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Nov 28, 2009, 9:23 am

Some of the Heyer editions I have found have introductions by writers who claim to have followed in her steps, or at least to have been influenced by her. I have not heard of any of them and would tend to shy away from them as perhaps being truly in the Harlequin mode. Two authors who do seem to have some of the same flavor and high aims are, as WinterMaiden pointed out in another thread, Mary Stewart (although she is not as giddily funny as Heyer) and Jane Aiken Hodge. I like Stewart and Hodge a great deal, and read them first many many years ago (although not as much as I now like Heyer). Are there others?

Nov 29, 2009, 12:48 am

Mary Stewart, of course, is very mid-20th-century, in a dashing, dealt-with-the-Blitz-and-still-ticking sort of way. I re-read all her stuff recently and still really like her, at least up to the last couple of books. It's interesting that she wrote them all in middle and old age.

I tried some other Regency romances back in the late seventies and early eighties, and found them all insipid, with sickly-sweet romances and no wit at all.

Nov 29, 2009, 11:03 am

I haven't read any other Regency romances in 15 or 20 years. One author that I did like was Sheila Simonson. (Wow. That's the first time an author touchstone has worked for me.) Her books have unconventional heroines and lots of humour. According to her website, she only wrote four regencies, so there certainly isn't much to go on, and I haven't read any of her other books.

Nov 29, 2009, 11:49 am

I've recently been introduced to Dinah Dean's Waltham Abbey series, having previously enjoyed her Russian books. They are similar in period, but looking at a slightly lower class of society. Well-written and very much in the Heyer style.

Out 16, 2010, 6:56 pm

See A.S.Byant's "Angels and Insects". Byant credits Georgette Heyer as a literacy influence. She tells a very entertaining story of trying to become a member of the elite (Cambridge?) University literacy club. In seeking the approval of the strongly feminist committee, she denounced Heyer, only to have her credentials as a literacy critic soundly slammed. The committe highly praised Heyer's prose and, of course, Byant went on to become one of UK's leading novelits. "Angels and Insects" deals with much more challenging topics than Heyer ever did. But the attention to domestic lives and dialogue is excellent.

Out 16, 2010, 6:57 pm

I meant literary critic - sorry!

Out 16, 2010, 7:11 pm

#5> Hovelites, did you mean A.S. Byatt?

Editado: Abr 25, 2013, 10:46 pm

Clare Darcy. I've read Regina and Lady Pamela. Both are witty, light Regency romps very much in the style of Georgette Heyer. The Parfit Knight, by Juliet Blyth aka Stella Riley, is also somewhat reminiscent of Heyer-- an excellent Georgian romance.

Also, if you love Heyer, you should at least check out Patricia Veryan. Her style is a little different, but she's an excellent writer. She wrote series as well as standalones, so make sure you know what you're getting.

Editado: Jul 2, 2013, 4:13 pm

Although not historical fiction, Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire series has a very similar mixture of (clean) romance and humor.

Jul 2, 2013, 9:49 am

Leslie, a number of us are devoted readers of Angela Thirkell too.

Jul 2, 2013, 4:13 pm

LizzieD, I just discovered Thirkell last summer and am enjoying her books so much! I wish I had discovered them earlier, so I find myself recommending them frequently :)

Jul 3, 2013, 2:24 pm

I just found this thread and am definitely looking forward to checking out some of these authors! I would add that Jude Morgan has a few great Heyeresque novels -- Indiscretion, A Little Folly, and An Accomplished Woman. I also love the Julian Kestrel mysteries by Kate Ross, which have a similar style and setting. And for an extremely fun parody of the Regency genre (though a bit more PG-13 than Heyer), try The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullany.

Jul 3, 2013, 7:32 pm

>12 christina_reads: Christine, I too love Kate Ross's Julian Kestrel mysteries - such a shame that there are only 4 of them...

I haven't read any Jude Morgan so I will keep my eye out for those titles. And that parody sounds fun!

Jul 10, 2013, 9:59 am

I had forgotten Kate Ross, Leslie. Thanks for the reminder!

Jul 27, 2013, 9:37 am

I really liked Sheila Simonson and keep looking for those 4 books. I wish someone would reprint them. I do have to agree with someone else's remark that most of the Regencies I've tried can only be described as "insipid."

Jul 27, 2013, 9:40 am

>Christina_reads. Thanks for recommending Kate Ross. I'd not heard of her before.

Jul 27, 2013, 1:23 pm

>15 Dragonfly: I recently found a couple of Sheila Simonson's regencies at BetterWorldBooks.

Ago 13, 2013, 10:21 am

@ 16 -- Dragonfly, I hope you like her books!

Ago 13, 2013, 11:28 am

17> I have one or two Sheila Simonson's in e-book format.

Ago 13, 2013, 11:36 am

15> I agree. I still search out what is know as "traditional" Regency authors because that is sometimes what I am looking for, even if they are insipid. "Traditional" Regencies leave out the sex scenes. I often feel that the sex scenes are used as a screen for bad writing. Or maybe the effort that might go into more rounded characters, more interesting plots and more entertaining dialog goes into writing the sex scenes? Whatever it is, I mostly avoid the "steamy" romances of any era.

