This has been a very Regency inflected reading week for me. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
— Joan Wolf, The Arrangement.
Very few people can write Regencies in the first person and get away with it– and Joan Wolf does it so very well. The Arrangement, in which an independent single mother finds herself entangled, by an unwanted legacy, in the complicated household of the Earl of Savile, has always been one of my favorites. Her heroines are all supremely sensible and determined people, and Gail, the heroine of The Arrangement, is no exception to this rule. I would have gone on reading Joan Wolfs all week but for the fact that my little sister has all the rest of them. Hmph.
— Kasey Michaels, Maggie By The Book.
With RWA coming up fairly shortly, it seemed a good time to read Kasey Michaels’ hysterical send-up of romance conferences, the publishing industry, and, yes, Regency romance authors.
— Georgette Heyer, Black Sheep.
With all that Regency-ing, it seemed time to go back to the mother of the genre. Black Sheep is one of those Heyers I know less well, but very much in her usual line: an independent lady of means comes up against the antics of the young, prevents all sorts of mayhem, and, along the way, falls in love with a rogue of her own. I’d forgotten that Black Sheep was set in Bath– it was particularly amusing reading about one of her characters putting up at the White Hart when I’d just had Miss Gwen there two chapters ago, terrorizing the chickens in the inn yard.
What have you been reading?