Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Selling Most Famous Romantic Novels of All Time till 2017. Somewhere hidden inside all of us is a desire to be happy and complete and whilst we strive for those two components to embrace in our lives, there are novels written by authors who were striving for the same ingredients to complete the recipe. In an era where some people live in desperation, greed, sadness, loneliness and disillusionment, it is in a novel one can find hope and love, romance and happiness in another world where anything is possible.
Below, listed from the uniquely popular to the absolute unforgettable epic, is listed the Top 10, Best Sellers and Most Famous Romantic Novels ever written.
List of Top 10 Best Selling Most Famous Romantic Novels of All Time till 2017
10. After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone
When Silvia Cotton finds herself motherless, she lives a lonely life until she moves to Wales with her father. She enrolls in a private boarding school and meets twins Oliver and Alexander Dickinson and finds her life is about to change irrevocably. From a whirlwind romance with Oliver Silvia marries and with unfulfilled ambition is caught up raising her children. Fraught with disillusionment, the story introduces the magic of the woods where true love and fairies and magic and courage become the ingredients of happiness.
9. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
“Whitney, My Love” is a timeless, classic. Emotions rush through the pages of this historical romance as the reader is inundated with laughter and tears. The Duke of Claymore has noticed the sensuality that has emerged in Whitney Stone who having returned from Paris to England is confronted by her bankrupt father who is intent on giving her away for a price. But Whitney will have nothing of it since she has returned to win the heart of Paul, her childhood love.
8. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
The saga continues as Claire Randall who two decades before, journeyed back in time and found love in the arms of Jamie Fraser, then returned to the present century to give birth to his child. But whilst she believed Jamie was dead having fought in the battle of Culloden, she later discovers he survived, that he is not dead at all. Now she must decide whether she can return to him or should she remain with their daughter in her own century.
7. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
With Outlander at number 2, Gabaldon follows with a sequel reintroducing Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser in Dragonfly in Amber. We return to Scotland with Claire who intends to tell her daughter, Brianna about her past; about how she came to be in another century and how James Fraser, the Scottish warrior held her in a world filled with desire and love. It is in the present as Brianna will be tested in her own way as she desperately fights to save both the child and the man she loves.
6. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook was Nicholas Sparks first published novel. Inspired by his wife’s parents who were married for 60 years, he tells a story about a young, rural Southerner named Noah Calhoun who has returned from WW II. Whilst plagued by memories of a girl named Allie whom he had met fourteen years before, he is in the throes of restoring an old plantation home and although he cannot forget her, he is happy to live on memories. That is until she returns to his town to see him just one more time. There is a twist; the story shifts to the present moment when the narrator, Noah, tells a story of a love unlike any other. It is then we realize the woman he is reading this love story to is his wife Allie who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. She recognizes him periodically but when Noah has a heart attack he realizes having not seen his wife he must be with her now. Beautifully written with poignant moments, the book was adapted into a film in 2004 and the Indian Bollywood film, Zindagi Tere Naam, starring Mithun Chakraborty, is also based on it. This is one of the Top 10 Best Selling Most Famous Romantic Novels of All Time till 2017.
5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
If there was ever a novel that taught one manners; was fuelled by pages of romance, a sense of humor and believable characters then this would be it. Made into a film, it starred Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet and won an Academy Award. In an old fashioned way, it tells the story of Marianne Dashwood who falls in love with an unsuitable man. Her sensible sister, Elinor who tries desperately to steer Elinor in the right direction, is herself plagued with confusion as she fights to hide her own secrets as the two women discover they’re pregnant out of wedlock; a situation most frowned upon.
4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind won the Pulitzer Prize and became one of the most embraced epic films of all time. During the Civil War and its repercussions, Gone with the Wind is a story of cantankerous and fault-finding Scarlett O’Hara who attracts the attention of two men. However, it is one, audacious Rhett Butler who has found his match in Scarlet and as contemptuous as their love affair is, it is through Gone with the Wind that they are able to learn about the harsh truths and the tragedies in the South.
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
An orphaned Jane Eyer is forced to live with Aunt Reed at Gateshead. She endures a discouraging system at Lowood charity school but survives and emerges stronger in character. She is then employed as the governess at the home of Mr. Rochester with whom she falls in love. He asks her to become his mistress after it is revealed that Mr. Rochester is married but Jane struggles with her emotions and is liable to sway back and forth toward and away from her desires for she must remain true to her moral and religious principles.
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander is the launch of a series of eight novels which won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Romance in 1991, the same year it was first published. It tells a poignant story of a World War II-era nurse Claire Randall, who in 1945 found herself time traveling to Scotland during the 18th Century. It is here, having left behind a husband in another century, she experiences adventure and romance in the arms of James Fraser. The gallant Fraser whose love for Claire is strong and true must fight with Claire’s inner emotions as she becomes torn between the two men in her life. One in another time and this Scot whom she desires and cannot deny.
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Austen was 42 when she died, but during those formative years, she completed six works that transported their readers into a world quite unmatched by that in which they were living. Austen’s sense of romance was reflected in Pride and Prejudice which was first published in 1813. It is one of the most readable and globally admired novels of all time. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five maiden daughters who are all interested in the very wealthy, very eligible Mr. Bingley and his dignified, very proud friend, Mr. Darcy. In a succession of teasing banter, Elizabeth Bennet whose nature leans toward prejudice and the illustrious Mr. Darcy it becomes apparent that the two are truly made for another. However, their relationship is spirited and sometimes rather prickly.
These are the Top 10 Best Selling Most Famous Romantic Novels of All Time till 2017. We sincerely trust you have enjoyed the list as we have enjoying whetting your appetites by novels you may or may not have read. Within every page is the secret to a world where one can escape and where one can aspire to live. As the world turns we learn; nothing, but nothing is impossible.