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People Like That

By: Kate Langley Bosher

A single woman from a family that is well-off, buys a house at a place that is looked down upon and disapproved by her family and friends alike. Her reason - she wants to live the life of and know people like that. (This book's got one of the cutest romantic endings I've ever read). What is surprising is this book is in the PD - there are quite a few modern expressions and comparatively less quaint, out-of-fashion expressions. (Summary by Neeru Iyer)

Romance, Fiction

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Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901

By: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born at Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, Canada, on November 30, 1874. She achieved international fame in her lifetime, putting Prince Edward Island and Canada on the world literary map. Best known for her Anne of Green Gables books, she was also a prolific writer of short stories and poetry. She published some 500 short stories and poems and twenty novels before her death in 1942. The Project Gutenberg collection of her short stor...

Fiction, Romance, Teen/Young adult, Short stories, Sea stories

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Mare au diable, La

By: George Sand ; Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin

Sur l'avis de son beau-père, malgré sa réticence, le laboureur Germain, veuf de vingt-huit ans, va se rendre à Fourche pour rencontrer celle qui deviendra peut-être la nouvelle mère de ces trois petits enfants, la fille du père Léonard, jeune veuve elle aussi. Apprenant ce déplacement, la mère Guillette demande qu'il emmène avec lui sa fille, Marie, qui s'en va travailler comme bergère dans la région. En cours de route, la nuit tombe. Le brouillard se lève et les voilà p...

Fiction, Romance

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Altar of the Dead, The

By: Henry James

A fable of literally life and death significance, the story explores how the protagonist tries to keep the remembrance of his dead friends, to save them from being forgotten entirely in the rush of everyday events. He meets a woman who shares his ideals, only to find that the past places what seems to be an impassable barrier between them. Although James was not religious in any conventional sense, the story shows a deep spirituality in its treatment of mortality and the...

Fiction, Romance

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Misérables, Les Vol. 5

By: Victor Hugo

This is volume 5 of 5. -- An ex-convict breaks parole and starts a new life as a righteous man, but is pursued by a police inspector. Along the way, the ex-convict joins a revolution, adopts a daughter, and beats people up. Hooray. (Summary by smileyman457)

Fiction, Romance

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Doncel de Don Enrique el Doliente, El

By: Mariano José de Larra

Novela romántica, cuya trama caballeresca se sitúa en el siglo XV, durante el reinado de Enrique III de Castilla, conocido como el doliente por sus constantes enfermedades. Macías, un trovador, se enamora de Elvira, dama de alta alcurnia castellana que ha casado con Fernán Pérez de Vadillo, hidalgo y prominente miembro de la corte de Enrique III. Enrique de Villena, tío del rey, desea deshacerse de su esposa María Albornoz para convertirse en maestre de la Orden de Calat...

Fiction, Romance

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Mary Marston

By: George MacDonald

Written at the height of George MacDonald's literary career, the story centers around the life of a simple merchant's daughter. Mary Marston's unswerving commitment to love, God, and others is contrasted with a backdrop of an array of characters and a complex and sometimes mysterious plot. It is a story of a woman who loves a man, and teaches him to change. Not out of his love for her, but simply because it was the right thing to do. MacDonald allows the characters a ran...

Fiction, Romance

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White Linen Nurse, The (version 2)

By: Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

Throughout three years of school, Rae Malgregor had been perfectly pliant, perfectly compliant to all the demands placed on her. But now, on the eve of graduation, she couldn’t go on with the mask of artificiality and the air of perfection. She had been chasing this nursing job three whole years, but there was just no wag to it! The Superintendent was stunned. Her best student! The Senior Surgeon was all grey granite business and livid that his time was being taken up wi...

Fiction, Romance, Humor

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Woodlanders, The

By: Thomas Hardy

The story takes place in a small woodland village called Little Hintock, and concerns the efforts of an honest woodsman, Giles Winterborne, to marry his childhood sweetheart, Grace Melbury. Although they have been informally betrothed for some time, her father has made financial sacrifices to give his adored only child a superior education and no longer considers Giles good enough for her. The Woodlanders marks the beginnings of controversy for Hardy's novels. At this po...

