This week’s topic for Top 5 Tuesday is, as Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm informs us, is romantic reads. Well, as someone who doesn’t read romance novels, though doesn’t mind a novel with romance in it—choosing five novels might prove interest.
Not to be deterred, here goes:
- DEEP DOWN DEAD — by Brit-author, Steph Broadribb, isn’t exactly a classic straightforward romance, but a large part of this one featuring MC, Lori Anderson—a bounty hunter—is centred on her relationship with JT, another Bounty Hunter, and the father of Lori’s daughter. These two relationships are integral to Lori’s motivation throughout the series. Far more powerful I would say than just an average, fluffy romance.
- A MAN CALLED OVE — by Fredrik Backman. Yes, I hear you, why am I adding this one? Because everything that Ove does from the start of this novel, right on through to the end, is all about the loss of his wife—the love of his life. So overwhelmed is he at trying to carry on without her that, for most of the novel, he’s trying to join her. Maybe not a romantic read, or romance and flowers, but it is, nonetheless, a story about the power of love.
- JANE EYRE — by Charlotte Bronte, is one of a handful I’ve read in my entire life—yes, at school! But it’s still, at its heart, a coming of age story of young Jane finding her way, and falling in love with the mysterious Rochester—even if the old guy was married already, we’ll over look that.
- PRIDE AND PREJUDICE — by Jane Austen, like Jane Eyre, another classic that just about everyone on the planet has read if not, seen the TV and film adaptations. This like JE was another book I had to read, at school, for English. And yet, even after all this time, it’s still one I’m prone to rereading every decade or so, because, you know, who can resist Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy?
- MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE — by Nicholas Sparks … yes, yes, I know, I have read at least one modern romance and by Sparks no less. A tearful and yet, uplifting read (also a film starring Kevin Costner), the novel centres on a letter found in a washed up bottle on a beach by journalist Theresa Osborne. Who then sets about finding out about who the author Garrett is, and who he was writing too, as it turns out, his dead wife, Catherine.
So there you go, five very odd choices and, of the five, maybe only Message in a Bottle is an actual romance novel. And you, what would your choices be?