Love Stories of The Sweet & Innocent Variety

Some of my favorite love stories exist between the pages of the sweetest books. It is the innocence of these books that draws me to them, as I'm not always in the mood for a story about desperate, needy, or impossible love. Sometimes I like to be reminded that there are many forms of love; and one of those is the kind that begins with companionable friendship.

Here are a few of my picks for books with this sweet & innocent kind of love story:

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

This is one of my all-time favorite books. The Goose Girl happens to be my favorite Grimm Brothers fairy tale (you can read the original version here), and so when I first saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I fell in love. And every time I read it again, I fall in love all over again.
She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste.

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt’s guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani’s journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny.

From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.

Beauty : A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

There are many books out there that are a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. But I promise you that this one is the best!
P.S. this is the cover of the one I read, but I totally want a copy with that gorgeous pink cover you can see in the 'S' at the top of this post!
A strange imprisonment

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple: Beauty and the Beast.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Every time I read this book, it reminds me of what it was like to be a little girl, and have dreams the size of Texas. :) There are a few different love stories in this one, mostly very light. My favorite, though, is how it shows the love between two sisters, and the strength that bond gives them.
A kingdom beset by monsters . . .
A disease that weakens and destroys . . .
An epic poem and a hero of long ago . . .
A story of danger and desperation.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre couldn't be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other.

Then disaster strikes, and Addie -- terrified and unprepared -- sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons. Addie must battle them, but time is running out, and the sister's lives -- and Barmarre's fate -- hang in the balance.
Unscramble: gonyu velo

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

To be honest, it has been a few years since I last read this book, but I remember that I really enjoyed it. The love story is very subtle, but overall, it is a quick read of a sweet story.
Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after.

Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories.

True, when Creel's aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it's Creel who talks her way out of the dragon's clutches. And it's Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king's city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.

But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.


  1. These all sound good. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I've read each of these books except The Two Princesses of Bamarre (adding it to my TBR list now) and I heartily agree. :)

  3. i love love love the first three, but haven't read dragon slippers yet. this is just the cutest post! makes me want to revisit some of my favourite MG novels.

  4. What a great list. I SO need to read Goose Girl and I can't believe I haven't tried Beauty yet.

    GREAT post.

    Have you tried The Gateway by Sharon Shinn?

  5. Elie: Thanks for visiting!!

    Shanda: I so hope you love it. It was one of my favorites, growing up!

    Lilly Bear: Thank you! I hope you like Dragon Slippers! And yes, the first three books are awesome!

    Juju: PLEASE read Goose Girl! It was such a good book, and I highly recommend it. I haven't read The Gateway, but I saw your review of it, and put it in my TBR. It sounds great!


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