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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. Wuthering Heights
    Wuthering Heights
    by Emily Bronte

    Rating: 3.1/5 (427 votes cast)

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    This is the love story of a tormented foundling who falls in love with the daughter of his benefactor. They long for each other and have to share the violence and misery caused by their attraction.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  2. 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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  3. Wives and Daughters: An Every-Day Story
    Wives and Daughters: An Every-Day Story
    by Elizabeth Gaskell

    Rating: 3.0/5 (119 votes cast)

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    When young Molly's father remarries, Cynthia, a new worldly stepsister, enters her life. Together Molly and Cynthia grow into women with independent values, while the strict Victorian society around them gossips, watches and comments on everything they do.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  4. When a Man Marries
    When a Man Marries

    by Mary Roberts Rinehart

    When a Man Marries
    by Mary Roberts Rinehart

    Rating: 2.6/5 (307 votes cast)

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    Newly divorced from his wife of just a year, Jim is expecting a visit from his wealthy aunt, who knows nothing of his failed marriage. He goes to great, often comic, lengths to hide any hints of scandal from his aunt, who might withdraw the financial support on which the young artist depends.

    Categories: Humor, Romance, Historical Romance

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  5. Villette
    Villette
    by Charlotte Bronte

    Rating: 2.8/5 (206 votes cast)

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    Lucy Snowe escapes tragedy at home for the apparent safety of teaching at a boarding school in the city of Villette. Many challenges await, including learning French, untangling mistaken identities, grappling with ghosts, and reluctantly falling in love with her own headmaster.

    Category: Historical Romance

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  6. Venus in Furs
    Venus in Furs
    by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

    Rating: 2.5/5 (224 votes cast)

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    Severin was so infatuated with Wanda that he asks to become her slave and to be treated in degrading ways. Initially Wanda refuses but she eventually agrees, and soon finds that she likes the idea; but, she starts to dislike Leopold for the role he wants to play.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romance

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  7. Vendetta
    Vendetta
    by Marie Corelli

    Rating: 3.0/5 (409 votes cast)

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    Nina quickly recovers from the loss of her husband Count Fabio Romani to cholera and turns to his friend Guido Ferrari. The pair want to celebrate their love, but are thwarted by the sudden appearance of an old family friend with a suspicious resemblence to the man they buried not so long ago.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

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  8. Vanity Fair
    Vanity Fair
    by William Makepeace Thackeray

    Rating: 2.6/5 (248 votes cast)

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    Quick-witted but poor Becky Sharp, and simple-minded but rich Amelia Sedley leave the shelter of school and find themselves embroiled in mismatched marriages, secret loves, and relentless social climbing in 19th-century England. Becky in particular will stop at nothing to secure her future.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  9. Uarda
    Uarda

    by Georg Moritz Ebers

    Uarda
    by Georg Moritz Ebers

    Rating: 2.3/5 (89 votes cast)

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    The historical romances of Georg Ebers made ancient Egypt into a popular romantic setting. In this volume, Uarda is a young girl presumed to be of low birth. She is visiting the city of the dead when she is injured by a daughter of Rameses, setting in motion the adventures that will reveal her true

    Category: Historical Romance

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  10. Two on a Tower
    Two on a Tower
    by Thomas Hardy

    Rating: 2.6/5 (113 votes cast)

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    A wealthy, unhappily married, very romantically-inclined woman breaks all the social rules when she falls in love with a poor astronomer who is ten years younger than she is. Her husband dies while on safari in Africa; however, she is unable to marry the astronomer due to the discovery of a legacy that forbids him from marriage. Years later they meet again after their lives have taken unusual turns.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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