RITA Best Regency Historical Romance

Romance novels in which the majority of the story is set against the Regency period of the British Empire.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the ending is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

 

2012 selection

A Night to Surrender

Spindle Cove #1

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2012

by Tessa Dare

“An engaging love story with strong, believable characters. I can’t wait to read the sequels!”

—Mary Balogh

“Prepare to fall in love.”

—Julia Quinn

Presenting the winner of the Avon FanLit contest,...


2011 selection

The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

Pink Carnation #7

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2011

by Lauren Willig

Despite her dear friend Jane Austen's warning against teaching, Arabella Dempsey accepts a position at a girls' school in Bath, just before Christmas. She hardly imagines coming face-to-face with French aristocrats...


2010 selection

What Happens in London

Bevelstoke #2

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2010

by Julia Quinn

Rumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of London

When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him,...


2009 selection

My Lord and Spymaster

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2009

by Joanna Bourne

A daring beauty will risk everything for love in this thrilling romance in Joanna Bourne's Spymaster series.

Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket, Jess Whitby may have grown into a wealthy young woman, but...


2008 selection

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

Bevelstoke #1

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 2008

by Julia Quinn

2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon...


1992 selection

Emily and the Dark Angel

RITA Best Regency Historical Romance 1992

by Jo Beverley

New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley "brings the Regency Period to life." (Joan Hammond)

Emily Grantwich lives quietly with her crippled father and eccentric aunt, managing the family's land, until...