Romantic Fiction

Between the sickly sweet of Nicholas Sparks and the pure raunch of bodice rippers, romance novels have fallen into disrepute. They're considered (in most cases, rightfully so) to be unrealistic, shallow and poorly written. Such representations of the romantic bond between a man and woman lead invariably to expectations that not only will never, but can never be fulfilled. Why fill our minds with such drivel? More to the point, why let our kids fill their minds with such drivel?

Yet men and women fall in love and get married all the time. Or get married and fall in love, as the case may be. Our best literature examines and chronicles the realities of existence—do we make an exception for matters of the heart? Do we cut out all the bad romance novels....and with them, the works of Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott and George MacDonald?

Just because something can be misused doesn't mean we also need to dispense with its good manifestations. Really, anything can be misused, including those things we value most. Hands aren't bad because people kill each other with them. Words aren't bad because people lie. It's the same with literary genres. Because certain "writers" abuse the romance genre doesn't mean we shouldn't read good romance novels, and even (horror of horrors!) enjoy them.

There are few more universal stories than that of a boy and girl in love. As much as we want to keep our children pure (especially in our debauched society), we also want them to see and appreciate the beauty of true romance. We also want them to understand the difficulties love entails, the self-sacrifice and the frustration, the pain as well as the joy. That's why you won't find any books by Nicholas Sparks or Danielle Steele here, that celebrate one element of love over others, that honor love as a feeling or impulse, but not as a choice or decision.

For that reason, Jane Austen may be the best romance writer of all time. Nothing terribly exciting happens to any of her characters (just as nothing terribly exciting happens to most of us), there are always obstacles to happiness (no romance is truly easy), and yet each honorable romantic attachment ends where it should—in marriage. You'll find all of Austen's books in this section, and many others like them, books that promote purity and honor and humility over the lust and blind passion that fills the romance novels of today.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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Anne of the Island
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by L.M. Montgomery
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Anne of the Island
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Anne of Windy Poplars
Anne #4
by L.M. Montgomery
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Aunt Jane's Hero
by Elizabeth Prentiss
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Beckoning Road
by Caroline Dale Snedeker
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by Rafael Sabatini
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Dear Enemy
by Jean Webster
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Dobry
by Monica Shannon
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Emily Climbs
by L. M. Montgomery
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Emily of New Moon
by L. M. Montgomery
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Emily's Quest
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Flight into Spring
by Bianca Bradbury
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Freckles
by Gene Stratton-Porter
from Indiana University Press
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Freckles
by Gene Stratton-Porter
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Freckles
by Gene Stratton-Porter
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Girl of the Limberlost
by Gene Stratton-Porter
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Girl of the Limberlost
by Gene Stratton-Porter
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Harding's Luck
by Edith Nesbit
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Harvester
by Gene Stratton-Porter
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Laddie
by Gene Stratton-Porter
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by Bess Streeter Aldrich
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Little Women
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by Louisa May Alcott
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Little Women
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by Louisa May Alcott
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Little Women
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by Louisa May Alcott & Scott McKowen
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Little Women
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Louisa May Alcott
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Little Women
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Mara, Daughter of the Nile
by Eloise J. McGraw
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by Louisa May Alcott
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Rose in Bloom
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Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
by Barbara Cohen & Bahija Lovejoy
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Year Down Yonder
by Richard Peck
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