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Historical Romance Novels

Discover a world of courtship and romance from bygone times in our extensive range of historical romance novels. From old favourites to modern classics, you're sure to fall for these beautiful stories.

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    Maureen Lee Collection - 8 Books (Collection)

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    This collection contains eight powerful and compelling novels, all set in Liverpool, from acclaimed saga writer Maureen Lee. These stories are powerful, heartfelt and sure to leave you spellbound.

    Full of unforgettable characters, these rich stories contain everything from a journey to the past which includes a lost lover and secret child to a chance meeting with momentous repercussions.

    For fans of: Dilly Court, Lyn Andrews, Josephine Cox
    Format: paperback
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    Elizabeth Jane Howard Collection - 5 Books (Collection)

    Elizabeth Jane Howard

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    This impeccable collection contains five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and all the novels are funny yet touching.

    After Julius follows a family who have been brought back together, but they're finding it hard not to fall apart. Julius died 20 years ago but his last heroic action is still leaving a huge impact; Mr Wrong is a collection of short stories about dysfunctional families; and Odd Girl Out takes an eagle-eyed look at a destructive marriage.

    Something in Disguise is a witty account of a post-war family who are on the cusp of change and facing a crisis; and Getting It Right is a touching comedy about a sensitive hairdresser who tries to start living life 'right' at the age of 31.
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    The Last Secret of the Deverills (Hardback)

    Santa Montefiore

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    Santa Montefiore concludes her bestselling series with The Last Secret of the Deverills. Presented here in hardback, it's a fitting end with plenty of romance and drama to behold.

    It's 1939 and peace has flourished since the Great War ended. The Deverill family has gone through some huge changes and a new generation is waiting in the wings. Martha Wallace came over from America to find her birth mother in Dublin, but ended up falling for JP - and she's just found out her mother comes from the same area.

    Meanwhile Bridie Doyle, now Countess di Marcantonio and mistress of Castle Deverill, is planning on making the castle she used to work in her home. Her husband, Cesare, has other ideas. As he starts to stray, their friends begin to wonder if he is really who he is claiming to be... Kitty has come to terms with where she is now but then the love of her life walks right back into it.
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    Chance Developments (Hardback)

    Alexander McCall Smith

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    Inspired by a selection of vintage photographs, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith presents a selection of short stories about all kinds of love in Chance Developments.

    With a die-cut jacket and all five black-and-white photographs lovingly reproduced throughout the book, this is a gorgeous gift for any fan of the popular author. He looks at each photo and comes up with stories about the people captured in them.

    From an estate in the Highlands of Scotland to a Canadian travelling circus, the stories are captivating from start to finish. They'll make you smile, laugh and cry and hope these characters find the love they're after - whether that be romantic, platonic, passionate or familial.
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    The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Paperback)

    Heather Morris

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    This powerful book tells the heartbreaking love story between Lale Sokolov, the tattooist of Auschwitz, and the woman he tattooed, Gita. Readers of Schindler's List and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will love this extraordinary story full of love, loyalty and friendship.

    In 1942, Lale arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau and was given the job of tattooing the prisoners. Little did he know that scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

    Waiting in line to be tattooed was a terrified young girl named Gita. And for Lale - a dandy, jack-the-lad, bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. He was determined to not only survive himself, but to ensure Gita did too.
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    Romeo and Juliet (Paperback)

    William Shakespeare

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.' Arguably the greatest love story ever told, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet continues to touch modern audiences with its passionate depiction of the tragic romance between two young lovers. With a bitter feud between their respective families, Romeo and Juliet's love is troubled from the start, and through their relationship, Shakespeare shows the fine line between love, hatred, comedy and tragedy.
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    The Clockmaker's Daughter (Paperback)

    Kate Morton

    The Lake House author Kate Morton's six novel The Clockmaker's Daughter features a mesmerising combination of secrets, lies and mysteries.

    A woman is killed, another disappears, and the truth of what happened slips through the cracks of time. Over the next century and beyond, Birchwood Manor welcomes many newcomers but guards its secret closely - until another young woman is drawn to visit the house because of a family secret of her own...

    As the mystery of The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton begins to unravel, we discover the stories of those who have passed through Birchwood Manor since that fateful day in 1862.
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    The House Across the Street (Paperback)

    Lesley Pearse

    Rear Window meets The Girl on the Train in Lesley Pearce's The House Across the Street. It's a psychological thriller that asks what would you do if you lived opposite a murderer?

