Context Is Important
by Linore Rose Burkard
When Harvest House published Before the Season Ends back in 2009, it was the first Christian Regency romance to hit the shelves of religious bookstores. I soon discovered that many Christian readers weren’t familiar with the Regency or the demanding genre of sweet romance set during the period. If I explained that my book’s setting was early 19th century Britain, for instance, I saw blank faces. But when I told them it was set in the time of Jane Austen, the looks changed to understanding and interest.
Jane lived in the late 18th and early 19th century. The Regency—that almost indescribably unique, wild, wonderful, tempestuous, period in history that Regency writers and readers love—occurred from 1811 to 1820. (The Prince of Wales became Regent in 1811, and later George IV in 1820.) To write in this period requires serious research; it’s understandable then (I hope) that good authors turn their noses up at books written poorly. Even now, however, after watching the genre grow in popularity in the Christian book industry, many readers are still unfamiliar with the historical Regency or the particular earmarks of what a genuine Regency romance should contain. (There are reasons why they are such unique fun!)
Imagine my delight recently when I received a new review from a book blogger who not only admitted she was new to the genre, but proceeded to research it. In one amazing post, she brings her readers up to snuff with what constitutes a good Regency and goes on to review one of my most recent novels, Miss Tavistock’s Mistake. I’ve received my fair share of reviews, but never one so educational for readers and gratifying for a stickler of the genre (me!).
Think you’re familiar with Regency romance? Check out this post on Reading Excursions and test your knowledge. And to book bloggers everywhere, on behalf of all authors whose books you review, thank you!
Linore Rose Burkard writes “Romance to Warm the Heart / Fiction to Stir the Soul.” Raised in NY, she graduated magna cum laude from CUNY while taking herself far too seriously. She now lives in Ohio with her husband, five children, two cats and a Shorkie; and turns her early angst into humorous romance novels. Visit Linore at https://www.LinoreBurkard.com