Must-Read Strong Regency Heroines


If you’re like us, you love reading books with strong heroines. And what better era to read about strong women being independent and self-determined than the Regency era? From mysteries to romances, we have the perfect book recommendations for you. Join a spirited cast of gutsy—and sometimes, feisty—women on new challenges and adventures!

What Happens in the Ballroom by Sabrina Jeffries

As a young military widow, Eliza Pierce enjoys both her freedom and her financial success with the other ladies of her party planning business, Elegant Occasions. Although the entrepreneurial young lady is quite content in her independence, a certain earl takes Eliza by surprise. Could he be the man she chooses to share her life with? Or will his secrets threaten to ruin everything?

The Dueling Duchess by Minerva Spencer

Cecile Tremblay is an expert sharpshooter in an all-female circus, Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre. As a talented markswoman with a collection of weapons, she never thought she would become entangled with the man the gossip columns call The Darling of the ton, Gaius Darlington. But when Darlington insults her with an infuriating proposal, it will take a lot of effort to get back in her good graces. After all, hell hath no fury like a markswoman scorned…

Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley

Lady Abigail Worthing’s skin color and notorious family history have left her with few friends she can rely on. Due to her reputation amongst the ton, she’s been forced into a life of independence. But when a woman’s body is discovered on her property, Abigail will soon gain an unexpected ally. To find the killer, she’ll have to dive further into London’s treacherous high society—and into more danger than she ever imagined.

The Lady Knows Best by Susanna Craig

Daphne Burke runs an advice column in London’s most infamous magazine. But when Miss Busy B tells a young lady to break up with a notorious rake, Miles Deveraux, Daphne meets the consequences in real life. Miles needs a bride by the end of the season—and he intends to make Daphne his wife. However, Daphne has her own mischievous plan up her sleeve…

The Secret of the Lost Pearls by Darcie Wilde

Rosalind Thorne doesn’t have a grand fortune, but she does have a web of connections. Known as a “most useful woman” amongst the ton, Rosalind helps high society ladies dig up information for a modest fee. But when Rosalind is tasked with finding a missing pearl necklace, she’ll be pulled into a far more twisted mystery than she ever imagined!

Lady of Fortune by Mary Jo Putney

In the wake of the French Revolution, Comtesse Marie-Christine D’Estelle flees to London. To hide her aristocratic background, Christa disguises herself and becomes employed as a lady’s maid. But when her employer becomes the handsome Captain Lord Alexander Kingsley, sparks fly. Christa can’t help but fall for him—and his charming family. But will her past comes back to interfere with their future?

Murder at the Serpentine Bridge by Andrea Penrose

Charlotte, now the Countess of Wrexford, would like a peaceful summer with her new husband. But when a body discovered in Hyde Park’s famous lake, she and Wrexford are pulled into a web of international intrigue. Now it’s a race against time to save their loved ones and stop a weapon from ending up in the wrong hands…

Heiress in Red Silk by Madeline Hunter

When Rosamund comes into a surprising new inheritance, she goes from struggling shopkeeper to heiress. The only hitch is her new, infuriatingly arrogant business partner, Kevin Radnor. But to do right by her sister, Rosamund will play nice and commit to an equal partnership. But her rivalry with Kevin will soon turn into something much more wicked and seductive than she thought possible.

Reprinted with permission from Kensington Books.