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Catholics love to write! Welcome to my virtual bookshelf. Here you will find story plots that matter. These are the novels and books that don't just tell us a story, but that uplift us, that contain an enduring message, that warn us of perilous paths and that stir our souls to be better.
Enjoy the many novels listed here, free either because they are now in the public domain or because the authors have made them freely available.

My prayer for all visitors to Free Online Catholic Novels

May God richly bless you with peace and joy. When you come to this site, may you find novels that will lift your spirit and encourage you on your journey to Heaven.

Top 10 Free Online Catholic Novels

Set in Paris in the 1800's, En Route is the story of the soul of a man "too much writer to become a monk; too much monk to remain a writer."
En Route by Joris-Karl Huysmans

The iconic priest detective, Father Brown, solves every mystery with keen insight of the human condition.
The Complete Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton

Grace Keon brought her enjoyment of the exotic to all her writing. Here is her mystery, The Ruby Cross.
The Ruby Cross by Grace Keon

Here is the exquisite novel based on John Newman's own conversion from the Anglican Church to the Catholic Church.
Loss and Gain by John Henry Newman

A hard-to-put down story set in the Roman Empire in the third century that follows the lives of Callista, drawn to Christianity despite the pagan culture, and the Christian man who loves her who is himself surrounded by people who want him to abandon his faith.
Callista by John Henry Newman

The story of love between a Christian woman and a Roman tribune, set in Nero's Rome.
Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz

Another convert from the Anglican Church to the Catholic Church was Robert Hugh Benson, who then turned his literary gift to writing about the Catholic experience in England, and in particular, when the Church was outlawed.
Come Rack! Come Rope! by Robert Hugh Benson

G.K. Chesterton was also a convert from the Anglican Church to the Catholic Church and created all sorts of memorable literary characters as a result. In The Man Who was Thursday, an anarchist group uses the days of the week for their cover names. But this is more than an ordinary thriller. G.K. Chesterton’s philosophy of theology is reflected in this metaphysical thriller.
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

One of the greatest novels of all time. A classic tale of redemption set in the turbulent times of the June Rebellion in 19th-century Paris.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

A suspenseful novella about two children who get lost in the snowy Alps on Christmas Eve. Poet, W.H. Auden called it "a quiet and beautiful parable about relation of people to places, of man to nature."
Rock Crystal (audio book) by Adalbert Stifter

More free Catholic fiction online:

