3 love stories to make you feel all the things

I've never been one for romance novels, at least, not straight up romance romance. I won't turn down some Jamie Fraser, but the bodice rippers have never been my thing. (And before we go further, yes, Jamie Fraser rips his fair share of clothing, but I don't know, Outlander is more than just the sex.)

I do, however, love a good love story. I love two characters overcoming odds together, finding each other after finding themselves, choosing love and life. And I'm a sucker for a dashing hero paired with a gritty, independent heroine.

So in honor of Valentine's Day weekend, I present you with three of my favorite love stories.

Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson

This is one of the best love stories you've never heard of. Based on the real life events of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by Comanche warriors when she was a child, Ride the Wind tells a tale of a white girl raised Comanche. She grows into a woman wholly a part of the Comanche tribe and falls in love with one of the tribe's leaders. This love story extends beyond the romance: it's a love story about the Comanche, about the land, about a way of life that died a long, long time ago. It's both beautiful and sad. Finish with some tissues on hand.

(The only caveat I have is that the cover art is cringe-worthy. Skip the cover and start at page one. You're welcome.)

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

Sarah Prine makes a life for herself in the harsh Arizona territories. The strength of our heroine is well-matched with our hero. He may be my one of my top-favorite heroes ever. Read with a box of tissues. You'll hate me for insisting you read it, and you'll love me at the same time. (My cousin at one point threw the book across the room--that's how many feelings we're dealing with here.)

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

This book was the hit of summer 2017. Two people survive a plane crash and end up on the same deserted island. They learn to survive, and eventually they learn to thrive. I gobbled this book up in a couple of days and--I'm sensing a theme here--make sure the tissues are close by.

A couple of questions for you:
1) Do you like love stories? Romances?
2) How do you feel about love stories threaded with sorrow? Those may be some of my favorite ones. I love feeling happy and giddy in a love story, but a story sticks with me more when it has some sorrow to it.


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