So I’m working on a new Regency romance novel. This one is about a young widow and the tutor she hires for her son. And I’d like to find a title for it because things seem to flow more easily once I know the title of my manuscript. Right now it’s simply called “tutor” in my files.
My two other Regency novels have single-word titles: Brynnde and Faebourne. How important is it to stick with that convention, I wonder? Some of my critique partners pointed out that neither of those titles say much about the books themselves, and that many historical romance titles are pretty descriptive, as in (I’m making up examples, though for all I know they actually exist): The Duke and the Milkmaid or Romancing the Rake or whatever. Truth is, though, I don’t love those kinds of titles. Hmm.
So here are some options that have been floated around this WIP. I’ll tell you that the tutor’s name is Samuel and the widow’s name is Mina Mortleigh (the estate’s name is also Mortleigh).
- Mortleigh <— in keeping with the single-word titles
- Mina’s Mentor
- The Widow’s Tutor
- Love Lessons
- An Enlightened Heart
- The Viscountess and the Scholar
- The Widow and the Scholar
And so on and so forth in that vein.
So what do you think? Do you like any of these? Other suggestions?
BTW, Brynnde will finally be available in paperback next month! Pre-orders will be up soon, so stay tuned!