New Regency novel for the Christian fiction market
Are you a fan of Regency novels from Jane Austen or Emily Bronte? How about Julie Klassen? If you said yes to any of those then you must treat yourself to Sarah Ladd’s writing. She just released The Headmistress of Rosemere and it’s now available at LifeWay Christian Stores. I really enjoyed her debut novel from last year, The Heiress of Winterwood so I’m looking forward to this new one. Sarah is stopping by today to give us some insight into the Regency era. Yay!
Before Sarah comes, take a look at her new novel The Headmistress of Rosemere.
Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she invests herself in teaching at her father’s school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to make the school successful.
Confirmed bachelor William Sterling also knows what is expected of him, but mistake after mistake has left him teetering on ruin’s edge. As master of Eastmore Hall he owns a great deal of property — including the land where Rosemere School is located — but possesses little money to manage its upkeep. When debtors start calling, he is desperate to find a new source of income, even if it means sacrificing Rosemere.
When a fire threatens the school grounds, William must decide to what lengths he is willing to go to protect his birthright. And when Patience’s brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience suddenly finds herself unsure of her calling. After a surprising truth about William’s past is brought to light, both William and Patience will have to seek God’s plans for their lives—and their hearts.
Thanks so much for having me as a guest! As a Regency author, one of the questions I get the most is “What is the Regency, anyway?” So I thought I would take a few moments and give a quick overview of what we mean when we say the word “Regency.” Let’s take a look:
What is the Regency Era?
The Regency Era took place in the United Kingdom from 1811-1820. During these years, King George III was deemed unfit to rule as king due to “madness,” so his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled in his stead. Even though the actual “Regency” lasted less than a decade, the term is frequently expanded to describe the period between the “Georgian” and “Victorian” eras (roughly 1780 and 1830).
Why is this a significant era?
Often times, when we hear the word “Regency,” it is tempting to think of Jane Austen’s novels: the beautiful dresses. Glittering society. Elegant balls. Pristine etiquette. While Ms. Austen’s novels do offer a great insight to the culture of the time, they only scratch the surface of what was going on socially, economically, and politically in the United Kingdom.
You see, for a large portion of the Regency, England was at war, both with France in the Napoleonic Wars and with America in the War of 1812. The effects of these wars touched every part of the United Kingdom. Socially, it was a time of great unrest and change, and with so many soldiers returning from war, unemployment, poverty, and even rioting were rampant. The population was increasing at a rapid rate, and through these social shifts, a diverse middle class was growing and expanding. Technologically, advances were occurring at a blinding speed — advances with steam power, textile production, and machinery were altering the United Kingdom’s economical landscape. Additionally the Romantic Movement was in full swing during the Regency, the ideals of which shapes the literature, music and art of the era.
Why is the Regency such a great setting for a novel?
The Regency was a social, economical, and political turning point for the United Kingdom. I am probably a bit biased, but I think the Regency is such an amazing setting for novels because it is a time of huge contrast! Think of it: The extravagance of the aristrocracy contrasted against the struggles of the poor. The ideals of the Romantic Movement set against the advances of the Industrial Revolution. The fight between the desire to preserve tradition and the need for change and growth. And the more I Iearn about the time period, the more fascinating it becomes!
Now I would love to hear from you! What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “Regency Era?”
Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. “The Heiress of Winterwood” was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.