“The Shoemaker’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani: This lovingly-told tale draws on the author’s own family history which makes it even more poignant. Young lovers Enza and Ciro as they emigrate (separately) from Italy to America in the early 20th century. Ciro ends up apprenticed to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Enza works in a factory in New Jersey, then sews for the Metropolitan Opera. Circumstances reunite the lovers, force them apart again, World War I gets in the way, and true love wins in the end.
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte: Gloomier lovers may prefer Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights,” so by all means grab that classic if you must. “Jane Eyre” holds up better to rereading, especially if you haven’t picked up any of the Bronte sisters’ novels since high school.
“A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens: Don’t be intimidated by this Dickens classic, it is one of his shorter books, even though the first sentence is the definition of run-on. Sydney Carton sacrifices his life for the woman he loves. What could be more romantic than that?
“Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence: Banned in his home country until 1960, this book took romance to a new level. Lawrence’s frank descriptions may have caused a scandal in the 1920’s, but modern readers will marvel at the tastefulness of the love scenes.
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger: This charming story is perfect for fans of science fiction and paranormal romance. The first 25 pages of the long-awaited sequel are now available to readers who download the e-book.
“The French Lieutenant’s Woman” by John Fowles: This book still challenges the reader in marvelous ways, forcing you to look at 19th century morality and the form of a novel itself in a modern light.
“Angels & Insects” by A.S. Byatt: Two novellas make up this excellent volume. The author manages to create unforgettable worlds in these two short novels. The first will devastate, the second will delight, and both leave you wanting more.
“Selected Poems of William Butler Yeats”: “A Drinking Song” is a delightful love poem, like a wink and a smile for your soul. “To an Isle in the Water” conjures beautiful imagery of love and devotion.
“Love Poems” by Pablo Neruda: The Chilean poet does not disappoint. This volume includes the English translations side by side with the original Spanish, so don’t fret about your terrible accent.
“The Complete Poems of John Keats”: Tragically short though his life may have been, Keats created some of the most memorable poems ever written. “Bright Star” is particularly lovely, as is “The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone.”