25 Best Romantic Novels You Must To Read
Some of the best romantic novels by best authors are major mush works. But there is something about love stories that entices us, it is perhaps the lovey-dovey words or the sweet charm or the characters or the plot. In recent times, Indian literary scene has seen its own share of some amazing romantic novels. There have been some good romantic novels by Indian authors, and then there are some that are absolutely the best. We present to you the best love story novels by Authors.
Continuing our Essential Reading series, we’re focusing on romance novels, from the classics to the breathless reads of today’s masters of romantic novels
1.A Girl to Remember
In every angel a demon hides, And in every demon, an angel strides. Neel is a self-proclaimed demon, a slave to his desires, putting at stake even the purest of relationships for it. He lives for himself, takes life as it comes, and considers people who love as emotional fools. When he first sets his eyes on his new landlady, a widow who is eleven years elder to him, all he can see is an opportunity. He has a plan to get rich and is working hard to achieve it, until he bumps into Pihu. She is an immature teenager who likes Neel for no apparent reason, and blindly believes that he is an angel who will take away all her life’s troubles. Neel hates Pihu for her unexplained obsession, and her being a hindrance in his plan, but her firm resolve to see a good person in him shakes Neel to the core. Will Pihu make a difference? Does inner transformation come to a man who has gone to a point of no return? A Girl to Remember is an emotional roller coaster which will make you believe that confession is the best punishment. romantic novels
2.The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Can true love bring someone back from the dead? Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all?In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but herself as well . .Romantic Novels
3.How to Fall in Love
Tender, funny and romantic novels ’ Marie Claire
Christine Rose is crossing the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin late one night when she sees a stranger, Adam, poised to jump. Desperate to help, she talks him into a reckless deal: if he gives her two weeks – till his 35th birthday – she’ll prove that life is worth living.
But as the clock ticks and the two of them embark on late-night escapades and romantic novels adventures, what Christine has really promised seems impossible…
A novel to make you laugh, cry and appreciate life, this is Cecelia Ahern at her thoughtful and surprising best. Romantic Novels
4.To You, With Love
Right from childhood, Sahil and Ayra have been very different from each other. While Sahil is careless, carefree, ‘new money’ and ‘the brat’, Ayra is sensitive, reserved, shy and not easy to talk to. And that is probably what attracts Sahil to her. Their story progresses slowly and delicately, and things gradually take on a love-tinged hue.
However, their lives soon begin to unravel. Sahil learns why Ayra is so private when the most damning truth about her life is revealed. Just as they overcome that challenge, another cruel blow threatens to tear them apart. It’s now about a life beyond life, and a love somewhere among the stars .Romantic Novels
At twenty-eight, he’s focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down. And when Maria, a hardworking lawyer, meets Colin she begins to question every notion she has ever had about herself and her future – and what truly makes her happy.
Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria’s past start to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be pushed to breaking point.Romantic Novels
6.To Love Again
Isabella and Amadeo. The toast of international society and the undisputed leaders of Rome couture. Together they ruled the House of San Gregoria, a monument to Isabella’s fabulous designs and stunning beauty, to Amadeo’s unerring flair and golden Florentine elegance. And beyond their enchanted world of splendour shone their boundless, undying love for one another.
Then suddenly their dream was shattered. Amadeo was gone – for ever. Isabella fled to Rome for a new life of bitter struggles and haunting memories. With her proud courage and all her zest for living, could she ever say goodbye to the past and dare . . . to love again. Romantic Novels
‘We desperately need your help Holly. Were running out of ideas and…’ she takes a breath in as if Summoning the energy, ‘all of us are running out of time.’ when Holly Kennedy is approached by a group calling themselves the PS, I love you club, her safe existence is turned on its head. Inspired by hearing about her late husband gerry’s letters, the club wants Holly to help them with their own parting messages for their loved ones to discover after they’ve gone. Holly is sure of one thing – no way is she being dragged back to the grief she has left behind. It’s taken seven years to reinvent herself, and she’s ready to move on with her life. But Holly comes to realize that when you love someone, there’s always one more thing to say. Romantic Novels
8.To Kill A Mockingbird
A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man falsely charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition. Romantic Novels
9.The Hating Game
Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. HATE. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight approach to his job and refusal to smile. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and desire to be liked.
