This post is by Finola Austin, author of the new historical fiction novel, BRONTE’S MISTRESS, which explores the scandalous affair between Branwell Bronte and Lydia Robinson, the woman who allegedly brought down the Bronte family.
Many of the most iconic stories are love stories, and the course of true love never did run smooth. So, who could resist these wonderful novels about forbidden love? The couples in these six books are divided by circumstance, social standing, insoluble marriages, and heteronormative definitions of romance. Some of the books end happily. Others less so. But all offer a new perspective on sexual relationships through novels that pack an emotional punch.