Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
This isn't exactly a classic you should read if you're in need of a pick-me-up - it's full of sorrow and tragedy and is all the more powerful for it. But as stories go, it's one of the best, and you'll love innocent, pure-of-heart Tess like no other heroine. A beautiful maiden who is taken advantage of, and quite frankly put through the mill, Tess's tale is a strangely timely story about the power of men, the injustice of the world, and the suffering women continue to go through. Set in sprawling countryside and with a love story at its heart, it's one you'll completely lose yourself in.