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Old 08-23-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Any good love stories?

I'm thinking of reading a love story next and was wondering if any of you have any recommendations? Please, no Nicholas Sparks books (the man doesn't write love stories; he writes 300-page Hallmark cards) or Robert James Waller's cosmic claptrap. Something realistic but potent. Interestingly, I felt The Time Traveler's Wife to be a very realistic depiction of a loving relationship. Yeah, I know the guy travels through time, but besides that, how the couple react to each other was very, very nice. And that ending! Wow!

So . . . any recommendations?
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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Give "Lilith" a try

Lilith
by J. R. Salamanca
written in 1962

Its on Amazon for $6.99 right now. The writing is brilliant. Here is my short review from a while back:

This is a story of a young man, Vincent, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman, Lilith. She is a patient in a mental institution where he is employed. Her beauty, and the captivating effects of her personality, perhaps partly caused by her mental illness, pose a personal and professional dilemma for Vincent.

The story, as told by Vincent, is full of beautiful prose and remarkable imagery of a small town in rural Maryland. You enter his world and come to appreciate his growing enchantment with Lilith. She has developed a remarkably lucid and beautiful imaginary world, but she also has tremendous presence and a beguiling effect on Vincent and others around her. You come away marveling at this sensitive portrayal of a young man, his joys and woes, and his developing, but dangerous, involvement with a wild, young madwoman.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:07 PM   #3
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Lilith was made into a movie in 1964

The novel "Lilith", by J. R. Salamanca, was made into a motion picture in 1964. It starred Jean Seberg in the title role and a young Warren Beatty as Vincent. Its a good movie, but the book is even better.
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"Somewhere in time" by Richard Matheson.


The book, written in first-person narrative, tell the story of a dying writer who falls in love with a photograph of a turn of the century actress, becomes obsessed with her and then finds a way to travel back in time to meet her.


The book is also known with is original title "Bid Time Return".
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If you don't mind YA then you might like "Seductions and Snacks" by Tara Sivec and the follow up "Futures and Frosting" also "Slammed" and "Point of Retreat" by Colleen Hoover and Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan. And sort of Twilight-ish is the Providence series by Jamie McGuire but with Angels and Demons instead of Vampires.
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