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Posted on 7 Dec 2010, 22:21:19 GMT
Lee S says:
I agree with the other people posting here: no one comes close to Georgette Heyer. It may be because she wrote great stories about interesting people, with the romance being almost secondary to the plot and characters.

That being said, I've been checking my Regencies to see who else I like. Carla Kelly, that Jen mentioned, writes entertaining stories. Barbara Metzger is another author I enjoy (her older Regencies, anyway). A couple more possibilities would be Elizabeth Mansfield and Joan Smith, although some of their books are better than others.

Thanks for starting this thread. I'll be looking through everyone else's suggestions because I had actually stopped reading Regency romances because the quality of the writing had gone down so much. Maybe if I could find some good ones that I haven't read, I can get back to enjoying them again.

Posted on 7 Dec 2010, 23:30:53 GMT
Sanderae says:
OK a controversial question for us Georgette Heyer fans - which is the favourite? I haven't read her for years but so loved These Old Shades and the sequel Devil's Cub - my all time favourites. I may read them again but frightened that they won't seem as great now that I am older...

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2010, 23:32:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2012, 13:36:22 GMT
LEP says:
Try these authors I have recently discovered and enjoyed. Very Austin/Heyer and no sex.

Jude Morgan - An Accomplished Woman (Austin in style, I thought)
- A Little Folly

Suzanne Allain (gently witty) - Incognito
- Mr Malcolm's List

Rose Melikan's series - The Blackstone Key
- The Counterfeit Guest etc.

Miss Anna Dean series (gently genteel) - A Moment of Silence
- A Gentleman of Fortune
- A Woman of Fortune
(Or, the Investigations of Miss Dido Kent)

Judith Cutler series

Hope you enjoy these.

I agree that nobody really can match Heyer. Julia Quinn's books are witty and funny, but as someone else says earlier, she is American and like a lot of the other American Regency/historical romance authors, it does sometimes come through. (e.g. "fall" for Autumn, "Brownstones" etc)

Author's like Candace Camp, Eloisa James, Liz Carlyle are good. Also Jo Beverley, but all contain sex.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2010, 23:58:37 GMT
Lee S says:
@ Sanderae
I loved Devil's Cub for the romance, but I loved The Grand Sophy for the story and characters, so it's a toss up between those two.

But I know what you mean about being frightened that they won't seem as great. I read Devil's Cub in high school and remembered how wonderful it was for years and years--just the title, not the author. I finally decided to find it and read it again when I was older to see if it really was as good as I remembered. Once I did, I was completely hooked on Heyer books.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2010, 23:51:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2010, 23:54:28 GMT
LEP says:
I liked them all. However, The Grand Sophie is a great Heyer starter book. I also enjoyed The Toll Booth, Sylvester, Cotillion and An Infamous Army.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2010, 22:15:50 GMT
LEP says:
Here's one I am just reading now:

The Country Gentleman by Fiona Hill.

Posted on 3 Mar 2011, 20:57:57 GMT

I don't see Clare Darcy mentioned above. She writes very much in the style of Georgette Heyer (not quite as good) but particularly 'Lydia' is excellent if you are a Heyer fan. It helps that they are older books, published in the 60s I think, so there is not so much in the way of contrived sex scenes. Unfortunately not on kindle, you will have to buy them second hand. Actually ebay is an excellent source - try typing recency romance into the search box, and although you have to sift through dross, I have come across new authors this way, particularly as this genre had a revival in the 60s and 70s but many of those books are now out of print.
Thanks for all the new suggestions.

Posted on 10 Mar 2011, 09:23:22 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2011, 16:24:11 GMT
Damaskcat says:
I would recommend the 6 novels in Marion Chesney/M C Beaton's Travelling Matchmaker series which are currently being republished under her M C Beaton name. I hope they decide to republish her other Regency novels.

Carola Dunn also wrote loads of Regency romances before she started on 1920s crime stories so hers are worth checking out - many, if not all, are available in e-book editions at reasonable prices.

Posted on 10 Mar 2011, 20:17:58 GMT
If you're open to ebooks, a couple dozen Regency romance authors have republished their out-of-print books via www.regencyreads.com. The site offers only books that have been previously published by a traditional publisher. (Disclaimer: I have a couple titles listed there!)

