5 Classic Romance Novels To Inspire Your Vows

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Classic literature has shown us the diversity and depth of human experience throughout the years, especially when it comes to love (and all the learning curves we often have to go through to find it!). If you can’t find the words when it comes to writing your vows, looking to some of the literary greats for inspiration can be a great way to reflect on how we feel about our partner.

Here are 5 classic romance novels to inspire your writing:

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” – Rhett Butler

This epic novel (and film) about love, survival and civil war remains one of the most dramatic and memorable stories in literary history. Scarlett and Rhett’s turbulent relationship amid raging war and conflict in all directions reminds us that while life may not be easy, there can be plenty of love, lessons and passion along the way!

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” – Anna Karenina

This tragic tale may end in disaster, but it is a poignant look at what it means to be happy in life. Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky’s scandalous and passionate affair explores morality, propriety, love and strength.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.”

Another classic, but tragic tale, The Great Gatsby is about love, hope and living every moment while we still can. The lavish 1920’s setting forms the basis of wealthy Jay Gatsby and gorgeous Daisy Buchanan’s love story. Jay’s unending hope for the future is inspiring, shining through the novel’s tragedies right to the very end.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
“We don’t belong to each other: he’s an independent, and so am I.” – Holly Golightly

Capote’s witty heroine Holly Golightly is a much-loved character who has to find a way to integrate her wild independence and her love for Paul Varjak. Charming, romantic and beautifully written, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a must-read for book lovers.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Catherine Earnshaw

No novel collection is complete without this intense, passionate tale of the love affair between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Set on the wild English moors, Wuthering Heights is a classic story of anger, revenge and deep, all-consuming love.

By Abby Williams, Excalibur Press