Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

Mrs Bennet only has one thing on her mind, and that’s marrying her five daughters off to the wealthiest men she can find. But her girls soon learn that love is not as straightforward as you may think... Pride and Prejudice teaches many lessons about love, and Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy’s realistic romance is one that transcends time. This beautiful edition is from The Sisterhood Puffin series. Buy this book and five other classics as part of the Penguin Shop's £40 bundle.

Recommended reading age: 12+ years old

Emma by Jane Austen (1815)

Emma Woodhouse is rich, beautiful, clever, and fancies herself as an exceptional matchmaker. Although not interested in marriage herself, she can’t help but interfere in the love lives of those around her. But when her matchmaking schemes start to go downhill due to her own poor understanding of love, Emma is faced with some consequences that are difficult to come back from.

Recommended reading age: 12+ years old

The Tale of Troy by Roger Lancelyn Green (1958)

The Tale of Troy brings the magic of Greek mythology to life and fans of doomed romances will enjoy reading about Helen of Sparta and Paris. Known as ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’, Helen is the wife of King Menelaus and was proclaimed by Aphrodite to be the most beautiful woman in the world. And when Paris, a Prince of Troy sees her, he can’t help but fall in love. So, Paris and Helen flee to Troy together, and this act ultimately leads to the Trojan War.

Recommended reading age: 10+ years old

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

Little Women follows the happenings in the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. It’s just the girls and their mother at the moment; their father is away at war and money is tight, but the March sisters still manage to have fun and their own adventures. Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age novel is a great introduction for those taking their first foray into the classic romance genre as it celebrates love in its many different forms; sisterly love; parental love; first love, and unrequited love.

Recommended reading age: 12+ years old

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)

Although often described as one of literature's greatest love stories, Wuthering Heights is also one of the more toxic. It focuses on the relationship between the brooding and tortured Heathcliff and the indecisive Catherine Earnshaw. Adopted by Catherine’s father as a boy, the pair grow up together and fall in love. But due to Heathcliff’s social standing, Catherine refuses to marry him. Set on seeking vengeance, Heathcliff’s actions ultimately lead them both on the path to ruin.

Recommended reading age: 12+ years old

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

The Great Gatsby is a must-read for fans of more tragic love stories. When Nick Carraway heads to New York in the hopes of finding a job, he moves in next door to the enigmatic Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is rich, handsome, and hosts the most dazzling parties for his friends and neighbours. But the one thing he doesn’t have is Daisy Buchanan – Nick’s cousin and Gatsby’s long-lost love…

Recommended reading age: 12+ years old

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