Now they’re up for the same promotion and Lucy, usually a determined people-pleaser, has had enough: it’s time to take him down. But as the tension between Lucy and Joshua reaches its boiling point, it’s clear that the real battle has only just begun . Romantic Novels
10.Her Last Wish
His father’s over expectations only ruined his self-confidence further with each failure. A ray of hope walked into his life as his wife, a charismatic personality spreading joy wherever she went. Everything is going per plan, but darkness comes knocking soon. He finds out that she does not have much time to live and takes it upon himself to fight all odds – even his family, if need be – to help her fight her medical condition. His father sees his own redemption in helping them, he knows his son will be a winner only if he will fight for her, with her. Will a defeated son prove himself to be a good husband? Will the father-son duo together be able to change the course of fate? Her Last Wish is an inspiring story of love, relationships and sacrifice, which proves once again how a good wife makes the best husband. Romantic Novels
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting romantic novels has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself…
Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. After six years with her boyfriend, she is no longer sure what she wants, and when her father becomes ill she heads to her family’s cottage at Sunset Beach in North Carolina to make some difficult decisions.
Tru Walls has been summoned across an ocean from where he was born and raised in Zimbabwe by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. In journeying to Sunset Beach, Tru hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding his mother’s life, but the letter will lead him in an unexpected direction. Romantic Novels
13.The Girl Next Door
After that terrible night fifteen years ago, Ishaan had vowed to never return to his hometown. But when has destiny been so kind to our plans!
When Ishaan thought life was at its best, the world was hit by a deadly pandemic. India went under complete lockdown, and he unwillingly ended up at a house he once called home.
He isn’t prepared to stay in Bhopal for an entire month. That too with the father he doesn’t relate to anymore, an elder brother who broke his trust, and a mother who didn’t stand for him all those years ago. He is figuring out what to do, when he fell in love with The Girl Next Door
Ruhi is a well-known choreographer and the chief minister’s daughter, back home for the lockdown. As much as people were staying away from each other, Ishaan’s and Ruhi’s hearts were coming closer to beat as one – in the 90’s way. Their love was breathing the 1990s in 2020. Romantic Novels
14.Love You Forever
Why did Shalini suddenly dump Abby? Does Abby still love her?
He changes, and so do his views about women. He does things forbidden. He is happy, but love shows up in his life again, this time in the form of Myra, who he marries. She changes him back to his innocent self, but when life throws a curve, she herself turns evil. Just when he gets things in control, Shalini makes a comeback.
Will he dump Myra and their son Rey for Shalini, or will Myra walk away with Rey? Love You Forever is based on a real life story of love – betrayal, success – failure, fun – struggle, and marriage – separation in the life of an IITian/ ISBian entrepreneur-turned-author…Romantic Novels
15.Love, Hope and Magic
Divided into six chapters, Love, Hope and Magic is about loving deeply and getting broken. It’s about falling into the darkness and still chasing the light. It’s about letting love find you, trusting the universe and believing in the magic we carry within ourselves.. Romantic Novels
16.The Palace of Illusions
First published in 2008, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions has received wide acclaim for giving a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata. Narrated by Panchaali, wife of the five Pandava brothers, the novel traces her life from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. This tenth anniversary edition, complete with a new author’s note, celebrates once again a remarkable and deeply human story about a woman born into a man’s world.” Romantic Novels
17.Looking for Alaska
“I go to seek a Great perhaps. ” These last words of poet Francois Rabelais brings a turn in Miles’s life and he decides to leave his public school at Florida and attends Culver Creek, a private breading school in Alabama. The path chosen for greater good and opportunities leads Miles to Alaska Young, a beautiful and emotionally troubled woman. Alaska has everything that fascinates Miles and with whom he eventually falls in love. Miles life was getting interesting. He had a prankster room-mate, a woman, who fits her imaginations and two great male friends. All who contributed in making Miles more like him were unique in nature and had their own quirks. Romantic Novels
18.Second First Impressions
Ruthie Midona will work in Providence’s front office, and be at the Parloni’s beck and call, forever. That’s sort of her life plan. If Ruthie can run the place in her almost-retired bosses’ absence, with no hijinks/hiccups, she has a shot at becoming the new manager. She might also be able to defend her safe little world from Prescott Development, the new buyer of the prime site. Maybe after all that, she can find a cute guy to date. All she needs to do is stay serious—and that’s what she does best. ..
