Top Ten Tuesday: Books with ‘Love’ in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

The topic this week is: a Love Freebie and I’ve chosen books with the word love in the title. I haven’t read all of them, but I’ve linked the titles to my posts, for those I have read and reviewed. In no particular order they are:

  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan – I read this many years ago. One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose’s calm, organised life and his love for his wife is shattered by a ballooning accident.
  • The Dance of Love by Angela Young –  a brilliant book, that is both a heart-rending love story and a dramatic story, as the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the devastating and tragic effects of the First World War impact on the characters’ lives.
  • The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton –  a gentle book and yet it’s about the drama of real life, its joys and tragedies. There is romance and so much more as the story of Catherine Parkstone and her move to the Cevennes mountains in southern France, reveals.
  • Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop –  Themis, a great grandmother tells her life story,  beginning from when she was a small child in the 1930s – a moving tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life.
  • The Book of Love by Sarah Bower – one of my TBRS – set against the glittering background of the court of Ferrara in the early sixteenth century, this is the heart-breaking story of what happens to an innocent abroad in the world of the Borgias.
  • Love is Blind by William Boyd – one of my TBRs. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera – another TBR. Florentino has fallen into the arms of many delighted women, but has loved none but Fermina. Having sworn his eternal love to her, he lives for the day when he can court her again.
  • For the Love of Books by Graham Tarrant – a book to dip into, this is treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes and extraordinary characters, that is every book-lover’s dream.
  • Women in Love by D H Lawrence – I read this many years ago. It’s about the love affairs of two sisters, Ursula with Rupert, and Gudrun with Gerald. As a sequel to The Rainbow, the novel develops experimental techniques which made Lawrence one of the most important writers of the Modernist movement – which is probably why I  found it challenging.
  • Speaking of Love by Angela Young – a novel about what happens when people who love each other don’t say so. It deals passionately and honestly with human breakdown.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books with ‘Love’ in the Title

  1. I am impressed, Margaret! You’ve done such a fantastic job of putting together this list. What I like about it, among many things, is that you’ve included books from a variety of eras, (sub)genres, and so on. Much to choose from! I do hope you’ll enjoy Love in the Time of Cholrea. It’s a bit of an unusual book, but I think it’s compelling. I hope you’ll think so, too!

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    1. Thanks, Margot! Love in the Time of Cholera does look an unusual book. I did start to read it several years ago but didn’t get very far. I suspect other books got in the way. 🙂

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  2. Those Who Are Loved sounds good. The William Boyd is on my TBR list–I’ve read him since his first book was published but got away somewhere, so I’m catching up. He was at school with Prince Charles so THAT story was very, very interesting. Good list!

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      1. Actually I misspoke. He WAS at school with Pricne Charles and wrote School Ties about that time, but the book I was thinking of was Ross Benson’s [also at school with him] Good Man in Africa is my favorite of Boyd’s but the Ice Cream War and several others are excellent, too.


    1. Love in the Time of Cholera has been on my to read list longer than I can remember and I’ve begun reading it a few times – maybe one day I will try again.


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