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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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Escape to the ballrooms of Regency London with this beautifully designed boxset of the first four books in the worldwide bestselling Bridgerton series, the inspiration behind the Netflix phenomenon. In this glamorous, witty series, the Bridgertons reign over the Ton, watched (and gossiped about) by a mysterious columnist known only as Lady Whistledown . . . Included in this title: • The Duke & I • The Viscount Who Loved Me • An Offer From a Gentleman • Romancing Mr Bridgerton Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349430188 • Author: Julia Quinn • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Box Set • Dimensions: 20.2 x 9.8 x 13 cm

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London's East End, 1890 Growing up in poverty, Hester Stainsby toils day and night in the laundry room of Poplar Hospital to help support her family; her father Fred, her younger twin siblings, Harry and Polly, and cantankerous Granny Garter. When Fred is badly injured in an accident at the docks, the family's fortunes take a turn for the worse. Determined to make a better life for herself and her loved ones, Hester trains to be a nurse, throwing herself into hospital life. Nursing in London's busy East End is never easy and Hester must be willing to make sacrifices. But when a heroic and mysterious patient lands in her care, she feels something she never has before. Will love jeopardise everything she's worked so hard for? And can she find the happiness she and her family are so desperately searching for? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838772048 • Author: Sheila Newberry • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2cm

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This deluxe box-set brings together selected novels, novellas and short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, contained in five clothbound volumes with gold-foil stamping. Fitzgerald is considered one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, celebrated for his penetrating and moving depictions of the American Jazz Age. This beautiful slipcased collection contains his most iconic works such as The Great Gatsby and The Beautiful and Damned alongside lesser-known gems including 'The Offshore Pirate' and 'Ice Palace'. Includes: • The Great Gatsby • This Side of Paradise • The Beautiful and Damned • Flappers and Philosophers • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Tales of the Jazz Age Showcasing the variety and depth of Fitzgerald's genius, the Arcturus Collector's Classics series are high-quality, clothbound box-sets of classic works of literature. With elegant embossed cover-designs and coloured endpapers, these editions make wonderful gifts or collectibles to treasure forever. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781839407529 • Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald • Publisher: Arcturus • Format: Box set • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.7 x 12.7cm

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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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1944, Italy. As bombs fall around them, two strangers meet in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa and share an extraordinary evening. Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner a 64-year-old art historian living life on her own terms. She has come to salvage paintings from the wreckage of war and relive memories of her youth when her heart was stolen by an Italian maid in a particular room with a view. Ulysses’ chance encounter with Evelyn will transform his life – and all those who love him back home in London – forever. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008283391 • Author: Sarah Winman • Publisher: Fourth Estate • Format: Paperback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.4cm

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A life of poverty in a cramped pit cottage is all that seventeen-year-old Ruby Dinsdale has known. Even with her father and younger brother working at the coal mine, money is tight. Her mother Mary is skilled at stretching what little they have, but the small contribution Ruby makes from her job at the local pub makes all the difference. So when Ruby is sacked, and Mary becomes pregnant again, the family's challenges are greater than ever. When charming miner Gordon begins to court Ruby it seems as though happiness is on the horizon, until she uncovers a deeper betrayal than she could ever have imagined. But although the Dinsdales are materially poor, they are rich in love, friendship and determination - all qualities that they will draw on to get them through whatever lies ahead. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472268600 • Author: Glenda Young • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm

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The third novel in the beloved Regency-set world of Julia Quinn's charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a major Netflix series. Welcome to Benedict's story . . . Sophie Beckett never dreamt she would sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball - or that 'Prince Charming' would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie had been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But that night, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she felt like royalty. Yet she knows all enchantments must end. But Sophie has reckoned without Benedict's determined heart: he has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, for he knows this is his only chance for a fairy tale love . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349429441 • Author: Julia Quinn • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3.2 cm

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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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Life is tough for Ella Bancroft. After her father, Thomas, is wheelchair-bound by an accident at the tube works, the responsibility for keeping a roof over their head falls to Ella. If she and her father are to keep the bailiffs from the door, then Ella must earn a living. But Ella is resourceful as well as creative, and soon discovers she has a gift for millinery. Setting up shop, Ella and Thomas work hard to establish a thriving business. Before long, the fashionable ladies of the Black Country are lining up to wear one of Ella’s beautiful creations, and finally Ella dares to hope for a life with love, friendship and family. Meeting the man she longs to marry should be a turning point for Ella, but life’s twists and turns can be cruel. As the winter grows colder, events seem to conspire to test Ella’s spirit. And by the time spring is approaching, will the hat girl of Silver Street triumph, or will Ella have to admit defeat as all her dreams are tested. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781802802092 • Author: Lindsey Hutchinson • Publisher: Boldwood Books Ltd • Format: Paperback • Pages: 358 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.06 cm

