As a fan and writer of Regency fiction, I’m interested in the way historical events are portrayed in works of fiction and how perceptions can be changed and/or influenced, even when they are not the main focus of the story. I’ve unintentionally learned a lot of random bits of history – especially British history – through romance novels. Not a complete education by any means, though I did recently ace the Napoleon category on Jeopardy.
I’ve been thinking about the combination of history and the arts since weekend when I came across a documentary on the musical Hamilton during a bout of random channel-surfing (after I’d met my NaNo word targets, of course). Continue reading →
Elizabeth with Jo Beverley during a “Get Caught Reading at Sea” cruise
I was so sad to read about Jo Beverley’s passing this morning when I finally logged onto the internet after several days of electronic vacation.
She is one of handful of authors whose books always made it to my keeper shelf to be read, re-read, and enjoyed over and over again. I am on my second and third copies of many of her books.
It was her writing that triggered my love of Georgian and Regency history, as well as all things English, when I began reading historical romance novels.
Lord of My Heart is the first book of hers that I read. As one reviewer said, it was “witty, slightly bawdy, [and] gently emotional without being overly sentimental.” The characters were wonderfully drawn and the story captivating, and by the time I had finished it I was well and truly hooked.
“Love is too mild a word. You are to me as my heart is to me.” ~ Aimery de Gaillard, Lord of My Heart
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