Instruments Trilogy

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The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
koltci added The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

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Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Robert E Hodge added The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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The End of the Affair is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
PaulineDeMairo added The End of the Affair Graham Greene

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Shadow Kiss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Shadow Kiss Richelle Mead