What’s so great about Regency romances anyway? Even with a forthcoming romance novel whose characters could promenade the same ballrooms as Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley, Anna Harrington, author of An Inconvenient Duke, doesn’t lower her voice when she says it: “I hate Jane Austen.”
Do you agree with their choice? Chime in on the comments and post your best Regency Romance Novels.
Interesting article worth the read about Regency romance novels and the earlier authors who blazed the trail for our modern-day romances based off of Jane Austen’s era.
Okay, I confess: I am not attending the Jane Austen Festival purely out of love for one of the greatest novelists in the history of the English language. I’m also driven by a deep and abiding love of the Regency romance.
This is a Press This! redirect to a fascinating article written in 2014 that deals with the overabundance of duke-centric historical romance novels flooding the market. Some of the blame is placed on Amazon and their algorithms. You know how it works nowadays – you search for a couch on Google and then couches are everywhere on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, etc. If you search for a Regency romance on Amazon, and you’ll get hundreds of suggestions on other Regency romances filling your pages.
The article explores the draw to dukes and the lessening of other genre eras losing popularity for a variety of reasons. In the end, though, it encourages both authors and readers there is much more out there to write about and read about when it comes to historical romance.
The article link below to The Guardian was actually released back in September of 2016. I’ve been thinking about focusing some posts on a few well-known authors of the past who have paved the way for the historical romance genre’s popularity. Georgette Heyer is certainly one of those writers who come to mind.
The article states, “Heyer, known for her tales of romance and intrigue set during the early 19th century, died in 1974, the author of more than 50 books. She said of her work that ‘I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense, but it’s unquestionably good escapist literature.'” Obviously, many have escaped over the years into the Regency era through her books.
Though she passed away in 1974, she still ranks #46 in the top 100 historical romance authors in ebooks and #28 in historical romance in print. This prolific writer’s popularity has not waned in any fashion over the years. Her author page on Amazon is filled with her works.
Read more about her life here:
Three short stories by the queen of Regency romance have been discovered by her biographer and are being reprinted in a new volume. Source: Forgotten Georgette Heyer stories to be republished
2- a spy in service to the crown,
3- a man in love with a woman who was only supposed to have been an assignment.Wooing Sopherina into a marriage so he could get closer to her father had been easy but keeping his heart at a distance turned out to be more difficult. Knowing he couldn’t live without her, he plans to tell her the truth.But … before he could make his confessions, she died at the mission’s completion.
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