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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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England, 1444. Three women challenge the course of history… King Henry VI’s grip on the crown hangs by a thread as the Wars of the Roses starts to tear England apart. And from the ashes of war, the House of Paston begins its rise to power. Led by three visionary women, the Pastons are a family from humble peasant beginnings who rely upon cunning, raw ambition, and good fortune in order to survive. Their ability to plot and scheme sees them overcome imprisonment, violence and betrayal, to eventually secure for their family a castle and a place at the heart of the Yorkist Court. But success breeds jealousy and brings them dangerous enemies… Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008422882 • Author: Anne O'Brien • Publisher: HQ • Format: Paperback • Pages: 496 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.1 cm

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It’s spring in Little Creek and wedding bells are ringing. After their hasty marriage the Christmas before, Daisy is overjoyed to be finally marrying dashing Jay properly, in front of the whole village. But then, on the evening of their wedding, amid the festivities, Jay disappears. Daisy doesn’t know if Jay is dead or alive, if she’s his wife or his widow. And what’s more, without her husband, she has no means of supporting herself or her household. Refusing to give up hope, Daisy must draw on all her strength and courage – after all, she has people who depend on her. But the secret of Jay's disappearance is more scandalous that she could have ever imagined… Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008287795 • Author: Dilly Court • Publisher: HarperCollins • Format: Paperback • Pages: 512 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2 cm

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Paris 1944 A young woman's future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope. Santa Cruz 1953 Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi Occupation. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. On a darkened platform, two destinies become entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472267979 • Author: Ruth Druart • Publisher: Headline Review • Format: Paperback • Pages: 512 • Dimensions: 20.4 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm

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When their mother dies of pneumonia, Ellie and her younger sister Dora are left alone in the world. Their hard-drinking, womanizing father has abandoned them, and they cannot afford the rent on their East End tenement alone. Ellie is proud but she cannot turn down an offer of help from Doctor Lowe, a kindly man who sees Ellie as the replacement for his own recently deceased daughter. Though Doctor Lowe's motives are misguided, his kindness offers Ellie and Dora an opportunity to escape the poverty of their background and make something of themselves. But will Ellie risk her chance at a new life for revenge on her father? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800327931 • Author: Maggie Ford • Publisher: Canelo Saga • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm

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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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Three girls go to war and find true friendship. Ethel runs away from a violent father, a man so fierce he beat her fiancé senseless. Gorgeous Kate leaves her doting parents and their grocery store. Shy and sheltered Rosie, who has grown up with her grandmother, decides to escape her sleepy home town. All three join the NAAFI, determined to do their bit against Hitler. Through the travails of war they become each other's new family. Through desperate love affairs, charming pilots, unplanned pregnancies and postings around war-torn Europe, they resolve to stick together. But will the war tear them apart? And when the fighting draws to an end they realise the world – and their lives – can never be the same again... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800328204 • Author: Grace Thompson • Publisher: Canelo Saga • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1cm

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Cast out by her family, she must find a new path... Madeleine Wyndham returns home from her Swiss finishing school to a whirlwind of social engagements and parties and to Hamilton Bramwell, the wealthy young man her parents are determined she will marry. But Madeleine's eye is caught by a young milkman, Freddy and she dreams of running away with him. However, when she finds herself pregnant, Freddy refuses to marry her and Madeleine is forced to leave by her family. Madeleine arrives in London, friendless and homeless until a chance meeting offers her hope for the future. Madeleine is faced with a tough decision to make, one which will change her life forever. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800327948 • Author: Maggie Ford • Publisher: Canelo Saga • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9cm

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He needs a wife... Manchester industrialist William Rose was a poor lad from the slums who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, but in order to achieve his greatest ambitions he must become the epitome of Victorian respectability: a family man. She has a plan... But the only woman who's caught his eye is sophisticated beauty Octavia Marshall, one of the notorious ladies of Carson Street. Though she was once born to great wealth and privilege, she's hardly respectable, but she's determined to invest her hard-earned fortune in Mr Rose's mills and forge a new life as an entirely proper businesswoman. They strike a deal that promises them both what they desire the most, but William's a fool if he thinks Octavia will be a conventional married woman, and she's very much mistaken if she thinks the lives they once led won't follow them wherever they go. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781803281315 • Author: Rachel Brimble • Publisher: Aria • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.3 x 12.8 cm

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Can Polly finally escape her haunting past? Spring 1919: WW1 might be over, but the inhabitants of Dorcalon in the Welsh Valleys still feel the pain of the war that took so many of their men. Polly Smith is trying to survive her own battle at home. After her abusive husband, Gus, was finally jailed, Polly has been raising her two-year-old son, Herby alone. But being a single mother isn't easy, and Polly finds it harder still as Gus's criminal activities leave her with a bad reputation. Lonely and struggling for money, Polly retreats as she becomes the subject of cruel gossip. A job offer throws her a lifeline, and as she grows closer to soldier, Henry Austin, it seems that Polly might finally be changing her life - until dark secrets from her past emerge, threatening her new happiness. Can Polly clear her name? Or will the mistakes of the past ruin her future? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800329959 • Author: Francesca Capaldi • Publisher: Canelo • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2cm

