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Fall in love with romantic stories from the past with our collection of classic romance books here at The Works. Discover romance novels that will have you longing for a time gone by when chivalry was alive and well. Use the filters below to find some of the best-loved romance books and authors.

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Delve into the first novel of Julia Quinn's world famous Bridgerton series, now a major Netflix show. This is the gripping story of Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke: welcome to the ballrooms of Regency London . . . Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke? -Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813 By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely - and almost-on-the-shelf - Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth - it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. Their ruse works like a charm - at first. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her. It wasn't the plan, but it seems she's falling for the duke, for real. And amidst the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London's elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule . . . 'Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters' – Booklist Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349429212 • Author: Julia Quinn • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm

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Bristol 1939. School leaver Maisie Miles suspects her father, a small-time crook, has an ulterior motive for insisting she gets a job at Wills tobacco factory but keeps it to herself. She's befriended by effervescent Phyllis Mason and kind-hearted Bridget Milligan who take pity on her and take Maisie under their wing. But beneath their happy go lucky exteriors they all harbour dreams and worries about what the future holds. Engaged to be married Phyllis dreams of romance and passion but when it comes there are dire consequences. Bridget seemingly the level headed one harbours a horror of something unspeakable that she cannot easily come to terms with. There's great comradeship at the tobacco factory, and with the advent of war everything is about to change and even the closest friendships are likely to be strained. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781801629010 • Author: Lizzie Lane • Publisher: Boldwood Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 316 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.83 cm

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As the only female cabinet maker in the valley in 1935, Frankie Redfern is unusual. She faces prejudice even from her own mother. But she's content working for her father, and is unwilling to give up her independence or the work she loves for marriage. When her husband falls gravely ill, Frankie's mother takes over, causing serious trouble for her daughter. Jericho Harte has never met a woman he wanted to marry until he bumps into Frankie on the moors. When she comes to him the next day with an extraordinary suggestion, it seems a marriage of convenience might suit them both. Or could their relationship become more than that? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473677883 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm

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The highly anticipated seventh instalment in the multimillion-copy epic series, The Seven Sisters. They’ll search the world to find her. The six D’Aplièse sisters have each been on their own incredible journey to discover their heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered: who and where is the seventh sister? They only have one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. The search to find the missing sister will take them across the globe – from New Zealand to Canada, England, France and Ireland – uniting them all in their mission to complete their family at last. In doing so, they will slowly unearth a story of love, strength and sacrifice that began almost one hundred years ago, as other brave young women risk everything to change the world around them. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781509840175 • Author: Lucinda Riley • Publisher: Macmillan • Format: Hardback • Pages: 816 • Dimensions: 24.1 x 23.4 x 15.3 cm

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A heart-warming wartime saga of love and loss for the post office girls. It is autumn 1940 and, as the bombs drop on London, a close-knit community struggles to survive. Working at the local post office, Bessie Green does her best to keep her customers' spirits up, but when she receives a telegram addressed to her parents, there's nothing she can do to prevent the heartache that lies ahead. Then Bessie hears that eleven-year-old Daisy Mason has been orphaned in a blast, and she's sure that taking Daisy into their home is just what her parents need to help them overcome their grief. At first, Daisy won't settle, then her handsome brother Josh comes back on leave and things look up for all of them. But the war brings further challenges for Bessie and her friends - with more hearts broken and loved-ones lost - before they can dare to dream of a brighter future... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472256843 • Author: Pam Evans • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288  • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm

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In every life there is a turning point... A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breath-taking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous bachelor, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton. After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca's surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer - the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin... Product Information: ISBN: 9780349429472 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.8cm

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'She's just a paper mill girl.' Seventeen-year-old Ruth Hardy works long hours at Grange Paper Works, with her younger sister Bea, and spends her free time caring for their ailing parents. Their meagre income barely covers their needs, so when Bea reveals that she is pregnant out of wedlock, Ruth knows even tougher times are ahead. Ruth's hard work at the mill does not go unnoticed and it looks as though luck might turn when she's promoted. But when the arrival of Bea's baby girl ends in tragedy, Ruth is left with no choice but to bring up her niece herself. However, news of Ruth's plan brings a threatening menace close. Although Ruth's friendship with the girls at the mill, and the company of charming railway man, Mick Carson, sustain her, ultimately Ruth bears the responsibility for keeping her family safe. Will she ever find happiness of her own? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472268563 • Author: Glenda Young • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3cm

