As I made my selections, I discovered I chose these novels for the same reasons. First, the characters' love stories developed over time. These are not the swept-off-your-feet, love-at-first-sight stories. Each characters' love story developed over time and overcame many obstacles.
Furthermore, their relationships began as friendships. Each character developed a friendship of sorts with her counterpart that was built on respect. Both are vital to an endearing love story.
Finally, the characters' attraction to each other extended beyond the physical. Actually, several of the characters described each other as homely or simply not the best-looking. They were, however, attracted to the light of compassion and/or intellect in each other.
How about you? What literary love story do you consider one of the best? Let me know in the comments, and enjoy this video from History.com regarding the history of Valentine's Day!