This is quite simply the most romantic book I’ve ever read. Period. I’m not entirely sure what swooning is, but I’m fairly certain that on my first time through – and I’ve read this one more than once – when the two principal characters finally got together, I had to go lie down. I think that counts as swooning. If you’re looking for a great beach read or an amazing romance it’s all about The Last of the Wine and Mary Renault for me.