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message 1: by A (new)

A H I'm not exactly sure whether this is allowed, since this group is basically about HEAs, but I was just wondering, what about the books which don't have a HEA??

Recommend here books which are love stories but which don't have HEAs in the end.


message 2: by Lisa Kay, Tinker Bell (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 21897 comments Ohhh... posting this is fine, Ruchi. However, I don't read these. If I can help it.


message 3: by A (new)

A H Yes...I understand that maybe you don't read such books....maybe a lot of people in this group don't. But I've read a lot of such type of tragic love stories and would love to know what the others think!


message 4: by ᴥ Irena ᴥ (new)

ᴥ Irena ᴥ (-irena-) | 9 comments I've read quite a few in the past (mostly classics: Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a good example). However, I have all the lack of HEA in real life. I don't need to get them in books too.
I am not saying I won't read such books in the future, but at the moment I will stick to all the HEAs I can get. :)


message 5: by A (new)

A H Morana wrote: "I've read quite a few in the past (mostly classics: Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a good example). However, I have all the lack of HEA in real life. I don't need to get them in books too.
I am not s..."


Yes...I totally understand.


message 6: by A (new)

A H Some heart-touching love stories without a HEA -

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Nights In Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Love Story by Erich Segal
I Too Had A Love Story by Ravinder Singh
The Thing Between U And Me by Sagar Sahu


message 7: by Sonya (new)

Sonya Heaney | 160 comments It's YA, but I think this counts (one of my all-time favourite books); The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Doesn't The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1) by Paullina Simons end with the couple apart?


Lisa - (Aussie Girl) | 13013 comments How about The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks by Nicholas Sparks. It is an absolutely beautiful love story and I guess they had a life long HEA but it still is so sad at the end.

And another classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë .


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A H Sonya Heaney wrote: "It's YA, but I think this counts (one of my all-time favourite books); The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Doesn't The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1) by Paullina Simons end with the couple apart?"


Yeah....Fault In Our Stars definitely falls in this category.....was so beautiful but the ending broke my heart:)


message 11: by A (new)

A H Rachel ~ SnapDragoness wrote: "Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy"

I've so wanted to read that book!


message 12: by A (new)

A H Lisa - (Aussie Girl) wrote: "How about The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks by Nicholas Sparks. It is an absolutely beautiful love story and I guess they had a life long HEA but it still is so sad at the end.

And another classic [..."


Love both the books you mentioned!! Especially The Notebook.....they had so much love yet it didn't end in a HEA......and Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite classics!!


message 13: by June (new)

June (ladyjune) | 630 comments I love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes although I'm not reccomend it to everyone, it deal with very sensitive issue, and I think not everyone would like it. And I'm not very certain it qualifies as romance, the romance between the two lead characters almost none, although I can see they're love each other deeply and that is what make this story so great IMO.


message 14: by A (new)

A H Thanks for the recommendation!


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I prefer HEA, but in spite of that I loved The Opportunist. The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) by Tarryn Fisher She wrote two follow-up books to this, but it stands on its own, and the follow-ups aren't especially happy either.


message 16: by A (new)

A H I really wanna read the book....anyway, thanks for the reco. - I've heard this book is great!:)


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message 18: by Hanita (new)

Hanita | 33 comments I think my favourite book all the time although it does not end HEA is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell . So strong characters, beautifully written, nice plot, all together in one book. Really nice!


message 19: by Abigail (new)

Abigail Sharpe (abigailsharpe) | 2010 comments I was gonna add anything by Nicholas Sparks, but someone beat me to it.


message 20: by Lisa Kay, Tinker Bell (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 21897 comments **hee hee**


message 21: by Gerrie (new)

Gerrie | 2856 comments Beauty by Susan Wilson Beauty by Susan Wilson

It is a beautiful, contemporary love story based on the beauty and the beast theme. I would have given it five stars, because the romance is so beautifully depicted and developed, but I took away a star because of the unhappy ending.

However, if you want an exquisite love story that does not have a HEA, I highly recommend this book.


message 22: by Rosanna (new)

Rosanna Leo (rosanna_leo) One of my faves in this category is Nocturne by Syrie James I adored it, and the author hasn't ruled out a sequel, but hard to tell...


message 23: by A (new)

A H Thanks guys for the suggestions!


message 24: by Paige (new)

Paige Rion I see someone else already mentioned it, but I absolutely loved Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. So flipping sad, but loved it all the same!


message 25: by Julia (new)

Julia Bell (juliabellromanticfiction) | 48 comments Paige wrote: "I see someone else already mentioned it, but I absolutely loved Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. So flipping sad, but loved it all the same!"

When I read (or watch a film)I'm always rooting for a happy ending. If it has a sad ending I start feeling low. For me, the villein has to get his just desserts and everything must come right in the end. Evil mustn't triumph. When I was a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, I sent a manuscript to them and the reader suggested I concluded the story when the heroine had killed her husband. I just couldn't do it. Even a heroine must suffer the consequences of her actions. I believed I was giving the wrong impression if she had got away with it. So, I did what I thought was right.


message 26: by Abigail (new)

Abigail Sharpe (abigailsharpe) | 2010 comments And if it doesn't feel right to you, it's not going to feel right to your readers.


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