What are the best heartbreaking and tragic romance novels?

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    #1The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.


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    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I can't say I didn't see it coming, because I sort of did, but omg that was intense. I cried so much at the end, and my heart still aches a bit everytime I remember TFiOS, even though it's been years since I last read the book. That's how amazing it is."
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    #2A Walk to Remember

    A Walk to Remember
    A Walk to Remember is a novel by the well-known romance writer, Nicholas Sparks. It tells the love story of Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan and was the basis of the famous movie of the same name, starring Shane West and Mandy Moore.

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    Joseph Collins
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A Walk to Remember is one of my favorite movies from many years ago and prompted me to try out the Novel and lets say I am more impressed even with the book than the movie. It is heart wrenching and tragic in ways the movie cannot touch so if you liked the movie you will love the book."
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    #3Wuthering 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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    Jean Hall
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a timeless classic tale of romance and heartbreak. As soon as the protagonist returns back home, he is out for blood to get revenge on those who wronged him. This book has violence, romance, and the extreme passion of both. If you want to read a classical novel with gore and passion, then this is a must read!"
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    #4The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.

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    Lawrence West
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is a classic book about a time where society was super conservative and unaccepting of various things based on religious grounds. The things Hester Prynne had to go through are both tragic and heartbreaking due to things I mentioned before which makes The Scarlet Letter one of the best tragic and heartbreaking stories of all time in my opinion."
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    #5Letters to the Lost

    Letters to the Lost

    Letters to the Lost is a book by Brigit Kemmerer that tells the story of Juliet Young. She's used to writing her mother letters, so when she died, Juliet still write letters for her and leave it on her grave. Then a stranger will find one and their life will be entwined.


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    Steven Butler
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Letters to the Lost is a book written by Brigit Kemmerer that tells the story of Juliet Young who writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. While the plot was predictable, the author avoided many of the convenient pitfalls."
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    Othello by William Shakespeare is a drama novel first published in 1603. This book follows the story of two married couples, Othello and Desdemona, from mutual devotion to jealousy and death. This novel has a movie and a play adaptation.


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    Stephanie Matthews
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Any fan of tragic romance novels will enjoy Othello by William Shakespeare in my opinion. This classic has entertained readers for over 400 years now. There's a reason for that and it's namely the quality of the tale."
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    #7The Start of Me and You

    The Start of Me and You

    The Start of Me and You is a book by Emery Lord that tells the story of Paige. She is a teenager whose boyfriend died in an accident. After a year, she decided she has to move on so she made a plan but not all of it will work the way she wants to. 


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    Jessica Gilbert
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This genre is my guilty pleasure and The Start of Me and You definitely did not disappoint. It wasn't nearly as angsty as most YA novels, but it was still a delicious pleasure."
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    #8Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a historical novel fictionalizing the creation of Vermeer's painting of the same name. It tells the story of Griet, a maid in the Vermeer household, and how she came to be immortalized by the master of light.


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    Gregory Chapman
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I love this book. The main protagonist a keen observer who sees the world in sensuous images expressed in beautiful prose. It's readable and absorbing and thought-provoking. Whilst the ending left me a little unsettled, it is, by no means heartbreaking. So I don't think it's a great fit for the problem."
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    Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist \- almost.


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    #10Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a classic romance novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Tess Durbeyfield trying to claim a portion of the family fortune of the D'Urbervilles and meets her cousin Alec.


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    Matthew Cooper
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I got this for my wife who deeply loves romance novels. She fell in love with this book and I know because I didn't really see her much the entire weekend. After she was done she told me thank you for the great book and she loved every page of it."
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    #11The Storyteller

    The Storyteller
    The Storyteller tells the story of Sage Singer and her unlikely friendship with Josef Weber. Things change when Josef confesses to a terrible secret, and the both of them must choose between punishment and forgiveness.

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    Richard Robertson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A wonderful choice for a book club because when you finished the last page, you needed someone to talk to about it. What makes a person good or bad? When surrounded by evil, what are your responsibilities--face it and probably die or do what little you can to protect others? Can a person truly change? Who deserves or can offer forgiveness? I loved the way the different stories wove together and wondered which of the characters was truly the storyteller."
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    #12The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials

    The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials

    The Amber Spyglass is a book by Philip Pullman that tells the story of Lyra and Will. They will journey to the gray-lit world and they will do their best to make it out alive for no living arrived there and left.  


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    Lawrence Burke
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A good, but not great book. It's romantic, but too much fantasy for my liking. It was well told I just wasn't a big fan of the genre. "
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    #13Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    Larry Mendoza
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "it sounds intresting"
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    #14The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife is the debut novel of Audrey Niffenegger, which is about the story of married couple Clare and Henry who try to make their marriage work. It comes as they struggling with Henry's strange disorder of time traveling. 


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    Brenda Elliott
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I remember when this book first came out and I thought the title of the book was a metaphor for something really deep and symbolic. It just did not occur to me that they would actually write a book about a time-travelling husband and have that book become a bestseller. But the way this novel is written really draws you in, and you know that while their love is beautiful that there is tragedy just around the corner, making the story really enticing and truly heartbreaking. "
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    #15September Ends

    September Ends
    September Ends is a romance fiction book written by Hunter S. Jones. This book won eFestival of Words award and it is first published in 2012 by  Ra Jones Publishing.


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    Pamela Rios
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I'm not a big fan of romance novels that are predominantly romantic in nature but this one was quite good. I loved the plot of the story and the characters. I couldn't put the book down and finished it quite quickly after I received it. The story is hopeful with a few unexpected twists and turns but it will keep you on your toes. I highly recommend this book for anyone that is looking for inspiration in the love department. "
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Anthony Myers
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "1984 is one of my all time favorite books. Now more than ever, it seems like the sort of book everyone should read, the themes of a progressive liberal political party deciding day-by-day what words can and can't be used seems like it might as well be taken from the headlines, not a 60 year old novel."
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    #17Mostly Madly

    Mostly Madly

    Mostly Madly is a novel written by Patrick Fealey. It was published on August 30, 2012 by Hathaway and Company. Mostly Madly is about the life and relationships of a young journalist.


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    Justin Pena
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I read this for a book club assignment a few years ago, and I think it is an alright book all in all. The author is blunt, and will not hide any feelings from the reader. You will feel the love, you will feel the sadness that the author tries to convey. The book has its twists and turns, which will keep you on your toes. The story itself is rewarding."


Best What are the best heartbreaking and tragic romance novels
1The Fault in Our StarsBooks 42 Paid
2A Walk to RememberBooks 41 Paid
3Wuthering Heights Books 35 Paid
4The Scarlet LetterBooks 33 Paid
5Letters to the LostBooks 31 Paid
6OthelloBooks 28 Paid
7The Start of Me and YouBooks 27 Paid
8Girl with a Pearl EarringBooks 24 Paid
9StolenBooks 24 Paid
10Tess of the D'UrbervillesBooks 20 Paid

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