    It's 1964 and 23-year-old Katy Speed is fascinated by her neighbour Gloria and what happens in her house across the road. She's noticed mysterious women arrive in a black car most Saturdays and then witnesses the house burn to the ground. Katy is horrified when her father is then arrested and charged with murder... She vows to prove his innocence.
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    The Moon Sister (Paperback)

    Lucinda Riley

    The Moon Sister is the fifth epic story in the Seven Sisters series by the international number one bestseller Lucinda Riley.

    After the death of her father, Tiggy D'Apliese moves to the remote wilds of Scotland. There she takes a job doing what she loves - caring for animals. Her decision changes her future irrevocably when an ancient gypsy named Chilly tells her she possesses a sixth sense and that he would be the one to send her back home to Spain.

    Tiggy discovers her connection to the fabled gypsy community of Scromonte and to La Candela - the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation. From the Scottish Highlands and Spain to South America and New York, Tiggy follows the trail back to her own exotic but complex past and begins to embrace her own talent for healing.
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    The Shadow Sister (Paperback)

    Lucinda Riley

    Following on from the bestselling The Seven Sisters and The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister is the third book in Lucinda Riley's spellbinding series, loosely based on the mythology of the Seven Sisters star cluster. Star D'Apliese is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father - the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star - the most enigmatic of the sisters - is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world . . . A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in the Lake District, living close to her idol, Beatrix Potter, when machinations outside of her control lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society's most notorious players, Alice Keppel. Flora is pulled between passionate love and duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a game - the rules of which are only known to others, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life . . . As Star learns more of Flora's incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.
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    The Shadow Queen (Paperback)

    Anne O'Brien

    The Sunday Times Bestseller `A cracking historical novel' - Good Housekeeping `A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.' From her first clandestine marriage, Joan of Kent's reputation is one of beauty, rumour and scandal. Her royal blood makes her a desirable bride. Her ambition and passion make her a threat. Joan knows what she must do to protect her reputation...the games to play, the men to marry. She will do anything to get what she wants: The Crown of England. A tale of ambition, treachery and desire, The Shadow Queen tells of a woman's ascent through the court to command royal power alongside her young son, King Richard II.
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    Between the Orange Groves (Paperback)

    Nadia Marks

    From Nadia Marks, the bestselling author of Among the Lemon Trees and Secrets Under the Sun, comes Between the Orange Groves, a moving tale of desire, burning secrets and forbidden love. The perfect read for fans of Victoria Hislop and Santa Montefiore. In a small village, set among the wild mountains of Cyprus, two families of different faiths share a seemingly unbreakable friendship based on mutual respect and deep affection. Mothers and daughters share their daily secrets, fathers and sons support each other as they live their lives between the fragrant pine trees and orange groves. It's here that two boys, Lambros and Orhan, grow up side by side, as close as brothers. Their lives are inextricably linked, but as their fortunes shift and time passes, an unforgivable act of betrayal takes place, setting in motion a chain of events that tears the two friends and their entire families apart . . . Many decades later and now an old man living in London, Lambros decides to share his painful memories with his daughter Stella; transporting her back to an island brimming with passion and at its heart a scandal that still haunts those involved. Is it too late for forgiveness? Or can the next generation embark on a journey of their own to help mend the damage done all those years ago?
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    Queen of the North (Paperback)

    Anne O'Brien

    From Sunday Times bestseller Anne O'Brien . . . To those around her she was a loyal subject. In her heart she was a traitor. 1399: England's crown is under threat. King Richard II holds onto his power by an ever-weakening thread, with exiled Henry of Lancaster back to reclaim his place on the throne. For Elizabeth Mortimer, there is only one rightful King - her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund. Only he can guarantee her fortunes, and protect her family's rule over the precious Northern lands bordering Scotland. But many, including Elizabeth's husband, do not want another child-King. Elizabeth must hide her true ambitions in Court, and go against her husband's wishes to help build a rebel army. To question her loyalty to the King places Elizabeth in the shadow of the axe. To concede would curdle her Plantagenet blood. This is one woman's quest to turn history on its head. `O'Brien is now approaching Philippa Gregory status' Reader's Digest `O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' Daily Telegraph `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political' The Times
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    One Enchanted Evening (Paperback)

    Anton Du Beke

    One Enchanted Evening, Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke's debut novel, will take you back to the glitz and glamour of 1930s ballrooms.

