Biography: Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in Dorset England. He trained as an architect in London and won several prices; but, after the successful publication of Far from the Maddening Crowd he gave up architecture and returned to Dorset to be a writer. He saw himself as a poet who wrote novels to earn income. His wife Emma, who he married when he was 34, died 38 years later. He was preoccupied with her death until his death, even though he had remarried his secretary who was 40 years his junior. When he died in 1928 his heart was buried in the grave with Emma and his ashes were scattered in Poet's corner at Westminster Abbey. He wrote 18 novels and collections of short stories plus many books of poetry.

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  1. A Laodicean
    A Laodicean
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.1/5 (109 votes cast)

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    Architect George Somerset is unsettled, and finds himself wandering until he comes upon the scene of headstrong young heiress Paula Power, refusing to be baptized. Somerset is soon put to work restoring the castle Paula will live in. Can he restore her faith in love as well?

    Category: Historical Romance

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  2. A Pair of Blue Eyes
    A Pair of Blue Eyes
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.3/5 (106 votes cast)

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    Elfrise Swanston is caught in a love triangle between the love of her youth, Stephen Smith, and London society man Henry Knight. Overwhelmed by the wishes of her suitors, her parents, and society, Elfrise struggles to choose between her comforting country past and all that London has to offer.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  3. The Well-Beloved
    The Well-Beloved
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.5/5 (114 votes cast)

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    Sculptor Jocelyn Pierston has searched for the ideal woman for decades. He has courted mothers, daughters and granddaughters through the years, but none pass for perfect. Not until he is an older man does he reconsider his quest and rekindle an old flame who may just be worthy of his love.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  4. Return of the Native
    Return of the Native
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.5/5 (96 votes cast)

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    Clym Yeobright is a rising star in Egdon Heath, idealistic, intellectual and ambitious. Until, that is, he encounters Eustacia Vye, a wild and free-spirited woman he cannot resist. Eustacia has a complicated romantic past that haunts the pair in their struggle to be together.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  5. Tess of the dUrbervilles
    Tess of the dUrbervilles
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.5/5 (97 votes cast)

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    Tess, beautiful but poor, finds she is related to the dUrbervilles of Norman aristocracy. This news brings her to the relentless attentions of Alec dUrberville, and the righteous affections of Angel Clare. She loves Angel, but fears their union cannot survive the secrets she has kept.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  6. The Woodlanders
    The Woodlanders
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.3/5 (107 votes cast)

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    This is the story of an honest woodsman, a dishonest husband, an undecided woman and a courageous peasant girl. A woodsman is betrothed to his childhood sweetheart but her father convinces her to marry the new doctor in town and move into the father's home. The doctor soon begins an affair which leads to a divorce. The doctor repents which starts her back and forth between the woodsman and the doctor.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  7. Desperate Remedies
    Desperate Remedies
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.6/5 (137 votes cast)

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    Cytherea, a lady's maid to the eccentric Miss Aldclyffe, realizes that the man she loves is already engaged to another woman. She becomes influenced by Miss Aldclyffe's manipulative steward Manston, and quickly becomes involved in romance, blackmail and murder.

    Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  8. Jude the Obsure
    Jude the Obsure

    by Thomas Hardy

    Jude the Obsure
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.2/5 (93 votes cast)

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    This romance novel was the last of Thomas Hardy's novels, published in 1895. Jude Fawley, a village stonemason, dreams of becoming a scholar but finds himself struggling through several romances. He finds love but faces social ostracization, a wayward child, murdered children, and religious guilt.

    Category: Romance

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  9. Two on a Tower
    Two on a Tower
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.5/5 (106 votes cast)

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    A wealthy, unhappily married, very romantically-inclined woman breaks all the social rules when she falls in love with a poor astronomer who is ten years younger than she is. Her husband dies while on safari in Africa; however, she is unable to marry the astronomer due to the discovery of a legacy that forbids him from marriage. Years later they meet again after their lives have taken unusual turns.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  10. Far from the Madding Crowd
    Far from the Madding Crowd
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.7/5 (164 votes cast)

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    Gabriel Oak, a shepherd, falls in love with Bathsheba, a vain young beauty who refuses to give up her independence to marry him and she moves away. Years later he finds her again and becomes a victim of unrequited love as Bathsheba moves through life with several eligible suitors.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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