Read Free Regency Romance Novels

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. Beltane the Smith
    Beltane the Smith

    by Jeffery Farnol

    Beltane the Smith
    by Jeffery Farnol

    Rating: 2.4/5 (246 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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  2. Emma - Volume 1
    Emma - Volume 1
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 2.8/5 (335 votes cast)

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    Emma Woodhouse schemes to find a suitable husband for her friend and plunders through the challenges of her social world. She shares her life with unforgettable characters in a small town that is in the middle of a historical transition.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

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  3. Emma - Volume 2
    Emma - Volume 2
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 2.8/5 (294 votes cast)

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    Emma Woodhouse schemes to find a suitable husband for her friend and plunders through the challenges of her social world. She shares her life with unforgettable characters in a small town that is in the middle of a historical transition.

    Categories: Romance, Regency Romance

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  4. Emma - Volume 3
    Emma - Volume 3
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 2.8/5 (269 votes cast)

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    Emma Woodhouse schemes to find a suitable husband for her friend and plunders through the challenges of her social world. She shares her life with unforgettable characters in a small town that is in the middle of a historical transition.

    Categories: Romance, Regency Romance

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  5. Ivanhoe
    Ivanhoe
    by Sir Walter Scott

    Rating: 2.8/5 (312 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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  6. Lady Susan
    Lady Susan
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 2.4/5 (303 votes cast)

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    Recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon flirts, lies and pretends to be humble in a series of letter exchanges designed to help her find a financially suitable husband in London high society for herself and her shy teenaged daughter Frederica.

    Categories: Romance, Regency Romance

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  7. Mansfield Park
    Mansfield Park
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 3.2/5 (622 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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  8. Northanger Abbey
    Northanger Abbey
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 2.8/5 (347 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: Romance, Regency Romance

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  9. Persuasion
    Persuasion
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 3.3/5 (543 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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  10. Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility
    by Jane Austen

    Rating: 3.1/5 (657 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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