A Bewitching Look at Regency England by Susana Ellis

A Bewitching Look at Regency England

If I could wiggle my nose like Samantha Stevens on Bewitched (a 60’s TV show about a witch trying to be a normal housewife) and transport myself instantly to any place at any time, I’d choose Regency England. Because I’d love to know if the images in my mind are anywhere near reality. Not just the visual experience, but the smells, the sounds, the textures.

What would it be like to be a young lady making her first bows to society? I’d love to waltz in a ballroom in a striking pink ball gown, drive through Hyde Park with a dashing gentleman, buy a scandalous novel (that my mother would not approve of) at Hatchard’s, and stroll down the Dark Walk at Vauxhall just to see what sort of mischief I could get into.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a maid arrange my hair in elaborate styles, launder my clothing, and send illicit notes for me to my secret beau? To have a cook and servants—imagine never having to dust again!—and gardeners and carriage drivers and a modiste who will make all sorts of gowns and chemises and fripperies just to fit me.

People I’d love to meet: the Prince Regent (of course), Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb, the seven patronesses at Almack’s, Beau Brummell, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and Lady Elizabeth Foster (who lived in a rather intriguing ménage à trios—what werethey thinking?)

But…I don’t think I’d want to stay there forever. What if my father tried to marry me off to a wealthy old codger? Or…my husband gambled away the family fortune and we were all in danger of being sent to the Fleet Prison for debt? Or my child died due to the primitive state of the medical profession? And wearing a corset every day…is anything worth that amount of torture?

The truth is, my Regency heroines are a lot more resilient than I am. They may be considered the property of their husbands and can’t vote or inherit family titles or entailed estates, but they always manage to find ways to resolve their problems. They are survivors. Because I wouldn’t bother to write about them if they were not.

So…while I’d love to pop in and visit for a week or two, I think if I stayed much longer I’d be locked up in Bedlam for expressing my 21st century ideas a few too many times. Or maybe even suspected of witchcraft for my uncanny ability to predict the future. That’s when Samantha’s ability to escape disaster by wiggling her nose would come in handy.

But wouldn’t it be a blast to peek in and see what it was really like in Regency England?

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About the Author: 1_3 P2A former teacher, Susana is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical—Regency in particular—is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.

In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around England and visit many of the places she’s read about for years, and it was awesome! She is a member of the Maumee Valley chapter of Romance Writers of America.

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At the betrothal ball of the man she had expected to marry herself, Lady Theresa latches on to the most dashing gentleman present, hoping to divert attention from her own humiliation. That gentleman happens to be her father’s distant cousin and heir, Damian Ashby, a useless London fribble in her opinion. He is not favorably impressed with her either.

But when her father becomes mortally ill and Damian is obligated to spend time with her at the Earl’s country estate, the two of them unexpectedly find admirable qualities in each other and discover a mutual attraction. But can a London swell and a country lady ever make their diverse lives and interests work together?

Comments

  1. Love the Bewitched reference–it is one of my favs! Great post!

  2. Congratulations Barb, GOD speed

  3. Please count me in. Thanks!

  4. Regency is one of my favorite periods also, with Georgette Heyer being one of my all time most loved authors.

  5. Thanks, everyone! Just wanted to mention that if you want to enter the contest, you need to click on the Rafflecopter link and follow the instructions there. I do appreciate the comments!

  6. Knowing what we know today about how life was way back when, I’d say, Um, No thanks! Life was not easy and women were definitely not treated fairly either. And who’s to say that if you were able to travel you wouldn’t end up being one of the help instead of the madam of the house? LOL No thanks!
    ~Rush~
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    • So true, Ruth. I recently discovered that my paternal grandfather’s family actually lived in Hertfordshire—the site of Treasuring Theresa—during the Regency period. But I’m pretty sure the Porters were common folk and not aristocrats. Otherwise, wouldn’t they have stayed in England?

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