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Initial post: 25 May 2009 21:38:59 BDT
I have been a fan of Georgette Heyer for over 20 years and have read her romance novels many times. Having exhausted her collection, can anyone suggest another author who writes regency novels which are as funny and well written as hers? I love the classics also - Jane Austen is with poor plot lines and very little humour. Any suggestions welcome!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2009 00:24:43 BDT
LEP says:
Stephanie Laurens writes in similar style and says that she styles herself on Heyer (though they probably contain more kissing/sex than both Heyer and Austin). They've just republished some of her first novels and I've just finished "Tangled Reins", which I thought was very Heyer in style.

If you look on Amazon Search under Regency romance and go for those books
which are catagorised as "Regency", rather than Regency historical or historical novel, then they will be Austin/Heyer types.

Posted on 27 May 2009 09:41:13 BDT
Jen Errik says:
Diane Farr - Under a Wishing star and Under a Lucky Star. (I just looked at the prices, and you'll probably have to buy them used.)
They're fun if you like Heyer, because she obviously likes Heyer too. The heroine of one of those books (Lucky Star, perhaps?) starts the book escaping from Sir James Filey - think that's right - from Heyer's Faro's daughter.

Carla Kelly - only published in the US, I think, but she writes well. Tends not to write about the aristocracy, but about more ordinary people. My favourite is possibly Libby's London Merchant, but again, that looks expensive to buy. You could try a more recent book like 'Marrying the Captain.'

Julia Quinn - with reservations. She is funny, but she's also American, and it occasionally shows. You might get an intersection in the middle of London, for example. Her Brigerton series starts with 'The Duke and I' - might be worth a try.

And, to have a fan-girl moment, if you can tolerate sci-fi at all, try Lois McMaster Bujold's 'A Civil Campaign'. She dedicates the book to 'Jane, Georgette, Charlotte and Dorothy' and, while it's set on another planet, it really is a regency at heart. The hero has fallen for a widow who is still in her year of mourning, so he knows he can't court her. However, there is a shortage of eligible females, and he's physically unimpressive, and other men start looking and he panics. Funniest dinner party ever. And absolutely well-written.

Posted on 27 May 2009 14:09:24 BDT
Gemma says:
An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan is very similar to Heyer's books.
I'd also recommend Anne Gracie's Perfect series. I found that she has a wit to match that shown in Heyer's novels.

Posted on 27 May 2009 16:48:06 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2009 23:41:03 BDT
LEP says:
Hi it's me again! Try Mary Balogh, I've just been looking at my recommendations and I noticed that the particular book that that was listed on my page had "Regency Romance" category by it.

Posted on 28 May 2009 12:46:42 BDT
Hamstead says:
Mary Balogh as LEP says
Jane Aiken Hodge - may only be available on the 2nd hand market now but I used to adore them. Watch The Wall My Darling is a great one.
Amanda Grange - Darcy's Diary

Posted on 28 May 2009 21:41:20 BDT
Overby Girl says:
Norah Lofts ,Anya Seton and as above Jane Aiken Hodge.
By the way -I can't believe how many 'authors' plug their mediocre books on these discussion threads.Almost all the genuine threads on here have a reply 'why not try my book -'Killer Penguins in Hampstead' or something to that effect. I'd like to start a thread about it but I expect all these new authors will see it as an invititation to plug the books I am irritated by them plugging.arghhh .Thought these pages were for readers (like the starter of this thread) just looking for honest help and not shameless selling.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2009 23:59:26 BDT
Jen Errik says:
LOL. Yes, I did click the 'report abuse' button about '555' because it just seemed so stupid to recommend a book that's not at all what the poster is looking for. And I noticed the same person recommended it, and only it, in several other threads, no matter what the thread was about.
I don't mind authors posting about their books - that's what I'm here for, to find new things to read - and I'm ridiculously easy to sell to (if 'Killer Penguins in Hampstead' was a real book, I'd have seriously thought about buying it: great title) - but spamming is just counterproductive - at this point, I wouldn't take '555' as a gift.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2009 00:00:17 BDT
LEP says:
Someone has already posted a discussion re. plugging your own books Overby Girl.
I admit that it is irritating, especially when the book has nothing to do with the original query, like the one above for instance.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2009 00:02:29 BDT
LEP says:
Heavens, I'd forgotten all about Norah Lofts, Anya Seton and Jane Aiken Hodge. Read them years ago and enjoyed them.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2009 00:09:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2012 13:28:15 GMT
LEP says:
Look particularly at Jane Aiken Hodge, hers are Georgian/Regency, while Norah Lofts and Anya Seton are set in earlier periods and definately not Heyer, being historical novels. If you look on Amazon, at lot of her books are offered via Amazon Market Place for £0.1.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2009 12:13:41 BDT
Try Jo Goodman, Jo Beverley and Elizabeth Boyle. 3 of my favourite authors for historical romance.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2009 22:43:07 BDT
Hamstead says:
"555" is published by Athena, an 'author funded' press. i.e. a vanity publisher. Buyer beware!

