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Best Romance Novels of All Time

Best Romance Novels of All Time

Which are the best romance novels ever? In this Buzzle article, we give a list of the best romance novels, that most girls have grown up reading.
Tulika Nair
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
What are romance novels? How does one categorize a novel as belonging to this genre? Which are the most famous novels of the genre? These are just some of the questions that we answer for you in this article. The genre that is today popularly called the 'romance genre' was developed sometime in the early eighteenth century, with the publication of what must have been the first romance novel, Pamela which was also published under the name Virtue Rewarded. Over time, the genre was crowded by many literary gems including the many works of Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters.

The books that are categorized under the romance genre are those that have at the core of the story, a passionate relationship and a love store between the protagonists. Most romance novels are written from the female perspective. Check out a list of the best romance novels of all time, and you will notice that women and their perspectives are described in length in these novels. From the best historical romance novels of all time to the vampire romance novels that are a rage today, this is a genre that will always remain popular. In this article, we give you a list of the best selling novels of the romance genre.

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Look at sales charts of any book store, and you will see that romance novels are the most popular genre of literature, mostly amongst women. This is especially true for the Americas. But to a large extent, besides the classic of the romantic genre, which will always be heralded amongst the best romance novels, most books in this category are often criticized for their crowd-pleasing content, which is often less than literary in nature. But there are many books in this category that have been called classics, and have been favorites with bibliophiles for many generations. Given below is an alphabetically arranged list of the best romance novels ever.
  1. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
  2. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
  3. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  4. A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh
  5. According To Jane by Marilyn Brant
  6. Angelique and the King by Sergeanne Golon, Anne Golon
  7. Angelique by Sergeanne Golon
  8. Angelique in Barbary by Sergeanne Golon, Anne Golon
  9. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
  10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  11. Christy by Catherine Marshall
  12. Comanche Moon by Catherine Anderson
  13. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
  14. Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson
  15. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  16. Dawn's Early Light by Elswyth Thane
  17. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
  18. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  19. Dream Man by Linda Howard
  20. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
  21. Family Blessings by LaVyrle Spencer
  22. Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
  23. Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
  24. Frederica by Georgette Heyer
  25. From This Day by Nora Roberts
  26. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  27. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  28. Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  29. Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood
  30. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  31. It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  32. It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
  33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  34. Katherine by Anya Seton
  35. Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy
  36. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  37. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  38. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  39. Love Story by Erich Segal
  40. Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers
  41. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
  42. Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
  43. Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  44. On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt
  45. Once and Always by Judith McNaught
  46. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  47. Paradise by Judith McNaught
  48. Perfect by Judith McNaught
  49. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  50. Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  51. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  52. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  53. Say You Love Me by Johanna Lindsey
  54. Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
  55. Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
  56. Short Straw Bride by Dallas Schulze
  57. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
  58. Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
  59. Sunshine and Shadow by Sharon Curtis, Tom Curtis
  60. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
  61. Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas
  62. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  63. The Bride by Julie Garwood
  64. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  65. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  66. The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
  67. The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer
  68. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
  69. The Fury by L.J. Smith
  70. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  71. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  72. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
  73. The Manny by Holly Peterson
  74. The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
  75. The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
  76. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  77. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  78. The Princess by Lori Wick
  79. The Prize by Julie Garwood
  80. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
  81. The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
  82. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
  83. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
  84. The Secret by Julie Garwood
  85. The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh
  86. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  87. The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
  88. The Struggle by L.J. Smith
  89. The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing
  90. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  91. The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
  92. The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
  93. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
  94. Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson
  95. Wake by Lisa McMann
  96. When the Splendor Falls by Laurie McBain
  97. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas
  98. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
  99. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  100. Years by LaVyrle Spencer
Romance is a genre of novels that has had many little girls building castles in the air, weaving little dreams of their own love stories, imagining their own tall, dark, and handsome princes. While these dreams may not often come true, the best selling romance novels of all times keep the hope alive in most women, even if it is foolish to do so. The best love stories are an escape from the dreariness of life, a place where anything is possible, and everything ends in a happily ever after.