What are the best classic romance books?

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    #1Madame Bovary

    Madame Bovary
    This all-time literature classic tells the story of Emma Rouault, a young woman who marries Charles Bovary, a country doctor. Things don't go well for her, as she expected to live a life full of pleasures and luxuries, and not even giving birth to her own daughter made her excited about something. Everything changes when she meets Rodolphe, who will take her into a spiral of pain and suffering. 


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    Kelly Nichols
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "One of the more underrated romance novels. The hardships the characters face in their relationships may have something to do with it. Romance novel purist my not put it at the top of their lists but it deserves to be. "
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    #2Ethan Frome (Penguin Classics)

    Ethan Frome (Penguin Classics)
    Ethan Frome (Penguin Classics) is a classic literature and fiction book written by Edith Wharton that was published on September 28, 2006 by Penguin Classics. It tells a tale of despair and forbidden emotions.

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    Dennis Rios
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A public domain book. This is a story with a frame. Like heart of darkness. A balance between right and wrong persists through out the book."
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    #3The Child (The Eagle and the Child)

    The Child (The Eagle and the Child)
    The Child is a mystery fiction and the first book in The Eagle and the Child trilogy written by S. Khubiar. This espionage fiction book is first published in 2016. 

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    William Ortiz
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I love a good spy book and this is one of them! The added romance was a nice touch and remind me of the James Bond films."
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    #4Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.


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    John Hernandez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Great Expectations remains a classic. It is still required reading in most high schools. Published in multiple languages and read by people in many countries. It remains one of the best classic romance and best known of all time. "
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    #5Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

    Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

    Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories is a collection of short stories by Truman Capote. Aside from the well-known story "Breakfast at Tiffany's," it includes "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory."


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    Olivia Snyder
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Romance books are my thing!"
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    #6A Room With a View

    A Room With a View

    A Room With a View tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young English middle-class girl who meets two gentlemen in her vacation in Florence, Italy. Lucy is torn between conforming to the social norms and following her heart's desire.


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    Margaret Bell
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Very romantic story. It has everything you'd want in a romance, love, war, history. Great book and yes it's a "best classic" romance story."
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    Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" is a historical fiction written by Alexandra Ripley. This classic novel is first published in 1991. 


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    Megan Nguyen
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "We all loved Gone with the Wind so what is not to love about the sequel. I read this book in one weekend. I was so engrossed in this book, I could not put it down till I had finished it. I am so glad that a sequel came out. I got to see how Scarlett finely matured and started thinking less about possessions and more about life. This book is definitely one of the best classic romance books of all time. "
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    #8A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun is a classic play written by Lorraine Hansberry which centers on a working-class family living in Chicago connected with the psyche of black America.


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    Edward Larson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "this is actually a book ive never read thats a classic book. the premise to me just wasnt something i was totally interested in so i never read it"
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    #9If Tomorrow Comes

    If Tomorrow Comes
    Tracy Whitey is a young, smart and beautiful woman who suddenly found herself in prison, betrayed by the man who loved and with no chance of leaving there for the next 15 years. She manages to escape, only to avenge those who destroyed everything she had until that moment, with her beauty and intelligence as her only weapons. 


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    Betty Su
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The international bestseller from the master of suspense. A mafia conspiracy and one women against the world. Tracy Whitey is on top of the world. Young, beautiful, intelligent, she is about to marry into wealth and glamour - until, betrayed by her own innocence, she finds herself in prison, framed by a ruthless mafia gang and abandoned by the man she loves. Beaten and broken, but surviving with her dazzling ingenuity, Tracy emerges from her savage ordeal - determined to avenge those who have destroyed her life. Her thirst for revenge takes her from New Orleans to London, from Paris to Madrid and Amsterdam. Tracy is playing for the highest stakes in a deadly game. Only one man can challenge her - he's handsome, persuasive and every bit as daring. Only one man can stop her - an evil genius whose only hope of salvation is in Tracy's destruction..."
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    Rebecca, based on the book by Daphne Du Marier is one of the first classics by Alfred Hitchcock winner of the Academy Ward in 1940. The plot tells the story of a British gentleman's innocent bride grapples with intrusive reminders of his deceased wife.


