Feeling overwhelmed by the weather? Missing the romantic evening walks, sipping hot coffee together, going on drives in a mist-filled air? Well, we have got you covered. These 8 Epic Historical Fiction Love Stories are just the antidote for your sullen heart. Envelop yourself in the comfort of a cozy blanket and lose yourself in a romance novel that seamlessly intertwines sensuality with history.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Despite being published over two centuries ago, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” continues to captivate readers with its timeless allure. Elizabeth Bennet’s initial encounter with Fitzwilliam Darcy at a ball leaves her dismissing him as an arrogant and unpleasant man. Not only does he exude insufferable snobbery, but she also overhears his refusal to invite her to a dance. As circumstances repeatedly pit them against each other, Darcy finds himself drawn to Elizabeth’s wit and intelligence, while Elizabeth begins to reassess her feelings toward Darcy. When Darcy intervenes to save Elizabeth’s younger sister Lydia from scandal, she starts questioning whether her pride has unfairly coloured her judgment of Darcy. Austen’s narrative, a tale of conflicting hearts, cleverly satirizes eighteenth-century English society.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”, astonishingly poetic and heartbreakingly tragic, stands as a gothic masterpiece that immerses readers in a world simultaneously beautiful and nightmarish. Once youthful and untamed, Heathcliff had been enamoured by the captivating Catherine Earnshaw. Growing up together, he, a humble gypsy foundling adopted by Catherine’s father, and she, a proper lady born into a reputable family, shared a doomed romance. Their love, intense and all-consuming, threatened to engulf them.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” unfolds the life story of orphaned Jane, who endures a harsh upbringing in the home of her heartless aunt, facing loneliness and cruelty. These adversities strengthen Jane’s natural independence and spirit. When she secures employment as a governess to the young ward of the Byronic and brooding Mr. Rochester, her resilience becomes crucial. Amid her duties, Jane finds herself falling in love with the brooding Rochester. However, her path to happiness is fraught with challenges. Struggling against societal norms and personal hurdles, she perseveres to overcome obstacles and fulfil her desire to marry Rochester, seeking the content and joyful life she longs for.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchel
The sole novel by Margaret Mitchell, “Gone with the Wind” continues to enchant and resonate with the world, seventy-nine years after its initial publication. Scarlet O’Hara, the vibrant, self-absorbed daughter of an Atlanta plantation owner, reacts with fiery disdain after being spurned by her desired suitor, Ashley Wilkes. Seeking vengeance, Scarlet accepts a marriage proposal from Charles Hamilton, Ashley Wilkes’ new brother-in-law. However, as the American Civil War unfolds, Charles joins the army and succumbs to pneumonia and measles—a less-than-heroic death. Through cunning and widowhood, Scarlet manages to maintain her independence. Rhett Butler, a professional gambler and blockade runner, is captivated by her survival instincts. Amidst the social upheavals of the war, what fate awaits O’Hara and Rhett Butler, an outcast whom she marries for financial gain?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
“Outlander”, authored by Diana Gabaldon, is an epic novel that transcends its pages, having also been adapted into a widely acclaimed television series. The narrative revolves around Claire, a woman who unexpectedly journeys through time, finding herself in eighteenth-century Scotland. In this tumultuous era, she becomes enmeshed with rebels striving to overthrow the crown in favour of a different, deemed “rightful” king. Diana Gabaldon skillfully portrays the intricacies of life, botanical elements, and the historical backdrop of the Jacobite rebellion. Whether encountered through the books or the screen, Outlander stands as an enthralling exploration of love, history, and the complexities of time travel.
From passionate and haunting to romantic and perilous, these tales promise to captivate you with their atmospheric settings and intricate details. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy and fall in love with these beauties!
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About the Author:
29-year-old Apoorva Khare works as an editor with a leading publishing house based in New Delhi. She has recently published her debut novel Beneath the Gulmohar Tree which is available globally on Amazon. | Apoorva’s Instagram