It’s wedding season in the Southern Hemisphere, but any season is a good one for reading what great novelists have portrayed of romance and marriage. Heaven knows we need reminders of what marriage is all about; besides, what is more satisfying than a tale of love conceived, tested, and finally affirmed?

I have opened with The Betrothed, a famous Italian novel that I first read (in translation, of course) a couple of years ago. Now it is your turn: using the form below, give us a brief run-down on the novel that you would recommend to a young person for its realism and optimism about romance – and, of course, its literary quality. You need not limit yourself to one – let’s hope there are many great reads on this subject. You can sumit more than one novel, but each one separately.

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet