Modern Regencies

These are all the Regency and a few early Victorian books I’ve read which post-date Georgette Heyer, from 1980 onwards. I’ve classified them according to how much I enjoyed them, which is very subjective, but I’ve never discovered an objective measure for books. Sometimes a book will just appeal to me (or not) depending on my mood. Bear in mind also that I’m a stickler for historical accuracy. Not everyone knows or even cares about the correct form of address for a duke, but I do, and I’ll enjoy a book less if the author gets that wrong, or trips over one of the myriad other nuances of Regency life.

I don’t mind a little sex in my Regencies, as long as it’s in keeping with the plot and the mores of the times, but for those who don’t want graphic sex, I’ve marked ‘Trad’ against books that (as far as I know) conform to the traditions of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and stay out of the bedroom.

Five star reads: Books I absolutely loved.

Four star reads: Books I thoroughly enjoyed, with one or two elements that didn’t work for me.

Three star reads: I still enjoyed these, but they tripped one of my major triggers (poor grammar, typos, historical inaccuracies or plot/character issues).

Others: Books I didn’t finish, or disliked a lot. All of these are popular with other readers, but they weren’t my cup of tea.