Read Free Historical Romance Novels

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. Audrey
    Audrey
    by Mary Johnston

    Rating: 1.9/5 (206 votes cast)

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    Into an idyllic scene of a daydreaming child in a sunlit Virginia valley comes a warning. Strangers are approaching the isolated hollow on horseback, bringing war and love, life and death to the once peaceful glen. Mary Johnston's Audrey was a bestselling novel in 1902 and was applauded by critics in the New York Times.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  2. Clara Hopgood
    Clara Hopgood

    by Mark Rutherford

    Clara Hopgood
    by Mark Rutherford

    Rating: 2.0/5 (82 votes cast)

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    Sisters Clara and Madge, independent young women, venture out from their Fenmarket home to London. Not only are they two single women on their own, there is a newborn baby girl to account for, but no husband. The unconventional story was considered scandalous when it appeared in 1896.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  3. The Incomplete Amorist
    The Incomplete Amorist

    by Edith Nesbit

    The Incomplete Amorist
    by Edith Nesbit

    Rating: 2.1/5 (58 votes cast)

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    Young Betty is an aspiring artist yet to experience her first love. But when she meets a charming, unpredictable painter, her profession and passion come together for the first time. In the romantic streets of Paris at the turn-of-the-century, the couple searches for a way to stay together.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  4. Aladdin of London, or The Lodestar
    Aladdin of London, or The Lodestar

    by Sir Max Pemberton

    Aladdin of London, or The Lodestar
    by Sir Max Pemberton

    Rating: 2.1/5 (182 votes cast)

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    Social station is everything and nothing in this romantic mystery involving the son of a British parson and a Polish maid in the Whitechapel district of London. When a mysterious millionaire with political motives becomes involved, their love affair threatens to take a dark turn.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  5. A Sicilian Romance
    A Sicilian Romance

    by Ann Ward Radcliffe

    A Sicilian Romance
    by Ann Ward Radcliffe

    Rating: 2.1/5 (83 votes cast)

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    The northern shores of Sicily, all ruins and castles, is the setting for the story of the fallen house of Mazzini. Mixing the possibility of the supernatural with the psychological, the story follows the extraordinary struggles of heroes and heroines fighting mysterious villains.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  6. Sons And Lovers
    Sons And Lovers
    by D. H. Lawrence

    Rating: 2.1/5 (95 votes cast)

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    This is a story of a gifted young man who is confused about life and relationships - both with his mother and the other women he loves. His confusion causes his family to struggle with strained relationships, high emotions and the challenges of love and lust.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  7. The Baronet's Bride
    The Baronet's Bride

    by May Agnes Fleming

    The Baronet's Bride
    by May Agnes Fleming

    Rating: 2.1/5 (119 votes cast)

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    A romance that truly takes you away from the everyday world and into the realm of gypsies, horoscopes, family feuds and a mysterious murder. Add long-hidden secrets, proud ladies and arrogant baronets and you have a tale of romantic betrayals and vengeance sought across the generations.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  8. Carnac's Folly
    Carnac's Folly
    by Gilbert Parker

    Rating: 2.2/5 (158 votes cast)

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    Carnac has a grand time pretending to marry Luzanne during a lively lunch with friends. What he doesn't know is that the judge and ceremony are real enough to make Luzanne into Mrs. Carnac Grier. Her plans for the future are many, while Carnac looks longingly back to his childhood love.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  9. A Laodicean
    A Laodicean
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.2/5 (117 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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  10. Resurrection
    Resurrection
    by Leo Tolstoy

    Rating: 2.2/5 (156 votes cast)

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    This epic romance novel tells the story of Russian society and justice from the depths of prison cells to the palaces of the rich. It centers on the story of a prince who discovers that the prostitute on trial is the woman he had loved and abandoned many years before when she was a young servant. His guilt motivates him to appeal for her release. This story of human redemption denounces the government, the church and the judicial system.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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