Geraldine by E.C. Agnew
Stories by American Catholic Novelists
A Pakistani Love by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Among the Sons of Seth by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Chronicles of Palestine #1: The King David Hotel Mystery by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Chronicles of Palestine #2: The Romeo of Jerusalem Mystery by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Chronicles of Palestine #3: The Arab Legion Mystery by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Chronicles of Palestine #4: The Body in the Garden Tomb Mystery by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Chronicles of Palestine #5: The Canaanite Idol Mystery by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Death Among the Dinosaurs by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Hail Mary by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Italian on Duty by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Last King of Damascus by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Treasure of Tadmor (A Kent Family Adventure) by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Strange Sketch of Sutton (A Kent Family Adventure) by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Hunt for the Cave of Moravia (A Kent Family Adventure) by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Search for the Sword of Goliath (A Kent Family Adventure) by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Buried Gold of Shechem (A Kent Family Adventure) by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Cache of Baghdad (A Kent Family Adventure) by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Walls of Jerusalem (A Kent Family Adventure) by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Missionary's Diary (A Kent Family Adventure) by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong NEW (listed less than one year)
Sami's Special Blend by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Society for the Betterment of Mankind by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Spying on Gran by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Storm & Stress by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
Three Peaks by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong NEW (listed less than one year)
The Unlikely Association of Meg and Harry by Jennifer Keogh Armstrong
The Boyne Water: Tales by the O'Hara Family - Volume 1 by John and Michael Banim
The Boyne Water: Tales by the O'Hara Family - Volume 2 by John and Michael Banim
The Boyne Water: Tales by the O'Hara Family - Volume 3 by John and Michael Banim
Tales by the O'Hara Family - Second series, Volume 1 by John and Michael Banim
Tales by the O'Hara Family - Second series, Volume 2 by John and Michael Banim
Tales by the O'Hara Family - Second series, Volume 3 by John and Michael Banim
The Croppy: a tale of 1798 - Volume 1 by John and Michael Banim
The Croppy: a tale of 1798 - Volume 2 by John and Michael Banim
The Croppy: a tale of 1798 - Volume 3 by John and Michael Banim
Father Connell - Volume 1 by John and Michael Banim
Father Connell - Volume 2 by John and Michael Banim
Father Connell - Volume 3 by John and Michael Banim
C by Maurice Baring
Dead Letters by Maurice Baring
Diminutive Dramas by Maurice Baring
The Grey Stocking and other plays by Maurice Baring
Lost Diaries by Maurice Baring
Orpheus in Mayfair by Maurice Baring
Overlooked by Maurice Baring
Passing By by Maurice Baring
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by Hilaire Belloc
More Beasts (for worse children) by Hilaire Belloc
Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc
The Eye-witness by Hilaire Belloc
The Four Men by Hilaire Belloc
The Green Overcoat by Hilaire Belloc, illustrated by G.K. Chesterton
Mr. Clutterbuck's Election by Hilaire Belloc
Pongo and the Bull by Hilaire Belloc
Train of Thought by Elisabetta Benedetti NEW (listed less than one year)
A Love Crime by Paul Bourget
The Screen: A Novel by Paul Bourget
A Tragic Idyl by Paul Bourget
Mathilda of Canossa, and Yoland of Groningen by Antonio Bresciani
Fireside Tales by Catholic Authors
A Double Knot, and other stories by Catholic Authors
The Senior Lieutenant's Wager, and other stories by Catholic Authors
The Martyrs by M. De Chateaubriand [Historical fiction]
The Canturbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Dalaradia by William Collins
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
