Do you like classic British novels about love? Me too, and as far as great sensibility is concerned, female writers were the best to talk ...
Do you like classic British novels about love? Me too, and as far as great sensibility is concerned, female writers were the best to talk about love. Who could possibly project their feelings in such a sophisticated way? Only British ladies. And don't be confused, these women didn't write about a "damsel in distress" type. They were amazing, brave, happy, and unhappy female characters who fell in love strongly and deeply, smitten by this enjoyable, yet catastrophic feeling.
Are Jane Austen, “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë, “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë too basic for your exquisite taste? Well, if you've read lots of British novels, these might not be surprising. However, I tried to collect gems that would still touch upon this topic. In novels, females find relatable trepidations, and it's proven a long time ago. Here are top five love novels from British authors that failed to get so much recognition.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
If you ask anyone which book of Jane Austen they would prefer, everyone would name only "Pride and Prejudice." Why? Because most of them simply don't know "Sense and Sensibility," which, for some reason, didn't take the Grand Prix. Why is this book so amazing? It tells us a story of two sisters and their completely different approaches as to what love should be. Now every reader takes sides. Do you simply embrace love, feeling naked because of your open heart? Should you be honest and open about your desires? Or should you take a situation with a cold heart, making your wisdom decide?
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Again, a book nobody talks about. But this one is exceptionally full of sincerity and ravishing openness. It is based on two situations of two completely different characters who make unique decisions. The story intensifies by the press of social stratification and inequality. Add historical problems of those times, two love stories, and you get drama and suspense all the way. What (and who) will those two choose? This simply doesn't compare to a modern "dating your best friend" drama model because the story intertwines with hard times.
"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Brontë
Anne, Charlotte's younger sister, may not be as successful and popular, but she presented one gem of a book because "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" was her "one shot, one kill" novel. It is sharp, deep, and sometimes scarily accurate. The story touches upon some fundamental problems, like social struggles, sexism and inequality, patriarchal families, the issue of female education, and alcoholism.
"North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Those who liked Shirley by Charlotte Brontë will also appreciate the appeal of this novel. The author reveals problems on social inequality, industrial riots, their role amongst women, and, of course, love. This book truly proves that love and hate are not close concepts, that hatred is a process of continuous wrongdoings.
"Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot
The main character of this love novel has a tough life. Mary Ann Evans, who took George Eliot as a pseudonym, truly proves that women had it hard in society. The story of a book is introspective of the author's life. The book opens up a perspective on the loss of childish innocence. It truly describes how adulthood and problems of older age deform our true selves, both in love and societal life. This story talks about sacrifices that lead to an inner conflict – people-pleasing that makes us feel hatred and despair.