Tuesday, August 24, 2010

'Georgette Heyer's Regency World' by Jennifer Kloester

Author: Jennifer Kloester

Genre:  History, Non-Fiction

About: This is truly everything you ever wanted to know about Heyer's Regency world and beyond!

Descriptive Words: factual, fun, lists, great illustrations

Thoughts: I wanted to read this one because I've read a few of Heyer's Regency romance novels and thought it would be fun to try to understand the customs, rules, clothes, food, and the monarchy from that time period. This book does not disappoint at all. There are so many aspects from the Regency era that it can be a little mind-boggling at the beginning. I recommend that you read this book in chunks, because there is so much information that your head may explode....SERIOUSLY! I can tell you one thing...I would never be allowed into the upper crust because I wouldn't be able to remember all of the rules of etiquette!! My favorite chapters were:

  • The Gentle Sex- everything a young lady needs to know and oh, so much more!
  • Up and Down the Social Ladder- this was great information as to how the class system was dictated.
  • On the Town-how to get in with the very best Patronesses so that you will marry well! Oh, and after you're married and have produced an heir, you may have as many affairs as you want as long as you don't flaunt them! O' la la!!
  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry- no wonder the rich were fat!!They ate all of the time!
  • Who's Who in the Royal Family- I really enjoyed this one. I don't know the monarchy and this was a much needed chapter!!
  • If you're a fan of information the appendix is awesome!!!

Source: Danielle of Sourcebooks, Inc.

Recommend? I would, especially to fans of Heyer, Austen, and the Regency time period. This has everything you would ever need to know and while I was reading it, I found myself filling in some questions that I had while reading their books.

Rating: 4/5

I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author. They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

Available August 2010
ISBN 9781402241369
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

About the author: Jennifer Kloester is Georgette Heyer's official biographer, and had access to private papers and other confidential information, discovering a wealth of new material on the immensely private author.

Review style courtesy of Lynne's Book Reviews


  1. Seems like this would be an excellent place to start exploring this fascinating time period!

  2. non-fiction huh? the cover fooled me. I need to try this author.

  3. This sounds like fun. I'm sure I would spend a lot of time in my room also for having forgotten all the rules!

  4. This one sounds great, and so much fun :D I would want some juicy or non-juicy details, lol

  5. Awesome review Staci!!! Sounds like a fun read!!! And loving the new header and background!! Where did you make your header??? :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. I love romances set in this time period, but haven't tried Heyer yet. I bet I'd like this one... and be thankful I wasn't born during that time!

  7. I would never be allowed in the upper crust either! I am, *gasp* too suntanned. LOL

    Like your new look. Wasn't sure I was in the right place at first without the dog and/or cats.

  8. Loving your new header, Staci! (I also loved the cats and dogs, of course!). But this is very creative and I'm curious as to how you did it.

    This book on Georgette Heyer's Regency World sounds intriguing.

  9. I love the new look! The book sounds like it give a nice peak into that time period.

  10. Haven't read many Regency books. Gld you enjoyed this one!

  11. I've heard so much about this novel -- I can't wait to read it! I just read and reviewed The House of Mirth (loved it!), but sheesh, I'm with you -- I would never remember one single rule that I needed to follow to stay in the upper crust society!!

  12. I've seen a lot of Georgette Heyer around the book blogs. This book sounds like a good one to read.

  13. I want to read this! That period always seems so caught up with rules and behaviors that baffle me.

  14. As you know I love me some social history, so this sounds right up my alley!

  15. This sounds like an interesting book about a era that I have little knowledge of. Lovely review, thanks for sharing this.

  16. This book sounds fascinating! I haven't yet read Heyer, but I love Austen, so I'll have to get my hands on a copy at some point. Great review!

  17. I do enjoy reading books on the Regency period once in a while. I love the cover on this one.

  18. I have not heard of this book before, but I think it would make a wonderful resource to my personal library. Thanks so much for reviewing it.


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