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The Regency romance novel is set in the early 1800s in the British Empire, particularly in the timeframe of 1811 to 1820 when soon to become George IV was ruling the country as Prince Regent due to the illness of his father George III.

The story lines and characters have a strong focus on the norms of society and how society provides a backdrop for the actions taken by the characters in the novel. The perils of the time, including marriages of convenience, guardians, spinsters and lost inheritances, can all be found in Regency romance novels, just one of the many types of free online romance novels on PublicBookshelf.

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  1. Ivanhoe
    Ivanhoe
    by Sir Walter Scott

    Rating: 2.8/5 (303 votes cast)

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    Wilfred of Ivanhoe, one of the last Saxon English noblemen, is determined to court Lady Rowena in spite of opposition from his father, Cedric. The path to wedded bliss is strewn with chivalric adventures, castle stormings, jousting tournaments, kidnappings and mistaken identities.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

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  2. The Black Moth
    The Black Moth
    by Georgette Heyer

    Rating: 2.8/5 (424 votes cast)

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    Who is the mysterious man who foils the kidnapping of the beautiful Diana Beauleigh by the nefarious Duke of Andover? He is Jack Carstares, disgraced oldest son of the Earl Wyncham, living a secret life. Jack suffers an injury while rescuing Diana, and must hide with her family if he is to recover.

    Categories: Romance, Regency Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  3. The Ayrshire Legatees
    The Ayrshire Legatees
    by John Galt

    Rating: 2.4/5 (189 votes cast)

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    Scottish minister Dr. Zachariah Pringle and his family travel to London, and they have plenty to write home about. Innocent of urban ways, the Pringles observations reveal the social realities of London life in eye-opening letters to their relatives back home.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

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  4. The Amateur Gentleman
    The Amateur Gentleman

    by Jeffery Farnol

    The Amateur Gentleman
    by Jeffery Farnol

    Rating: 2.5/5 (256 votes cast)

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    Fortune has found young English innkeeper Barnabas. As he works his way into London high society, he also embarks on a romance with a Lady. Adventures keep Barnabas busy, with thrills like high stakes horse-racing in this Regency romance.

    Categories: Romance, Regency Romance

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  5. The Honourable Mr. Tawnish
    The Honourable Mr. Tawnish
    by Jeffery Farnol

    Rating: 2.4/5 (294 votes cast)

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    A fashionable London gentleman, Horatio Tawnish seeks the hand of the daughter of Sir John Chester, who has nothing but disdain for Mr. Tawnish. Tawnish must overcome his reputation as an effeminate dandy if he is to win the woman he loves.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Regency Romance

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  6. Beltane the Smith
    Beltane the Smith

    by Jeffery Farnol

    Beltane the Smith
    by Jeffery Farnol

    Rating: 2.4/5 (244 votes cast)

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    Growing up isolated among hermits, young Beltane has a lot to learn about the world. His education begins when a stranger comes to the woods offering sword and horse lessons to the young man. Still, will he be ready when Lady Helen of Mortain rides through and catches his eye?

    Categories: Regency Romance, Historical Romance

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  7. Persuasion
    Persuasion
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 3.2/5 (534 votes cast)

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    This is the love story of Anne Elliot, the daughter of a vane nobleman, and Captain Frederick Wentworth, a man with no fortune. She is convinced by her father to refuse Frederick's marriage proposal and lives a sad and lonely life; however, she gets a second chance seven years later.

    Categories: Romance, Regency Romance

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  8. Mansfield Park
    Mansfield Park
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 3.2/5 (610 votes cast)

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    In an act of charity, Mrs. Norris offers to take in her niece, Fanny Price, a fragile young girl. When she arrives at Mansfield Park, the unsophisticated Fanny clashes with her wealthy, upper class relatives. Her cousin Edmund, however, understands her and captures her heart.

    Categories: Romance, Regency Romance

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  9. Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 3.1/5 (651 votes cast)

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    Two sisters and their mother are sent to live in the country after they become impoverished after their father's death. The very different personalities of each sister leads them to very different love stories. Love and marriage do not come easily.

    Categories: Romance, Regency Romance

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  10. Northanger Abbey
    Northanger Abbey
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 2.8/5 (343 votes cast)

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    Catherine Morland meets Henry and John, both intriguing young men while on vacation. She is drawn between them and is soon invited to stay with Henry's family Northanger Abbey. John tries to sabotage the blooming relationship. Henry's father initially forbids the marriage because John tells him that Catherine is not as rich as he previously believed; but, he eventually approves when his daughter becomes engaged to a wealthy, titled man.

    Categories: Regency Romance, Romance

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