My Favorite Romance Novels

My Favorite Romance Novels

Since we are still in February, let's talk Romance, shall we?

I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of romance in books. That doesn’t come to say that I don’t appreciate a good romance if I come across one! 

If we want to be really honest, then if you get to know me a bit, you’ll find out I’m not really a romantic. You’re a girl, and you aren’t romantic? Nah, not really. I grew up with horses, dirt under my nails, and biceps which could contend with most guys my age.

I think it’s also due to the fact that our society has dumbed-down romance and made it into something meaningless and shallow and I don’t want to read about it! But, that’s a topic for another discussion.

These five books are focused on romance, or dance around the topic, and have become favorites for reasons of their own (which I’ll be sharing). The first two are a TIE–I cannot choose which I prefer more, so a tie will have to suffice. 

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know I won't be alone here on this one. Where are all my Mr. Darcy fans at? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has always been, and will always be one of my absolute favorite romances. This book has the perfect combination of wit, complexity, simplicity, irony, and...everything else that makes a novel a good novel. Not to mention, Elizabeth Bennett is one of my favorite female characters, ever!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

If you like suspense in your romances, then Jane Eyre takes the cake! I remember the first time I read Jane Eyre, and how utterly enthralled with it I became (and still am) afterwards. There's a reason why this is my all-time-favorite book! The dark setting, the cranky and moody Mr. Rochester, Jane's meekness, and the secret makes this book a splendid read.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Published in 2018, The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to The Bird and the Nightingale. This series is based off of Russian folklore, primarily focused around Father Frost. As the plot unfolds over the course of these two books, a steeping paranormal romance buds between Father Frost and Vasilica, the main character. Again, if you are one for amazing atmospheric tales, check this series out!

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

The Wings of the Wind is the third and final book in the Out of Egypt series. These are Christian fiction retellings, sprinkled with romance. The story overarching all three books tells of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, and the years following. In this final installment, a fiery Canaanite woman named Alanah is found after a battle between the Jews and the Canaanites by a Jewish man named Tobiah. Due to customs and other complications, the two are forced together. If you love tales of redemption, healing, and so much more, check out this series!

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen's Rising is another new release for 2018. I was skeptical when I picked this baby up, but boy, was I blown away by this read! This book is the epitome of forbidden and slow-burning romances. I won't tell you who falls in love for spoiler's sake, but if you like a book that has a solid romance that doesn't take front and center stage, you might want to give this one a try!

That's it for today! Tell me, what are your favorite romance reads? Let me know in the comments below!

I am the author behind Foals, Fiction & Filigree. An all-encompassing blog about horses, books, and my art.

4 thoughts on “My Favorite Romance Novels

  1. LOVE Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre! Also, The Bear and the Nightingale AND The Girl in the Tower are high on my TBR! Never heard of Wings of the Wind (so will have to check that out), and I keep seeing The Queen’s Rising around…and now that you say it’s one of your favourite romances (and since I LOVE romance), I will have to add it to my TBR. Great post!

    1. Thanks Flavia! I’m glad you were able to find a few new books to check out! It makes my heart happy when they say they love Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice (I’m not certain a lot of people dislike them.) They are just such lovely reads! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Man, Sheila, you make THE PRETTIEST post covers 🙂 this looks amazing.
    I used to be romantic. Then I got really jaded, cause I dated a lot of guys who were real pricks. And I guess I got disappointed. Then I got with a guy who is as romantic as I used to be, and more, and now I’m all like MEH xD well, crap, huh 😀
    But yeah, I don’t read romances. In part because I was so disappointed, I guess. Very rarely do I ever read a romance book 😀 but of course I’ve read PP and Jane Eyre! Jane happens to be one of my favorite books OF EVERRRR <3 it is a romance, isn't it. But it also isn't xD you know what I mean? 😀
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    1. Oh thank you, Evelina! *blushing* I’m sorry to hear about that. It’s hard too to known when you are young what you are looking for and the depth that a relationship gets to. It’s definitely ironic that your significant other turned out to be. (Maybe that’s what drew you to him??) 😉 I’ve never really been a romantic myself, but Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre hit me deep. And you are right, Jane Eyre is only a “sort of” a romance. There are so many other things going on that just suck me in every time!

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