The Artful Miss Irvine

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2011, 19:14:07 GMT
Lee S says:
@ Damaskcat
Carola is a really nice person. I know she is meticulous about researching her mystery series. I only met her after she switched genres and we've never actually discussed her Regencies. But I assume she was equally concerned about accuracy with them, as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011, 17:40:05 BST
Dnf Harris says:
Forgive me if I am in the wrong place - if you can direct me I would be grateful.
I thought I knew all the Heyer regency novels, but I also have a very clear memory of a book starting with the rather drunk hero gambling and being offered his adversary's sister as a bet (she is standing beside them). He wins and they go off in a carriage. He wakes the next morning and is appalled as he has compromised her, but she says she was so angry she was happy to leave.
It sounded like Faro's daughter but isn't, and I can't find it anywhere even though it is slap in Georgette's style. Does it ring any bells?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011, 18:29:34 BST
LEP says:
Dnf Harris, Pistols for two?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011, 18:37:08 BST
Last edited by the author on 22 Sep 2011, 18:40:05 BST
LEP says:
Try M C Beaton, Travelling Matchmaker series of 6 books. Do start with first one though and work through the series. Gently witty, no sex. They do get a little bit samey though with the coach always overturning or getting stuck in floods. However, if you can ignore that they are good, short reads. Same author as Agatha Raison and Hamish McBeth.

Most modern authors include a certain amount of sex, probably because it sells. These authors/books usually fall into the category of Regency historicals. Apparently, it's the ones categorized Regency Romances that are relively sexless aka G Heyer (just a genteel kiss).

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011, 19:08:40 BST
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2012, 13:37:40 GMT
LEP says:
Try these:

Barbara Metzer (Signet Regency Romances)
Kasey Michaels - The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane etc.
Nicola Cornick (Regency Lords and Ladies Collection)
Candice Hearn

There may be sex in some of them though.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011, 19:16:00 BST
Last edited by the author on 22 Sep 2011, 19:17:03 BST
LEP says:
Lee, over the last year and a half I've been re-reading G.Heyer's books inbetween reading other books. They are still as good as I remember them. The new editions have lovely covers on them as well, of original paintings (previously I borrowed from the library, so didn't have the copies to re-read).

Posted on 22 Sep 2011, 23:26:18 BST
I have just finished reading Dangerous Deceit by Romy Gemmell which is a Regency romance with a feisty heroine more at home on horseback than in a ball room. French spies, intrigue and romance.

No More Mulberries

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011, 14:46:14 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011, 17:48:03 BST
Last edited by the author on 23 Sep 2011, 17:52:22 BST
LEP says:
Fool for Love, Eloisa James is funny with witty repartee between the two main characters. I enjoyed it.

The Wallflower series - Lisa Kleypass

Posted on 24 Sep 2011, 00:42:41 BST
Loribee says:
Very light but Regency and enjoyable: MC Beaton's 'Travelling Matchmaker' series of 6. Best read in order - the first is 'Emily goes to Exeter'.

Posted on 24 Sep 2011, 05:48:39 BST
J Lowe says:
Some other authors, not necessarily writing in the Regency period, but writing original romantic fiction that I enjoyed after having read all Georgette Heyer's books are:
Patricia Veryan
Carola Dunn
Catherine Fellows
Sheila Simonson
Sylvia Thorpe
Sheila Bishop
Dinah Dean
Delia Ellis
Too many books to list for each of these authors, but I found Patricia Veryan particularly good. Unfortunately most, if not all, of these authors' books you will only be able to obtain second-hand.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2011, 21:11:35 BST
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2011, 21:18:38 BST
LEP says:
I would suggest that you try Fiona Hill and also Jane Aiken Hodge's books. Most were written during the 1970's and unlikely to contain much sex. I've read Hodge's a long, long time ago and to be honest can't remember them well. I read The Country Gentleman by Hill not very long ago and enjoyed it.

Hodge has written a biography of sorts of Heyer, so probably sticks close to her style. Watch the Wall My Darling is the only one I can slightly recall though. I did read them 30 plus years ago so perhaps I can be forgiven.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2011, 21:24:17 BST
LEP says:
Another one to try is Jeffrey Farnol. He's classed as the co-founder of the Regency Romance genre (the other one presumes being Heyer).

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2011, 13:03:05 BST
LEP says:
This book has just arrived on my doorstep from Amazon. It might possibly fit your bill.

A Necessary Deception - Laurie Alice Eakes

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2012, 14:57:50 GMT
Dnf's plotline sounds a bit like A Hazard of Hearts by Barbara Cartland? (which I remember from the TV movie they made of it, starring Helena Bonham Carter..... ah, my mispent youth!)
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