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The Hidden Children

A Laodicean: a Story of To-day

by Thomas Hardy

A vacillating young woman is thrust onto the horns of religious and romantic dilemmas.

The Woodlanders

by Thomas Hardy

The story takes place in a small woodland village called Little Hintock, and concerns the efforts of an honest woodsman, Giles Winterborne, to marry his childhood sweetheart, Grace Melbury. Although they have...

The Pirate Woman

by Aylward Edward Dingle

A Breathless Romance of the Caribbean

Trilby

by George du Maurier

Trilby (1894) is a gothic horror novel by George du Maurier and one of the most popular novels of its time, perhaps the second best selling novel of the Fin de siècle period after Bram Stoker's Dracula. Trilby...

The Great Impersonation

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

Excerpt: The trouble from which great events were to come began when Everard Dominey, who had been fighting his way through the scrub for the last three quarters of an hour towards those thin, spiral wisps of...

Benita, An African Romance

The Heritage of the Desert

by Zane Grey

Published in 1910, this was Zane Grey's first western novel. It received wide and unanimous praise for its powerful portrait of the land and the men and women of the Southwest. A lovely girl, who has been reared...

The Red and the Black

by Stendhal

The Red and the Black, Stendhal’s masterpiece, is the story of Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces, fueled by Napoleonic ideals, whose desire to make his fortune sets in motion events both mesmerizing...

Rupert of Hentzau

by Anthony Hope

Rupert of Hentzau is a sequel by Anthony Hope to The Prisoner of Zenda, written in 1895, but not published until 1898. Queen Flavia, dutifully but unhappily married to her cousin Rudolf V, writes to her true...

Alchymical Romance

The Blithedale Romance

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The principal setting is a communal farm called Blithedale (i.e., "Happy Valley"), a would-be modern Arcadia along the lines of the anti-capitalist ideals of Charles Fourier, yet is nonetheless destroyed by...

The Daughter of the Commandant

by Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin

Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov is the only surviving child of a retired army officer. When Pyotr turns 17, his father sends him into military service in Orenburg. En route Pyotr gets lost in a blizzard, but is rescued...

The Grey Cloak

by Harold MacGrath

In this novel a wide field of action is spread, many and varied characters live their daring and brilliant lives, and through it all the man and the woman whom the reader has learned to love walk in safety to...

Good Indian

by B.M. Bower

A stirring romance of life on an Idaho ranch.

Pearl-Maiden

The Long Shadow

by B.M. Bower

A vigorous Western story, sparkling with the free, outdoor, life of a mountain ranch. Its scenes shift rapidly and its actors play the game of life fearlessly and like men. It is a fine love story from start...

The Spell

by William Dana Orcutt

A romance set in Italy involving a love triangle of Helen, Inez, and Jack, tangled up in a spell of dual personalities, in the present and in the past. Excerpts: ... "SLOWLY THE SPELL BEGAN TO WORK UPON INEZ’...

The Green Mouse

by Robert William Chambers

To the literary, literal, and scientific mind purposeless fiction is abhorrent. Fortunately we all are literally and scientifically inclined; the doom of purposeless fiction is sounded; and it is a great comfort...

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