Greetings, my dear readers. My, how the summer has flown. Wedding season is behind us (though, is it truly, ever, over in Romancelandia?) and Back to School sales are everywhere. RWA’s national conference is but a memory, and Netflix’s adaptation of Julia Quinn’s beloved Bridgerton series is currently filming. Though yours truly cannot foresee any outcome but a rousing success, one must ask the burning question, which beloved romance series will or should be next?
It is a truth well acknowledged that Romancelandia is rife with families who have permanent homes in readers’ hearts, whether contemporary, historical or otherworldly. There is obviously no dearth of material, so perhaps it is that the powers that be are spoiled for choice. Let us take a look at a few of the names that come first to mind, shall we?
The O’Malley and Skye’s Legacy series:
The name Bertrice Small and her legendary O’Malley series, beginning with the iconic Skye O’Malley, and concluding with the three stories in one volume, Vixens, often comes into play when discussing romance series readers would love to see on large or small screens. Together, the two series, O’Malley, and Skye’s Legacy, number a full twelve volumes of history, passion, and heroines who take no guff. From the Court of Elizabeth Tudor, through the English Civil War, and into the Restoration, there is plenty of pomp, circumstance, danger and desire, and that’s only within the British Isles. Devoted readers know the O’Malley-verse reaches far beyond that sceptered isle. Thankfully, the beloved author’s son has this matter well in hand. Interested parties may subscribe to The REAL Bertrice Small Facebook group, the official and definitive source for all of the big Small doings.
The DeMonteforte Brothers
For those who would most desire their ideal spiritual successor to a Bridgerton series to have the official stamp of approval, how more fitting would it be to imagine a series created by an author whom the divine Ms. Quinn lists as one of her favorite authors? Set in the Georgian era, a bit before the Bridgertons, this series follows the lives and fortunes of the DeMonteforte brothers and the women who love them. The American Revolution and its aftermath have left their marks on this aristocratic British family. Starting off with a fallen soldier, his enceinte fiancée, a brother who goes above and beyond, this series has plenty of swash and buckle, and even the potential for not one, but two Christmas specials. Yours truly does so enjoy her Christmas specials. :happy sigh:
For those who simply must have their historical romance take place in the Regency era, the incomparable Jo Beverley did not only write the book on complex, emotional romance set firmly in the history of the era; she wrote nineteen of them, in her Rogues world alone, not to mention independent traditional Regencies, and successful, unrelated series based in the Georgian and medieval eras as well. Prefer a touch of the fantastical? This author has her readers covered there, as well. With the sheer number of Rogues world books, readers (and potential viewers) need not fret about running out of heroes and heroines, as the author herself expanded the world to bring in new characters who inhabit the original world, without making a new arrival feel totally lost.
These, of course, are but three of the many, many authors who have an unlimited number of delights for us all and I have stuck to one side of the pond. One can argue that the yen for historical romance on the small screen has already been whetted by the likes of Outlander and Poldark. Once the Bridgertons make their televised debut, it is anyone’s guess who may be next. Yours truly will await this with delicious anticipation.
So, dear readers, I turn it now over to you. Which historical romance family would you like to see next grace the small or large screens? Mary Balogh’s Bedwyns? Johanna Lindsey’s Mallorens? Somebody else? Pull up a chair in the comments section and tell us all about it. There’s room for everybody at this table.