Five Fascinating Facts about Regency
Ella Quinn is here today to talk about the endlessly fascinating Regency era. It’s the setting for her Marriage Game series, the latest of which publishes this week, Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret. In anticipation of this Regency romp, she shares five fascinating facts about that scandal-prone time period:
- It was a place out of time that made the 1960’s look tame, unless you were an unwed female.
- Women’s stays (corsets) were not tight. Their sole mission was to smooth the lines of the gowns.
- Women weighed a lot more. It was considered vulgar for ones collar bone to show.
- More than 50% of births took place in less than nine months of marriage among the gentry and aristocracy. This can be explained by the growing interest in love matches and the fact that once betrothed the couple could be unchaperoned. Which leads into to . . .
- A gentleman could not break an engagement without ruining both himself and his betrothed, however, a lady could. Since the couple could be alone it was assumed “something” had probably happened, but if the lady broke it off, then it was assumed nothing had happened.
William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he’s bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can’t resist such a beguiling distraction…
Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family’s livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure—and persuaded to add passion to her priorities…
Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.
Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her debut novel The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, released in September 2013.