Magic’s top 5 modern romantic novels

Nothing can tug on our heartstrings quite like a romantic novel. There are hundreds, thousands of incredibly romantic stories out there, so we’ve put together a list of five of our absolute modern favourites...

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

The incredible debut novel from Arthur Golden tells the wonderful yet tragic tale of Nitta Sayuri’s journey from an impoverished daughter of a fisherman named Chiyo, to Japan’s most celebrated geisha; Nitta Sayuri. The heroine of Golden’s brilliant novel meets a kind passerby who changes her life forever and captures her heart. The setting, story and characters in this fantastic novel are achingly beautiful – it’s no wonder it was made for the silver-screen.

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger 

The story of Clare, Henry and Chrono-Displacement Disorder is impossible not to empathise with. The love of Clare’s life, Henry suffers from a rare, unpredictable time-hopping disorder that randomly places him into emotional moments of his life. He’s there one moment, and gone the next. We’re told that living in the moment is the best way to enjoy life – that piece of advice certainly rings true for Henry and Clare. The fact that Henry’s disorder is out of both his and Clare’s control makes this love story even more moving.

One Day – David Nicholls

The story of twenty years, two people, and one day – One Day is an unconventional but wonderful book. Emma and Dexter meet on their graduation night, and sparks fly. However, things don’t work out exactly as they’d have liked, and the next day they part ways. The story follows them one year to the next, on the same day – their lives play out, but their first meeting stays with them both, and grows into something more.

P.S. I Love You – Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern’s brilliant novel is all about not letting go, letting go, and finding a way to love and live again after grief. Holly can’t image life with husband Gerry, but a terminal illness takes him away from her and she is left devastated. However, even in death, Gerry finds a way to help Holly to live and love again, through a series of letters written before his death. We loved the film, and we loved the book even more!

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green 

We suggest you have some tissues at the ready… John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars tells the tale of Hazel and Augustus and what it means to love wholeheartedly in spite of a terminal illness. This is a very real novel taking on the harsh realities of loving on numbered days – it’s heart-breaking but beautiful in equal parts. This quote pretty much sums up the way we feel about this story:

I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

We all know reality isn’t like fiction, but there’s something we can all learn from these stories when looking for love. All it takes is turning that first page. You never know where you’ll end up, but that’s what makes it special. 


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