So As By Fire by Jean Connor
Bond and Free by Jean Connor
Count Hugo of Craenhove, Wooden Clara, and The Village Innkeeper by Hendrick Conscience
Dalaradia by William Collins
So As By Fire by Jean Connor
Harry Russell: A Rockland College Boy by Rev. J.E. Copus S.J.
Saint Cuthbert's by Rev. J.E. Copus S.J.
Saint Cuthbert's sequel: Shadows Lifted by Rev. J.E. Copus S.J.
The Son of Siro: A Story of Lazarus by Rev. J.E. Copus S.J.
Closing Accounts by E.P. Cowley
An Every Day Girl by Mary Catherine Crowley
Apples, Ripe and Rosy, sir by Mary Catherine Crowley
In Treaty with Honor by Mary Catherine Crowley
Children of the Gael by Charlotte Dease
The Ban of Maplethorpe - Volume 1 by E.H. Dering
The Ban of Maplethorpe - Volume 2 by E.H. Dering
Fridays by R.E. Derouin
Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [Dickens' novel about the anti-Popery riots of 1780]
The Fatal Diamonds by Eleanor C. Donnelly
A Klondike Picnic by Eleanor C. Donnelly
Lot Leslie's Folks by Eleanor C. Donnelly
Ada's Trust by Anna Hanson Dorsey
Beth's Promise by Anna Hanson Dorsey
Coaina: The Rose of the Algonquins by Anna Hanson Dorsey
The Fate of the Dane, and other stories by Anna Hanson Dorsey
The Flemmings, or Truth Triumphant by Anna Hanson Dorsey
The Heiress of Carrigmona by Anna Hanson Dorsey
Nora Brady's Vow & Mona the Vestal by Anna Hanson Dorsey
The Oriental Pearl by Anna Hanson Dorsey
Palms by Anna Hanson Dorsey
The Sister of Charity by Anna Hanson Dorsey
Tangled Paths by Anna Hanson Dorsey
Woodreve Manor by Anna Hanson Dorsey
Zoe's Daughter by Anna Hanson Dorsey
Jet the War-Mule, and other stories for boys and girls by Ella Loraine Dorsey
Midshipman Bob by Ella Loraine Dorsey
Pickle and Pepper by Ella Loraine Dorsey
Marie of the House d' Anters by Michael Earls S.J.
Melchior of Boston by Michael Earls S.J.
Stuore by Michael Earls S.J.
The Wedding Bells of Glendalough by Michael Earls S.J.
Miss Erin by M.E. Francis
The Cardinal's Snuff Box by Henry Harland
The World I Know: The Diary of a Southwest Philly Girl by Celeste Harmer NEW (listed less than one year)
The Way That Led Beyond by J. Harrison
Ancient Island by David Harp NEW (listed less than one year)
"Kind Hearts and Coronets" by J. Harrison
The Way That Led Beyond by J. Harrison
Maggie's Rosary by Mrs. Washington Hibbert
Life With An Angel by Michael E. Johnson [Young Adult]
Life With An Angel sequel: The Spirit of an Angel by Michael E. Johnson [Young Adult]
Widow Guthrie by Richard Malcolm Johnston
Let No Man Put Asunder by Marie Josephine
Ember Lane by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Faithful Stranger and other stories by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Gallybird by Sheila Kaye-Smith
The Happy Tree by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Mrs. Gailey by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Rose Deeprose by Sheila Kaye-Smith
The Secret Son by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Shepherds in Sackcloth by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Superstition Corner by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Susan Spray by Sheila Kaye-Smith
The View From the Parsonage by Sheila Kaye-Smith
The City and the World, and other stories by Bishop Francis Clement Kelley
"Not a Judgement - " by Grace Keon
When Love is Strong by Grace Keon
The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald Knox [Detective]
The Three Taps by Ronald Knox [Detective]
Minnie Caldwell, and other stories (Partly for girls, and partly for their elders) by Rev. F.C. Kolbe D.D.
The Outlaw of Camargue by A. de Lamothe
An Echo of Passion by George Parsons Lathrop
In the Distance by George Parsons Lathrop
Newport by George Parsons Lathrop
True, and other stories by George Parsons Lathrop
Two Sides of A Story by George Parsons Lathrop
Those Gorgeous Ghosts by Leo Madigan
The Fortunes of a Little Emigrant by Mary E. Mannix
The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
Let No Man Put Asunder by Josephine Marie
Schoolgirls Abroad by S. Marr
The Peach Pies by Erik C. Martin[short read]
Mr. Billy Buttons by William A. McDermott
A Sovereign After Solitude by Sheldon McNaughton
The Delay of the Parousia by Sheldon McNaughton
The Sinister Life of Dolors Pahrott by Sheldon McNaughton
The Two Brothers of the Golden Lamb by Sheldon McNaughton
Saul of Tarsus: A Tale of the Early Christians by Elizabeth Miller
Aunt Sarah & the War by Wilfred Meynell
The Funny Story by S.A. Narciso [Humour, Young Adult]NEW (listed less than one year)
