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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550 83
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Jane Austen

2
388 105
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Charlotte Brontë

3
328 95
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
William Goldman

4
293 79
Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Jane Austen

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328 100
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Diana Gabaldon

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356 118
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Margaret Mitchell

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383 138
The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Nicholas Sparks

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257 76
Anne of Green Gables is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Lucy Maud Montgomery

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227 63
Emma is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Jane Austen

10
262 85
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Louisa May Alcott

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184 54
Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Jane Austen

12
182 56
The Thorn Birds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Colleen McCullough

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205 86
A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Nicholas Sparks

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222 98
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Emily Brontë

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144 46
North and South is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Elizabeth Gaskell

16
205 98
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories

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128 47
Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Michael Moorcock, Kildare Dobbs

18
140 62
Much Ado About Nothing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
William Shakespeare

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170 88
The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Audrey Niffenegger

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147 76
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Gaston Leroux

21
124 57
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Daphne du Maurier

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141 73
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Victor Hugo

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207 132
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
William Shakespeare

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113 55
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Charles Dickens

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120 63
Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Gail Carson Levine

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121 65
Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Sara Gruen

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118 67
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Shel Silverstein

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122 75
Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Arthur Golden

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106 65
Atonement is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Ian McEwan

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87 49
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
William Shakespeare

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88 51
Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Natalie Babbitt

32
136 99
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Robert James Waller

33
156 122
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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83 55
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Michael Ondaatje

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88 72
Dear John is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Nicholas Sparks

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64 47
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories

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135 126
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Suzanne Collins

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85 78
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Leo Tolstoy

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46 43
The French Lieutenant's Woman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories

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55 60
Love in the Time of Cholera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Gabriel García Márquez

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78 93
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
lucyheartfilia25 added Veronica Roth

42
59 69
Vampire Academy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Richelle Mead

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12 10
Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Ashley Yow added Jan Needle

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59 77
The Mortal Instruments Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
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45
151 202
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Stephenie Meyer

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1 3
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
koltci added Ayn Rand

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94 144
Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Stephenie Meyer

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24 44
The End of the Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
PaulineDeMairo added Graham Greene

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15 31
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Robert E Hodge added H. G. Wells

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19 39
Shadow Kiss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Novels with the Best Love Stories
Richelle Mead