Amber Daulton is a fellow member of the author support group called Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW). Normally, Amber writes contemporary romantic suspense, but as her website states, she likes to read and write a variety of genres. When she announced the upcoming release of her sweet regency romance, I invited her to share a bit about her writing. She responded with a thoughtful explanation contrasting two different types of regency romances. Please welcome Amber!
Traditional Regency vs. Historical Romance – What’s the Difference?
There are two archetypes of Regency romance—Traditional Regency and Regency Historical—and my Christmas novella, Forever Winter, falls partly in each category.
In Traditional Regency, we typically see the hero as an attractive womanizing man who marries out of obligation or downright refuses to marry unless he gains something from the union. The heroine is usually a dutiful but intelligent woman who marries for security or out of responsibility. Occasionally, the heroine marries for love, but the hero rarely returns the sentiment for the first half or so of the book. Subtle humor, clever dialogue, and intricate details with soft kissing and light affection are the focal points of these novels.
Regency Historical involves the same plot devices but delves deeper with stronger emotional aspects, darker subplots, and on-page sexual intercourse. In these books, the hero and heroine discover each other’s passions and motivations before they find their HEA. As they travel the long road of betrayal and deceit, they fall in love and achieve redemption by accepting each other’s flaws to build a future together within the confines of proper society.
In Forever Winter, Susanna Lorican and Camden Beckinworth have known each other since childhood. There is an eight-year difference in their ages, which is common in historical romances. They share similar goals, ideals, and what they want out of life. He sees her as his equal. Their union is also profitable. Not only are they in love, he provides financial security as a successful owner of a cotton mill, and since she has previous experience managing her father’s vast farm, she tends to his bookkeeping and monetary records. They plan to marry on Christmas Eve, but nothing goes according to plan. Susanna also harbors a possibly devastating secret, which could affect her union with Camden and damage her reputation in the eyes of society if it gets out.
This sweet romance focuses on the couple’s interaction with her family and the world around them on their wedding day, not their relationship in the bedroom.
Regency stories of either archetype define a beautiful, charming world. As with most romance novels, historical or not, the idea of love and a “happily ever after” will hopefully continue to draw in readers for years to come.
Blurb for Forever Winter:
A perfect Christmas wedding, a snowstorm, and a shocking secret. What could go wrong?
Susanna Lorican must marry the man she loves before the truth is discovered—or face the gossip of the ton. With an unexpected snowstorm injuring the minister, her future hangs in the balance.
Viscount Camden Beckinworth vows to keep his bride safe, even if he must betray her confidence. When their love is put to the test, how will he uphold her honor without jeopardizing his own?