My absolute favorite season is the Fall. From brightly colored leaves, to cooler nights, going back into the kitchen to make baked yummies, to my all time favorite holiday Halloween…its also a great time of year to curl up under the blankets to a good book (especially while DH watches College Football).
I have compiled a list of my top ten favorite Regency Romances that have a paranormal, gothic or Autumn element to get you in the mood for the season!
I also prepared another list here of other Autumn/Halloween favorites.
In no particular order:
1. Joan Smith: Old Lover’s Ghost: A ghost-hunting papa, a creepy gothic castle, and a perfectly matched H/h.
2. Kasey Michaels: The Haunted Miss Hampshire: A humorous take on the paranormal Regency by the talented Kasey Michaels as part of her Alphabet Series.
3. Mary Chase Comstock: A Midsummer’s Magic: Funny and cute, Comstock weaves in paranormal elements to a Shakespearean comedy of errors.
4. Georgette Heyer: Cousin Kate A gothic tale that is darker than other Heyers yet with all the wonderful storytelling that makes her a classic, fan favorite.
5. Jane Aiken Hodge: Watch the Wall, My Darling: A broody, moody gothic tale set in the soggy marshlands it has some fantastic romance.
6. Candace Hern: The Best Intentions: An annual Autumn house party, a widowed hero and a clumsy heroine bring this traditional Regency tale to life.
7. Karen Harbaugh: The Vampire Viscount: Published in 1995 before the peak of the latest vampire craze, this is one of the original mash ups of paranormal and Reg Roms.
8. Ava Stone, Jerrica Knight, Jane Charles: One Haunted Evening: A collection of novellas with ghostly theme, this is perfect for short reading sessions.
9. Linda Banche: Pumpkinnapper: A traditional Regency with a comedic bent, it tells the tale of second chance romance set in the Fall.
10. Jane Austen: Northanger: If you haven’t read this yet, you don’t know what you are missing. Its Jane’s hilarious send up of the gothic “horrid” novel, with the perfect mixture of mystery, romance, and comedy to please the most discerning reader. My favorite Austen for good reason!
Lady Hilary’s Halloween has a time travel component, a grumpy hero who borders on the misogynistic, and a bluestocking history loving heroine.
Lisa Kleypas’ It Happened One Autumn is a part of a lovely triology, and is set in the Autumn.
Brookyln Ann’s Bite Me Your Grace is a newer title featuring vampires, feisty heroines and more vampires! Ann has a whole series of vampires in the Regency.
Ann Lethbridge paints a magical Regency where the heroes are vampires and the heroines are descendants of fairies. Lethbridge has a whole series for paranormal fans looking for some Regency action.
Sandra Heath has a couple of paranormal Regencies (including Halloween Magic (Signet Regency Romance)) and The Halloween Husband showcases her unique voice. A ghostly fairy godmother, Halloween pranks, and some tonnish villianry make this a fun (albeit very silly) Autumn read.