No. 6: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847), Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 6 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, find similar books to Wuthering Heights and find movie versions of the book.

A rain-beaten, soul-devouring novel set among the foggy moors of a Yorkshire manor, this is Emily Bronte’s only novel. It tells of the passionate, all-consuming love between the orphan Heathcliff and his wealthy childhood friend, Catherine Earnshaw. Housed under the same roof, they couldn’t help but for a bond.

Years later, though, Heathcliff’s orphan status precludes him from marrying Catherine. Healthcliff vows revenge on all those who stand in his way. The brutal novel came before Bronte’s early death at age 30, long before the book would gain it’s stature of one of England’s classics.

“I cannot express it,” Emily Bronte said before her death, “but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.” Her words and characters are alive more than a century after her death, and her depiction of a love turned mad is harrowing; as powerful now as it was in 1847.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is No. 6 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Return to Wuthering Heights, Anna L’Estrange

Similar Books to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Sweet Savage Love, by Rosemary Rogers
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie Versions of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights (2009), starring Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley

Wuthering Heights (1992), starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes

Wuthering Heights (1985), starring Fabienne Babe and Lucas Belvaux

Wuthering Heights (1970), starring Anna Calder-Marshall and Timothy Dalton

Wuthering Heights (1939), starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier

Wuthering Heights (1998), starring Peter Davison and Tom Georgeson

Wuthering Heights (MTV, 2003), starring Erika Christensen and Mike Vogel

Wuthering Heights (2009), starring Angela Scoular and Ian McShane

No. 5: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 5 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, find similar books to Gone with the Wind and find movie versions of the book.

A heartbreaking anti-war novel set in American South during the Civil War. The heroine is one of the most famous in all literature: the white-shouldered Scarlett O’Hara, a strong-willed, Southern belle who knows how to get what she wants. Her third husband, Rhett Butler, is the consummate man’s man. Publically scorned for his scandalous, un-Southernly behavior, he’s the one Scarlett turns to when even she has gotten in over her head.

Leaning as it does towards the ideology and traditions of the old, antebellum South, the book would nonetheless win Mitchell a Pulitzer Prize. One of the most popular books of all time, it’s sold some 28 million copies and counting – an amazing number considering the size of the book at 1,037 pages.

Publication of the book brought Margaret Mitchell instant fame. She was besieged by the press, forcing her, at one point, into a mountain hideaway, where she says she decided she would never to write another word … and she never did.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is No. 5 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Rhett Butler’s People, Donald McCaig

Similar Books to Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

In Search of Rhett Butler, by Sharron Haynes
The Wind Done Gone: A Novel, by Alice Randall
The Bronze Horseman, by Paullina Simons
Ashes in the Wind, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
North and South (North and South Trilogy Part One), by John Jakes
Heaven and Hell (North and South Trilogy), by John Jakes
Love and War (North and South Trilogy), by John Jakes
The Thorn Birds: A Novel, by Colleen McCullough
The Bastard (Kent Family Chronicles), by John Jakes
On Leaving Charleston, by Alexandra Ripley
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Movie Versions of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind (1939), starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

Scarlett (1994), starring Joanne Whalley and Timothy Dalton

No. 4: Emma, Jane Austen, 1816, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 4 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Emma by Jane Austen, find similar books to Emma and find movie versions of the book.

Jane Austin’s fourth novel stars Emma Woodhouse, a wealthy, naive, dilettante. The young woman spends her days with her worrisome father, where she’s content avoiding marriage. And yet how she adores playing Cupid for her friends. Terribly inept at the task, she’s also immune to the advances of the men closest to her. Still, her naivete and lightheartedness are endearing, despite Austin’s wishes.

“I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like,” Austin said, before starting the novel. She was 39 when she finished the book – the last in her lifetime. It earned her a mere 40 pounds, but Emma would eventually be recognized as one of Austen’s most flawed, infuriating and beloved characters. Think “Gwenth Paltrow” in the famous film adaption.

Emma is No. 4 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Emma, by Jane Austen

Emma, Vol. 1, Kaoru Mori

Similar Books to Emma, by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie Versions of Emma, by Jane Austen

Emma (1996), starring Gwyneth Paltrow and James Cosmo

Emma (2009 BBC), starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller

Emma (1997), starring Kate Beckinsale and Bernard Hepton

Emma (1972 BBC), starring Doran Godwin and Mollie Sugden

No. 3: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, 1848, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 3 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, find similar books to Jane Eyre and find movie versions of the book.

When Jane Eyre was published in 1848 under the pseudonym Currer Bell, it became an instant bestseller. Rife with sexual references, a fascinated public speculated over the author. When they learned it was a woman, reviews turned sour. “Jane Eyre is indeed one of the coarsest books we’ve ever perused,” wrote a reviewer for The Rambler. “There is a tendency to relapse into that class of ideas, expressions, and circumstances, which is most connected with the grosser and more animal portion of our nature.”

Considered tame in the 21st Century, the novel nonetheless paved the way for more honest writing by women. In it, Bronte tells the partly-autobiographical tale of a girl stumbling through her maturation while on a quest for a love that seems to slip from her fingers. Gothic in style, the books drips with atmosphere from the very beginning: “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question.”

