5 to Find: Classic romantic reads to gear up for Valentine's Day
BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2013
1/31/13 at 5:54 AM
The season of love is upon us, with Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away. Grocery stores are stocked up with chocolate and candy, florists are getting ready for some major sales, and red and pink can be seen everywhere.
To add to the mood, here are five novels featuring strong love stories that you can enjoy in the days leading up to Valentine's.
1. Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen, 1813
Witty dialogue between the variety of characters in Austen's popular "Pride and Prejudice" make for a fun read. And who doesn't love Lizzie Bennet? The second daughter in a family of five girls has a mind of her own that she's not afraid to speak, with no concern as to whether it pushes away potential suitors.
2. Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Brontë, 1847
Readers start in the real beginning with Jane, from her days as a young orphan. Which is why when she finds love, it's all the more sweet. The brooding Mr. Rochester, the tense conversations and the up-and-down roller coaster of Jane's emotions throughout make for a gripping read.
3. Wuthering Heights
By Emily Brontë, 1847
It's not a traditional romance, but love is still at the core of this dark novel.
By Daphne du Maurier, 1938
Part love story, part mystery, "Rebecca" is the tale of a young woman not quite certain of her husband's love for her.
5. I Capture the Castle
By Dodie Smith, 1948
The characters of this tale have been called "eccentric." But they're eccentric in a fun way, as narrated to us by the 17-year-old girl who tells us the story of her family and the love she and her sister find.
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