The romance genre is often seen as the domain of women, but these books prove that men can write a story just as likely to make you swoon.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner who recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he’s not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans
Chicago celebrity and motivational speaker Charles James is supposed to be dead. Everyone believes he was killed in a fiery plane crash. Thanks to a remarkable twist of fate, he’s very much alive and well and ready for a second chance at life. Will he use this opportunity to right some wrongs from his old life and start over the right way this time?
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
A radical retelling of the story of the prodigal son takes the reader from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
On San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries–memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Pedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched.
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
A photographer searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and a farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, find a love so intense that life is never the same again.
First Love by James Patterson
Runaways Axi, sixteen, and Robinson, seventeen, who met in a cancer ward, leave small-town Oregon on a cross-country trip to experience the best of life before it is too late.
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together in bed to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging confidences and memories.
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
A love story across the ages–and for the ages–about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Science fiction, mystery, a passionate love story, and a detailed history of Old New York blend together in this spellbinding story of a young man enlisted in a secret government experiment.