Monday, December 23, 2013

Christian Regency Fiction

In celebration of Regency novels, I have determined to compile a list (not likely an exhaustive one, but as much as I know) of Christian Regency fiction.  For a very basic definition of the Regency era, it refers to the time period (1811-1820) in Great Britain while King George III was unable to rule, so his son the Prince of Wales ruled in his stead under the title Prince Regent.  Granted, anything between 1800-1830 is generally considered Regency, even if it does not strictly fall within the Regent's rule; just so long as the women have curly updos and wear empire-waist dresses, while men dress in breeches.  Think Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.  New and upcoming releases include:

The Innkeeper's Daughter The Weaver's Daughter A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor, #1)
Michelle Griep's The Innkeeper's Daughter in March 2018; Sarah E Ladd's The Weaver's Daughter in April 2018; Kristi Ann Hunter's A Defense of Honor in June 2018
Moonlight Masquerade (London Encounters, #1)
And here is the list of Christian Regency books!
* indicates I have read it

Ruth Axtell
Moonlight Masquerade (2013)*
A Heart's Rebellion (2014)*

Linore Rose Burkard
Forsythe Series
1. Before the Season Ends (2005)*
A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London #1)
2. The House in Grosvenor Square (2009)*
3. The Country House Courtship (2010)*

This is a fairly sweet trilogy that would probably appeal more to young adults, as the heroines are fairly young themselves.  

Kaye Dacus
Ransome Trilogy
1. Ransome's Honor (2009)
2. Ransome's Crossing (2010)
A Necessary Deception  (The Daughters of Bainbridge House #1)3. Ransome's Quest (2011)

Melanie Dickerson
The Regency Spies of London
1. A Spy's Devotion (2016)*
2. A Viscount's Proposal (2017)*
3. A Dangerous Engagement (2017)*

Laurie Alice Eakes
The Daughters of Bainbridge House
1. A Necessary Deception (2011)*
2. A Flight of Fancy (2012)*
3. A Reluctant Courtship (2013)*

Prelude for a Lord (The Gentlemen Quartet #1)Cliffs of Cornwall
1. A Lady of Honor (2014)
2. A Stranger's Secret (2015)

Camille Elliot 
The Gentlemen Quartet
1.  Prelude for a Lord (2014)*

Michelle Griep
Brentwood's Ward (2015)
The Innkeeper's Daughter (2018)*

Kristi Ann Hunter
An Elegant Fa├žade (Hawthorne House, #2)Hawthorne House
1. A Noble Masquerade (2015)*
2. An Elegant Facade (2016)*
3. An Uncommon Courtship (2017)*
4. An Inconvenient Beauty (2017)*

Haven Manor
1. A Defense of Honor (2018)

Wonderful combination of humor and heart - an author to watch!

The Apothecary's DaughterJulie Klassen
Lady of Milkweed Manor (2008)*
The Apothecary's Daughter (2009)*
The Silent Governess (2010)*
The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011)*
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall (2012)*
The Tutor's Daughter (2013)*
The Dancing Master (2014)*
The Secret of Pembrooke Park (2014)*
Lady Maybe (2015)*
The Painter's Daughter (2015)*

Tales from Ivy Hill
1. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Dec 2016)*
2. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Dec 2017)
3. The Bride of Ivy Green (Dec 2018)

Julie Klassen is probably the most popular author of this genre out there - her books are excellent; tons of research must go into these books to have such detail - on the locations, the interests of the characters, employments - everything is so well thought out!  While they are solid, clean reads, they are geared toward adults, as some of the novels explore what happened to women who made errors of judgement in that time period.  The Tutor's Daughter is one of my absolute favorites.

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)
Sarah E. Ladd
Whispers on the Moors
1. The Heiress of Winterwood (2013)*
2. The Headmistress of Rosemere (2013)*
3. A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (2014)*

Treasures of Surrey
1. The Curiosity Keeper (2015)*
2. Dawn at Emberwilde (2016)*
3. A Stranger at Fellsworth (2017)*
The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, #1)
The Weaver's Daughter (2018)*

Carolyn Miller
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace
1. The Elusive Miss Ellison (2017)*
2. The Captivating Lady Charlotte (2017)
3. The Dishonorable Miss Delancey (2017)

Regency Brides: Promise of Hope
1. Winning Miss Winthrop (2018)
2. Miss Serena's Secret (2018)
3. The Making of Mrs. Hale (2018)
All the Tea in China

Jane Orcutt
All the Tea in China (2007)*

This is the most humorous of the list, and sadly the author passed away before she could write more in what was presumably meant to be a series.  Some aspects may be less historically accurate than in other novels, though that is what makes it funnier.  They find adventure and humor from England to China, but it has its share of serious subjects too, especially in conjunction with the tea and opium trade. 

Mary Lu Tyndall
The Falcon and the Sparrow (2008)

The Proposal (The English Garden, #1)
Lori Wick
The English Garden
1. The Proposal (2002)*
2. The Rescue (2002)*
3. The Visitor (2003)*
4. The Pursuit (2003)*

Each of these is written the sweet, typical writing style of Lori Wick; they are great for young adult on up.  Many thanks to my dear friend who got me hooked on them back in high school!

Do you know any other Christian Regencies that I've missed?

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