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    Tiffany Barnett
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Very good cover, i like the story and the author of this book. But it`s kinda expensive. Still worth buying, very good product and interesting story. "
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    #11A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a classic romantic fantasy play by one of the most famous playwrights in history, William Shakespeare. It features love stories of mythological creatures like Theseus and Hippolyta. 


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    Jeremy Cox
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is one of my absolute favorite Shakespearean plays! You can really feel the emotion through the author's beautiful prose. I have read this many times and every time I do, I find something new to love."
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    #12Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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    Cynthia Ramos
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is one of those books that I think everyone should read. It closely follows the lives of two people as they go through romance and heartbreak and I personally feel like a lot of this is really relatable. It can help you get through some of your own romantic problems in your life. Don't miss out on this great book!"
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    #13The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Bruce Price
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Am a big fan of romance novels and wanted something with a more classic flavor to it. This unfortunately did not have the romance I desired. It was a good book nonetheless but wasn't exactly what I was desiring. I wanted something with more romance and less vengeance. "
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    #14Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.


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    Eric Mitchell
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I enjoy Jane Austen stories so very much, and "Pride and Prejudice" is probably the best of her works. It has aged amazingly well, and shines a light on concepts of human nature and relationships that are still relevant today. "
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    #15Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 

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    Yi Liang
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Amazon page is easy to use to get more information about what genre this book is about to see if it's the kind of book I want. It is an easy to navigate site to find the genre and what the book is about."
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    #16Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.


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    Gregory Moore
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Romeo and Juliet is the standard bearer for the title of best romance classic book. Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers is the one play of his that everyone should and must read. Wonderful."
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    #17Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    Jeremy Carlson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you are looking for a riveting tale of the trappings of love and passion, this book is the right choice for you. With great craftmanship, Bronte tells the story of love lost and the attempt, by all means, to recover it. "
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    #18Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is a coming-of-age story about an orphan boy named Pip and a colorful cast of characters. This greatly-acclaimed work is Dicken's 13th novel.


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    Betty Hanson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this book when I was in 9th grade. Charles Dickens way of writing was something that I learned to enjoy quite a bit. Although, I know several others in my class hated the book. It is a classic, but it doesn't have romance in it the traditional sense. Thus, I would not consider it one of the best classic romance books."
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    #19Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is an adventure game developed by Ubisoft. Amidst the scorched sands of ancient Persia, there is a legend spun in an ancient tongue. It speaks of a time borne by blood and ruled by deceit.


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    Doris Ortiz
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I love romance books."
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    #20Fortune Calling

    Fortune Calling

    Fortune Calling is a romance fiction and the first book in Fortune series written by Hunter S. Jones. It is first published in 2014 by Ra Jones Publishing.


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    Aaron Berry
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I was on the hunt for a classic romance book. I do not really like new age romance as I find the stories really lack depth. A friend helped me pick out the book Fortune Calling as she thought this was a classic. I took one look at it and could tell that it was in no way a classic. I did not purchase this book."
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    Magdalena is a romance fiction book written by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. It is first published in 2008 by Plain View Press. 


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    Brenda Payne
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is written about a woman in the 20th century Philipinnes from the perspective of a Philipino woman. The forbidden love and twists and turns makes it a great read. However, it is not a best classic romance book, but a good romance book"


Best What are the best classic romance books
1Madame BovaryBooks 44 Paid
2Ethan Frome (Penguin Classics)Books 39 Paid
3The Child (The Eagle and the Child)Books 38 Paid
4Great ExpectationsBooks 33 Paid
5Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three StoriesBooks 32 Paid
6A Room With a ViewBooks 29 Paid
7ScarlettBooks 28 Paid
8A Raisin in the SunBooks 24 Paid
9If Tomorrow ComesBooks 19 Paid
10RebeccaMovies 19 Paid

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