Romance

Atonement

By Ian McEwan

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On a summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussions [follow] through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century. (Catalog summary)
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Wuthering Heights

By Emily Bronte

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Mr. Earnshaw finds a waif on the streets of Liverpool, and brings him home to raise with his children, Catherine and Hindley. From the beginning, the strange child disrupts their quiet moorland home. Catherine forms a passionate attachment to him, and Hindley hates him, seeing him as a usurper and a rival for his father's affection. Their turmoil takes them on many twisted paths before coming to rest a generation later. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication at the age of thirty. (Catalog summary)
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Where or When

By Anita Shreve

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Leafing through his newspaper's literary supplement one day, Charles Callahan, a middle-aged insurance broker, spots a photograph of his first love, Sin Richards. Married, faithfully if not happily, with three daughters and a struggling business, Charles writes to Sin, a published poet, also married and mother of two children. Sin writes back, and as their correspondence develops into intimacy, three decades after their childhood affair, they agree to meet again. Swept up in the past and consumed by an obsessive love, Sin and Charles risk everything for each other, reaching across time to reclaim what they had in youth. (Catalog summary)
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The Time Traveler's Wife

By Audrey Niffenegger

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Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel. (Catalog summary)
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The Horse Whisperer

By Nicholas Evans

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His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl's savage horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her--a reason to believe. (Catalog summary)
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The Bridges of Madison County

By Robert James Waller

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When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson's farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience of uncommon truth and stunning beauty that will haunt them forever. (Catalog summary)
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Nights in Rodanthe

By Nicholas Sparks

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At 45, Adrienne Willis must rethink her life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend where she meets Paul Flanner, who is escaping his own shattered past. (Catalog summary)
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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, With Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

By Laura Esquivel

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Despite the fact that she has fallen in love with a young man, Tita, the youngest of three daughters born to a tyrannical rancher, must obey tradition and remain single and at home to care for her mother. (Catalog summary)
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Cold Mountain

By Charles Frazier

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Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded soldier Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war and back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. Inman's odyssey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman and Ada confront the vastly transformed world they've been delivered. (From the catalog summary)
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All the Pretty Horses

By Cormac McCarthy

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This National Book Award winner tells the story of John Grady Cole who, at 16, finds himself at the dying end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself. (From the catalog summary)
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