With the week of Valentine's Day here comes another lovey-dovey kind of post. I thought it would be exciting to name my five favourite romantic moments in novels I have read. They're not really in an order I've thought about but the order in which they popped into my head!
*Contains strong traces of spoiler.*
1. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Dear John was one of the first Nicholas Sparks novels I read and as it's sprinkled with lovely and sweet moments between John and Savannah, it was the first novel that came to mind for this post.
It is actually the thoughts that John Tyree thought that is one of my favourite romantic moments:
"Nothing would ever compare to that single moment when I first kissed the girl of my dreams and knew that my love would last forever."
Beforehand John uttered those three words to Savannah and the sweetness of him fearing that she didn't feel the same way made the "I love you" she said back all the sweeter.
2. Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
Sophie May and Billy are obviously perfect for each other from the start of the novel and one of my favourite romantic moments is from the start of their romance.
After whispering in Sophie's ear, telling her she's beautiful, the two of them, dressed in wellington boots, ride horses through the woods on the sweetest date. Afterwards, Billy leads Sophie to a gorgeously romantic destination of "twinkling fairy lights", a "canopy of stars" and the perfect picnic. The easy conversation and beautiful setting makes me envision my Friday, Valentine's night: my lounge floor warmed by a picnic blanket, fairy lights and my copy of Billy and Me!
3. One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon
Alice and Joe meet and immediately there is a connection. My favourite romantic moment in the novel will always be this one, though...
A childhood romance is ripped apart and it turns out neither Joe nor Alice really ever moved on. Although Joe's life has. Now an actor and being interviewed on TV, my heart, like Alice's is "in my throat" as Joe makes it clear that he isn't over his "first love": "I've never stopped loving her [Alice]." As I whisper knowingly, "I've never stopped loving you, Joe", I am in love with the romantic gesture.
4. Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy
Even though I read the book (and re-read it) years and years ago, Scarlett and Kian will always make my heart see rainbows and although many moments of the novel deserve to be in this post, one still has a particularly tight grasp on my heart. It was and still is my dream.
Kian suggests an alternative way to spend a day and as he and Scarlett ride horseback, Scarlett can't help but smile. As the sun makes way for rain before a rainbow inhabits the sky, my smile matches Scarlett's and my love for Kian increases. With the setting of an Irish lough, the company of apples and fairy cakes, the romantic scene makes my inner-romantic swoon.
5. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
Wes and Macy are upsettingly lovely together and whenever I read The Truth about Forever I'm not only dreaming of Wes (he is one of my absolute favourite male characters) but also the happiness they find in each other.
At the end of the novel Macy does something that she maybe wouldn't normally have done: she jumped. She put her heart out on the line and felt "alive". Despite everything that was going slightly wrong in her day, she made her heart happy and mine too. Carrying on a game that the two of them play throughout the novel where they ask each other a question and they have to tell the truth, when Wes asks "What would you do, if you could do anything?", Macy replies "This" and kisses him. The scene makes me the most cliché of girls.
What books have you read that have had some heart-achingly romantic moments in?
Love Hearts & Dandelions,
The Girl in the Moonlight.