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Posted on 14 Feb 2012 16:48:04 GMT
jackant says:
I have loved all of Georgette Heyer books and there is only one author to come close to them and that is Patricia Veryan.
My favourite Heyer book is Frederica.

Posted on 14 Feb 2012 20:56:15 GMT
I have literally just finished Lydia by Clare Darcy and I really enjoyed it. Is very close to Georgette Heyer in style, although the characters are not quite as well developed or as witty as Heyer's (no surprise there though!) but the writing felt very 'authentic' like Heyer's and not at all contemporary like a lot of regency writers. I was also surprised to learn that Clare Darcy was American- this does not come through at all in her writing which makes a refreshing change! Unfortunately it does seem her books are only available second hand at the moment although all 14 of her novels appear to be available on amazon with only a couple of them being ridiculously priced.

I also very recently read the perfect rake by anne gracie. Like a lot of modern regency writing it did feel a bit too contemporary but it did have me laughing out loud in parts and overall I liked it. Definitely recommend Anne Gracie as being one of the better modern regency authors. Finally, I have just discovered Jeffrey Farnol. I've only read My Lady Caprice so far and although this is not one of his books that's set in the regency period (think it's late victorian if I remember correctly) and is actually told more from the perspective of the hero and the heroine's young nephew, the character development is excellent - as good as Heyer. The humour comes more from the plot rather than witty dialogue but has left me with high hopes for his regency novels! Best of all, some of his novels are now out of copyright so can be found on project gutenberg as free ebooks!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2012 21:12:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2012 21:54:49 GMT
LEP says:
Have I already mentioned Mary balogh? If not try her books.

Posted on 14 Feb 2012 22:46:07 GMT
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L. Armstrong says:
i love historical romance and have just been recommended Eloisa James. I have read the duchess series and love the way the books intertwine whilst the characters have their own stories. they are very humorous and light to read.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2012 09:27:28 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2012 12:48:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2012 13:24:49 GMT
LEP says:
Eloisa James - good books, but yes to sex.

That's the problems with many modern authors. Liz Carlyle, Jo Beverley, Eloisa James Candace Camp, Stephanie Laurens, Quinn, all are good but all fit the Regency historical category as all have sex in them.

As I said earlier, you need Regency Romances, and you can get them. If you look under that category on Amazon Search, Books, above, it will give a listing. Also go by the authors, I and others have listed here as like Heyer. Try Jeffrey Farnol as someone above suggests, Fiona Hill etc.

Here's some from the listing. I can't guarantee that all are completely innocent, as sex seems to creep in everywhere LOL, but they stand a reasonable chance:

Candice Hern - I've read some, but I can't remember re. sexual content - have a look. (You can often tell by the front covers. If the man has his shirt off, the woman is draped fetchingly, dress showing legs, open to show back etc, woman and man entwined etc, etc. Then avoid).

The Travelling Matchmaker series by M C Beaton is innocent and amusing and they are good, light reads, if somewhat the same in content/plot.

These I haven't read from the list:
The Love Match - Marion Chesney
The Best Intentions - Candice hern
The Dubious Miss Dalrymple - Kasey Michaels
The Marrying Man - Kathryn June
The Wedding Charm - Lynn Collum

You will have to check them out however.

I looked up Candice Hern's listing, there is definately sex in some of them.

Posted on 15 Feb 2012 13:44:14 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2012 14:13:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2012 14:50:41 GMT
LEP says:
Ah well, in historical romances, most do get sweay nowdays. Regency Romances are what you want and even those can't be guaranteed.

Heyer was probably more true to form as to what happened, as it's very doubtful that in those eras there was much sex before marriage in the upper classes (aristocracy) at any rate and probably little afterwards either, except for an heir, LOL. (Ladies weren't supposed to actually enjoy it. Victoria's so-called line "close your eyes and think of England", was probably par for the course, poor woman! Obviously the mistresses the men took, although often aristocratic, obviously weren't classed as "ladies". If you read the biography of Georgiana Spencer, married couples were having affairs and illigitimate babies all over the place). Also of course, from medieval times up to the early 20C, it was not the norm to marry for love. The aristocracy married for money, titles, power, prestige, land, an heir etc. The couples were lucky if they didn't hate each other. Before marriage, they were usually very strictly chaperoned anyway.

I think that Austen's opening lines to P & P, very caustically witty and true.

