Hi! I’m Mary Kingswood, author of the Silver Linings Mysteries, the Sisters of Woodside Mysteries, Sons of the Marquess and The Daughters of Allamont Hall, traditional Regency romances. Keep up with new releases and special deals by signing up for my mailing list from the Sign up! tab, above.

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A new series! The Silver Linings Mysteries is a brand new series of traditional Regency romances. The sinking of a ship brings tragedy, but also unexpected benefits for some. Book 1, The Widow, and book 2, The Lacemaker, are now out, and book 3, The Apothecary, is available for pre-order. A prequel novella, The Clerk, is a FREE GIFT for all my mailing list subscribers, so be sure to sign up to get your free copy.

A fun Facebook group for fans of traditional Regency romance! I’ve got together with several other authors of Regency romances to create a salon for Regency fans to meet. We’ll be sharing our new releases, teasers, giveaways, sales, and other delightful treats, and (naturally) talking about our favourite Regency reads. All my new friends write (and read) the same style of Regency that I write – “Sizzle in the drawing room, not the bedroom.”

If you’re a Facebook user and you’d like to join us, you’ll receive a very warm welcome to Lady Catherine’s Salon from me and all my new friends.Come along and say hello! Click here to join.

New in audiobook: For those of you who prefer your Regency romance in a different format, the first three of the Sisters of Woodside Mysteries books, The Governess, The Chaperon and The Companion are now out in audiobook, and the rest of the series will be available later this year. Most of the other series are also in audio, including two box sets. Click here for more information.

New in paperback: for those who want to complete their collection, all four of the current novellas are now available in paperback, to match the rest of their series. Click here for more information.

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80 responses to “Welcome!

  1. Marion Hughes

    I just finished rereading the Sisters of Woodside. I am eagerly awaiting the third book in The Silver Lining series. I may reread the Sons series as I wait. I enjoy your recency novels as they stay mainly in the drawing room and leave the rest to the reader’s imagination.I
    I grew up in a ranch in West Texas and was reading Louis L’Amour and Georgette Heyer, with a little Dragons of Pern. Honor was the main thread among them.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Loved the Pern books! Yes, honour is so important to a Regency gentleman, and I love writing honourable heroes, and heroines who value their virtue. So many readers comment that a book without sex is very important to them, and as a writer, I prefer to follow Heyer’s traditional and stay out of the bedroom.

  2. Ealasaid

    I have a question that occurred to me way back when I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time, and again recently when I read The Lacemaker: Why was it considered so rude in Regency times to introduce yourself to someone? Why did you have to wait for a third party to perform an introduction? I remember my young self being puzzled that Mr. Collins shouldn’t approach Mr. Darcy, given that they had an acquaintance in common (Darcy’s aunt).

    • Mary Kingswood

      I think it’s because being introduced to someone implied a great deal more than it does nowadays. Once introduced, you were committed to acknowledging that person and therefore recognising them as someone worth knowing. If you passed them on the street or met at a party, you would be obliged to at least bow to them, and possibly speak to them. You might even be expected to introduce them into your ‘circle’. So you had to be absolutely sure you wanted to know them in the first place. Thus it was always the higher in rank who requested or approved the introduction, because they were the ones who would be most particular about who they knew.

  3. Rochelle Worthing

    I am so happy to find you and your books! No silly tales about dukes and earls…just real people. I am now reading “The Companion”, after finishing the first two books in the series. I’m also going to read your fantasy books as I read mostly Fantasy and SciFi. Your new fan, Rochelle

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Rochelle! If you try the fantasy books, be aware that they’re not ‘clean’ like my Regencies are – there’s cussing and sex in them! But if that doesn’t bother you, I hope you enjoy them.

  4. Cecilia Guice

    I can not get enough , I have read and enjoyed all your books. I want to continue after he Widow with the Lacemaker and beyond Also free novels Mary .

  5. Pat Hathaway

    I just finished The Clerk and really liked it. I was going to look for the rest of the books in the series so I could read book six and see the rest of Jonathan’s story, but it appears that book is not available yet, right? Any idea when it might be ready for reading? I’m really curious about his history and just what his true identity is. He seems to be hiding something and that makes for some fun
    possibilities. I hope he and Ginny have a HEA.

    • Mary Kingswood

      This series is still in progress, so unfortunately you have something of a wait! The final book in the series, which reveals Jonathan’s history, won’t be released until September 2020. You will find out a little bit more about him in book 5, due out in June 2020. Sorry!