Fiction, Romance

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Persuasion (version 3)

By: Jane Austen

All the privilege I claim for my own sex ... is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone. In persuasion, her last novel, Austen explores the theme of postponed but enduring love, delayed by class boundaries and excessive pride. Anne Elliot, the story's aged (27 year old) heroine, suffers from a decision that was forced upon her several years ago—to break off a relationship with Capn. Frederick Wentworth, the man she deeply loved. As Austen examines the...

Fiction, Romance

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Camille

By: Alexandre (fils) Dumas ; Edmund Gosse

The Lady of the Camellias (French: La Dame aux camélias) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, first published in 1848, that was subsequently adapted for the stage. The Lady of the Camellias premiered at the Theatre de Vaudeville in Paris, France on February 2, 1852. An instant success, Giuseppe Verdi immediately set about to put the story to music. His work became the 1853 opera La Traviata with the female protagonist Marguerite Gautier renamed Violetta Valéry. In the En...

Fiction, Romance

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Doctor Wortle's School

By: Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope’s fortieth novel, published in 1881, concerns a respectable Christian boys’ school whose proprietor unknowingly hires a woman who apparently has two husbands: A devoted English scholar and an abusive drunkard from the American south. The book interweaves a sensitive and realistic exploration of Dr. Wortle’s moral dilemma with a humorous look at small-town gossip and--of course--a romance involving the doctor’s beautiful young daughter. ( Summary by Angela Rowland )

Fiction, Romance, Humor

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Monk: A Romance, The

By: Matthew Lewis

Matthew Gregory Lewis's The Monk: A Romance is a story of frustrated and unrequited desire between mentor and pupil mixed with elements of the supernatural. It includes several subplots: rape, torture and incest. It is the old story of the forces of good versus the forces of evil, except that in this one evil comes out ahead. When The Monk was first published in 1795, it was received well by readers and reviewers causing a second edition to be printed the following year....

Fiction, Romance

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Vicar of Wrexhill, The

By: Frances Milton Trollope

A villainous vicar insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy but foolish widow, ruining the fortunes and happiness of her three children, until they begin to fight back. Published in 1837 by the mother of the better-known Anthony Trollope, this highly readable romance portrays the evangelical movement of the Anglican church in a shocking light that may remind readers of some of the religious abuses of the present day. (Summary by Angela Rowland)

Fiction, Romance

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Anna Karenina, Book 6

By: Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage to follow her heart and must endure the hypocrisies of society. (Summary by Mary Anderson)

Fiction, Romance, Tragedy

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Other Things Being Equal

By: Emma Wolf

Ruth Levice, the daughter of a rich San Francisco Jewish merchant, meats Dr. Herbert Kemp, and they slowly fall in love. However, she is Jewish and he is not. Can love overcome such an obstacle? And what is more important, duty or love? (Summary by Stav Nisser)

Romance, Fiction

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Misérables, Les Vol. 1

By: Victor Hugo

An ex-convict breaks parole and starts a new life as a righteous man, but is pursued by a police inspector. Along the way, the ex-convict joins a revolution, adopts a daughter, and beats people up. Hooray. (Summary by smileyman457)

Romance, Fiction

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Kilmeny of the Orchard

By: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Eric Marshall is all that a well brought-up young man should be. Handsome, steadfast, and full of ambition, he is expected to expand the Marshall & Company empire -- and to marry a woman suitable to replace his mother in Nova Scotia's finest circles. When a sick friend asks for a favour, becoming a substitute schoolmaster in the Prince Edward Island countryside seems the perfect post-graduation lark. But when Eric wanders into an old orchard at twilight, his life will be...

Fiction, Romance

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Hidden Places, The

By: Bertrand Sinclair

Hollister, returning home from the war physically scarred but otherwise healthy and intact, finds life difficult among society, and so chooses to roam about a bit seeking a future for himself. He eventually leads himself to a remote area in British Columbia, which begins the tale of the next phase of his life; a life which becomes far richer in totality than he would have imagined in his old unwelcoming haunts. A life among the hidden places. (Summary by Roger Melin)

Fiction, Romance

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Manxman, The

By: Hall Caine

Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine, CH, KBE (14 May 1853 – 31 August 1931), usually known as Hall Caine, was a British author. He is best known as a novelist and playright of the late Victorian and the Edwardian eras. In his time he was exceedingly popular and at the peak of his success and his novels outsold those of his contemporaries. Many of his novels were also made into films. His novels were primarily romantic in nature, involving the love triangle, but they did also add...

Fiction, Romance

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