    The exclusive Buckingham Hotel is a place where the rich, famous and elite all gather to socialise and dance their cares away. But unseen hotel staff are hiding behind the plush curtains and discreet doors.

    Meanwhile, the storm clouds of war are gathering and scandal and secrets are starting to be spilled...
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    The Pearl Sister (Paperback)

    Lucinda Riley

    Lucinda Riley's The Pearl Sister is the fourth novel in the extremely popular Seven Sisters series.

    CeCe D'Apliese has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt - so-called by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe and named after the Seven Sisters star cluster - she finds herself at breaking point...
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    Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)

    Jane Austen

    'Pray, pray be composed,' cried Elinor, 'and do not betray what you feel to every body present. Perhaps he has not observed you yet.' For Elinor Dashwood, sensible and sensitive, and her romantic, impetuous younger sister Marianne, the prospect of marrying the men they love appears remote. In a world ruled by money and self-interest, the Dashwood sisters have neither fortune nor connections. Concerned for others and for social proprieties, Elinor is ill-equipped to compete with self-centred fortune-hunters like Lucy Steele, whilst Marianne's unswerving belief in the truth of her own feelings makes her more dangerously susceptible to the designs of unscrupulous men. Through her heroines' parallel experiences of love, loss, and hope, Jane Austen offers a powerful analysis of the ways in which women's lives were shaped by the claustrophobic society in which they had to survive.
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    Love is Blind (Paperback)

    William Boyd

    William Boyd's Love is Blind is a sweeping novel set during the end of the 19th century.

    It follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, who has been offered a job in Paris. He seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and has a fateful encounter with a famous pianist - that in turn sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum.

    Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond...
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    The Pharmacist's Wife (Paperback)

    Vanessa Tait

    A dark and thrilling tale of Victorian addiction, vengeance and self-discovery, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters, Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist and Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent. Love. Desire. Vengeance. A deadly alchemy. Edinburgh, 1869... Newly married, Rebecca longs for the life of a well-heeled gentlewoman. Her husband Alexander, a respected pharmacist, is eager to join pioneering fellow inventors in the history books. But beneath his ordered exterior, Rebecca is horrified to find a world of dark secrets. As she struggles with his infidelity and strange sexual desires, Alexander tries to pacify her so-called hysteria with his magical new wonder-drug, heroin... As Rebecca's forced dependence takes her further from herself, Alexander's desire to profit from his creation leads him along a path that blurs science, passion, and death. Soon, they both learn that addiction, obsession and vengeance make for a deadly alchemy...
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    The Teashop Girls (Paperback)

    Elaine Everest

    The Woolworths series author Elaine Everest's The Teashop Girls is a warm and moving tale of friendship and love during the war.

    It is early 1940 and World War Two has already taken a hold on the country. Rose Neville works as a Lyon's Teashop Nippy on the Kent coast alongside her childhood friends, the ambitious Lily and Katie, whose fiance is about to be posted overseas in the navy.

    As war creates havoc in Europe, Rose relies on the close friendship of her friends and her family. When Capt. Benjamin Hargreaves enters the teashop one day, Rose is immediately drawn to him. But is the dashing captain all he seems?
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Paperback)

    William Shakespeare

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'My Oberon! what visions have I seen! Methought I was enamoured of an ass.' When four young lovers flee from Athens and become lost in an enchanted wood, they stumble into a fairy world where King Oberon, and Queen Titania, are feuding over ownership of a young Indian prince. Seeking his revenge on Titania, Oberon and his servant Puck begin a magical, yet farcical chain of events where all become interwoven in a comedic and mischievous play about the difficulties of love.
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    In His Father's Footsteps (Paperback)

    Danielle Steel

    In His Father's Footsteps is a powerful, compassionate story of fathers and sons, set in the dramatically transforming years following the Second World War, by the masterful Danielle Steel. April, 1945. As the Americans storm the Buchenwald concentration camp, among the survivors are Jakob and Emmanuelle, barely more than teenagers. Each of them has lost everything and everyone in the unspeakable horrors of the war. But when they meet, they find hope and comfort in each other. Jakob and Emmanuelle marry, and resolve to make a new life in New York. The Steins build a happy, prosperous life for themselves and their new family, but their pasts cast a long shadow over the present. Years later, as the Sixties are in full swing, their son Max is an ambitious, savvy businessman, determined to throw off the sadness that has hung over his family since his birth. But as Max's life unfolds, he must learn that there is meaning in his heritage that will help shape his future . . .
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    A Runaway Bride For The Highlander (Paperback)

