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A Girl of the Limberlost
by Gene Stratton-Porter Details
This traditional romance tells how a girl who lives in a cabin in the swamp with a cold and indifferent mother, achieves schooling, a new understanding with her mother, and the love of a young man.
A Room with a View
by E.M. Forster Details
Young and well bred, Lucy Honeychurch finds herself in a muddle after encountering the Emersons on a trip to Florence. Their social class is different from Lucy's and their manner -- unlike the "respectable" people she's used to -- is simple and direct, causing her to find the people around her wanting.
by Georgette Heyer Details
When Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, she seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë Details
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. Lexile 890
Love Story
by Erich Segal Details
Oliver Barrett IV resented that he came from a long line of Harvard men and was expected to follow in their footsteps, but he did it anyway. When he surprised himself by falling in love with smart-mouthed Radcliffe student Jenny Cavilleri, Oliver married her despite his father's promise to disown him. This is their bittersweet love story.
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen Details
A novel of social customs in late 18th century England, "Pride and Prejudice" depicts the personality clash between Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters of a country gentleman, and prosperous, aristocratic landowner Fitzwilliam Darcy, which eventually develops into courtship.
by Daphne Du Maurier Details
Rebecca, the glamorous mistress of a great English estate, died eight months before Maxim de Winter brought a young and frightened second wife to live there. Mystery, intrigue, and violence eventually reveal the circumstances surrounding Rebecca's death in this novel of romantic suspense.
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare Details
A 16th century romantic tragedy of two teenagers from rival families who fall in love. A sentence of exile and an impending arranged marriage force the two to flee. A friar suggests a ruse to accomplish their union, but miscommunication causes it to backfire.
The Bridges of Madison County
by Robert James Waller Details
Robert Kincaid, a photographer for National Geographic, arrives in Madison County, Iowa, on August 16, 1965, to photograph covered bridges. He stops at the home of Francesca Johnson to ask directions, but stays for four wonderful days. But she is married, and they must let go of one another.
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë Details
This 19th century English novel, set in the wild moor country of Yorkshire, is about Heathcliff, a foundling raised in the Earnshaw home, who passionately loves Catherine. He dedicates his life to the realization of that love and revenge on those who oppose him.
Updated 12/10/2011
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