Looking for a Delightful Summer Read?

So I promised I would tell you all about this delicious book I’ve been reading.

I’m such a sucker when it comes to Regency romance, (Jane Austen knock offs), even if they are formulaic.

These are the rules that all Regency books must live by.


1.  The romantic hero must have a title.  Usually, the hero is a lord since baronets are not up to snuff and dukes must troll around the kingdom slipping on glass slippers.

2.  The hero’s money must breed like rabbits.  It doesn’t matter how careless he is with his money.   It doesn’t matter if he’s adding on to his seaside vacation home, delivering coal to the poor widow down the street, or suiting up the heroine with a stunning wardrobe.  I can’t explain the very complicated algorithm of the hero’s financials, but understand this:  the faster he spends his money, the faster it multiplies.

3.  The hero must perform one of the following acts:  1) Carry the heroine across the river (his breath must be impeccable)   2) Dance with the heroine after some other chump has just humiliated her.  3) Deliver a wagon of coal to an invalid.

4.  The heroine must be smart, sassy, and spirited.  She must also be poor and in need of a new wardrobe.

6.  The hero and heroine must engage in lots of witty banter and flirt and flirt and flirt.  The heroine is barely moved by all of this flirting while the hero is falling to pieces over her.

7.  To sum it all up, everything in this book must be too good to be true.  These books prove very helpful while dealing with plumbers, checkbooks, teenagers, taxes, influenza, and children who are not potty trained.

Which is why Miss Grimsley’s Oxford Career was so FUN!  To give this book some credit, it was a smart book.   Ellen, the sassy heroine is bored with her finishing school and wants to listen to Oxford lectures across the street, but women are not allowed to attend.  Ellen has the audacity to wear trousers and sneak into a few lectures and while she’s up to all her shenanigans, a brilliant Shakespearean scholar (who happens to be a lord)  falls in love with her.  There’s plenty of witty banter to go around, and Ellen is a completely dolt to not realize just how good she has got it.

You must read it!  And then you can toilet train your child.

This hysterical video pretty effectively skewers the regency plots.  Hope you like it!

What have been some of your good summer reads?



  1. I’ve been wary of trying any Austen spinoffs, but this one does sound like fun. I also am tempted to try out Longbourne—have you tried that one out yet?

  2. I am very excited to try this book out! I just read a delightful little book called Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. It is not a regency novel, and it is not necessarily an Austen Spin-off. (the main character just really likes Austen fiction and writes letters to an anonymous person who she calls Mr. Knightley, because he was a trustworthy character). Anyhow, it is a great summer read, even if I did figure out the twist in the plot early on…

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