Recommended Age: 12+ (For any Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, or Bronte sister afan).
Favorite Quote: “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This arrangement did not change my opinion in anyway.
Introducing Book Candy Classics. They’re fun They’re gorgeous They’re new! Sink your teeth into your favorite story and discover new ones to swoon over! “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” This is the beginning of one of the most famous literary proposals of all time and the first in this anthology of the most romantic, poignant and colorful love declarations found in classic and modern literature. From spurned lovers to love letters pleading for a long-forgotten romance, this lovely book will remind you of your favorite literary couples and introduce you to new ones. Sometimes a heroic action is in itself a love declaration, or the story ends with the realization that love was there all along –these excerpts from masterpieces of classic and modern literature are as diverse as they are entertaining. Easily read, they will make you laugh, cry and fall in love all over again. All the passionate love scenes we have adored and reread until the pages of our books curled with time are now collected in this beautiful volume to be perused over and over again. Whether you’ve fallen in love with Mr. Darcy, Heathcliff, Captain Wentworth, Theodore Lawrence, Gilbert Blythe or Newland Archer, this book is for you.
So again I’m not normally a romance reader and I continue to be a disgrace to the bookstagram community by admitting I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice or any of the beautifully written romance classics, but this was why I was so excited to receive an ARC of this book! This is not a retelling or anything, this book is a collection of chapters from various famous classics containing love scenes, proposals, declarations, etc. I love how this book is put together and I love how this can be a quick reference guide to your favorite scenes. This can also be a great introductory book for readers to find new classics to read! It’s a quick read, you can skip around to find the stories your heart desires at the moment, and you can find new couples to swoon over.
The only “bad” thing about this book is that it doesn’t tell you what books the stories are from until the end of the chapter. I think putting the book title at the beginning of the chapter would be less confusing, but overall I immensely enjoyed this book and I’ll read bits and pieces of it for years to come.