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A Timeline of Regina Scott's Books

Pre-Regency

  • Before the Season in 1805, with Napoleon threatening to invade England, Arthur, Lord Everard dies, leaving the Everard legacy to a daughter no one knew he had and causing his former heir presumptive, Jerome Everard to confront and fall in love with the girl's governess in The Rogue's Reform.
  • Shortly thereafter, the requirements of his uncle's will force Captain Richard Everard to seek aid from his long-lost love Lady Claire Winthrop in The Captain's Courtship.
  • During the Season in 1805, poet and swordsman Vaughn Everard finally manages to uncover his uncle's killer and lose his heart to the dashing Imogene Devary in The Rake's Redemption.
  • In October 1805, the Battle of Trafalgar puts an end to Napoleon's dreams of invading England.

1811

  • On February 5, with George III insane, George IV (Prinny) is declared Regent, thus officially starting the Regency period.
  • For much of the year, the Great Comet blazes across the night sky.
  • In the summer, Meredee Price tries to hide in Scarborough and ends up attracting the attention of the powerful Chase Dearborn, Earl of Allyndale, in The Irresistible Earl.
  • In the fall, Sir Trevor Fitzwilliam comes to claim his new estate of Blackcliff Hall and finds his honor and his true love in the estate manager's daughter Gwen Allbridge in An Honorable Gentleman.
  • In the fall, privateer Devon Sebastien comes looking for a legacy in gems and falls in love with amateur astronomer Cassiopeia Bentbrooke in Starstruck.

1812

  • The United States declares war after suffering under England's naval blockade.
  • Darkly handsome Lord Byron publishes Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, which is an instant success.
  • At Christmas, Alan Pentercast challenges the love of his life, Genevieve Munroe, to marry him if he can bring her all the gifts in The Twelve Days of Christmas song without spending a penny in My True Love Gave to Me.

1813

  • The first "Regency romance," Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is published (although she would not have called them romances, a term reserved for high adventure then, and in her day, they were contemporary stories).
  • During the Season, Alexander Wescott, Viscount Borin, goes looking for espionage and instead discovers the interesting machinations of the spritely Katherine Collings in The Husband Mission.
  • In June, the Battle of Vittoria ends Napoleon's conquests, for now.
  • During the summer, Samantha, Lady Everard, returns home to say goodbye to her beloved home before she loses it to a stipulation of her father's will, only to find herself falling in love with the one man who should despise her, their neighbor William Wentworth, Earl of Kendrick, in The Heiress's Homecoming.
  • From the Season through the fall, Allison Munroe leads the Marquis DeGuis, the season's most eligible bachelor, a merry chase, until she begins to wonder about her neighbor, the gallant Geoffrey Pentercast in Catch of the Season.

1814

  • In April, Napoleon is banished to Elba and an estimated 12,000 British civilians flock to Paris to play.
  • During the Season, Allistair Fenwick, Lord Trevithan, struggles to give up his exciting espionage career for the charms of the lovely Joanna Lindby in The June Bride Conspiracy.
  • During the Season and summer, Thomas, Marquis DeGuis, vows to find himself a bride who will not mind The Marquis' Kiss but ends up losing his heart to the highly Original Margaret Munroe.
  • In November, diplomats at the Congress of Vienna begin to carve up Napoleon's former holdings.
  • At Christmas, impoverished Eleanor Grasland reminds her former love, retired Major Sir Percival Nightincourt, of "A Light in the Darkness" in the anthology Premiere.