  6. Ealasaid

    Will we ever get the story of how Harriet Marford married Dr. Hay? Reading the Woodside series, particularly The Seamstress, made me wonder a bit about the nature of their marriage.

    • Mary Kingswood

      I don’t have any plans to write about it. I think there’s enough information given in The Seamstress to work out the unconventional nature of the marriage, and to suggest why Harriet might have married Dr Hay. The arrangement works to everyone’s advantage.

  7. Rita Wings

    I am not fond of romances in general, but I read the Governess and was hooked. Near the end, I turned every page afraid that it would be the end. I am pleased that not only do I have more books to read, but you wrote a satisfying end to this book–unlike many authors of series who leave us hanging to try to entice us to buy the next one.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you, Rita! I’m not a big fan of contemporary romances, but historical romance offers such a different perspective, and traditional Regencies in particular focus heavily on the manners and mores of the era, in the classic style of Georgette Heyer and the incomparable Jane Austen. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

  8. Jane Carey

    Hello, I know that I’ve signed up for your mailing list at least two times, but somehow I still don’t receive your emails?… I do hear from Amazon when one of your books comes out but not from your email list. Could you please send me any emails to all of your ebooks which I may download?
    Thank you so much for your books! I think I’ve read them all except for the new one that just came out (and your ebook links!) I so enjoy your books!

    • Mary Kingswood

      Jane, I’ve checked the mailing list and the email you’re using now is definitely signed up and is registered as opening every email that was sent, so I don’t know quite what is happening there. I have emailed the address you’re using now with the links to all the free downloads. If you don’t receive it, and it isn’t in your spam folder, then email me directly at mary@marykingswood.co.uk and we’ll try to sort it out.

  9. Texaslonghorn

    I must tell you that I think your books are delightful and I particularly like them because they are set in the drawing room and not the bedroom. I am a 78 year old cowboy from Texas and my wife got me started on Georgette Heyer several years ago and I have been hooked on regency era romance and history ever since. I have 6 of your books and will eventually collect them all. I abhor the writers who do not take the time to research proper titles and how peers should be addressed. Thank you for your books.

    • Mary Kingswood

      I’m delighted to know that I have a cowboy reading my books! I’m so glad that you enjoy them, and you are definitely not alone in liking a story that stays in the drawing room. Many, many of my readers feel the same way. It’s a shame there are so few writers catering to that style of book. Give my regards to Texas. I lived in Houston for a while many years ago, and have fond memories of the place and of Texans. Happy reading, cowboy!

  10. Tracy Cagliero

    Hi – I don’t think I received the prequel to the Silver Linings Mysteries yet and I’m on your mailing list, how can I get it?

      • Tuna Hodgson

        Hi Mary
        Was so excited to see a new series. I am on your mailing list but didn’t get The Clerk?

        • Mary Kingswood

          You should have had an email from the list when it was released – the middle of last month. Or if you signed up after that it should have been in the welcome email. Maybe it went in the spam folder? But not to worry, I’ve emailed you the link. I hope you enjoy the read!

  11. Gale

    In what order should I read each series? I already 3 books in to “The Daughters of Allamont Hall”. Which series should I read after this?

    • Mary Kingswood

      Hi Gale! After The Daughters of Allamont Hall, I’d recommend you move on to Sons of the Marquess, starting with Lord Reginald, and then the Sisters of Woodside Mysteries, beginning with The Governess. Although the three series can be read in any order, some characters pop up in more than one series and it’s more fun if you know their complete history.

  12. Flo Adar

    I am a new member (I think), but must commend you on all the research you have done to write about men and women with titles during the Regency. And I agree that you also should use your own voice. Yet don’t let the love scenes get too soppy. Georgette Heyer never did. I have just finished The Seamstress and am ready for the final one in a wonderful series.

  13. Deborah Lawson

    Chiming in from Bloomington, indiana. I’m just beginning The Companion and looking forward to eventually learning Jeremy’s fate. I’m thoroughly enjoying your gentle Regency romance-mysteries.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you, Deborah, and hello to Bloomington. 🙂 One of the joys of being a published author these days is ‘meeting’ readers from all over the world. We may live thousands of miles apart, but we have a common interest in the way of life in the Regency era.

  14. Alma

    I feel really guilty because for the past month I have done very little housework or any of the jobs I should have done. My problem has been putting your books down.

    Now I really am going to have a break from reading, for a couple of days anyway, and I shall clear my conscience by doing some housework and ironing and silly things like that.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Alma, I have a similar problem – I neglect the ironing because I’m so caught up in writing these books. 🙂 I’m so glad you found the books unputdownable, even if the housework suffered a bit.

