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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. Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1
    Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1
    by Marti Talbott

    Rating: 2.6/5 (177 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. Later, he sold the mine, became one of the wealthiest men in Colorado and built Marblestone Mansion

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  2. Marti Talbott's Highlander Series, Book 1
    Marti Talbott's Highlander Series, Book 1
    by Marti Talbott

    Rating: 2.9/5 (237 votes cast)

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    ANNA -- In love with a woman he had only seen once and could not find, the Highlander, Kevin MacGreagor was growing older and needed a wife to give him sons. No other woman pleased him, not even the daughters of other lairds, so he finally settled for Anna sight unseen. But when his men went to meet

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  3. The Viking
    The Viking
    by Marti Talbott

    Rating: 3.2/5 (161 votes cast)

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    At not quite fifteen, Stefan’s father finally let him board the longship Sja Vinna to take part in his first Viking raid. Yet, the battle was not at all what he expected and he soon found himself alone and stranded in Scotland.

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  4. Gretna Green - A Victorian Novella
    Gretna Green - A Victorian Novella
    by Baird Wells

    Rating: 3.3/5 (66 votes cast)

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    Scotland, 1832 Patrick Field has fled London and an unfortunate engagement. His trip is all it should be: hasty, anonymous, and uneventful – until he meets Miss Amelia Blake. The hopelessly romantic Amelia tangles him up in a scheme of her own, a plan that tumbles wonderfully out of control when

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  5. Searching for Susan
    Searching for Susan
    by R. E. Derouin

    Rating: 2.5/5 (33 votes cast)

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    A collection of 100+ love letters, beautifully written, in great detail during a nine month period in 1866 between a woman and man in Massachusetts. While their lives were simple, their curiosity was boundless and they took true pleasure in everything around them.

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  6. The Road to Port Haven
    The Road to Port Haven
    by Greg Monks

    Rating: 3.4/5 (40 votes cast)

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    A young woman flees the Old World on the eve of the stock market crash of 1929.

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  7. True Agape: True Love Will Always Conquer
    True Agape: True Love Will Always Conquer
    by George D. Demakas

    Rating: 2.3/5 (68 votes cast)

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    As World War II was ravaging Greece, soldiers and civilians were dying by the thousands on a weekly basis. Although having been bombarded daily by life-and-death situations, the love that Anna and Nikolas felt for each other could not be ignored; nor put aside until the end of the war.

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  8. The Princess Elopes
    The Princess Elopes
    by Harold MacGrath

    Rating: 3.0/5 (126 votes cast)

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    This is an enchanting little story about a princess who refuses to marry a man old enough to be her grandfather. A mock marriage with someone else does not delay the arranged marriage. Then, she meets and falls in love with a mysterious, handsome stranger. Is he the answer to her marriage problems?

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  9. 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.

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  10. Middlemarch
    Middlemarch
    by George Eliot

    Rating: 2.7/5 (63 votes cast)

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    Young, intelligent Dorothea marries a boring, middle-aged scholar and is trapped in the marriage until her husband's death. Across town an idealistic young doctor is caught in a marriage with a sweet, but superficial, wife. A handsome artist brings love into the lives of these two couples...

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