1815

  • On March 7, having escaped Elba, Napoleon lands in France and heads for Paris, growing an army as he goes.
  • Just before Easter, American David Tenant, Earl of Brentfield, and lovely artist Hannah Alexander find themselves up to their hearts in Secrets and Sensibilities, requiring the aid of intrepid sleuth, Lady Emily Southwell.
  • As the Season begins Lady Emily Southwell and her three friends must discover whether a handsome lord has more up his sleeve than a nicely muscled arm in La Petite Four, now Art and Artifice
  • But Priscilla Tate, the toast of London, has more to concern her when blackmail notes begin arriving, so she calls in the aid of Lady Emily before disaster strikes in Ballrooms and Blackmail
  • Bluestocking Ariadne Courdebas never thought she'd play the heroine in her own romantic novel until a chance encounter with handsome intelligence agent Jason Sinclair pulled her into the world of espionage in Eloquence and Espionage.
  • During the Season, debonair spy Kevin Whattling decides to make the educated heiress Eugennia Welch his bride in The Heiress Objective.
  • That summer, Daniel Lewiston proposes marriage to the woman of his dreams, the widowed Cynthia Jacobs, so he can play father to her three sons and finds a love Sweeter Than Candy.
  • On June 18, Wellington defeats Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.
  • During the summer, the servants of the great houses in Dovecote Dale decide to play matchmaker, beginning with natural philosopher Sir Nicholas Rotherford and his pretty new nanny Emma Pyrmont, in The Courting Campaign.
  • Whitfield Calder, Earl of Danning, meets the outspoken jeweler's daughter Ruby Hollingsford when his valet invites three women to a house party at Whit's fishing lodge and insists he chose a bride in The Wife Campaign.
  • Shy Lady Amelia sets out to turn a marriage of convenience with tactiturn horseman John, Lord Hascot, into a joyful union in The Husband Campaign.
  • Amazon Daphne Courdebas, Lady Emily, and their friends return to Brentfield Manor with new friend Wynn Fairfax to investigate art thefts and find both Love and Larceny.
  • At Christmas, Eleanor Pritchett finds a small black kitten, and an unlikely romance with novelist Justinian Darby, Earl of Wenworth, in "A Place by the Fire," soon to be reissued asAn Uncommon Christmas.

1816

  • George "Beau" Brummell, the man who had once decreed the aristocracy's fashions, flees England to escape creditors.
  • No longer society's darling, Lord Byron also leaves England never to return alive.
  • In August, proper chaperone Katherine Chapworth enters into "An Engagement of Convenience" with reformed rake, Quentin Adair at a Summer House Party

1817

  • During the Season, the cursed Brandon Pellidore, Marquis of Hartley, helps the mercurial Celia Rider find her fortune and falls in love in the process in Perfection.
  • On July 18, Jane Austen dies.
  • On November 6, Princess Charlotte, then heir to the throne of England, dies with her stillborn son after a painful labor. The nation mourns.

1818

  • Before the Season, the wild and wicked Chas Prestwick brings excitement to the life of the demur Anne Fairchild in more ways than one in The Unflappable Miss Fairchild.
  • Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are published posthumously.

1819

  • During the Season, affable and charming Leslie Petersborough, now Marquis of Hastings, steps out from under the shadows of his father and friends to help rapscallion Cleopatra Renfield find the right match in The Irredeemable Miss Renfield.
  • During the Season and summer, the powerful Parliamentarian Malcolm, Viscount Breckonridge, hunts for the perfect bride and finds the headstrong Sarah Compton in The Incomparable Miss Compton.
  • May 24 - The future Queen Victoria is born and shortly becomes the heir apparent.

1820

  • On January 29, George III dies, but Prinny will not be crowned until July 19, 1821.
  • During the Season, long-time rake Jareth Darby tries to convince Eloisa Watkin, a former lover now turned lady, that he is The Unwilling Miss Watkin.
  • From August to November, Prinny seeks to divorce Queen Caroline, whom he finds detestable, by having her tried by Parliament.

Post-Regency and Across the Pond

  • 1861-1865, the Civil War devastates the United States
  • In January 1866, Allegra Banks Howard unexpectedly collides with her first love Clay Howard as she attempts to take The Bride Ship to Seattle to start a new life.
  • In May 1866, nurse Catherine Stanway has an unexpected chance to play a Would-Be Wilderness Wife when logger Drew Wallin's younger brother kidnaps her to be Drew's bride on the family's farm outside Seattle.
  • In June 1866, schoolteacher Alexandrina Fosgrave struggles to keep from falling for the charming James Wallin, until they are stranded in the wilderness together outside Seattle and forced to claim a Frontier Engagement.
  • In October 1866, baker Maddie O'Rourke happily sends for her little brother and sister to come live with her, hardly expecting that they will bring with them the strapping Michael Haggerty and demand that Maddie and Michael marry to make an Instant Frontier Family.
  • In December 1866, shy seamstress Nora Underhill convinces cynical Simon Wallin that she can give him the land he needs if he will join her in A Convenient Christmas Wedding.
  • In spring 1874, John Wallin is surprised to find his sister arranged pretty single-mother Dottie Tyrrell as a mail-order bride for him in Mail-Order Marriage Promise.

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