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MAKING REGENCY ROMANCE AUTHENTIC

BY ELLA QUINN

It’s wonderful to be back on Romance Divas! As you probably know by now, I write Regency romances. The Regency lasted for only a short period of time. It was technically from 1811 when King George III was declared insane and his son, the Prince of Wales, was declared Regent. It ended in 1820 when the king died and his son, George IV, was crowned. The long Regency, however, lasted from the later 18th century until Victoria was crowned in 1837.

Culturally, it was in between the extremely freewheeling Georgian era and the very straight-laced Victorian period. It was during the Regency that advances were made in the arts, sciences, and philosophy. Because of philosophers such as Wollstonecraft and Bentham women’s rights were advanced. Not so much under the law, but in the way society thought. Unfortunately, most of that was lost during the Victorian era.

The Regency was also the first time the upper class in England started accepting love matches. Not by everyone, of course. Many thought falling in love with one’s spouse was vulgar and led to unhappiness. Other people clung to the belief that one should marry to advance the family’s or the individual’s position. To that end (you knew I’d get around to the reason for the history lesson, didn’t you?), young ladies of marriageable age were kept ignorant about anything to do with conjugal relations (the word sex was used as gender not as, well . . . sex.)

A good number of modern readers have a problem with this fact. “Why does she have to be so ignorant?” is a comment I’ve heard more than once. The answer is simple, because parents, other adults, even married sisters, brothers (older and younger), and married friends went out of their way to uphold an unmarried woman’s innocence.

In Georgette Heyer’s book, Venetia, the heroine, who is in her twenties and running the house and estate while her elder brother is in the army, is the last to know about her mother’s scandal that even her younger brother has been privy to for years. In fact, everyone in their neighborhood knows except Venetia! So, yes, young ladies were kept ignorant because that was just the way things were. Please don’t suppose that she would have heard maids talking about their escapades. That was a quick way to get sacked.

For a writer, the Regency is fun to write. Because the rules regarding young ladies were so strict, it is easy for characters to run afoul of them. Even a kiss can be fraught with possibilities. All of this leads me to my new release, It Started with a Kiss. What is a young lady to think when she experience’s her first kiss?

Blurb

What is a young Worthington woman to do when the man of her dreams is not who she thinks he is?

 This season, all eyes are on the Earl of Worthington’s spirited, beautiful sister, Lady Louisa Vivers. Many gentlemen are vying for her attention in and around the ton. Yet, Louisa longs for someone who can take her beyond the ballroom—a man who is worldly, adventurous, and passionate. She won’t settle for just any suitor. She wants her true soul mate—and she’ll know him when she sees him.

Is Gideon, the Duke of Rothwell, him? The moment he and Louisa meet, they share a powerful attraction. Rides at sunrise and waltzes at dusk follow. Finally, Gideon can no longer resist the urge to embrace her, and Louisa is sure he will ask for her hand. But Gideon believes he is in no position to marry. The Rothwell estate has gone bankrupt, a scandal simmers in its wake, and he has nothing left to offer. Now, he must decide if he will let pride stand in the way of true love—or if he will risk everything, and let the lady decide for herself…


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

She loves having readers connect with her.

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IT STARTED WITH A KISS

What is a young Worthington woman to do when the man of her dreams is not who she thinks he is?

This season, all eyes are on the Earl of Worthington’s spirited, beautiful sister, Lady Louisa Vivers. Many gentlemen are vying for her attention in and around the ton. Yet, Louisa longs for someone who can take her beyond the ballroom—a man who is worldly, adventurous, and passionate. She won’t settle for just any suitor. She wants her true soul mate—and she’ll know him when she sees him.

Is Gideon, the Duke of Rothwell, him? The moment he and Louisa meet, they share a powerful attraction. Rides at sunrise and waltzes at dusk follow. Finally, Gideon can no longer resist the urge to embrace her, and Louisa is sure he will ask for her hand. But Gideon believes he is in no position to marry. The Rothwell estate has gone bankrupt, a scandal simmers in its wake, and he has nothing left to offer. Now, he must decide if he will let pride stand in the way of true love—or if he will risk everything, and let the lady decide for herself…

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