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Margaret
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Post by Margaret » Thu January 17th, 2013, 6:02 pm

It's less than a month until Valentine's Day. What love story have you read more than once and wish you had never read before so you could indulge in it for the very first time between now and Feb. 14 with a box of chocolates at your side?
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Post by Madeleine » Fri January 18th, 2013, 9:43 am

I'm not really into love stories, but probably Jane Eyre.
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Post by Lisa » Fri January 18th, 2013, 10:09 am

I've only read it once, and only a couple of years ago at that, but One Day by David Nicholls was an enjoyable read - definitely a love story, but more realistic than romantic, and with plenty of funny parts. I did avoid the film adaptation though.

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Post by Ash » Sat January 19th, 2013, 2:19 am

Im not big on romance novels, but the love story in Far Pavillions resonates with me to the point where I will browse through the book just to reread my favorite parts....

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Post by Nefret » Sat January 19th, 2013, 3:55 am

For some reason... Emma.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Post by Ludmilla » Sat January 19th, 2013, 2:33 pm

Heyer's Venetia is a lot of fun.

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Post by Margaret » Sat January 19th, 2013, 5:41 pm

definitely a love story, but more realistic than romantic
I do find the realistic love stories a lot hotter than the "romantic" ones.

Looks like I have a few treats in store - the only novels recommended so far that I have read are Jane Eyre and Emma. Those two have something in common, I think - Rochester and Knightley are both very sure of themselves and rather dominating with their heroines and have to learn at least a bit of humility by the end (Rochester gets a sterner lesson than Knightley, but doesn't Knightley have to learn just a smidgen of humility? Or am I forgetting the story?) Will have to try the others!

I didn't read anything last year that really floated my boat as a love story. The one that comes most readily to mind is Niccolo Rising, the first in Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo series, which isn't primarily a love story. Maybe I've become harder to please over the years. I do find that I get less immersed in fiction than I once did, a loss that I mourn and am tempted to attribute to the internet, much though I do love it in many ways.
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