Read one of these:
Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
Following the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.
Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen
Human foibles and early nineteenth-century manners are satirized in this romantic tale of English country family life as Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters are encouraged to marry well in order to keep the Bennet estate in their family.
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.
Madame Bovary / Gustave Flaubert
The classic tale of a woman who craves passion and intimacy, but finds only greed, betrayal, and heartbreak, as she stumbles towards suicide.
A Room with a View / E.M. Forster
Lucy Honeychurch falls in love while on a visit to Florence and must choose between fulfilling her social role or following her heart.
Wives and Daughters / Elizabeth Gaskell
Molly Gibson’s mother dies when she was young, and she is close to her father. When she is 17 years old, her father marries again, causing unhappiness for Molly ; she slowly begins to realise that her father is aware that he has made a poor choice — and he is unhappy, too.
Far From the Madding Crowd / Thomas Hardy
After an unfortunate marriage to Sergeant Troy and an affair with Farmer Boldwood, Bathsheba Everdene finally becomes the wife of the man who has always loved her.
Gone with the Wind / Margaret Mitchell
First published in 1936, this book is a historical novel set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War. It tells the love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler.
Anne of Green Gables / L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy
Beautiful and charming, Anna lives in a splendid world of her own making. She smokes, rides horseback, plays tennis, takes opium, practices birth control, and–although she is already married–falls in love with a handsome army officer. Anna’s life is played out against a backdrop of dazzling balls and the vastness of Russia’s landscape.