Modern Regencies

I read a lot of Regency and a few early Victorian books which post-date Georgette Heyer, from 1980 onwards. Some of them are from my sweep of birthday Regencies (a comparison of older, more recent and current bestselling Regencies) and my later more random birthday selection. I’ve rated 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.

My ratings:

  • 5*: I enjoyed it hugely, and any niggles didn’t bother me at all.
  • 4*: a great read, with a few issues that interfered with my enjoyment, but still recommended.
  • 3*: a good read but with some issues for me that may not bother others.
  • 2*, 1*, DNF: if I dislike a book or don’t finish it, I don’t usually review it.

AUTHORS! I don’t want to malign you unfairly, so if I’ve got something wrong in a review, or you’ve fixed an error I mention, please let me know and I’ll update the review. Email me here.

Modern Regencies I’ve enjoyed:

Louise Allen: The Youngest Dowager: 2018 4*

Julie Tetel Andresen: Lord Blackwell’s Rude Awakening: 2018 3*

Annabelle Anders:

Beth Andrews: Stolen Waters: 2014 3*

Elizabeth Bailey: In Honour Bound: 2016 4* [Trad]

Kathleen Baldwin: Mistaken Kiss: 2014 4* [Trad]

Mary Balogh:

Linda Banche: An Inheritance for the Birds: 2012 4*

Bridget Barton: A Governess For The Brooding Duke: 2018 2* [Trad]

Alissa Baxter:

Elizabeth Bramwell: The Dashing Widow: 2016 4*

Sally Britton:

May Burnett: Violet: 2016 (early Victorian) 4*

Susan Carroll: Brighton Road: 1988 5* [Trad]

K J Charles: Band Sinister: 2018 5*

Loretta Chase: Lord of Scoundrels: 1995 4*

Regina Darcy: The Earl and the Girl from the Abbey: 2016 3*

Jayne Davis:

Anna Dean:

E A Dineley: The Death of Lyndon Wilder: 2012 4* [Trad]

Julianne Donaldson: Edenbrooke: 2012 4*

Carola Dunn:

Diane Farr:

Fanny Finch: Love Letters to a Lady: 2018 3* [Trad]

Odelia Floris: In Want of a Wife: 2016 5*

Brenda Hiatt: Gabriella: 2012 3*

Jenny Hambly:

Audrey Harrison: The Lonely Lord: 2019 4* [Trad]

Joyce Harmon:

Candice Hern: Miss Lacey’s Last Fling: 2001 5*

Samantha Holt: You’re The Rogue That I Want: 2016 3*

Carla Kelly: Reforming Lord Ragsdale: 1995 4* [Trad]

Martha Keyes:

Heather King:

Lisa Kleypas: Someone To Watch Over Me: 1998 3*

Catherine Kullmann:Perception And Illusion: 2017 4*

Jan Jones:

Julie Klassen: The Silent Governess: 2010 3* [Trad]

Mary Lancaster: The Wicked Baron: 2018 5*

Perpetua Langley:Chemsworth Hall Book 1: Violet: 2017 5* [Trad]

Emily Larkin: The Earl’s Dilemma: 2008 4*

Edith Layton:The Mysterious Heir: 1984 4* [Trad]

Laura Matthews:The Nomad Harp: 1980 4* [Trad]

Suzanna Medeiros: Loving The Marquess: 2013 4*

Courtney Milan: The Governess Affair: 2012 4*

Carolyn Miller:

Barbara Monajem: To Kiss A Rake: 2015 3*

Holly Newman: A Grand Gesture: 2014 4* [Trad]

Rose Pearson: The Waiting Bride: 2019 3* [Trad]

Regina Puckett: I Close My Eyes: 2017 3*

Mary Jo Putney:The Rake: 1989 4*

Elizabeth Rolls:

Regina Scott: The Unflappable Miss Fairchild: 1998 4*

Joan Smith:Cousin Cecilia: 1990 4* [Trad]

Sheri Cobb South:

Susan Speers:

Mira Stables:

G G Vandagriff: Lord John’s Dilemma: 2015 4* [Trad]

Sarah J Waldock: None So Blind: 2014 4* [Trad]