    Elisabeth Hobbes

    Lost in Tudor Scotland Found by the Highlander! Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Far from her home in France, Marguerite Vallon escapes her arranged marriage to a man she despises. Stowing away in a stranger's cart, she finds herself headed deep into the Highlands with Ewan Lochmore, new Earl of Glenarris! Ewan vows to protect her. But maybe the freedom Marguerite has been searching for can be found with this rugged warrior...
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    Never a Bride (Paperback)

    Megan Frampton

    The next thrilling installment in Megan Frampton's scintillating A Duke's Daughters series. She's a deliciously scandalous woman who is no man's bride... He's a black sheep, forced to return home. Together, they enter a make-believe betrothal that shocks London society... After twelve years in Her Majesty's Navy, Griffith Davies must leave his sea-going life of outrageous freedom behind, forced to rejoin London society as the heir to the Duke of Northam. But though he is now shackled to the land, he has no desire to wed some innocently dull young thing. Who best to shield him from the matchmakers than a woman as notorious as he? Lady Della Howlett's reputation was tattered years ago, so entering into a false engagement with Griffith is hardly going to make matters worse. What's one more shock to the ton to set their tongues wagging? And this pact certainly has its pleasures; the passion Griffith commands in her goes well beyond their agreement. Could her feelings might be more honorable than she'd first imagined? Soon, Griffith and Della are arousing more than scandal, they're courting heartbreak. And more than their reputations could still be at risk.
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    The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Hardback)

    Sara Collins

    'They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don't believe I've done?' 1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth. For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed. But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved? A beautiful and haunting tale about one woman's fight to tell her story, The Confessions of Frannie Langton leads you through laudanum-laced dressing rooms and dark-as-night back alleys, into the enthralling heart of Georgian London.

    'Lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive' Emma Donoghue 'Spectacular' Natasha Pulley 'A moving, beguiling, gorgeously-written book' Kate Riordan 'A star in the making' Sunday Times 'Recalls the best of Sarah Waters' E C Fremantle 'Extraordinary' Cathy Rentzenbrink 'A stunning debut' Guardian 'A book of heart, soul and guts' Elizabeth Day 'An 'emotionally honest' story of race in the 19th Century' As heard on BBC Woman's Hour 'Dazzlingly original' The Times 'Bold and powerful' Sunday Times 'Gothic writing at its very best' Christine Mangan, author of Tangerine 'Prepare to pass it on to friend after friend' Stylist 'It resonates long after the final page has been turned' Laura Carlin, the author of The Wicked Cometh 'Gothic fiction made brand new' Stef Penney, author of The Tenderness of Wolves 'Tender and furious and wholly deserving of attention' Jessie Greengrass, author of Sight 'A pitch-perfect gothic novel' Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph 'The Confessions of Frannie Langton pulls the gothic into new territory and links it back to its origins' Guardian 'A literary page-turner' Rebecca F. John, author of The Haunting of Henry Twist 'From Charlotte Bronte through Sarah Waters, Alias Grace and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, The Confessions of Frannie Langton draws on a wealth of literary influences' Observer
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Get swept up in these vivid and moving historical romance novels. Our range covers books from across a wide variety of time periods and many types of historical romance fiction, from sweet tales of courtship to gripping racy tales of the past.

Experience the past

Explore a time gone by in one of our enthralling historical romance books. Relive the most dramatic moments of history or feel the reality of daily life in past centuries.

Get absorbed in the romance

We have an extensive range of historical romance books so whatever type of romance you are searching for you will find what is right for you. As you meet and follow the casts of funny, interesting or enigmatic characters you’ll find yourself falling in love with the love stories!

Discover some of the best historical romance authors

Check out some of the best historical romance novels by some of the genre’s most popular authors, such as Margaret Dickinson and Joanna Courtney, as well as some of books by classic authors of historical romance fiction, such as Jane Austen and Margaret Mitchell.