Inspiration – Award-Winning Regencies

Old booksTo understand what makes Regency romances popular, or simply for a great read, read any of these award-winning books.

(Links will take you to Amazon.com.)

Romance Writers of America – Regency Award Winners

1984 Golden Medallion, Best Category Historical The Clergyman’s Daughter by Julia Jeffries
1985 Golden Medallion for Best Regency The Lurid Lady Lockport by Kasey Michaels
1986 Golden Medallion for Best Regency The Beauty’s Daughter by Monette Cummings
1987 Golden Medallion for Best Regency Lord Abberley’s Nemesis by Amanda Scott
1988 Golden Medallion for Best Regency The Sugar Rose by Susan Carroll
1989 Golden Medallion for Best Regency Brighton Road by Susan Carroll
1990 RITA for Best Regency The Rake and the Reformer by Mary Jo Putney
1991 RITA for Best Regency The Sandalwood Princess by Loretta Chase
1992 RITA for Best Regency Emily and the Dark Angel by Jo Beverley
1993 RITA for Best Regency An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley
1994 RITA for Best Regency Deirdre and Don Juan by Jo Beverley
1995 RITA for Best Regency Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly
1996 RITA for Best Regency Gwen’s Christmas Ghost by Lynn Kerstan & Alicia Rasley
1997 RITA for Best Regency The Lady’s Companion by Carla Kelly
1998 RITA for Best Regency Love’s Reward by Jean R. Ewing
1999 RITA for Best Regency His Grace Endures by Emma Jensen
2000 RITA for Best Regency The Rake’s Retreat by Nancy Butler
2001 RITA for Best Regency A Grand Design by Emma Jensen
2002 RITA for Best Regency Much Obliged by Jessica Benson
2003 RITA for Best Regency A Debt to Delia by Barbara Metzger
2004 RITA for Best Regency Prospero’s Daughter by Nancy Butler
2005 RITA for Best Regency A Passionate Endeavor by Sophia Nash
2006 RITA for Best Regency A Reputable Rake by Diane Gaston
2007  No award in this category
2008 RITA for Best Regency Historical Romance The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
2009 RITA for Best Regency Historical Romance My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne
2010 RITA for Best Regency Historical Romance What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
2011 RITA for Best Regency Historical Romance The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
2012 RITA for Best Regency Historical Romance A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

Since 2102, there have been no RWA awards specifically for Regency romances, though some Regency-ish books have won awards in RWA’s Historical Romance categories.

They include:

Are any of these among your favorites? Did any disappoint you? Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve liked — and didn’t like — among these authors. (If you’d like to suggest a better book, please do!)

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