I failed to properly check the Challenge schedule, so I'm a little behind. So sorry! I'll be caught up today.
You're probably wondering why the heck Journey is on a list of romances, aren't you? It's certainly not one that lands in the romance category often... but one of my absolute favorite parts of this story is the romance between Axel and Grauben. Axel is madly in love with his uncle's goddaughter and wants nothing more than to make her his wife. Despite everything he endures on his expedition with his uncle and Hans, Axel remains true to his love for Grauben. And at the end of it all, he gets exactly what he's always wanted: to marry the girl who stole his heart. How is that not romantic?! :)
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
The intrepid Professor Liedenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth's very core. In his quest to penetrate the planet's primordial secrets, the geologist--together with his quaking nephew Axel and their devoted guide, Hans--discovers an astonishing subterranean menagerie of prehistoric proportions. Verne's imaginative tale is at once the ultimate science fiction adventure and a reflection on the perfectibility of human understanding and the psychology of the questor.
You can grab a copy of Journey on Amazon.
About the Author
Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1864), "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1870), and "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1873).
Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated author of all time, behind Disney Productions and Agatha Christie. His prominent novels have been made into films. Verne, along with H. G. Wells, is often referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction".