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I desperately need recommendations on where to get started! I love everything historical fiction, so I am not picky in the slightest. Thanks ahead of time!
Gothic novels were very popular in this time period so try authors such as Mrs. Radcliffe or Horace Walpole.
I love Georgette Heyer as well. Particularly the novels with a bit of adventure/mystery thrown in--The Quiet Gentleman, The Talisman Ring and The Reluctant Widow are particular favorites, not to mention her best work (IMO) These Old Shades. Reluctant Widow and These Old Shades have recently been re-released in a nice large paperback format (quality paperbacks, not the kind you can buy in a drugstore).
If you enjoy fantasy, Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a fantastic pastiche of Regency times, written in the dry, half-brittle style of Jane Austen. It's not wizards and dragons and spells, it's two Austenesque magicians set loose in Regency London with all the social climbers and parties and learned societies that entails. And really, you HAVE to read Pride and Prejudice. Or if it intimidates you, try Northanger Abbey, which isn't quite as dense...though the characters aren't anywhere as memorable as P&P.
There's also a relatively book entitled The Broad Highway by Jeffrey Farnol that's an adventure story set in Regency times. I think Farnol was born in the late 19th century, but it's got lots of highwaymen and un-winnable babes and that sort of thing.
My last recommendation is a little far out, but if you enjoy reading old British authors... Tobias Smollett was a mid-18th century author, not very famous today, but a lot of critics think he wrote books just as good as Henry Fielding's Tom Jones. The book I'd recommend is Humphry Clinker, which is told through a series of letters (sorta like The Woman in White or The Moonstone) and relates the traveling about England of a very eccentric man, Matthew Bramble, his spinster sister, their orphaned niece and nephew, and a servant or two. They're well-off, and meet this grizzly old Scottish veteran of the French-Indian Wars who is really just off-the-wall.
Hope this helps!