There's an appeal about the charm and romance of Regency England for me. The scratch of a nib on parchment, the venomous deployment of the cut direct, or the clandestine meeting before dashing off to Gretna Green sends my imagination into transports and I cannot help but weave tales.
The Regency era in the United Kingdom is the period between 1811—when King George III went mad and his son, the Prince of Wales, known as Prinny, ruled as Prince Regent—and 1820 when the Prince Regent became George IV on the death of his father.
Avalon Historical Romance Regencies hearken back to the sweeter stories where society adhered to its own strict code of etiquette, and gentlemen who did not mind their manners had their hands slapped by the ladies.
Several of my stories are considered fluff and frothy-fun reads, such as The Suitor List and the next in the Gentlemen of Worth series,
In the Regency days most ladies truly needed to marry, usually for security or social position, not for love. My books are not the only tales of young ladies in search of husbands:
Brompton Manor by Susan Ralph
The Christmas Bargain by Sarita Leone
There are also some stories about men who return from the war:
The Portrait by Hazel Statham
Lord Sidley's Last Season by Sherry Lynn Ferguson
Many other gentlemen must step into their newly attained places in society as Peers of the Realm:
Marquis in a Minute by Roni Denholtz
Miss Delacourt Has Her Day by Heidi Ashworth
The Regency era is noted for its elegance and achievements in the fine arts and architecture. One of the greatest patrons was the Prince Regent himself who led the upper class society in culture, refinement, and excessive spending.
In contrast, beneath the glamour and gloss of Regency society, there existed various levels of squalor. Poverty was a major issue and one that is rarely addressed. Thievery, womanizing, gambling, and constant drinking ran rampant. Although those topics are not dwelt upon they do add a dimension of realism into my world of fiction.
The Citrus Parlor blog is the development and progression of the Gentlemen of Worth series.