I grew up reading romances. I started with the teen romances of the 80’s, moved on to Harlequin, and then to the full-fledged romances for big kids. I earned a degree in English Ed with lots of classic reading for classes so my weekend historical romance reading was relaxing. Here are a few of the love stories that have stuck with me.
1-Jamie and Claire from the Outlander series. Although I am woefully behind in the series I love this couple so much.
2-Rochester and Jane. They became my first classic love story and I love them still. I watched a bunch of the Jane Eyre films a few years ago and Timothy Dalton was my favorite Rochester.
3-Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice and Anne and Wentworth from Persuasion are the two Jane Austen couples I love the most.
4-Almost Heaven (historical) and Paradise (contemporary) are two oldie but goodies from Judith McNaught. I’ve read all of her books, many multiple times. I wish she was still writing!
5-I remember reading so many of Jude Deveraux’s historicals as a teen, but A Knight in Shining Armor still stands out for me.
A few honorable mentions – Francesca and Calder from Brenda Joyce’s Deadly series and the authors Susanna Kearsley, Kristan Higgins and Eloisa James are consistently good.
1-CK Dexter Haven and Tracy Lord from A Philadelphia Story. I loved the maturity and reality of their relationship. Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart were superb.
2-Harry and Sally. Loved the movie and Billy and Meg in the lead. When Harry Met Sally remains a favorite.
3-Lucy, Jack, Peter and family all won me over in While You Were Sleeping.
4-Colin, Bridget and Hugh made Bridget Jones’s Diary a treat to watch. That last scene gets me every time 🙂
5-Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable make a memorable couple in the classic It Happened One Night.
So tell me. Who are your favorite couples in books and film?