Ago 13, 2013, 3:11 pm

>20 MDGentleReader:

I find it frustrating when I'm immersed in a good storyline, and it is repeatedly interrupted by explicit sex scenes. More plot and character development would be much more interesting. And if young Regency ladies spent that much time in bed, the unwed motherhood rate must have been sky-high.

Editado: Ago 14, 2013, 2:27 pm

I recently read A Little Folly, which reads a great deal like Jane Austen, with much the same humor...though not laugh-out-loud like Heyer. And for those who liked Kate Ross, you might also try Madeleine E. Robins's Sarah Temperance books--sort of Regency Noir detective stories.

Ago 14, 2013, 5:17 pm

@ 22 -- Regency noir? I'm sold!

Maio 24, 2015, 11:25 am

Obviously going back to Jane Austen works. A contemporary writer who has the slyness and tempo of Austen is Anna Dean

On the lighter frothier side Quinn is quite fun.

Jun 28, 2015, 12:00 pm

@ 18 >Christina_reads. Finally succeeded in getting the Kate Ross books and I did like them.

Jun 28, 2015, 12:06 pm

@ 20 >MDGEntleReader. I agree with the remark that sex scenes are sometimes a screen for bad writing although I also have the impression that the authors may be forced into putting them in by publishers. I'm seeing the same thing in mysteries. Also, oddly enough in "inspirational" novels with the reverse content. I picked up what was an ok police procedural only to find that, out of nowhere, with no previous character buildup, the action would suddenly stop for some sort of rumination on a religious topic and then go back to chasing the bad guys. Very odd.

Mar 21, 2016, 10:07 am

I am excited to have found this forum! I know I am a bit late here but it would be fun to re-activate the discussion. I too have dedicated many hours trying to find a Georgette Heyer replacement and on the quest have had to endure terribly written regency romantic attempts with awful historical inaccuracy to 'regency romance novels' that were really nothing more than soft porn (well, isn't that what they are?) In the end I admitted defeat and have turned back to the classics, dusted off my Austens, Baroness Orzy and realised I would have to make do with these and re-reading the clearly incomparable Georgette Heyer. So, I am glad to have found some new suggestions to try: I have heard good things about Kate Ross, Sherry Lyn Ferguson (Lord Sidley's Last Season) and C.S Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr series. The only other book I recently stumbled upon which I feel comes close to GH's style and wit is called 'Lord Rutherford's Last Retort' by Elizabeth Harcourt. Has anyone else read this? I really loved it! I am hoping there are more titles of hers I haven't discovered yet.

Maio 5, 2016, 4:30 pm

Adding touchstones - ClareDauncey, you can make a title into a link to its record by putting it in square brackets. For authors, double square brackets.

Lord Sidley's Last Season
Lord Rutherford's Last Retort

Editado: Jun 9, 2016, 11:25 pm

I'd offer up Julianne Donaldson. She's only written two novels that I'm aware of, but they are excellent Regencies. Edenbrooke and Blackmoore.

For an author who somewhat captures Heyer's humor, try Alicia Rasley, particularly Royal Renegade.

Editado: Jun 18, 2016, 4:44 pm

While i think no one can hold a candle to Georgette Heyer, I enjoyed Joan Smith's book quite a lot, they are written much in the same vein as GH's regencies. The quality can vary from book to book, some are excellent, some feel rushed and not quite as satisfying, but overall I enjoyed most of her books and there are quite a few. The titles I enjoyed the most were Lace for Milady, Rose Trelawney, Cousin Cecilia, Winter Wedding, Sweet and Twenty, The Blue Diamond, and A Country Wooing.

I also enjoyed Dinah Dean's books, she wrote a series of very readable stories taking place in Russia during the Napoleonic war (Flight from the Eagle, The Ice King etc) and one or two good regencies as well.

All of these published in the 1980's or early 1990's. I think I will have to re-read some good books now, come to think of it....

Editado: Jun 18, 2016, 8:58 pm

Oh, yes. Joan Smith was very good. Another excellent writer of that era was Elizabeth Mansfield. The Frost Fair and several others by her have been recently rereleased.

Ago 20, 2016, 3:33 am

I am always in search of forums like this to know about writers similar to GH. I liked Carla kelly a lot. She has written lots of regencies ;mrs mcvinnie's london season, libby's london merchant... After reading all regencies of Carla Kelly, I discovered Clare Darcy. Her style is similar to Georgette Heyer. But, her books are rare to find and very expensive on amazon. I searched for other writers. I liked Barbara Metzger's Miss Lockharte's letters. Patricia Veryan's the league of jeweled men series is enjoyable. I liked Julie klassen, Pamela Aidan. Pamela Aidan has rewritten Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of Mr. Darcy which is nice to read. I tried reading Joan Smith,Joan Wolf, Andrea Pickens. They are good but they dont quench thirst for GH! Is anybody having books by Clare Darcy and ready to loan them? Do tell.

Editado: Ago 21, 2016, 11:29 pm

>32 meghdeepika:. I loved Clare Darcy back in the day. I think my favorite was Lydia. I just keep hoping they will be released in Kindle editions someday.