Posted on 29 May 2009 23:55:01 BDT
Frater F says:
...in the Eternal Quest for a Jane Austen/Georgette lookalike, I nominate a recent rose among thorns...'Mr Darcy's Daughters' by Elizabeth (wait for it) Aston, which I read at a few sittings, and am now on its successor, 'The Exploits of Alethea Darcy'. They're well written and great fun, no matter what you think about sequels, plagiarising Jane etc. try them!

Posted on 30 May 2009 00:03:51 BDT
Frater F says:
ps - just read on the back page of my book....'In the mode of Heyer & Austen'...

Posted on 3 Jun 2009 20:02:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jun 2009 20:06:31 BDT
Hels74 says:
Can anyone help me and my mother identify a book. We were both convinced it was Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer but having read that novel it's not it. The basic premise is that it's a regency romance in which the hero 'wins' the heroine in a game of chance. Sorry I can't be of more help but if this rings any bells I would be most grateful to find out the book.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2009 23:50:50 BDT
Jen Errik says:
Not a book, but Georgette Heyer does have a short story in 'Pistols for Two' called 'Hazard' with that plot.
If no-one here knows, might be worth asking on the AAR (All About Romance) website. It's at www.likesbooks.com (I think). They're very good at putting titles to half-remembered romances.

Posted on 4 Jun 2009 09:06:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2009 11:36:48 BDT
Miss Cupcake says:
Hels74 -
The story premise you describe def covers Heyer's short story 'Hazard', found in the collection 'Pistols for Two'. Lord Carlington 'wins' Helen Morland in a game of Hazard.

I enjoy Mary Balogh, but find her books slightly darker in tone and lacking Heyer's wit. Lisa Kleypas' novels (not strictly Regency, but early Victorian) pack an emotional punch and are also well worth a read, particularly Dreaming of You and Devil in Winter from the Wallflower series.

Posted on 4 Jun 2009 19:12:25 BDT
Hels74 says:
Thank you so much Jen Errik & A Heyer Fan

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2010 00:26:36 GMT
Marcopuffin says:
Oh, Killer Penguins in Hampstead - where oh where can I buy it! Loved it, please write and publish now.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2010 01:10:44 GMT
Lee S says:
One of my favorite Regency authors is Marian Devon. She's written quite a few books but you might have trouble getting them in the UK. One I highly recommend if you want to try one of her books is "Miss Armstead Wears Black Gloves." I checked and it is available here as a used book. There is also a double book which has that story along with "Miss Romney Flies Too High" as the second story. It's available as a used book for just a little bit more.

Her style of writing is humorous and engaging and she tells a good story.

Posted on 7 Dec 2010 14:39:16 GMT
For those of you recommending Nora Lofts and Anya Seton, there is no humor in their books. They are two of my favorite authors, though. I particular like Lofts trilogy about the Tallboys family. Waiting patiently for them to be kindleized. Anya Seton's Katherine is a classic as far as I'm concerned. It's available for Kindle in the US, but apparently not here. I have two paper copies and also have it on my Kindle.

Amanda Quick is one of my favorites. Very humorous and suspenseful at the same time, but I wouldn't compare her to Heyer as far as style. Sometimes I think Heyer is in a class by herself.

Posted on 7 Dec 2010 18:48:57 GMT
Miss Ferris says:
I can recommend Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (Persephone Press). It's not Regency, but it whirls along at a cracking pace and is stuffed with distinct and engaging characters all speaking in their own archaic lingo. It's also about a million times better than the film (naturally).
But the sad truth (i think) is that no-one comes close to Georgette. When i think how amazing the end of Cotillion and The Grand Sophy are - all those threads and subplots rolled out though the book so neatly and hilariously tied up - i can barely believe how talented a writer she was and how happy i am i've discovered her :)

Posted on 7 Dec 2010 20:22:55 GMT
I am also a huuugggge Heyer fan and have tried a few other 'similar' authors but unfortunately no one comes close. I think the problem is that a lot of contemporary writers just write a modern romance, add a few period props and call it a regency romance. I enjoyed the first Stephanie Lauren book I read (forget the title, was the one about Gabriel) but they get v repetitive after you've read a couple of them and the later ones especially don't seem to have any plot, just filler between all the hundreds of cringe worthy sex scenes (imagine a whole chapter of mills and boon type euphemisms repeated every few pages and you've got the idea). Julia Quinn also sounds way too American in her writing - not normally a problem but when the story is set in regency England can be a bit grating.

That said, for me there are 2 authors who stand out a mile if you want wit and plot (still not Georgette standard but good for withdrawal reading!). They are Jude Morgan (I have just finished An Accomplished Woman and definitely going to try more of his books) and Mary Balogh, in particular her 'Slightly' series.

I also bought Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase based on the prologue which was really good and very Heyer-like. However, wasn't that impressed with the rest of the book. As it was the first in a series, I might read the next one to see if the author has lived up to the potential displayed at the beginning of the first book.

OP, have you also tried Heyer's crime books? Obviously not so much focus on the romance and the plots are not as strong as her regency books but you still get the Heyer wit and unique characters.
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