Jane Eyre is No. 3 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Jane Eyre

A Breath of Eyre, Eve Marie Mont

Jane Eyre’s Daughter, Elizabeth Newark

Similar Books to Jane Eyre

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie Versions of Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre (2011), starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender

Masterpiece Theatre: Jane Eyre (2007), starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens

Jane Eyre (1983), starring Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke

Jane Eyre (1944), starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine

Jane Eyre (1997), starring Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds

Jane Eyre (1996), starring William Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg

Jane Eyre (1971), starring George C. Scott and Susannah York

Jane Eyre (1934), starring Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive

No. 2: Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen, 1811, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 2 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Sense and Sensibility, find similar books to Sense and Sensibility and find movie versions of the book.

In Jane Austen’s first published novel, we meet Elinor and Marianne, two sisters with opposite temperaments – one with “sense” the other full of “sensibility” (or “emotionality”). After losing their father, they’re penniless, saved only by a distant relative who rents them a humble cottage.

Elinor the one with “sense,” marries her life’s one and only true love, while Marianne (who represents “emotionality”) overlooks the one man who loved her all along. In the end, she settles on a more “suitable” and “respectable” husband for whom she feels little passion.

The novel showcases Austen’s deep talent for subtle irony despite her youth. She was 19 when the manuscript was finished, although she’d be much older before it was published. Throughout her life, Austen’s works brought her little fame and only a handful of favorable reviews. Today they’re read as comedic peeks at an old England, but underneath runs a steady current of rebellion. For too long, Austen seems to say, England has needed to change its views on marriage – and on women.

Sense and Sensibility is No. 2 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Sense and Sensibility

Similar Books to Sense and Sensibility

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie Versions of Sense and Sensibility

No. 1: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 1 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Pride and Prejudice, find similar books to Pride and Prejudice and find movie versions of the book.

Among literature’s first romantic comedies, Pride and Prejudice is set in 18th Century England – when social class was real and men were still mysterious. More than two centuries old, the book is a testament to the power of romance novels. Austen sets us inside sprawling English estates where gossip tumbles and tosses about well-polished, rooms.

No woman has ever been so witty, so light and refreshing as Elizabeth Bennett; and no man ever so dark, dashing, pouty and brooding as Mr. Darcy. Society does its best to keep the two apart, but love, as we well know, conquers all pride, all prejudice.

Throughout the book, Austen – a woman who spent her life unmarried within the walls of a rectory – parodies the upper class snobbery rampant in Victorian England. “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?” she writes. And yet, we cannot escape the sense that she would like to inhabit their world. We know that we would. And so we turn, again and again, to the pages of this book, No. 1 on our list.

Credited often as the first romantic comedy in the history of the novel, it not only changed reading, but it proved that female writers could sell books and tell stories as well as any man; and this at a time when even Austen couldn’t publish under her real name. The credit on the book’s cover simply reads: “A Lady.”

Pride and Prejudice is No. 1 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time. Order Pride and Prejudice now.

Sequels to Pride and Prejudice

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Berdoll, Linda
Conviction: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, by Burris, Skylar Hamilton
Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by Becton, Jennifer
Imperative: Volume 1: A Tale of Pride and Prejudice, by Wells, Linda
Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by Becton, Jennifer
His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel, by Kelley, Nancy
Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley, by Berdoll, Linda
Mr. Darcy’s Letter: A Pride & Prejudice Variation, by Reynolds, Abigail
First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice, by Adams, Alexa
The Darcys of Pemberley: The Continuing Story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by Winslow, Shannon
Georgiana Darcy’s Diary: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Continued, by Elliott, Anna

Similar books to Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie versions of Pride and Prejudice

RomanceNovels.me publishes list of Top 1,000 best romance books of all time

After four years of work and contributions from three writers, RomanceNovels.me has published its list of the Top 1,000 best romance books of all time. The list spans more than 200 years of romance books, from Jane Austen’s 1811 book, Sense and Sensibility to Stephenie Meyer’s 2005 hit Twilight.

In all, more than 440 authors made the list. Nora Roberts, though, was the undisputed queen with 25 titles on the list (that’s 2.5 percent of all the books!). Julie Garwood came in second with 16 books, and Linda Howard came in third with 14 books. Other authors with more than 10 titles on the list include:

  • Mary Balough: 11 books ranked between 75 and 594
  • Madeline Hunter: 10 books ranked between 110 and 771
  • Eloisa James: 10 books ranked between 74 and 765
  • Lisa Kleypas: 11 books ranked between 33 and 579
  • Judith McNaught: 11 books ranked betwen 47 and 497
  • Teresa Medeiros: 12 books ranked between 78 and 681
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips: 11 books ranked between 27 and 660
  • Julia Quinn: 11 books ranked between 64 and 661

How was the list selected?

Romance fans Myra Hawkins, Julie Davies and Lisa Harlowe culled hundreds of Web sites, bestseller lists and romance book blogs to put together the list.

The featured books cover a wide range of romance categories from historical romance to fantasy romance, erotic romance and Western romance.

“Our only requirement was that the books be readable,” Myra Hawkins said. “We didn’t pick books that we felt like we had to pick. We picked books we enjoy by authors we love to read.”

Over the course of the next year, RomanceNovels.me will release summaries of the titles on the list along with links to related books. Visit RomanceNovels.me to see the list in its entirety or share your thoughts on books you think have been overlooked.

About RomanceNovels.me: RomanceNovels.me is a new Web site designed to helping romance fans find new books by their favorite authors. In addition to their calendar of new romance books, RomanceNovels.me also maintains a list of the best romance books of all time.

Top 1,000 Romance Novels of All Time, Numbers 900-1,000

Numbers 900-1000 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time.

Numbers 900-1000 on our list of the Top 1,000 Romance Novels of All Time: