The Regency TBR – Help me!

I have a pile of Regency romances (of the Signet Regency variety) in my TBR. I need help in prioritizing.

Many of these were recommended by Twitter friends and bloggers whom I read. Which five would you recommend I move to the top of the pile?

Joan Aiken, The Five-Minute Marriage
Jo Beverley (have been sort of saving this, as she’s a favorite author), The Fortune Hunter
Bethany Brooks, Her Perfect Earl
Nancy Butler:
The Kindness of a Rogue
Lord Monteith’s Gift
The Prodigal Hero
The Bartered Heart
Castaway Hearts
The Prodigal Hero
The Rake’s Retreat
The Ramshackle Suitor

Marion Chesney, Miss Romney Flies Too High
Elisabeth Fairchild:
Valentine’s Change of Heart
Marriage a la Mode
The Silent Suitor
Captain Cupid Calls The Shots

April Kihlstrom, The Nabob’s Widow
Allison Lane, The Notorious Widow
Emma Lange, A Certain Reputation
Elizabeth Mansfield, Her Man of Affairs
Evelyn Richardson, The Scandalous Widow
Sheila Simonson, Love and Folly
Phylis Warady, Breach of Honor
Joan Wolf, His Lordship’s Mistress

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10 replies on “The Regency TBR – Help me!”

  1. (1) The Sheila Simonson. (2) If that’s the only JoBev Regency you have, then that one. (3) The Joan Wolf (I think that’s the one everyone loves and is in my TBR). (4) Fairchild’s Captain Cupid. (5) One of the earlier Nancy Butlers.

    You have a lot of great books there!

    1. This one is midway through the series. Not my favorite, but very enjoyable. Characters are fun. This was bundled with Deidre & Don Juan when it was reprinted, wasn’t it? That and Emily & the Dark Angel are my absolute favorites.

      Have you read the other Sheila Simonson books? She is terrific. I don’t know why she’s not better known. Or maybe she is and I just don’t travel in those circles.

  2. I think this might be my first Simonson – I very likely got the rec from someone’s blog, but so long ago I no longer remember. I often see a rec for something OOP, request a copy on BookMooch, and add it to the TBR, where it languishes for months or years.

  3. The Aiken and the Beverley (though it’s not her best early book, it’s still good by any standards) are all I can recommend. I haven’t read most of the others, though.

    —L.

  4. Allison Lane, The Notorious Widow
    Joan Wolf, His Lordship’s Mistress
    and the Beverley.
    I was never caught by the Butlers the way many other Regency fans were, but you might want to move that up, since she does rate among the top trad authors, when discussed.

  5. I can’t rec because I don’t know most of these. I hit a wall months ago when I read 3 or 4 Regencies in a row that just weren’t to my taste (and a couple that weren’t very good). Maybe it is time to try again.

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