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. Daddy Long Legs
    Daddy Long Legs
    by Jean Webster

    Rating: 3.7/5 (1319 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 Great Gatsby
    The Great Gatsby
    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Rating: 3.6/5 (2466 votes cast)

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    This love story is set in the 1920s - a period of jazz and decadence. Jay Gatsby, a poor army officer falls for Daisy who marries a rich man while Jay is overseas. After the war, Jay becomes a multi-millionaire focusing on making money, throwing parties and enticing Daisy to return to his life.

    Categories: Romance, Other Fiction, Historical Romance

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  3. Highlander Series 1
    Highlander Series 1
    by Marti Talbott

    Rating: 3.5/5 (228 votes cast)

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    Meet the women of this series in these short stories: Anna-The woman that the Highlander chose as his wife, sight unseen. Rachel-The seventeen year old with a dark secret and the determination to become a good warrior. Charlet-The head-strong girl that the Highlander was hiding for the King.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  4. Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre
    by Charlotte Bronte

    Rating: 3.4/5 (1157 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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  5. The Enchanted Barn
    The Enchanted Barn
    by Grace Livingston Hill

    Rating: 3.4/5 (272 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: Romance, Historical Romance

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  6. North and South
    North and South
    by Elizabeth Gaskell

    Rating: 3.3/5 (551 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: Romance, Historical Romance

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  7. Marblestone Mansion Book 1
    Marblestone Mansion Book 1
    by Marti Talbott

    Rating: 3.3/5 (141 votes cast)

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    A Duke by inheritance, Hannish MacGreagor soon learned the title came with very little wealth, so he bought a silver mine in Idaho, left his wife of two weeks in Scotland, and sailed to America. Two years later, he sold the mine and became one of the wealthiest men in Colorado.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  8. Oak Trees with Pink Leaves
    Oak Trees with Pink Leaves

    by Wendy Lee Nettles

    Oak Trees with Pink Leaves
    by Wendy Lee Nettles

    Rating: 3.3/5 (647 votes cast)

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    Christina had loved Rafael all her life, all eight years of it anyway. But things change when she is moved away across the country. She pines for her friend and her home in New Orleans. But time has a way of healing what ails you.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance

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

    Rating: 3.2/5 (105 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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  10. The Bairn of Brianag
    The Bairn of Brianag
    by Ida Flowers

    Rating: 3.1/5 (673 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 lifeā€”and Robbie's.

    Categories: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance

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