That said, I can't say that I have ever in my life read a Regency Romance by any other author. In fact, I can't even say that I knew such books existed! And then, one of my very favorite bloggists in all of Blogdania, Heidi Ashworth, wrote a book that was filed firmly under the Regency Romance label. And (though it took me a while to get my hands on a copy) I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was clean (very important as romance novels go), witty (just like Heidi), and far too short.
That was only her first novel, though: Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind. Now she has a sequel out: Miss Delacourt Has Her Day. I had the pleasure of reading this one a few weeks ago, and I loved it just as much as, if not even more than the first.
If it's possible to love Sir Anthony, now Lord Crenshaw, any more than I did in the first book, well then, I do. He is off to prove his love for Ginny despite terrible odds and he does it with perfect aplomb. As only Sir Anthony can, of course.
And I adore Ginny as she prepares for her wedding whilst Anthony is off being secretive about something, which makes her emotions run high which in turn makes for some very fun reading.
Heidi's books have none of the things that keep me away from reading romances. I've mentioned that they are clean and witty, but they are also completely lacking in the sappy, gooey mess that seems to be betwixt the pages of so many books in the genre. I can honestly say that there isn't one bit of sappy goo in either Miss Delacourt book, which means I'll definitely keep them on my shelves.
Want to read it? Tell me what your favorite Regency period book is, and if you've only ever read Jane Austen before, well, that's just fine. I will enter you to win a copy of Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, and I will draw for the winner next Wednesday, March 23.