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Are these newly-trained Wrens ready to protect Britain’s coastline? Following a humiliating experience involving the man she thought she’d marry, Iris Tredwick signs up to the Wrens in order to escape and find ‘the right sort’ of man to please her mother. After a bumpy start, Iris manages to befriend outspoken Mary and dreamer Sally as they are sent to their first posting – in Orkney. There she meets mechanic Rob, whose flirtatious nature both charms and confounds straight-laced Iris. Much more appropriate for her is local doctor Stewart, if only she felt the same spark for him as she does for Rob… As Iris, Mary and Sally work to interpret signals from incoming ships, they realise the enemy is somehow one step ahead of their manoeuvres, dropping sea mines under the cover of darkness. Could there be a spy on the island? And can the Wrens prevent disaster striking before it’s too late? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800324251 • Author: Vicki Beeby • Publisher: Canelo Saga  • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1cm

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Will she discover the secret of her past? 1901, West Yorkshire. When Eli Simmonite takes in a heavily pregnant woman fleeing from peril, he feels sure no good will come of it. After all, settled folk don't need much reason to take against the travellers, so having one seek safety amongst his people is unheard of. When danger comes knocking they leave devastation and a newborn child in their wake. Eli is left with the baby girl and his orphaned grandson; a reminder of the offer of aid that cost him his family. With no kin but the adopted family who hold her responsible for their demise, this girl named Rosie Nobody is filled with questions of her past. But with war looming in all of their futures, questions must be put aside: survival is the key. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781801105606 • Author: Chrissie Walsh • Publisher: Aria • Format: Paperback • Pages: 376 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.54 cm

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One Special Village . . . can make the world a better place. Lancashire, 1932. Widower Harry Makepeace lives in Manchester with his sickly daughter Cathie, scrimping and saving to get by. But after she suffers a violent asthma attack, the doctors say she must move to the clean, fresh air of the countryside to have any hope of survival. When Harry chances upon a patch of land for sale in Ellindale, and an advert for a disused railway carriage, he snaps both up quickly. Harry swiftly becomes part of the community and soon finds himself attracted to Nina, another newcomer to the village. Finally, he's found somewhere he and Cathie can build a new home. But their problems are far from over. Harry’s old boss will stop at nothing to punish him for daring to leave. And Harry's already made an enemy in Ellindale - someone who could make his life very difficult indeed . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473630918 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.8 x 2.5 cm

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Lancashire, 1930. Leah Turner's father has been killed in an accident at the laundry, and since her mother died years ago it falls to her to become sole provider for her little sister.  But Leah only has enough to keep their vicious rent collector at bay for a few weeks. Out of the blue Charlie Willcox, the local pawnbroker, offers her a deal. His brother Jonah, an invalid since being gassed in the Great War, needs a wife. Charlie thinks Leah would be perfect for the job. The idea of a marriage of convenience doesn't please Leah, but she finds Jonah agreeable enough and moving with him to the pretty hamlet of Ellindale may be the only chance of a better life for her sister. But the two sisters soon find themselves facing danger in their new life with Jonah. Can the three of them ever look to a brighter future? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473630802 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.5 x 2.4 cm

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Childless Maeve Corrigan, though rich and successful, is dying of cancer. She wants to leave her business empire to one of the offspring of her two estranged brothers, Des and Leo. But which young relative should she choose? Des has four children and he is overstretched financially. Leo is the unambitious owner of a hardware store in a remote Australian town and has two children. As the younger generation begin to gather around Maeve, old secrets are revealed, new allegiances made, and there are surprises for every member of the family. The Corrigan legacy isn't what it first appears. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780749027636 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Allison & Busby • Format: Paperback • Pages: 258 • Dimensions: 19.81 x 12.9cm

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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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Some things which feel truly lost, are really there all along, safely hidden, just waiting to be found... France. Summer 1981: In a small village in southern France, a wilful English girl is falling in love. Frances Langley has fallen under Benoit's romantic spell, and their summer of love finds Frances willing to do almost anything for the handsome art collector, even hiding a precious artefact for him, stolen by the Nazis decades before. England. Summer 2022: Frances's son, Harry, finds himself packing up the clutter and chaos of his late mother's home. Little does he know that his mother had sent a letter to Tabitha, the lost love of his life, begging the pair to find a priceless jewellery box, hidden in her cottage. Harry quickly dismisses the search, but as an art historian, Tabitha cannot risk the chance to recover something so valuable that was long thought to be lost. And so they embark on a journey of discovery, but soon find themselves searching for much more than a missing piece of art... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409195061 • Author: Michelle Adams • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.8 cm

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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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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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