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Recommend me a really good love story?

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Hadmeathello Wed 23-Jan-13 18:42:53


Needn't have a happy ending. Something with a good story, not fluff grin and set in the modern day

racingheart Wed 23-Jan-13 20:31:11

How modern?

Have you read `The Way I Found Her' by Rose Tremain? or 'The Reader' by Bernhard Schlink? Or 'An Equal Music' by Vikram Seth.

Have you read 'The Kite Runner'? It's not a love story but the love story in it really hooked me. I love the section where he falls in love with the girl at the Afghan flea market. It's so vivid.

HoratiaWinwood Wed 23-Jan-13 20:40:42

The Time Traveler's Wife.

::stumbles off, sobbing::

AlwaysWantingMore Wed 23-Jan-13 21:02:38

I just finished 'Random Acts of Heroic Love' which was really good. Very sad but so very romantic! Not fluffy but totally readable.

Feel a bit teary thinking about it! .

Hadmeathello Wed 23-Jan-13 21:03:21

Thank you Racing Heart, I've not read any if your suggestions. Have read another Rose Tremain which I enjoyed so I'll have a look at those.

Horatio, have read and enjoyed Time Travellers Wife.

I just want something to get caught up in I think.

Hadmeathello Wed 23-Jan-13 21:04:09

Horatia, sorry.

Hadmeathello Wed 23-Jan-13 21:05:59

AlwaysWantingMore, not read that one either. Thank you.

shartsi Wed 23-Jan-13 21:08:13

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas.

MarkGruffalohohoho Wed 23-Jan-13 21:13:26

Just read the Kite Runner - tis an excellent book but utterly heartbreaking and not for the faint hearted/vulnerable/emotional/pregnant me due to the amount of child abuse in it.
Took me a week to stop crying.

Also read Tara Road - maeve binchy - all sorts of relationships in it, bit soap opera-y but enjoyable. It is long but decent enough page turner.

An invisible sign of my own - love that book - far better than lemon cake bollocks (Same author).

Girls' Guide to hunting and fishing - still adore. So much better than the title/chick lit expectations.

highlandcoo Wed 23-Jan-13 22:39:48

I found the love story aspect of My Dear I Wanted to Tell You very touching, although there's more to the book than that.

The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville is a very unromantic love story set in Australia.

Thin Air by Sue Gee also describes love later in life - she's a very under-rated writer IMO.

anonymosity Fri 25-Jan-13 04:31:58

I agree, The Time Traveller's Wife - for modern day at least.
Why does it have to be modern day? Can it be last century (but written recently?) - The Haunting of Maddie Clare by Simone St. John. Very romantic, a little sexy and quite exciting on the ghost hunting front.

KeithLeMonde Fri 25-Jan-13 14:26:38

The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee (love Sue Gee BTW) - just recommended it on the thread asking for romantic books. It's luffly.

TeaTowelQueen Fri 25-Jan-13 14:36:58

Try novels by Erica James, or if you want a bit more fluffy, Katie Fforde. My recent fave was The Girl you left behind by Jojo Moyes.

iwantavuvezela Fri 25-Jan-13 14:38:45

Another one for Time TravellerscWife

Or Peter Careys Oscar and Lucinda

BrianButterfield Fri 25-Jan-13 14:42:04

"You Had me at Hello" is a bit chick-litty but very satisfying.

AntimonySalts Fri 25-Jan-13 14:43:30

The Line of Beauty. As a straight, Tory-voting, Thatcher-loving child of the 80s, I expected to detest it on every possible score. It is stunningly fabulous, and an incredibly moving love story. [weeps]

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 14:45:52

Oscar and Lucinda is a good read.
I also liked barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal SUmmer

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 14:46:19

Oh YES to The Line of Beauty, that is a fantastic read and so heart-wrenching

KeithLeMonde Fri 25-Jan-13 14:47:53

Ooh, mention of Jojo Moyes reminds me - Foreign Fruit is a good one. It made me cry.

I too loved The Line of Beauty (also straight but a Labour-voting, Thatcher-hating child of the 80s here) but I wouldn't have described it as a love story. Definitely worth reading if anyone wants a recommendation for an all-round wonderful read though.

ninjanurse Fri 25-Jan-13 15:49:32

The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes is also excellent.

racingheart Sat 26-Jan-13 21:06:46

Yes to Oscar and Lucinda. And incredibly pleased at all these Sue Gee recommendations. She really deserves them. I worked with her years ago and she is utterly lovely and unassuming. I hope her ears are burning.

highlandcoo Sat 26-Jan-13 23:35:05

That's good to know racingheart - I am a real Sue Gee fan. Earth and Heaven is one of the few books that has made me really cry. Must reread it this year.

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