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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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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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1910 Liverpool Docks. Ruby Swift is a hard-working, straight-talking woman of substance who does not suffer fools gladly, but when tragedy strikes on a bitter Christmas Eve, Ruby and her beloved husband Archie take matters into their own hands when a trusted employee’s house is mysteriously engulfed by flames and lives are lost. Orphaned by the fire, Ruby welcomes heartbroken sixteen-year-old Anna Cassidy, into her home but is unable to save Anna's twelve-year-old brother Sam, who is sent by the Church to Canada as a Homeboy. Can Ruby help mend a broken heart and can these two children ever be reunited or is there another higher game in play? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781802802108 • Author: Sheila Riley • Publisher: Boldwood Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 298 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.73 cm

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With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London's East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe's nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip. For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril? Product Information:• ISBN: 9781786491404• Author: Jean Fullerton• Publisher: Corvus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 431• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3cm

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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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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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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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A chance meeting will change her life in ways she never could have imagined... As the Second World War continues to bring heartache to those left behind, Megan Lloyd is determined to do her bit for the war effort. She is appalled by the plight of young women left pregnant and destitute following ill-fated love affairs with passing sailors or American GIs, and establishes a place of refuge for unmarried mothers. But Megan's plan incurs her father's intense disapproval and she finds herself cast out from the family and unprepared for the challenges ahead. Her new life is full of trauma, drama and heartbreak, but can she find joy and love as well? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800323032 • Author: Rosie Harris • Publisher: Canelo • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 cm

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Her destiny was certain but love had other plans... Lieutenant Kate Russell's post-war life was all mapped out. According to her upper class parents' wishes, she planned to marry a man with a pedigree like her own. But fate had other ideas in the form of Robert Campbell, a mere staff driver. Kate is irresistibly drawn to him and they decide to wed. Her family, initially outraged by the proposal, agree to accept their marriage but only if Robert climbs the ranks of the army. But when the Allied forces declare victory and Robert goes on to become a Major, Kate finds that she has another bitter war to fight. Trapped by the possessive demands of her aristocratic parents, she fights her own lonely battle to save her marriage and her reputation. Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781800323049 •    Author: Rosie Harris •    Publisher: Canelo •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 304 •    Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm

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Veronica McCreedy is about to have the journey of a lifetime... Veronica McCreedy lives in a mansion by the sea. She loves a nice cup of Darjeeling tea whilst watching a good wildlife documentary. And she's never seen without her ruby-red lipstick. Although these days Veronica is rarely seen by anyone because, at 85, her days are spent mostly at home, alone. She can be found either collecting litter from the beach ('people who litter the countryside should be shot'), trying to locate her glasses ('someone must have moved them') or shouting instructions to her assistant, Eileen ('Eileen, door!'). Veronica doesn't have family or friends nearby. Not that she knows about, anyway... And she has no idea where she's going to leave her considerable wealth when she dies. But today... today Veronica is going to make a decision that will change all of this. Product Information: ISBN: 9781784164249 Author: Hazel Prior Publisher: Black Swan Format: Paperback Pages: 416 Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.5cm

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The course of true love never did run smooth... Val Walker is looking forward to starting a family, her best friend Cissie is expecting her second child, and newly engaged Janice is looking forward to wedded bliss. But the road to happiness isn't easy. Val struggles to fall pregnant with her longed for first baby, Cissie's husband starts taking an interest in a new female colleague, and Janice is torn between leaving her widowed father and younger brother behind in Blackpool and her new life in Yorkshire. Are the three friends' marriages strong enough to survive, or are they all headed for heartbreak? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800324862 • Author: Margaret Thornton • Publisher: Canelo • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm

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Everybody believes that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is unmarried, plain, poor and reaching a dangerous age. But when she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her fortunes change. Her best friend Lizzy Bennet is appalled by her decision, yet Charlotte knows this is the only way to provide for her future. What she doesn't know is that her married life will propel her into a new world: not only of duty and longed-for children, but secrets, grief, unexpected love and friendship, and a kind of freedom. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838770761 • Author: Helen Moffett • Publisher: Manilla Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 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 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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The old manor house has stood empty for years, left to rot since the last master of the Fenton family died. Until Jess Beddows steps inside, and feels she has come home. Against her family's wishes, she buys the house, promising to bring it back to life. Upstairs, in an attic room left untouched for a century or more, she finds a journal. It holds the heartbreaking tale of Martha, and of the cruel, entangled lives of the house's servants and masters nearly two hundred years before. As Jess is drawn into their tragedy, the whispers begin. Before long, everything she loves will be threatened by violent emotion and long-kept secrets. Can she survive the echoes from the past? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780755353941 • Author: Rosie Goodwin • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.7 cm

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Holly lives and works in the beautiful town of Willowbury in Somerset. An incorrigible optimist, she is determined to change the world for the better. Charlie Thorpe on the other hand, is the ultimate pragmatist. With responsibility for so many people, he has to be. But when their paths cross again, it’s clear they’ve got more in common than they think. Can Holly and Charlie overcome their differences and work together, or are they destined to be forever on opposite sides? And why does Holly have a funny feeling she has met Charlie before… Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838898410 • Author: Fay Keenan • Publisher: Boldwood Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 350 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2cm

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Venice, 1943: Under the Nazi occupation, life is increasingly perilous for Italian Jews. Antonina Mazin has but one hope to survive - to leave her beloved parents and hide in the countryside, posing as the bride of a man she has only just met. Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to return home to run his family's farm. The only way to keep Nina safe - and protect secrets of his own - is to convince prying eyes that their sudden marriage is a love match. But farm life is not easy and Nico's provincial neighbours are wary of this soft, educated stranger. Even worse, their distrust is shared by a local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico. As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their relationship deepens, transforming into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day brings them closer to being torn apart... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472280688 • Author: Jennifer Robson • Publisher: Headline Review • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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Two girls meet by chance on London's Hampstead Heath - well-mannered and smartly dressy Verity and dishevelled and grubby Ruby. Yet this mismatched pair form an instant friendship strong enough to survive their parents' disapproval. When war engulfs the country - sending Ruby to Devon while Verity struggles to find a new beginning under a shadow from her past - the girls are convinced they will always be there for each other. Until the day on breaks the other's heart... Can Verity and Ruby find a way back to each other before it's too late? Product Information:• ISBN: 9780241465578• Author: Lesley Pearse• Publisher: Penguin Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 524• Dimensions: 18.5 x 11 x 3.5cm

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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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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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