The Deconstructed Regency Romance – Where the magic happens

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This month in the third installment of my multi-part series, I’m taking a closer look at where our beloved regency heroes and heroines make the magic happen.

The constraints of the regency period presents a fair share of challenges for the author. One of the most notable of these challenges is managing to get the hero and heroine together… alone. During a time when ankles were considered scandalous, you can bet unmarried men and women had a heck of time stealing a few minutes without an audience. Regency men and women couldn’t just head out for a spin down the proverbial Lover’s Lane. Nor could they simply check into the nearest hotel with a heart-shaped tub. Regency hero and heroines had to be a bit more creative, and a good regency romance knows which lusty locales lend themselves best for making the magic happen.

The Garden: Taking a turn about the garden is a popular regency pastime, made even more enjoyable if it’s done with a member of the opposite sex. In my first novel, Compromising Miss Tisdale, my characters find themselves alone in the garden where the last thing on their minds is admiring the plant life. Overgrown shrubbery offers young lovers a fair amount of protection from prying eyes, making the garden the regency writer’s go-to for stolen kisses and, well, whatever else our hero can get away with.


The Library: Who doesn’t find the smell of old, musty, leather-lined volumes incredibly arousing? Studious heroes and bluestocking heroines alike can often be found cavorting in the library.  Apparently, it’s one of the least frequented rooms of an estate…unless you happen to be looking for love.

The Carriage: In modern times, young couples favor back seats, and apparently the same was true during the Regency period. More than I would have ever thought possible, heroes and heroines often find themselves alone in the same carriage, completely unchaperoned (gasp). With transportation not being what it is today, travelling any sort of distance took hours…even days. But who could blame them? It’s not like there was anything else to do.

The Bedroom: Leave it to the industrious hero to manage his way into the heroine’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and vice versa. It’s both the least, and most obvious place we’d expect to find our couple.

ROMANTIC PURSUIT QUESTION: In what book (mentioned above) did my hero and heroine find themselves alone in a garden? Click here to answer.

Jessica JeffersonJessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago.  She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy.  She invites you to visit her at and read more of her random romance musings. Her latest book, Taming Miss Tisdale, is available now.

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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property. Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page. Fall in love with romance again...

11 Responses

  1. hollybushbooks

    I always love the ‘taking a turn in the garden’ as a location for a first kiss or declaration. Very romantic!

  2. Barbara Monajem

    Fun blog! I’ve used all those locations for a bit of romance in my stories.

    • jessicajefferson

      I need to be more creative in my own writing – it’s almost become a tally on my check list. Make out scene in the garden…check!