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Books of Love by Jessica Pease, for Lost in Romance

by Louisa Klein

Enjoy an article by Jessica Pease of www.peaseexchange.com, an exciting blog full of book reviews and competitions. Don’t miss it, or you’ll regret it!  
That warm and fuzzy feeling when your tummy does flip flops reading a romance, is why I go back for more. I love romance novels. My first experience reading a romance was Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, what an epic story this is. Set during the American Civil war between The Confederacy and The Union. The main setting is on Tara, a cotton plantation in the South were the O’Hara family live. Scarlett O’Hara one of the daughters on the Tara plantation is the county Southern Belle, every male wants to be her beau but one man has her heart – Ashley Wilkes but Ashley marries Melly. Along comes the rich, smug Rhett Butler who turns Scarlett’s emotions upside down. The story continues through the war, through numerous casualties and deaths of loved ones. Scarlett tries her utmost to keep her daddy’s plantation, her love for the land and her strong character is what draws Rhett to her. But like a moth to a flame Rhett gets burnt by this Southern Beauty. I love Scarlett’s character, strong, determined and courageous, but still has a soft side.
Scarlett’s character is similar to the heroine Tatiana, in The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons, another romance in my TOP 5 books. The Bronze Horseman is set in Leningrad, Russia WWII during the siege. Alexander is a mysterious character with secrets who Tatiana’s sister is in love with. He is in the Russian Army protecting his country from the Germans. The 2 find themselves hiding a romance from Tatiana’s family and struggling to stay alive while the German’s cut off food supply in the middle of a Russian winter…
This for me was a non stop page turner, I was up until all hours reading and I fell in love with Alexander’s character. AAAHHHH, I might have to read this again.
The ULTIMATE romance author for me is Nicholas Sparks. If you LOVE romance you need to read any book of Mr Sparks. He has a knack of reeling the reader into the characters world which enables them to really feel and connect with the characters. I saw an interview with Mr Sparks once and he said “every great romance has to have a tragedy”. What an interesting statement, I guess it is true that everyone wants to find love and then realises the enormity of that love when it is gone.
For me in most romance novels there is always a “love triangle” take the classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte for instance, Cathy and Heathcliff fall in love, he leaves, Cathy marries Edgar but her heart isn’t in it. Heathcliff returns and is devastated. Edgar is besotted by Cathy but it is unrequited. Another example of this “love triangle” in modern times is The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer, Bella and Edward are consumed by each other and the poor sweet Jacob is in love with Bella. Yet Bella will only ever love Jacob as a friend. I am a sucker for the bad boys, just like Heathcliff and Edward (a blood sucker), I have never been a supporter of the characters who pine for the heroine. I wonder why?? 

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