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Dismissed from her position as housemaid under a cloud of misunderstanding, Tilly True is forced to return home. But Tilly is determined to make something of her life and, rather than admit the truth to her poverty-stricken family, she sets out once more in search of employment. Her journey takes her to the London law courts, a grim parsonage in one of the most notorious parts of the East End and a house of ill-repute. But when she falls for the dangerous charms of Barnaby Palgrave, Tilly soon finds that her troubles have only just begun... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784757953 • Author: Dilly Court • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 518 • Dimensions: 17.7 x 11 x 3cm

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The fourth book in Julia Quinn's globally bestselling, Regency-set, Bridgerton Family series, now the inspiration for the dearly loved Netflix series. Welcome to Colin and Penelope's long-awaited story . . . Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London... Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for...well, it feels like forever! She now thinks she knows everything about him, after half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar.  But when she stumbles across his deepest secret, she fears she doesn't know him at all. Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same - especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. When he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide...is she his biggest threat - or his promise of a happy ending? Product Information: ISBN: 9780349429458 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus  Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3cm

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Poppy Bridgerton may be fiercely independent and adventurous but even she was not prepared to be kidnapped by pirates from the Dorset coast! He found her at the wrong time... Despite his reputation as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby is stunned to find Poppy tied up and waiting for him in his cabin. Can two wrongs make the most perfect right? Poppy has no idea that Andrew is actually the son of an earl, but when he learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew's secrets are revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart...? Product Information: ISBN: 9780349430157 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus Format: Paperback Pages: 400 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.8cm

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With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie... Product Information: ISBN: 9780349430140 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.8cm

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Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers, and she's not opposed: their families have been neighbours for centuries. There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate: George. He may be the eldest, and heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying and she's certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either. But when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begin to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without... Product Information: ISBN: 9780349430133 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 3.4cm

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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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When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she doesn't think she'll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband - and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man. In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can't remember anything - her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for. Ellie and Jennifer's stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel - interspersed with real 'last letters'. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780340961643 • Author: Jojo Moyes • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 512 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 3.3cm

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She was given two choices... Georgiana Bridgerton isn't against the idea of marriage. She'd just thought she'd have some say in the matter. But with her reputation hanging by a thread after she's abducted for her dowry, Georgie is given two options: live out her life as a spinster or marry the rogue who has ruined her life. As the fourth son of an earl, Nicholas Rokesby is prepared to chart his own course. He has a life in Edinburgh, where he's close to completing his medical studies, and he has no time - or interest - to find a wife. But when he discovers that Georgie Bridgerton - his literal girl-next-door - is facing ruin, he knows what he must do. Product Information: ISBN: 9780349430164 Author: Julia Quinn Publisher: Piatkus Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3cm

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1970s London has stopped swinging, but it's not staying still. Babs thought she had all the world ahead of her. Then she got pregnant and the father did a runner. Salvation comes in the form of a man who'll look after her. Or so she thinks. But Stan Miller is the devil in disguise...and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him. Can she protect her family - or will he get the better of her? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473625693 • Author: Dreda Say Mitchell  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 496 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.8cm

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Jo Melling has arrived in Birch End from Australia, still grieving her father's recent death. She's not intending to stay long, but after tracking down her distant family, Jo becomes more involved in village life than she could ever have imagined - and suddenly in danger too. Jo also finds herself drawn to Nick, a handsome newcomer to the village. Nick had planned to settle in Birch End and start a business, but as he grows closer to Jo, he realises he may have to choose between his dreams and a chance at love. Meanwhile, the new local council are faced with some tough decisions of their own. It's time to take a stand against the poor conditions in Backshaw Moss, the nearby slum, but some councillors want things to stay as they are - and will go to any lengths to make sure they get their way . . . Will the decent people of the valley win a brighter future for themselves? And can Jo find a way to stay with Nick in a place she's grown to love? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473677814 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Hodder Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2cm

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