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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. Daddy Long Legs
    Daddy Long Legs
    by Jean Webster

    Rating: 3.8/5 (1759 votes cast)

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    From an orphanage to college, Jerusha, or Judy, Abbott hopes to continue her education, but has no funds. When an anonymous benefactor offers to finance her studies, Judy accepts. Her witty letters to this generous man may bring her closer to knowing his identity than she expects.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  2. The Enchanted Barn
    The Enchanted Barn
    by Grace Livingston Hill

    Rating: 3.6/5 (742 votes cast)

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    With the help of their young, rich landlord and their daughter Shirley's resourcefulness, a homeless family is able to transform a stone barn into a wonderful new home. After Shirley starts to fall in love with the landlord, she becomes afraid that he might forsake her family.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  3. Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre
    by Charlotte Bronte

    Rating: 3.6/5 (2353 votes cast)

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    Like heroines in many romantic stories, Jane Eyre was a penniless orphan who was an ugly duckling. She left an unhappy time at a boarding school to become a teacher and governess for a proud man with a secret.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  4. North and South
    North and South
    by Elizabeth Gaskell

    Rating: 3.5/5 (743 votes cast)

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    Margaret is torn from her comfortable home in Hampshire and has to move to industrial northern England. She becomes passionate about the suffering of the local mill workers and clashes with mill owner John Thornton. Their disagreements over her sympathy for the workers turn to passion. Thornton falls in love with Margaret, who rejects his marriage proposal. Only when he withdraws his affections does Margaret reconsider.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  5. Wolf Wood (Part One)
    Wolf Wood (Part One)
    by Michael Edward Dixon

    Rating: 3.4/5 (159 votes cast)

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    Alice de Lambert thought she would die an old maid then she moved from the nunnery to become matron of a local almshouse. Her caring ways brought her into contact with Harald Gascoigne, the loving son of a ferocious family, and her life was changed forever.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  6. The Road to Port Haven
    The Road to Port Haven
    by Greg Monks

    Rating: 3.4/5 (40 votes cast)

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    A young woman flees the Old World on the eve of the stock market crash of 1929.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  7. Gretna Green - A Victorian Novella
    Gretna Green - A Victorian Novella
    by Baird Wells

    Rating: 3.3/5 (66 votes cast)

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    Scotland, 1832 Patrick Field has fled London and an unfortunate engagement. His trip is all it should be: hasty, anonymous, and uneventful – until he meets Miss Amelia Blake. The hopelessly romantic Amelia tangles him up in a scheme of her own, a plan that tumbles wonderfully out of control when

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  8. Family Pride
    Family Pride
    by Mary Jane Holmes

    Rating: 3.3/5 (117 votes cast)

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    After her husband dies, Lucy brings her two daughters Katy and Helen to live with her clergyman uncle. Katy catches the eye of her cousin Dr. Morris Grant who then paid for her finishing school. Now Katy is off on a grand tour of Boston and Montreal Will Morris be able to capture her heart?

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  9. Lo, Michael
    Lo, Michael
    by Grace Livingston Hill

    Rating: 3.3/5 (679 votes cast)

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    True selflessness shines through when young street urchin Michael risks his life to save wealthy Starr Endicott. Years later, he meets Starr in the city again. Ever honorable, he tries to keep his feelings in check, but when a suitor with bad intentions comes after Starr, he cannot stay away.

    Categories: Inspirational Romance, Historical Romance

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  10. The Bairn of Brianag
    The Bairn of Brianag
    by Ida Flowers

    Rating: 3.3/5 (793 votes cast)

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    The adored and indulged youngest child of a wealthy plantation owner in the South Carolina colony, Jessie Maclaine is determined to marry Robbie Stewart, her childhood playmate and recent obsession. She hatches a plan to capture the heart of her beloved, but the outcome shakes her world to the foundations and ultimately very nearly claims her life—and Robbie's.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance

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