    • Angela Oddo

      So, I just finished reading the first book in your New Silver Linings series, wonderful by the way, and couldn’t take the time to get the clothes out of the dryer before they wrinkled. I just threw in a damp towel and sent them around again while I’m downloading Lacemaker! Much more important to read than to iron, don’t you agree? I promised myself for the last 10 years that once I retired, I would read to my heart’s content, and so far I’m keeping that promise.

      • Mary Kingswood

        This made me laugh! I’m very much of your mind – reading is FAR more important than ironing! Although I’ve found an unexpected use for the iron now that I’m an author. Whenever I get stuck on a tricky plot point, I go and iron a few shirts. It’s astonishing how often the plot problems get sorted out that way (and there are clean shirts, too – win win!). Thank you for the kind words and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the books.

  15. Jennifer Ratzlaff

    I very much enjoyed the Woodside series, the characters were delightful
    and the mysteries kept me guessing. I have always enjoyed the Regency
    Period too. I look forward to reading your new series in June.
    Jenny, Vancouver, Canada

    • Mary Kingswood

      Jenny, thank you so much for the kind words, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed the Woodside series!

  16. Cd

    I think I started reading your books about a year and a half ago. I was amazed at the quality of your writing. It’s very good.

    I enjoyed the Woodside series and am finishing up Fanny’s story before I read Woodside.

    You have a big fan on the Southside of Chicago.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you for your kind words! How lovely to know that my words, written in the Highlands of Scotland, are being read in Chicago. We may be far apart in miles, but united in our enjoyment of the Regency era. Happy reading!

  17. Virginia Jones

    This was my first time to read any of your books. I thourouly enjoyed this 3 book box set of the Daughters of Allamont Hall. I left a review on Amazon.

    • Mary Kingswood

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the read, and thank you for taking the time to write a review – every review is much appreciated.

      • Nancy McKeever


        I have just finished reading Dulcie, my favourite of all your books though I have to say I loved them all, and ordered most in advance I would love to get Mary: The Daughters of Allamont Hall Book 4.5 the novella. but do not seem to be able to download it. Let me know what I can do , meantime I am about to order Grace, perhaps you could send someone to do the house work while I get on with my reading Nancy

        • Mary Kingswood

          Nancy, I’d love someone to do my housework, too, so I could get on with writing! Mary is a free gift to all my mailing list subscribers, so all you have to do to get it is to click the signup button on the website. You’ll also get the other free novellas (there’s one for each series), and the first notice of new books, special deals and giveaways.

  18. Dawn Newton

    Thank you, I loved reading about Amy,Belle and Connie. I look forward to reading the rest when I can afford to.

  19. Karen Parker

    I have read all of your books now, having just completed Woodside. I was having a yippee moment thinking a NEW series. Not out yet. Boo hiss. Your books are excellent with great story lines, Please continue your work. I have greatly enjoyed each one of them.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you for the kind words, and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the books! I love writing them, so they will keep coming for a while yet. 🙂

  20. Ealasaid

    Also, why was trade considered so terrible in the 19th century? I recall reading something similar in Jane Austen.

    • Mary Kingswood

      This is an interesting question. Yes, Jane Austen was slightly scathing about the fact that Mr Bingley’s wealth had come from trade (unspecified), and the Bennet sisters’ aunt and uncle, the Gardners, lived in London “within sight of their own warehouses”. England in Regency times was incredibly class-conscious, and there were lots of invisible lines drawn to differentiate the higher ranks from the lower. The royal family was the top of the heap, then the nobility in order (dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, barons), then the upper gentry (baronets, knights) and then the rest of the gentry (people of independent means, living on rents from land or interest on investments). Below that were all the poor souls who had to work for a living. The professions (lawyers, clergymen, army officers, etc) were treated like gentlemen, but below that you got the merchants and shopkeepers (trade! eek!), with whom persons of quality would never mix, except to buy stuff from them. And below that, the vast mass of the population, the labouring classes.

      We still have the same sort of invisible lines between ranks nowadays, but the distinctions are more subtle, not just based on titles and/or money, but to do with whether you have the latest iPhone or buy organic bananas. 🙂 The nuances of the class system are endlessly fascinating, aren’t they?

    • Mary Kingswood

      Brinshire is a county of my own invention – squeezed into an imaginary space between Staffordshire and Shropshire. I use a mixture of real and imaginary places to give me the maximum flexibility.

