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I love Georgette Heyer - anything similar I can read?

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Gorgeousette Sat 21-Nov-20 16:50:36

I've read all her books so many times. It's become a bit of a tradition for me now to read her at this time of year smile. I'll never tire of her books but I would like to read similar books by other authors, and have never been able to find any that are comparable. There are lots of books set in the same period of time but the writing is nowhere near as good.

Does anyone know of any similar authors I could read? Thank you.

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sueelleker Sat 21-Nov-20 16:52:23

They're quite a bit sexier, but I love Stephanie Laurens and Eloisa James.

Gorgeousette Sat 21-Nov-20 16:57:50

Thank you @sueelleker, I think I've tried Stephanie Laurens but not Eloisa James. I'll have a look smile

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asifiwould Sat 21-Nov-20 17:02:00

Julia Quinn - they are about to show her Bridgeton series on Netflix - can't wait.

I really enjoyed Stephanie Laurens to begin with, but I think she is just churning out the same old books now. I did love the original Cynsters novels though.

Eloisa James - yes I like her books. And obviously, there is Jane Austin.

mbosnz Sat 21-Nov-20 17:04:14

I'm binge reading them at the moment! I love 'em.

I've started reading her murder mysteries as well.

I think she's really quite under-rated.

diplodocusinermine Sat 21-Nov-20 17:05:05

Mary Stewart, Dorothy Dunnett, Josephine Tey, Daphne Du Maurier, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Norah Lofts, Winston Graham (Poldark), Philippa Carr, Jean Plaidy, MM Kaye. I think Mary Stewart possibly closest - she has a lightness of touch that compares with Georgette Heyer.

Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies Sat 21-Nov-20 17:05:48

Not really similar, but maybe close enough...

Susan Howatch - big historical sagas.

Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies Sat 21-Nov-20 17:06:29

And, yes to Mary Stewart.

asifiwould Sat 21-Nov-20 17:06:40

Oh - I forget - Loretta Chase is really good - her Carsington Brother series in particular - Miss Wonderful, Mr Impossible, Lord Perfect and Not Quite a Lady.

Gorgeousette Sat 21-Nov-20 17:07:37

Thank you for further recommendations. I just bought Marianne by Jenny Hambly - will report back.

I think Georgette is under rated too @mbosnz (and I've also read her crime novels). Her writing is witty without being cloying imo.

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Gorgeousette Sat 21-Nov-20 17:11:06

Oh I x posted with lots more suggestions - thank you. Heading back to amazon again!

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DelphiniumBlue Sat 21-Nov-20 17:13:30

Yes to all the above, also Stella Gibbons.

FredtheFerret Sat 21-Nov-20 17:18:12

Big list of things I agree with from diplodocus.

Also try some of Joan Aiken. I loved her children's books but she's also written some terrific Regency romance stuff.

joanaiken.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/joan-aiken-does-romance/

Gorgeousette Sat 21-Nov-20 17:21:15

Oh god @FredtheFerret I had completely forgotten Joan Aiken - I read a lot of her books years ago, definitely worth a re-read! Thank you smile.

You folks are doing wonders for my expanding Books to Read list flowers.

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Gorgeousette Sat 21-Nov-20 17:29:43

So I've bought five books this afternoon thanks to this thread smile I'm very grateful, I hate having nothing lined up to read.

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FredtheFerret Sat 21-Nov-20 17:42:30

You've also inspired me, @Gorgeousette.

I have a couple of Joan Aiken's books where she's written spin offs to Jane Austen. Only I haven't read Jane Austen since school and I found it boring. I keep putting off reading these in case they are dull. I bought them a) because I like Joan Aiken and b) I didn't watch any of the film/tv Austen adaptations but people raved about them and I felt a bit uneducated... blush

I shall dig them out.

EthelBeavers Sat 21-Nov-20 17:47:55

Have you read any Stella Riley? She’s got a Civil War and a Georgian series and they’re both great reads. If you like Georgette Heyer I think they’ll be right up your street.

JayAlfredPrufrock Sat 21-Nov-20 17:49:04

Kate Morton.

SonjaHeniesTutu Sat 21-Nov-20 18:08:32

diplodocusinermine

Mary Stewart, Dorothy Dunnett, Josephine Tey, Daphne Du Maurier, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Norah Lofts, Winston Graham (Poldark), Philippa Carr, Jean Plaidy, MM Kaye. I think Mary Stewart possibly closest - she has a lightness of touch that compares with Georgette Heyer.

Great list!!

I'd just add
Elizabeth Goudge
Elizabeth Cadell (the one with Lilies in the title is rather dark though)
I did like Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home
Patricia C Wrede's Sorcery and Celcelia series
Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog

ChinesedragonTeapot Sat 21-Nov-20 19:00:45

I love Joan Aiken and I love Georgette Heyer. I had no idea Joan Aiken wrote these sort of books so I am now completely delighted.

I also agree that GH is underrated - her prose is beautiful.

FredtheFerret Sat 21-Nov-20 19:03:56

I do love a good book thread! Mumsnet can be marvellous.

Favourite Georgette Heyer book, anyone?

Mine would be something with a heroine of character and humour. Frederica or Lady of Quality.

clary Sat 21-Nov-20 19:09:33

Can I plug a friend of mine who writes carefully researched historical novels - she is often likened to Philippa Gregory - anyway my friend writes as Joanna Courtney, she has recently written a book about Lady Macbeth which I thought was great.

BamboozledandBefuddled Sat 21-Nov-20 19:23:01

Clare Darcy's books are very similar to Heyer's and quite good.

Favourite Georgette Heyer book, anyone?

Love Frederica grin And Sylvester, The Unknown Ajax, These Old Shades and Devil's Cub.

anyway my friend writes as Joanna Courtney, she has recently written a book about Lady Macbeth which I thought was great.

Thank you! Added to Amazon wishlist smile

FredtheFerret Sat 21-Nov-20 19:27:31

Ooh, yes. The Unknown Ajax. Although, I've just remember that my utter favourite is probably The Toll Gate and I loved The Reluctant Widow. So many to choose from.

Sadly, I never got into These Old Shades or Devil's Cub. The heros didn't do it for me at all.

BamboozledandBefuddled Sat 21-Nov-20 19:31:03

FredtheFerret

Ooh, yes. The Unknown Ajax. Although, I've just remember that my utter favourite is probably The Toll Gate and I loved The Reluctant Widow. So many to choose from.

Sadly, I never got into These Old Shades or Devil's Cub. The heros didn't do it for me at all.

Heresy shock Vidal was one of my first major crushes!

I forgot The Grand Sophy. It's probably quicker to list the books that aren't favourites.

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