What are the best 19th century romance books?

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    #1Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written by Leo Tolstoy, which was first published in 1878. This follows the story of Countess Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.

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    Amber Schultz
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I started off having to read this book for a class, but I ended up enjoying it immensely. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys 19th Century Romance. "
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    #2Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.

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    Mark Taylor
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Pride and Prejudice is a book, first published in 1813, set in old London that follows a young sister of 5. It's a fantastic old-style romance title about women meeting men and disliking each other, but goes on to overcome their prejudice. It's really a great read."
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    #3Someone Is Out There

    Someone Is Out There

    Someone Is Out There is the first book in the fiction series Windswept written by Carole Standish which centers on Marcie who has to solve a mystery while she works with her feelings for Peter Doane. 

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    Israel Osorio
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is more of a thriller book than a romance book, in my opinion. A solid romance book would have romance as the main points, and not just playing a backseat to solving some mystery. It was a good read though."
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    #4The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a classic novel by the acclaimed French writer, Victor Hugo. It tells the story of Quasimodo, a disfigured hunchback who rings the church bells at Notre Dame, and the gypsy Esmeralda who changes his life.

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    Cheng Chang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Hugo's novel is a classic of nineteenth-century literature. It's also a heartbreakingly beautiful tale of romantic love. I'd recommend Hunchback to anyone interested in the romance genre of fiction in the nineteenth century. "
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    #5The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.
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    Jordan Bailey
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is a relatable book for many young families nowadays. It engages the reader into a puritan society and all of the hardships one faced when having a child out of wedlock in that day and age. Fantastic book which I reccomend to everyone!"
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    #6Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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    Teresa Bennett
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Jane Austen is a household name because of this book--and Pride and Prejudice of course, but this is her first. This story captures it all and is THE BEST 19th century romance book. I LOVE this book and can't read it too many times!"
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    #7Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a classic romance novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Tess Durbeyfield trying to claim a portion of the family fortune of the D'Urbervilles and meets her cousin Alec.

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    Jordan Rodriguez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Old timey books can be boring. Tess isn't. I usually read scifi, but the cover of Hardy's book caught my eye and resonated with me for some reason. Because it was available electronically, I purchased and had a read while rocking on my porch as a cool breeze finally broke this uncustomary warm Spring weather we've been having. Maybe it was the weather or the peace, but I was engrossed and finished it in a sitting."
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    #8North and South

    North and South
    North and South is a historical fiction book written by Elizabeth Gaskell which is set in the Industrial Revolution telling the life of Margaret Hale forced to leave south to go to Milton in the north of England. 
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    Deborah Austin
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a great book for the 19th century as it is written on a historical basis and is set in the appropriate time era."
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    #9Madame Bovary

    Madame Bovary
    This all-time literature classic tells the story of Emma Rouault, a young woman who marries Charles Bovary, a country doctor. Things don't go well for her, as she expected to live a life full of pleasures and luxuries, and not even giving birth to her own daughter made her excited about something. Everything changes when she meets Rodolphe, who will take her into a spiral of pain and suffering. 




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    Janice Thomas
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you are looking for a classic love story, don't look any further than Madame Bovary. It's a great tale of a woman who finds herself distastifed in her life and takes a different path. It can be a little depressing but also humorous and enjoyable. "
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    #10Jude the Obscure

    Jude the Obscure
    Jude the Obscure is a classic novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Jude Fawley who got trapped into marrying Arabella but she soon abandons him, where later he meets and falls in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead. 
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    Christopher Crawford
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I was looking for some older books about romance and some scandals. I came across this book, and noticed it looked like quite the classic. It is a highly interesting read, and I would recommend it. I would get the physical version, since I had heard it can mess up on a reading device. It still should not be too bad though. The content of the book certainly makes up for any small kinks."
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    #11The Portrait of a Lady

    The Portrait of a Lady
    The Portrait of a Lady is a historical mystery drama written by Henry James. It was first released in 2003. It is about an American lady who was brought to Europe and tried to fight the destiny set for her.
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    Vincent Adams
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "The Portrait of a Lady" as a gift for my fiancee, and she really enjoyed it! The book talks about a woman fighting her destiny, and my fiancee really liked this topic, because she felt it near to her. I suggest reading the book to everyone"
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    #12Crimson Rapture

    Crimson Rapture

    Crimson Rapture by Jennifer Horsman is a historical romance and fiction novel originally published in April 1986. This book follows the story of Christina held captive by a group of notorious pirates.

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    Raymond Fowler
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you needed a book on what Stockholm syndrome is, then this is the book for you. The entire thing comes off as both low class, annoying, logic hoop jumping and has a distinct rape vibe throughout the whole book. Not recommended in the least."
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    #13Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written. The eponymous Anna renounces her marriage in favor of an affair and a more meaningful existence, all the while struggling with societal norms, religion, and morality.

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    #14Calico Palace

    Calico Palace

    Calico Palace is a historical romance fiction novel written by Gwen Bristow. This classic 19th-century book is about the crackbrains and it is first published in 1970. 

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    #15A Company of Swans

    A Company of Swans

    A Company of Swans is a young adult historical romance fiction novel written by Eva Ibbotson. This book is about Harriet Morton and it is first published in 1985 by Speak. 

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    Janet Pierce
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book was a great tale of strength, courage, and love. The plot was great and everything tied together quite well. Engaging read. "
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    #16Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Charlotte Brontë and has an introduction from Diane Johnson. Jane Eyre was published by The Modern Library New York.
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    Anthony Riley
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "i think this among the best and a must read for anyone into 19th century stories"
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    #17Emma

    Emma

    Emma (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Jane Austen and has an introduction from A. Walton Litz. The book Emma was published on May 8, 2001 by Modern Library.

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    Shaurya Verma
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Emma is a comedic book that follows Emma Woodhouse, who experiences day to day parties, picnics, and dances of the early 19th century. It's an interesting story that follows her family as well and offers great laughs and entertainment value."

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Best What are the best 19th century romance books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Anna KareninaBooks 16 Free
2Pride and PrejudiceBooks 13 Paid
3Someone Is Out ThereBooks 12 Paid
4The Hunchback of Notre DameBooks 10 Paid
5The Scarlet LetterBooks 10 Paid
6Sense and SensibilityBooks 8 Paid
7Tess of the D'UrbervillesBooks 7 Paid
8North and SouthBooks 6 Paid
9Madame BovaryBooks 4 Paid
10Jude the ObscureBooks 3 Paid
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