Idols, or, The Secret of the Rue Chaussée d'Antin by Raoul de Navery
The Monk's Pardon by Raoul de Navery
The Pilgrim and the Dragon by Gustav Nieritz
The Mirror by Mary F Roulet-Nixon
The Trail of the Dragon, and other stories by Mary F Roulet-Nixon
The Purple Heights by Marie Conway Oemler
Slippy McGee by Marie Conway Oemler
Two Shall be Born by Marie Conway Oemler
A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
Father Placid by Laetitia Selwyn Oliver
Rose Fortecue: The devout client of Our Lady of Dolours by Laetitia Selwyn Oliver
Cousin Assumpta's Dress by Avril O'Reilly [Children]NEW (listed less than one year)
Danger! - Pope Francis Day by Avril O'Reilly [Children]NEW (listed less than one year)
The Doondah Veil by Avril O'Reilly [Children]NEW (listed less than one year)
A Picture of Hibernia by Avril O'Reilly [Children]NEW (listed less than one year)
The School Inspector and Gubnait’s Frillies by Avril O'Reilly [Children]NEW (listed less than one year)
Spending the Holy Communion Money by Avril O'Reilly [Children]NEW (listed less than one year)
The Trip to Tallaght by Avril O'Reilly [Children]NEW (listed less than one year)
That Beautiful Hippie Girl by Robert Palmer NEW (listed less than one year)
The Little Cardinal by Olive Katherine Parr
Anastasia's Grail by Mary Pearson [for teenage girls]
The Gonkers Time Travel by Mary Pearson [for Young Adults of all ages]
Gonkers Visit the Saints by Mary Pearson [for Young Adults of all ages]
The Gonkers 3: The Apostles by Mary Pearson [for Young Adults of all ages]
The Gonkers 4: Sofia and the Hall of Apparitions by Mary Pearson [for Young Adults of all ages]
Agnes Wilmott's history : and the lessons it taught by Mary Agatha Pennell
The Cross and the Shamrock by Hugh Quigley
The Comedienne by Władysław Stanisław Reymont
The Little Lady of the Hall by Nora Ryeman
Arabella by Anna T. Sadlier
Cousin Wilhelmina by Anna T. Sadlier
Ethel Hamilton; or, Lights and Shadows of the War of Independence by Anna T. Sadlier
The King's Page by Anna T. Sadlier
The Lost Jewel of the Mortimers by Anna T. Sadlier
The Mystery of Hornby Hall by Anna T. Sadlier
Pauline Archer by Anna T. Sadlier
Phileas Fox, Attorney by Anna T. Sadlier
The Pilkington Heir by Anna T. Sadlier
The Red Inn of St. Lyphar by Anna T. Sadlier
The Silence of Sebastian by Anna T. Sadlier
The Talisman by Anna T. Sadlier
The True Story of Master Gerard by Anna T. Sadlier
Wayward Winifred by Anna T. Sadlier
A Walk Through Purgatory by Philip Schaub
The Morning Star by S.L. Scott
Fred's Little Daughter by Sara Trainer Smith
A Short Story of the Anti-Christ by Vladimir Soloviev
The Camp by Copper River by Henry S. Spalding
The Cave by the Beech Fork by Henry S. Spalding
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Maroshely by Adalbert Stifter
Barbarossa by Conrad Von Bolanden
Parzival - Volume 1 by Wolfram von Eschenbach
Parzival - Volume 2 by Wolfram von Eschenbach
Billy-boy by Mary T. Waggaman
Carroll Dare by Mary T. Waggaman
Captain Ted by Mary T. Waggaman
Con of Misty Mountain by Mary T. Waggaman
Corinne's Vow by Mary T. Waggaman
The Finding of Tommy by Mary T. Waggaman
Grapes of Thorns by Mary T. Waggaman
Jack-O'-Lantern by Mary T. Waggaman
Killykinick by Mary T. Waggaman
The Playwater Plot by Mary T. Waggaman
Shipmates by Mary T. Waggaman
Strong Arm of Avalon by Mary T. Waggaman
The Ups and Downs of Marjorie by Mary T. Waggaman
Outlaws of Ravenhurst by Sister M. Imelda Wallace S.L. [audio book]
The Mirage of the Many by William Thomas Walsh
Great Possessions by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Horace Blake by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
The Job Secretary by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Out of Due Time by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Marama by Mrs. Woollasten White
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
Fabiola by Cardinal Wiseman
A College Boy by Anthony Yorke

Catholic fiction audiobooks:

Fiction @ Catholic AudioBooks
Maria Lectrix

My favorite work of non-fiction next to the Bible:

"...trust in My infinite mercy. Oh, how I love those souls who have complete confidence in Me: I will do everything for them."
The Diary of St. Faustina

A daily devotion:

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows). The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget.
The Seven Sorrows Devotion

If words were crumpets
Can't you see,
Instead of arguments
We'd all have tea.

JLA