      • Ealasaid

        I realized it wasn’t a real county when I tried to google it but I wanted to have an idea of its relative position to Lancashire and London. I finished Woodside today and it might be my favorite of the Woodside series. I really liked both protagonists, and I enjoyed the mystery/puzzle plots of this series. One of the aspects I appreciate most in your books is that the characters seem like true characters of that time, and not like modern characters merely placed in a Regency setting.

        • Mary Kingswood

          It occurred to me after talking to you that it might be helpful to put a map on the website so that people can see where all these places are! In the new series, my characters are down in Cornwall and Hampshire, the southern-most parts of England. Lord Carrbridge’s home, Drummoor, is up in Yorkshire, very much in the north, while ‘Brinshire’ is the Midlands. And then Shropshire, the setting for Lucy’s and Margaret’s stories, is right on the Welsh border, so some of the characters and names were Welsh. Well, it makes a change from London and Bath, doesn’t it?

          • Ealasaid

            That would be great. I’m familiar with the location of most of the English counties on the perimeter of the country, but I get a bit lost with regard to the ones in the middle. When you announced your new series about a shipwreck off Cornwall, I thought of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. I guess that technically takes place in the Regency period, though I’ve never considered it to be of that genre of novels.

  21. Susan Forbes

    I was both delighted and saddened to reach the end of the Woodside series; a very clever and satisfying end to an enjoyable series. I’m looking forward to your next series, of which you have given out a sample chapter. Your “Sons of the Marquess” and Allamont Hall series were also wonderful reading.

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you, Susan! It really makes my day when readers take the trouble to write and tell me that they’ve enjoyed the books – your comments are much appreciated.

      • Susan Forbes

        I have just finished “The Widow” and enjoyed both the new story and seeing characters from the other books. I’ll be looking forward to the following books of the series.

        Your writing is lovely, not a word out of place and not a single jarring note.

        • Mary Kingswood

          Susan, thank you so much for the kind words, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed The Widow.

  22. Beth Lyons

    I have just finished the Sons of the Marquess series, having already read the Woodside and Allamont series (except of course the yet to be released final book in the Woodside series). I am sad to be done with them! I look forward to your next series!

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m delighted that you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read. 🙂

  23. mo

    The Betrothed
    Thank you, Mary Kingswood.
    Reading The Betrothed was truly a pleasure.
    The book is definitely a treasure!


  24. David Buckland

    For men, a liking for Regency romance tends to be viewed as a guilty pleasure (I own up), though I note that Georgette Heyer’s legion of fans includes Stephen Fry, who unveiled a Blue Plaque in her honour recently.

    Surveys of the huge American market for romance titles indicate that male readers are c. 15% of the whole, which given the massive size of this sector of publishing implies a significant male readership (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/maya-rodale/who-is-the-the-romance-novel-reader_b_7192588.html – this is for romance readers as a whole, but would there be any reason to suggest that the proportion was less for Regencies?).

    • Mary Kingswood

      Wow, 15% is huge! I had no idea it was as big a market as that. And I imagine it would be similar in the Regency sub-genre, too. Perhaps more so? Maybe the history aspect would appeal to men in particular? Anyway, gentleman readers are more than welcome.

  25. Marc Chavez

    I’ve greatly enjoyed the Woodside books and look forward to the last, when we officially discover what happened to the younger brother. I look forward to reading more of your delightful books, and man enough to say I enjoy a good Regency romance!

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you, Marc! I suspect that quite a few gentlemen enjoy reading Regency romances, although they may be too shy to admit to it!

  26. Mary Kingswood

    Nicole, you can read Mary’s story free when you sign up for the mailing list via the Sign up! button above. Alternatively, email me direct via the Contact page.

  27. Elaine Graf

    I apologize for my own mistakes above! I did not edit it correctly. I do appreciate you writing books that are drawing room rather than bedroom!

  28. Elaine Graf

    I have been enjoying your Woodside books. I was disappointed that the final one won’t be out until March. In one of your books, you provided the opportunity for readers to correct you on appropriate time. Information. My concern is a grammatical construction that you have used many times. It seems to me that in a sentence like the one that follows, you should have written either just the word “nor”, or you should have written “but neither”.

    She could not imagine what Mel had said to drive him away with his object not attained, but nor could she imagine what the viscount had to say to her.

    The use of both “but” and “nor has” two conjunctions in a row. Was this proper during the Regency era?

    • Mary Kingswood

      Thank you! I think you are right, although I’ve been doing it wrong for so many years now that I’m not sure I can change now!

    • Deborah Lawson

      This is a matter of voice, in my opinion. If writers become too concerned with the perfection of language, we run the risk of stripping away a out voice and individuality. Know the rules but don’t let them paralyze you. Be yourself.

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