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Fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken and - according to some, particularly Gareth St. Clair - probably best in small doses. But there's something about her - something charming and vexing - that grabs one and won't quite let go. Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual - and annually discordant - Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to help him out with a knotty inheritance problem he's facing. However, as they delve into the mysterious St Clair history, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the past - but in each other; and that there is nothing as simple - or as complicated - as a single, perfect kiss. Product Information: ISBN: 9780349429489 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3cm

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Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton is a firm believer in true love.  He'd have to be an idiot not to be: all seven of his siblings are happily married. Gregory figures he is just biding his time until the right woman comes along. And so when he sees Hermione Watson, he knows with every fibre of his being, that she is meant to be his. But through Hermione's closest - and slightly less beautiful - friend, Lucy Abernathy, he finds out that Hermione is desperately in love with another man. Sadly, by the time Gregory figures out the right girl is actually the wrong girl, and the right girl was Lucy all along, it's too late. Lucy is to marry another! Now - on the way to the wedding - Gregory must figure out how to thwart the nuptials and convince Lucy that she was always meant to be his... Product Information: ISBN: 9780349429496 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.5 x 12.6 x 2.8cm

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Once upon a Regency time, an author created a family... But not just any family. Eight brothers and sisters, assorted in-laws, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, (not to mention an overweight corgi), plus an irrepressible matriarch who's a match for any of them... These are the Bridgertons. Through eight bestselling novels, readers laughed, cried, and fell in love.But they wanted more. And so the readers asked the author... What happened next? Does Simon ever read his father's letters? Do Francesca and Michael become parents? Who would win in a Pall Mall grudge match? Does 'The End' really have to be the end? This is a collection of Julia Quinn's funny, heart-warming 'second epilogues,' which are included at the ends of each novel. This collection also includes plus a brand new novella about none other than the wise and witty matriarch: Violet Bridgerton herself. So get to know the Bridgertons all over again - because Happily Ever After is a whole lot of fun... Product Information: ISBN: 9780349429809 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3cm

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The fifth novel in the beloved Regency-set world of Julia Quinn's charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a major Netflix series. This is Eloise’s story . . . Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except . . . he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away. Could this imperfect man be perfect for her? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349429465 • Author: Julia Quinn • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3 cm

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It's 1939, and the Brogan family of London's East End is trying to keep their spirits up. But things don't seem so rosy when rationing, evacuation and air-raids start to put this larger-than-life family to the test. When a mysterious young man arrives in the local community, he provides just the dazzling distraction they need - and for eldest daughter Mattie, the promise of more than she'd ever wished for. But as the pair fall deeper in love, they are drawn into secret dangers, rife on the very London streets they call home. As the young couple race to protect the East End, can their dreams survive the darkening backdrop of wartime...? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786491381 • Author: Jean Fullerton • Publisher: Corvus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.56 x 12.45 x 3.3 cm

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Jane Hadley has nothing to lose when she runs away to join the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Whatever faces her in war-torn London can't be any worse than staying at home with her abusive father... The city is nothing like she could have imagined, but she's soon on the move, travelling from base to base for her top-secret training. Making plenty of new friends along the way, it doesn't take long for Jane to embrace her growing confidence especially under the attentive eye of dashing Officer Oscar Stanton. Life as an independent woman is as rewarding as it is exciting, until Jane's father tracks her down and it crashes to a halt. Jane will need all her new-found strength to find her way back to the frontline and to the man she's fallen for... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800245976 • Author: Fenella J. Miller • Publisher: Aria • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.9 x 2.5 cm

