Book Review

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting – Debut novel brings a touch of class back to the Regency romance

Sophie Irwin’s new book hits the sweet spot where modern sense meets historic sensibility

British novelist Sophie Irwin’s debut A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting is the story of Kitty Talbot, whose plans for the future are shattered when her fiancé calls off their engagement

There’s something about Regency England. This short period between 1811 and 1820 is disproportionally represented in historical fiction, and not just because it features the Napoleonic Wars. No, when it comes to the Regency, readers want romance. They want witty women in empire line frocks and brooding men in tight breeches. And these days there are dozens, if not hundreds, of authors ready and able to provide them.

The one who created the Regency romance ...