Looking for a good love story? Not a romance novel, but a deep, passionate and complicated story about love. These are some of my favorite novels from the past 10 years. They are not overly sweet, but they all have love stories at the center.
'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern
'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand' by Helen Simonson
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson takes place in Britain and is the story of a friendship between a traditional military man and a Pakistani immigrant. They are both older and their spouses have died in recent years. Their relationship challenges their long held beliefs and the town. It is a funny, ultimately feel good novel. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was published in 2010.
'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet' by Jamie Ford
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford takes place during World War II. A young Chinese boy and young Japanese girl become friends and eventually fall in love, but their relationship is tested when the girl and her family is sent to an internment camp. This is a sweet piece of historical fiction that shows the role of honor in love. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was released in 2009.
'The Guernsey Literary an Potato Peel Pie Society' by M.Shaffer and A. Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was one of our Top 10 Books of 2008. The novel takes place in England just after World War II. As a journalist investigates the experiences of some residents of the island of Guernsey during the Nazi occupation, she falls in love with the whole community and a romance develops without either person realizing it.