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Unexpectedly bequeathed some money, Tam Crawford decides to settle down in the village of Ellindale, Lancashire 1934. He knows he can be impulsive, but this time he is determined to rule by his head and big heart... However, after one day, he has taken on a fiancee and two children to keep them out of the poorhouse and now Tam and his new family realise tat his act of charity is the best thing that could have happened to them! Meanwhile, with local benefactor Finn Carlisle's attempts to help the unemployed, Tam's cousin-by-marriage Hilda Kerkham is struggling to even feed her son! Will the people of Ellindale come together to help one another in these hard times? Product Information: ISBN: 9781473673298 Author: Anna Jacobs Publisher: Hodder Format: Paperback Pages: 352 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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The Twilight Saga series has entranced millions of readers around the world so be prepared to be taken on Bella and Edward's phenomenal journey in the Twilight Saga - 5 Book Box Set!  Now all 5 books in the series, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, are available in this deluxe white-edition paperback boxed set. When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away - until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires - and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349001326 • Author: Stephenie Meyer • Publisher: Atom Books • Format: Paperback - Book Collection • Dimensions: 20.2 x 16.2 x 13cm

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An old secret is about to be uncovered... Daisy is devastated when her lover, Percy, abandons her. All alone, Daisy is forced by her own mother to give up her baby son for adoption - shortly before she throws Daisy out. War is imminent, and Daisy is evacuated to the Lake District, where she tracks down her black-sheep aunt, Florrie. Together they set up a guest house, and when Daisy meets and falls in love with a young airman, Harry, happiness is within her reach. But when Percy turns up holding a baby, Daisy is torn between her yearning to reclaim her son and her love for Harry. Will the truth set Daisy free, or break her heart once more? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800323025 • Author: Freda Lightfoot • Publisher: Canelo Saga • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 cm

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The only thing they can agree on is that the winner takes all... The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton, and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham, are as infamous for their bickering as for their flirtation. Shortly before a fortnight-long house party at Jeremy's country estate, Diana is shocked when he appears at her home with an unexpected proposition. After finding his latest mistress unimpressed with his bedroom skills, Jeremy suggests that they embark on a brief affair. He trusts Diana to critique him honestly, and she'll use the gossip to signal to other gentlemen that she is interested in taking a lover. Diana has bet Jeremy that he will marry within the year, and she intends to use his proposal to her advantage. But in this battle, should the real wager be who will lose their heart to the other first? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472283870 • Author: Martha Waters • Publisher: Headline Eternal • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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Prepare to be swept off your feet by the romantic and irresistible debut novel from Anton Du Beke London, 1936. Inside the spectacular Grand Ballroom of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, film stars, even royalty, rub shoulders with Raymond de Guise and his troupe of talented dancers from all around the world, who must sweep away their cares. Accustomed to waltzing with the highest of society, Raymond knows a secret from his past could threaten all he holds dear. Nancy Nettleton, new chambermaid at the Buckingham, finds hotel life a struggle after leaving her small hometown. She dreams of joining the dancers on the ballroom floor as she watches, unseen, from behind plush curtains and hidden doorways. She soon discovers everyone at the Buckingham - guests and staff alike - has something to hide . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781785764813 • Author: Anton Du Beke • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 19.56 x 12.7 x 4.06 cm

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Hull, 1852. Matty has had to care for her three younger sisters ever since their mother's death ten years ago. She and the girls' beloved father have worked hard to keep the family together and now it's time to celebrate as Matty turns eighteen. But their joy is short-lived when tragedy suddenly strikes and their father disappears on his way to London. The sisters have no way of knowing what has happened to him - only that he hasn't returned home. With little money left they're now forced to battle life's misfortunes alone... Product Information: • ISBN: 9780552179027 • Author: Val Wood • Publisher: Corgi • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.29 cm

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World War Two is still raging across Europe. But for the Lavender Girls, the workers at the Yardley cosmetics factory in East London, there are even more challenges on the home front. Esther, newly married, is learning to juggle life as a working woman. Headstrong Patsy has a double life that takes her from the East End lipstick belt by day to the stage in the West End at night. And for bubbly Lou, a forbidden love forces her to choose between family loyalty and a chance at true happiness. One thing is certain: the Lavender Girls need one another more than ever if they are going to survive . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473698147 • Author: Kate Thompson • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm

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