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Step into the excitement, drama and romance of days gone by. Historical romance novels are set before the World Wars. Experience the pain and loneliness of a Civil War romance, or the challenges of a young woman in late 19th century society.

Historical romance novels can be set in any timeframe in history and in any geography. Step back into the American Revolution, the European Dark Ages, the French Revolution or Medieval or Victorian England. The characters could be members of a medieval court, an aristocratic family or a gang of misfits. Regardless of when or where the romance is experienced, the hero and heroine still face the same issues of love, loss, regret and renewal. Historical romance novels are just one of the many types of free online romance novels on PublicBookshelf.

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  1. Searching for Susan
    Searching for Susan
    by R. E. Derouin

    Rating: 2.5/5 (33 votes cast)

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    A collection of 100+ love letters, beautifully written, in great detail during a nine month period in 1866 between a woman and man in Massachusetts. While their lives were simple, their curiosity was boundless and they took true pleasure in everything around them.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  2. Don Quixote - Part II
    Don Quixote - Part II
    by Miguel de Cervantes

    Rating: 3.0/5 (43 votes cast)

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    Part II continues the adventures of Don Quixote, a self-appointed knight as he travels through Spain in the 16th century with his loyal squire. Adventure, romance, battles and beautiful prose continue to present tales of chivalry, bravery, loyalty and madness.

    Categories: Romance, Other Fiction, Historical Romance

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  3. Don Quixote - Part I
    Don Quixote - Part I
    by Miguel de Cervantes

    Rating: 2.4/5 (60 votes cast)

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    This is the witty, but sometimes sad, tale of Don Quixote, a self-appointed knight who travels through Spain in the 16th century with his loyal squire practicing the chivalry that he admired from the Knights of the Roundtable. Adventure, romance, battles and beautiful prose.

    Categories: Romance, Other Fiction, Historical Romance

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  4. The Woman Who Did
    The Woman Who Did
    by Grant Allen

    Rating: 2.5/5 (145 votes cast)

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    This controversial love story was written in 1895 as part of a series about feminist subjects. It is the story of a very independent woman who is a teacher in London. She falls in love with a lawyer and convinces him that they should live together. She becomes pregnant but her lawyer lover dies.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  5. Sanine
    Sanine
    by Mikhail Petrovich Artsybashev

    Rating: 2.5/5 (200 votes cast)

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    A smart, powerful, attractive man, Sanine indulges his every lust and longing, regardless of the consequences. The young Russian man is not concerned with morality, but with enjoying every pleasure available during the last years of the oppressive Romanov regime.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  6. The Gorgeous Isle
    The Gorgeous Isle
    by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

    Rating: 2.3/5 (176 votes cast)

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    Warner is a brilliant poet, but only when he is drinking. A Caribbean romance leads him away from the bottle and into marriage, but his writing comes to a stop as well. His new bride must decide whether to keep her husband to herself, or allow him to unleash the creative monster inside.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  7. Emma - Volume 1
    Emma - Volume 1
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 2.8/5 (332 votes cast)

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    Emma Woodhouse schemes to find a suitable husband for her friend and plunders through the challenges of her social world. She shares her life with unforgettable characters in a small town that is in the middle of a historical transition.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

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  8. Contrary Mary
    Contrary Mary

    by Irene Temple Bailey

    Contrary Mary
    by Irene Temple Bailey

    Rating: 2.8/5 (197 votes cast)

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    Mary, Constance and Barry Ballard are siblings living together in an old Washington, D.C. home. Marriage will soon take Constance away, leaving her sister and brother to decide: close up the old house or take in a boarder? Mary boldly chooses to rent a suite of rooms to a gentleman stranger.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  9. Heart of the Blue Ridge
    Heart of the Blue Ridge

    by Waldron Baily

    Heart of the Blue Ridge
    by Waldron Baily

    Rating: 2.3/5 (86 votes cast)

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    Mountain moonshine is part of life for Zeke Higgins. But when he betrays the moonshiners to the revenue agents, he angers many. Leaving the mountains is his only prayer, but in his absence, his sweetheart Plutina is kidnapped. Her rescue will require Zeke to return to the hills of home.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  10. Little Women
    Little Women
    by Louisa May Alcott

    Rating: 3.1/5 (386 votes cast)

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    The four March sisters suffer because of growing up poor during the Civil War but they remain happy and learn about life and love while growing up in New England. A wealthy next door neighbor and one sister's tutor fall in love with two of the sisters in this first book of the series.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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