Until, one day, someone dazzling blows into town. Romantic Novels
19.Escape to Honeysuckle Hall
When Orly’s boyfriend and business partner dumps her for a celebrity fling, she finds solace in tacos, tequila and tears. One terrible hangover later, she’s packed her bags and swapped her London apartment for the overgrown grounds of Honeysuckle Hall.
After years spent catering to others’ whims, Orly is going after what she wants: a simpler life, surrounded by nature. Her plan to set up countryside retreats for burned-out city-dwellers means she soon has the social life she’s been dreaming of – and gorgeous carpenter Leo is always around when she needs something fixed…Romantic Novels
20.Who Will Cry When You Die?
Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Do You Feel that life is slipping by so fast that you might never get the chance to live with the meaning, happiness and joy you know you deserve? If so, then this book will be the guiding light that leads you to a brilliant new way of living.
In this easy-to-read yet wisdom-rich manual, the author offers 101 simple solutions to life’s most complex problems, ranging from a little-known method for beating stress and worry to a powerful way to enjoy the journey while you create a legacy that lasts. Romantic Novels
21.Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved Me
Having spent his twenties in a rakish pursuit of pleasure (whilst taking care to ensure the financial security of his mother and seven younger siblings and mother) he knows it’s high time he settled down and ensured the continuation of the Bridgerton line.Romantic novels
Edwina Sheffield is considered the most beautiful debutante of the current season. She is also sweet, innocent and eminently biddable – Anthony is sure she’ll make a perfectly acceptable wife and vows to make her his.. Romantic Novels
22.The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Romantic Novels
23.A Walk To Remember
The last person Landon thought he would fall for was Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the town’s Baptist minister. A quiet girl, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals and volunteered at the local orphanage.
Landon would never have dreamed of asking her out, but a twist of fate threw them together when he found himself without a partner for the school dance. In the months that followed, Landon discovered truths that most people take a lifetime to learn – about the joy of giving, the pain of loss and, most of all, the transforming nature of love. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood . . .Romantic Novels
24.One Day, Life Will Change
Love… does it mean running around the trees or vacationing in Switzerland, singing tra-la-la in the snow? Is it about gifting teddy bears and roses to your partner?
After losing everything she holds dear… her love, her parents, and even her singing, Samaira is dejected. She is at her lowest point in life and has no idea what she wants.
Vivian is the successful and dynamic head of Creative Tanks and dreams of being the top entrepreneur in India..Romantic Novels
25.The Boy Who Loved
The only thing you cannot plan in life is when and who to fall in love with . . .
Raghu likes to show that there is nothing remarkable about his life—loving, middle-class parents, an elder brother he looks up to and plans to study in an IIT. And that’s how he wants things to seem—normal.
Deep down, however, the guilt of letting his closest friend drown in the school’s swimming pool gnaws at him. And even as he punishes himself by hiding from the world and shying away from love and friendship, he feels drawn to the fascinating Brahmi—a girl quite like him, yet so different. No matter how hard Raghu tries, he begins to care . . . Then life throws him into the deep end and he has to face his worst fears.
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