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Artemisia: a Regency novel in the tradition of Jane Austen

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A fun confection with a romantic spirit and droll English characters.

You forget yourself, your lordship. You have no rights to allow or disallow anything I may choose to do. You have, in fact, no claim over me whatsoever – a circumstance for which I thank the Lord on a daily basis! I am neither your ward nor your dependent, and I will not allow you to talk to me in that od
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Witty Regency Romance
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Artemisia Grantley, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, adored her idyllic and quite life in the country; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world without experiencing the thrills of a London Season. Polite society and the haut ton don’t appeal to Artemisia, she much rather spend her days shooting and riding horses around her uncle’s estate. But her Uncle Timmy, the Duke of Wentworth, has decided that is time for Artemisia to receive “a little tow ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle, lol
What a witty, delightful, engaging book! And how refreshing to read a book where the author claims Georgette Heyer to be an influence and the book to actually feel Heyer-like! I have been disappointed more than once recently by reviews claiming a book to be Heyer-like only to find the book nothing of the sort. I am glad I didn’t let the somewhat demure cover deter me from reading this light-hearted, fun romp!
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2014
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Being a fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I had to read this book. I have always held the characters from P&P close to my heart thinking that none could ever come close. I have now been proven wrong, the characters that D.G Rampton bring to life in this story are strong, witty and beautifully alive. Artemisia, being of country society is happy to live her life away from the many rules and difficulties of London life. Her uncle the Duke of Wentworth has other ideas
Kathy * Bookworm Nation

I liked this one. It had a fun storyline with a light mystery. Artemisia was a fun character, full of spunk. Lord Chysm was likable, for the most part. I liked his character, I didn't like how he treated Artemisia at times (hence the lower rating). The story moves along nicely and I thought it was well written. It kept my attention and thought it had a good regency feel to it. The mystery was pretty subtle, it wasn't hard to figure things out, but still fun to see how everything unfolds.

As f
Penny Black
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Maybe if this novel didn't come with such an ambitious headline - a Regency romance in the tradition of Jane Austen - I would have enjoyed it more. But, as expectations often shape impressions, I was mildly disappointed with the pacing, characterization, and certain plot twists in this story.

The writing style is reminiscent of Georgette Heyer, and it's most noticeable in the dialogue. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on personal preference. Despite its vague resemblance to the witty re
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can't believe this book went undetected by me for so long; I thought I had thoroughly scoured all potential Regency authors! In any case, I'm so happy I finally found this one. It was the most delightful read I've had in a while.

The first point in its favor: it was a clean Regency (hence the title, "a Regency romance in the tradition of Jane Austen"), which can be so hard to find nowadays. However, there was plenty of romanctic build-up and sexual tension. It was positively zinging off the pa
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! Our main character Artemisia loves her boyish pursuits, her country home with her uncle who can't deny her anything and wants nothing to do with a London season, new dresses or suitors. However, when her uncle the Duke of Wentworth asks Lady Lubiot (the half sister of his friend Lord Chysm) to sponsor his niece, she is thrown into a society she can't get along with and a challenge to her unladylike ways. Artemisia and Lord Chysm are constantly at each other throa ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Super fun. I just love these kinds of books... And a new word I'd never heard before..."chary"...her word usage throughout was actually really clever. Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer types are hard to do, I applaud her!
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Impeccable history, beautiful detailing, characters that make me hoot out loud. I especially liked Lady Lubriot. A nice balance of humour and romance. I look forward to reading Ms. Rampton's next regency!
Artemisia Grantley, niece of the Duke of Wentworth, likes nothing better than to romp around her uncle's estate dressed as a boy with her best guy pal, much to her uncle's dismay. The Duke is determined to get Arabella a Season before she comes into her full inheritance and gets into mischief. He asks his political friend Jared, the Marquess of Chysm to enlist the aid of his sister Marianne, the lovely widowed Lady Lubriot to help. Unfortunately for Artemisia, her first meeting with Lord Chysm w ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 24, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: regency
Review on excerpt.

