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This week’s musing asks:

What is your favorite romantic book –or book that includes a love story? (an adult romance, young adult, kids’ story, anything)

As many of you know, romance is not my thing. But this question cannot be more timely, because I have read an unforgettable love story in One Day by David Nicholls. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book, and that it only took one chapter to convince me of this novel’s power. I was initially skeptical because of how “Hollywood-ready” it is. But it turns out to be a great read. The device of tackling the same day in subsequent years encapsulates the ideal solution to the novel’s greatest challenge of knowing what to leave out and to include. For readers the focus on just one day a year is a constant allure and tease to read on, leaving room for imagination as to what happens during the rest of the year. Emma over the years becomes some life support that Dexter falls back into, a resource that he calls upon at any time like the emergency services. But no romance entails. As this peculiar relationship evolves over twenty years, Nicholls shows us a huge part of growing up and maturing occurring on the part of both. Beside the genuinely funny repartee and keen observations, Nicholls allows readers into their emotions.

8 Responses

  1. I have heard such mixed things about this one, but you’re tempting me.

    My favorite romantic book is hands down Jane Eyre, but I also really love the Outlander series for some good romance.

  2. I have been tempted to pick this one up in the past…I just may now, especially because you liked it so much!!

  3. I didn’t know what the story of One Day was about except that the story spans several years (??). Now that I know more of it, I’m looking forward to reading it and also watching the movie. 🙂

  4. I love One Day. Aside from that, there’s Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I also like Nicholas Sparks, particularly Dear John, A Walk to Remember, The Guardian, and The Wedding. I also like The Time Traveler’s Wife.

    I’m a big fan of romance novels. 🙂

  5. I just recently read this one and enjoyed it…it dragged a little for me around the mid-way point, but after pushing through, it picked back up again. I enjoyed the movie as well, but it felt like they were cramming a little too much in and a lot was lost…

  6. I join the list of Jane Eyre fans…but there are several runners up: Master and Margarita, War and Peace, and others. Literature reminds of that romance and love are complicated things. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad or even tragic, but what would the word be without it. May we always have romance, even if only in fiction.

  7. Oh, heavens! Why did I forget Maurice. Add that to my list.

  8. I’m not one for Romance novels but One Day has those elements but with a compelling story according to you and many other bloggers. I will definitely be reading this one.

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