When it comes to literary genres, I feel like Romance gets a raw deal. It can be very stigmatized since a good number of us automatically think of books whose covers feature bare chested men embracing partially dressed women with flowing hair…actually sometimes the men have flowing hair as well. And while that does describe a subset of the genre, there are so many other types of romances. It isn’t hard to find a romance that would feel at home on anyone’s reading list.
August is Read-A-Romance Month! For the next few weeks, we'll share Romance subgenres that you may want to check out. Make room for a little love this month and hopefully you’ll discover a new author or genre you can dive into throughout the year.
If you are in the mood for something timeless check out one of these classics. They have withstood the test of time and proved themselves worthy of our attention.
NORTH AND SOUTH
By Elizabeth Gaskell
Through Margaret Hale, a middle-class English southerner who moves to the northern industrial town of Milton, Gaskell skillfully explores issues of class and gender in the conflict between Margaret's ready sympathy with the workers and her growing attraction to the charismatic mill owner, John Thornton.
By Charlotte Bronte
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.
GONE WITH THE WIND
By Margaret Mitchell
A spoiled young Southern belle vows to rebuild her family plantation home after the Civil War and is swept off her feet by a man who infuriates her.