Scarlett O'Hara is a very passionate character. She married a stranger to seek revenge against her ideal lover, Ashley Wilkes, who loved another woman. She ruined her hands and hurt her back from bending too much to pick cotton that she might sell for food. When Rhett Butler was too casual or glib, she lied about her true feelings for him.
Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a story about a soldier, Inman, who after recovering from his war wound, goes on a perilous journey home to be reunited with his love, Ada Monroe. It's a beautifully written novel, full of description of America that may no longer exist today. Frazier painted a landscape that breathes life simply because the hero, Inman, chose to interact with any animal or person he met on his journey, never mind if sometimes, he regretted getting involved.