I'm in the very early stages of planning a historical WIP at the moment. It's going to be a regency romance, so set in the early 1800s, and I am completely stuck on the MCs' ages. It will be YA, so I want the characters to be fairly young. Unfortunately, my google-fu has failed me.

So, my question is, would it have been at all normal for a 16-year-old girl and a twenty-year-old young man to be engaged at that time? Both are from well-off families. As far as I can work out, these ages would be alright, but as my knowledge of this particular area is mainly restricted to Jane Austen novels (I can't find anything on google!!!), I'd love some kind of confirmation.

Thanks in advance. Cookies if you can help. Chocolate chip too

Poppy