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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. A Bicycle of Cathay
    A Bicycle of Cathay

    by Frank R. Stockton

    A Bicycle of Cathay
    by Frank R. Stockton

    Rating: 2.4/5 (127 votes cast)

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    A restful bicycling vacation in the country takes a young professor down more adventurous paths than he had planned. Staying with various families along the way, he meets beautiful women, receives marriage proposals, survives a bear chase and more. An amusing, romantic story.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  2. A Daughter of Fife
    A Daughter of Fife

    by Amelia Edith Barr

    A Daughter of Fife
    by Amelia Edith Barr

    Rating: 2.6/5 (127 votes cast)

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    Maggie, a simple Scottish fisher-girl, finds herself pursued by a passionate young artist in this romantic story. While Maggie breaks with the family fishing tradition with Allen, her brother David also leaves the nets behind for a very different career. The next generation will be different.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  3. A Knight of the Nets
    A Knight of the Nets
    by Amelia Edith Barr

    Rating: 2.5/5 (83 votes cast)

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    Young Sophy longs to leave the tiny fishing village of Pittendurie, so isolated from the world, with its small cottages hidden amidst the rocks. She must leave behind her childhood sweetheart, Andrew. Heartbroken, he turns to Christina for comfort, not knowing where this path will ultimately lead.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  4. A Knight of the Nineteenth Century
    A Knight of the Nineteenth Century

    by Edward Payson Roe

    A Knight of the Nineteenth Century
    by Edward Payson Roe

    Rating: 2.5/5 (209 votes cast)

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    Sometimes the most challenging, and important, quest a knight can embark on is the quest to settle his own soul. Meeting the graceful Laura Romeyn is one of the challenges facing Egbert Haldane. Will he be distracted by her serene beauty, or inspired by her life of refinement and faith?

    Categories: Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance

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  5. 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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  6. A Pair of Blue Eyes
    A Pair of Blue Eyes
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.4/5 (120 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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  7. A Poor Wise Man
    A Poor Wise Man

    by Mary Roberts Rinehart

    A Poor Wise Man
    by Mary Roberts Rinehart

    Rating: 2.4/5 (234 votes cast)

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    After a year working with soldiers, Lily Cardew returns home transformed from girl to young woman. Her family isn't prepared for her new boldness, or for her newfound friend, Willy Cameron. Her family may not approve of his lack of wealth and fame, but Lily sees what is truly important, his heart.

    Categories: Inspirational Romance, Historical Romance

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  8. A Room With A View
    A Room With A View
    by Edward Morgan Forster

    Rating: 2.8/5 (169 votes cast)

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    On tour in Italy, young Lucy is overwhelmed by her feelings for a stranger staying at her hotel. Lucy is supposed to marry her proper suitor, Cecil, but she is overcome with attraction to the witty George Emerson, who opens to her an unconventional and freethinking world.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  9. 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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  10. Adam Bede
    Adam Bede
    by George Eliot

    Rating: 2.3/5 (171 votes cast)

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    A pure-hearted English carpenter, Adam Bede is an unlikely match for the vain and selfish Hetty Sorrel. He pursues her anyway, even as she is seduced by haughty Lord Arthur. Things change when Adam meets minister Dinah Morris and finds a moral and intellectual equal like he has never known.

    Category: Historical Romance

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