Miss Rampton has a charming style of writing that instantly draws the reader in and takes it captive. I was so glad to have quite a bit of the story to read in this excerpt, but I began to wonder if it was going to go far enough to give everything away and then I wouldn't have much of the actual book to read once I get my hands on it. Not so! This excerpt is just long enough to get all the pieces in place and all the questions raised- and then it stops. Nothing revealed, curios
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was very well done! It was witty, humorous, romantic, engaging, and intelligent. It had all the right elements and made for a compelling read from beginning to end. This novel proves that a romance does not need smut to keep one's interest. The chemistry between Artemisia and Lord Chysm was palpable. Her friendship with Harold was sweet in its innocence. The attachment between Artemisia's uncle, the Duke of Wentworth, and Lord Chysm's half-sister, Lady Lubiot, while expected was still sweet ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
As one who loves Regency Romance in the style of Georgette Heyer, I am happy to say that this author (DG Rampton) captures the spirit of Heyer in Artemesia. Full of great dialogue and beautiful descriptions of dress, stately homes, and balls, the storyline is not forgotten and is even more interesting than the ordinary RR storyline. Of course, there's a rake and a stuffy love interest, but the author was good about keeping it interesting by throwing in curveballs here and there that pique the re ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! Very Heyer and Austen-like! I loved the characters and the storyline, it's been a long time since I've read a regency that did not disappoint. I can't wait to see more from this author.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. You really got to see the character grow but never lose herself.
Anne Tedford
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely captivating! The only modern author to meet standards if Jane Austen and georgette heyer
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: period-drama
If you're a fan of Austen or Georgette Heyer, you must read this book. So rare to find something like this. But why oh why is there only one book by this author? Woe!
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Some parts were entertaining and others annoying. I was expecting more from the "tradition of Jane Austen."
Sinduri Guntupalli
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read

I was pleasantly surprised. I really didn't have high hopes for the book. Although I love books by Jane Austen, I hate books by Georgette Heyer. This book was a fun read and I am looking forward to reading more books by D.G.Rampton.
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I made sure of reading the reviews before comitting myself to buying the book. Yet, I feel quite disappointed. I expected some sparkling heroine -- like Elizabeth Bennet -- or anyone resembling some of Heyer's main protagonists. Yet, Artemisia didn't attract me. I stayed detached from her the whole story and didn't end up framing her quite well. It's an easy read, and you go through the book relatively fastly. I would suggest it, yet I wouldn't say you'd be 100% satisfied with it if you're a har ...more
AlegnaB †
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. It felt like I was reading a Georgette Heyer novel. Unfortunately, it took me a long time to read it due to various reasons (not having to do with the book itself). If I had been able to read it in only a few days, I probably would have enjoyed it even more; perhaps I would be giving it four stars instead of three.

If you enjoy Georgette Heyer's Regency books, you'll probably enjoy this book.
mo palios
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Also a great fan of Georgette heyer and Jude Morgan. Really enjoyed the book . Good writing, fun and great characters. Look forward to more.

Also a great fan of Georgette heyer and Jude Morgan. Really enjoyed the book . Good writing, fun and great characters. Look forward to more.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
It's okay. A little too much trying sometimes but it gets better as it goes. By the end the dialogue felt more natural and I was pleased with it. Looking forward to another outing by this author.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Fun, but nothing spectacular. Glad I read it.
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D.G. Rampton | Retro Regency Romance
Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer have always provided me with my favourite literary escape. When my everyday life would get a little too everyday, I'd like nothing better than to enter the witty Regency world they created.

My aim as an author is to keep that wonderful brand of traditional 'retro' humour and romance alive. And no, this does not mean that I pres
“But I beg you remember,’ said her ladyship, turning back to Artemisia, ‘not to walk down St James’s Street.’ ‘Yes, I know: it would be a moral hazard to my reputation,’ said Artemisia, reciting what she had been taught. ‘Though why people should make such a fuss over a lady being ogled by the gentlemen in St James’s Street is beyond me. Debutantes are paraded in front of those very same gentlemen to be ogled at in every other setting and no one has any objections to that practice! Rather than having to go through a whole Season to catch a husband, it would be far quicker if each girl was walked up and down St James’s, whirled around so she could be seen from all angles and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Why, St James’s could become the Tattersall’s of the marriage mart!’ Lady Lubriot choked on what sounded suspiciously like a laugh, and then tried to recover the situation by looking stern. ‘Chérie!’ she exclaimed. ‘You must never – never! – voice that particular notion of yours in public.’ ‘Tattersall’s?’ repeated Aunt Ophelia with incredulity. ‘Did the child just compare the Season to a horse auction?” 0 likes
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