I prefer traditional Regencies over Regency historical stories so all the modern authors that I list below are writers of what I consider classic or traditional Regencies--in the style of Heyer.
Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney both wrote unforgettable classic Regencies at the beginning of their careers. Those early titles are very difficult to find, but well worth hunting for.
Clare Darcy ~~ Barbara Hazard ~~ Gayle Buck ~~ Nancy Butler ~~ Susan Carroll ~~ Sheila Walsh
Deborah Chester ~~ Marian Devon ~~ Carola Dunn ~~ Karla Hocker ~~ Evelyn Richardson
Carla Kelly ~~ Eileen Jackson ~~ Elsie Lee ~~ Elizabeth Mansfield ~~ Barbara Metzger
Very few authors are still writing the sort of traditional Regency romances that I like, so,
many of these authors
are out of print. But the books can still be found...the hunt is half the fun!
must be the godmother of the Regency genre of romantic fiction.
Our 'romance' is different from her 'romance' so I hesitate to claim her as mother of the genre.
Her work ranks among the world's greatest literature;
people that would never read a romance novel most certainly will read Jane Austen.
Her few books offer many delights, and a few challenges,
for her language and her characters' manners show without doubt
that two hundred years have passed since the books' writing.
My favourite: Persuasion
can with confidence be called the mother of the Regency genre.
Every one of her books is an individual joy, with characters that charm,
and situations that invoke laughter and provoke sighs of delight.
Among my favourites:
Regency Buck, Frederica, The Grand Sophy and Bath Tangle
is one of the very best of the Regency writers who began writing in the 1970's.
Her Sanguinet regency saga is terrific as is her Georgian series, The Golden Chronicles.
Her characters are real and fresh, her historical detail impeccable.
Unfortunately most of her books are out of print, but libraries do carry them,
and an out of print search will turn them up.
Start with Love's Duet, or The Lord and the Gypsy, and you'll be hooked.
My Top Ten Regency Favourites
These titles are my very personal choices for top ten Regencies.
They are books I return to again and again just to visit with the characters
and delight in their wonderful stories.
In no particular order:
1. Deirdre and Don Juan by Jo Beverley 1993 Avon Books
2. A Gypsy at Almack's by Chloe Cheshire 1993 Harper Paperbacks
3. Love's Duet by Patricia Veryan 1979 Fawcett Crest
4. Miss Whittier Makes a List by Carla Kelly 1994 Signet Books
5. Frederica by Georgette Heyer Pan Books 1968; many reissues
6. Persuasion by Jane Austen first published 1817; many editions available
7. The Rogue's Lady by Marian Devon 1982 Fawcett
8. Miss Dower's Paragon by Gayle Buck 1993 Signet
9. The Runaways by Barbara Hazard 1997 Signet
10. Lady Elizabeth's Comet by Sheila Simonson 1985 Walker