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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. The Chaplet of Pearls
    The Chaplet of Pearls

    by Charlotte Mary Yonge

    The Chaplet of Pearls
    by Charlotte Mary Yonge

    Rating: 2.6/5 (99 votes cast)

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    Imagine a world of weddings arranged for very young children to join their families for political purposes. In 16th-century France, we join a tale of just such a baby-marriage. King Henri II presides over the union of two very young children, among the religious feuds of the times.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  2. The Magnificent Montez
    The Magnificent Montez

    by Horace Wyndham

    The Magnificent Montez
    by Horace Wyndham

    Rating: 2.7/5 (69 votes cast)

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    A story based on the infamous Lola Montez -- dancer, singer, and courtesan in the mid-1840s -- always features her flirtations and indiscretions. But unlike other fictional accounts of her life, The Magnificent Montez suggests that she might have turned to the straight and narrow in the end.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  3. How To Cook Husbands
    How To Cook Husbands
    by Elizabeth Strong Worthington

    Rating: 2.5/5 (209 votes cast)

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    Relationship advice never goes out of style, as we see in this light, humorous look at the care and management of husbands from over 100 years ago. What happens when one woman follows the recipe for cooking up a husband? The results could be delicious or disastrous.

    Categories: Humor, Historical Romance

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  4. Love Among The Chickens
    Love Among The Chickens

    by P. G. Wodehouse

    Love Among The Chickens
    by P. G. Wodehouse

    Rating: 2.7/5 (181 votes cast)

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    Jeremy Garnet, author, takes his friend Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge up on his offer of a holiday. He is astonished to find his vacation taking place on a chicken farm, and even more astonished to find himself falling in love with a girl living there.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Humor

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  5. Three Men and a Maid
    Three Men and a Maid
    by P. G. Wodehouse

    Rating: 2.5/5 (156 votes cast)

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    Romantic entanglements ensue aboard an ocean liner carrying three men and a woman. Billie Bennet travels with her fiance the poet, her old friend Eustace, and his cousin Sam. All are smitten with the redheaded woman in their midst, with humorous and romantic results.

    Categories: Humor, Historical Romance

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  6. Jewel Weed
    Jewel Weed

    by Alice Ames Winter

    Jewel Weed
    by Alice Ames Winter

    Rating: 2.5/5 (156 votes cast)

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    Described as shimmering, iridescent and ethereal, Lena Quincy is a beautiful young woman with romantic dreams of becoming a writer. She looks to an older man, Richard Percival, to help her achieve her dreams, but real life marriage parts ways with her childish fantasies.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  7. The Heart
    The Heart

    by Mary Eleanor Wilkins

    The Heart
    by Mary Eleanor Wilkins

    Rating: 2.7/5 (160 votes cast)

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    Master Wingfield, a tutor, is besotted with the young, feisty Mistress Mary Cavendish in this 17th century romance. He has been entranced by her charm and beauty since he was a lad of fourteen, and years later he is also taken with her courage in defending the family tobacco farm.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  8. An Ambitious Man
    An Ambitious Man

    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    An Ambitious Man
    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Rating: 2.2/5 (86 votes cast)

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    Should a man marry for love and passion, or ambition and appearances? And what happens when he makes the wrong choice? Generations of would-be lovers ponder these questions and the secrets beneath them through the eyes of self-made man Preston Cheney, in this story of love and desire.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  9. Rose O'Paradise
    Rose O'Paradise
    by Grace Miller White

    Rating: 2.7/5 (294 votes cast)

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    Due to inherit a fortune on her eighteenth birthday, Rose finds herself the subject of much attention from three men. Should she trust the father who has been absent her whole life, the uncle who may be responsible for his absence, or her new suitor?

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  10. The Secret of the Storm Country
    The Secret of the Storm Country

    by Grace Miller White

    The Secret of the Storm Country
    by Grace Miller White

    Rating: 2.5/5 (203 votes cast)

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    Simple, strong Tessibel Skinner keeps secret her marriage to Frederick Graves even when his parents force him to marry an heiress. Even when pregnant, Tess refuses to betray Frederick as a bigamist. But what will she make of her new admirer, Mr. Young?

    Category: Historical Romance

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