There’s no feeling like love and the emotional up and down swings of the machinations of the heart are better to read about than live through, some would say. In the romance genre, there are some works that stand out for their ability to both pull the heart strings yet also satisfy the yearning for the feeling of poignancy. A.S. Byatt, Bronte, Sarah Walters and others all write stories that touch on time as they unfold creative love stories.
- While bad romance and unrequited love are tension escalating elements already, add in a timeline that jumps around and the tension elevates sky high.
- The innovative idea behind David Nicholl’s ‘One Day,’ is that each chapter is the story of two would-be lovers experiencing July 15, as it occurs over a 20 year period.
- ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ features a potentially dry love affair between a governess and a non-emotional man, but the narrator defies expectations, hinting at various endings.
“Two Victorian-era historical novels feature cut-and-spliced plots that heighten the drama of their romantic puzzles.”