5 Best Books … About Love

5 Best BooksThis meme is organised by Cassandra of Indie Reader Houston. Every week, a different topic is suggested by Cassandra and participants list what they think are the 5 best book for that topic. Click HERE to see the topics for the next few weeks.

This week, the topic is 5 Best Books About Love. 

I don’t read a lot of books where love is the main ingredient, but there are enough books where it does play an important role in the story…

Click on the titles to see my review (only organge titles have reviews behind them).

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deIn the late 18th Century, a Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet spends some time in Japan, where he falls in love with a midwife, Orito. She reminds him of his fiancée back at home.

He is fascinated by her and would like to get to know her better, which is not officially allowed and very hard to achieve.

Very well written, interesting era and location, beautiful book.


Ferney by James Long

Ferney by James LongMike and Gally are looking for a new house in the English countryside when Gally falls in love with a dilapidated cottage. With the cottage, it seems, comes an old man, Ferney.

There is something odd about Ferney. He seems to know things that he could not know. Soon it becomes clear that Gally and Ferney have a long history in past lives. In fact, they used to live in the house that Gally and Mike bought.

An intriguing story!


The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnival

The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnival

Historical Fiction in 1920s China. 17-year old Russian girl, Lydia, is living in destitute circumstances with her alcoholic mother. She steals whenever she can, and one day ends up in a back street where she is attacked by some Chinese men. A young Chinese, Chang An Lo, saves her life and they fall in love.

Of course, their love is forbidden, which makes for a great and adventurous read (and if you like this, there are a few sequels, too).


Rosie Meadows Regrets by Catherine Alliott

Rosie Meadows Regrets by Catherine Alliott

Rosie Meadows regrets marrying her good for nothing husband. When he dies, the story becomes a whodunnit, but it’s also the story of a widow starting a new life in the country side where she meets a new man.

Things don’t go easy for Rosie, though.

It’s written very fluently and very often I felt compelled to keep reading. Definitely a book for when you have a lot of time, plane, beach, illness, etc.


Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

This is such a fun book about vampires and werewolves and a bit of steampunk.

Set in Victorian London, Alexia Tarabotti is a preternatural, whose touch will temporarily take away the supernatural powers of vampires and werewolves.

Alexia kills an unregistered vampire and both she and Lord Maccon of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry are looking into the case. Such a pity they can’t stand each other! Lord Maccon is a big, Scottish werewolf and they come across each other the whole time during the investigation.

A real pity they can’t stand each other! Yes, they really can’t!  A very funny and original book (with a few sequels, too).

What’s your favorite book about love?


About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

21 Responses to 5 Best Books … About Love

  1. parrish says:

    The Anthologist Nicholson Baker.

  2. Marg says:

    I loved The Russian Concubine when I read it, and I have liked all her other books too.

  3. theonlycin says:

    My fave is Pride and Prejudice. Have a great weekend.

  4. Tes says:

    soulless sounds like fun 🙂

  5. lomaurice says:

    THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE by Julie Orringer and Alan Drew’s GARDENS OF WATER. These two love stories moved my world.

  6. Nadine Nys says:

    The other day I picked up The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet in the bookstore but decided at the last moment not to buy it. I should have. 🙂

  7. I have Ferney on my shelf, but rarely see it mentioned. I really should get it down and read it, but I seem to say that a lot 😦 too many books, not enough time.

  8. Oh, Ferney sounds great. If one has to read a love story, it sounds like the perfect choice.

  9. curlygeek04 says:

    I loved Jacob de Zoet. Definitely a love story but a lot more. I love books that are windows into a time and place in history you never would otherwise know about. Also enjoyed Soulless.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Curlygeek, you’re right. *Jacob de Zoet* isn’t just a love story, but the love story is part of it. I love to learn more about history by reading novels!

  10. Marieke says:

    I also enjoyed Jacob De Zoet, but it’s funny that untill your blog post I didn’t think of it as a love story. I mean, to me it was more about the history of Dejima (which I found very intriguing), but actually the love story in the book is very nice. Thanks for reminding me of that!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Marieke, for me, the impossible love situation was the most striking about the book. But there is lots more in the book, that’s definitely true.

  11. Misha says:

    I really enjoyed The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnival! I have to add the other books to my list. My favorite books about love are Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility.

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