Still, we readers like our happy endings and also sex sells as they say.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2012 17:43:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Feb 2012 19:12:01 GMT
LEP says:
M C Beaton author of the Travelling Matchmaker Regency series, now has a new series out called The Six Sisters. A Regency country vicar, whose brother is a baron, has six beautiful daughters to marry off (wonder where she got that idea from?). I've just had the first 3 arrive from Amazon and certainly the first, Minerva, is witty and very Heyer like. Give them a try.

M C Beaton is Marion Chesney and as such has written other Regencies.

Posted on 13 Jan 2013 05:12:12 GMT
Nell B says:
I read a lot of regency many years ago. The best was a book I can't remember. Can you help? The heroine was insulted by the hero as not up to his standards (I think she was not a diamond of the first water). He years later has to marry some connection of hers. She has been involved in a scandal. His friend recommends the connection who is young and likes the friend although the hero is the rich one who she must marry. They all meet and my memory is of course it all sorts out but in an entertaining way..can anyone help..I would love to read it again and recommend it highly

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 00:24:48 GMT
mermaid says:
bit late to reply.. but this is 'Devil's Cub.'

Posted on 5 Feb 2014 12:02:19 GMT
Neil Barton says:
Not Heyer whom I love as a writer but try Desiree by Annemarie Selinko. More in the categories of Katherine by Anya Seton but a cracking story about napoleons first fiancée. Sally

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2014 16:34:19 GMT
Me says:
It is a short story titled, "Hazard," in the collection, Pistols for Two

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2014 19:05:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2014 19:09:55 BDT
LEP says:
I've just discovered Barbara Metzger's books and they are amusing and similar to GH's (not quite as good, but who is?). Try Lady Whilton's Wedding; a disappearing/reappearing dead body looks set to disrupt Daphne's mother's wedding. Also, Miss Lockharte's Letters; thinking that she is on death's doorstep, Rosellen writes letters to all the people she considers have done her wrong. Ensuing chaos is caused by the letters when she doesn't in fact die. The Duel is also quite good.

BM is a bit samey as all the books contain a disreputable mutt, she seems to like the colour turquoise for eyes and her heroes all seems to run their fingers constantly through their hair. However, the books are quite witty and fun. No sex, although The Duel mentions more in the bedroom than the others do.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2014 15:53:23 BDT
Noodlegirl says:
I read and loved a book about a woman who was won in a gambling game only it's set in the reign of Charles 11 ,Stella Riley's The Marigold Chain . Her other book A Splenid Defince is as so wonderful set in the reign of Charles 1. I really hope it's the one your looking for. Sadly I think they are out of print but your local library should be able to get these for you.ISBN number 0712602763. It is available on Kindle

Posted on 1 May 2014 15:11:28 BDT
I suggest Clare Darcy - Cressida, Rolande, Victoire, and several others - all regency,

Posted on 17 Aug 2014 18:30:46 BDT
BR41 says:
Exceptionally detailed, socially accurate, very engaging, regencies which really explore quite a bit of society, but although oftenabout serious issues, with a very light touch and so stylish, the 15 novels of so by Evenlyn Richardson are outstanding; I have the original Signets, but also on Kindle; and Emma Lange and Dorothea Mack. I started with Heyer, as do we all, perhaps, but these in some ways are even richer and more resonant. There is also Elisabeth Fairchild (variable,at her best outstanding) and about a dozen others. Joanna Bourne's long spy novels are marvellously well written and addictive, and although perhaps far from Heyer in dealing absorbingly with serious things could probably never have been written without the great GH who went first -and no, I cannot really quite bear Farnol. but what about The Scarlet Pimpernel?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2014 13:40:04 BDT
Cm Slater says:
I can recommend Katie Fforde. She is an author who is a great admirer of Georgette Heyer and though her romances are contemporary, they have similar plot lines- strong man who seems arrogant but has heart of gold, heroine who is very independent, happy ending

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2014 09:14:56 BDT
I am a life-long fan of Georgette Heyer and an avid reader of Regency Romances. I can strongly recommend any of Mary Balogh's wonderful, addictive books, also Anne Gracie, Loretta Chase, Eloisa James. Anna Campbell and Julie Anne Long write wonderful sexy Regencies, although Miss Heyer and Miss Austen would turn in their graves if they read them! But try Mary Balogh- she is a marvel!

Posted on 1 Sep 2014 11:41:54 BDT
Fiona Hurley says:
For a Jane Austen-ish story with a very light touch of fantasy, try Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist History series, starting with Shades of Milk and Honey (The Glamourist Histories).
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