The Washington Post Book World ran a Valentine's Day contest on its
blog (Short Stack) to determine its readers' favorite 'romantic
novels'. You will have guessed by now that Brideshead Revisited made
the list in the Classics and Old Chestnuts category. It has some good
company, however: Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby, Pride and
Prejudice and Middlemarch. It also becomes associated with Rebecca,
The Painted Veil and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis which is perhaps
in the romantic bestseller category where it more properly belongs.