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April Lady

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,895 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
"Graceful and exciting ... the best kind of 'escape' story." -LIBRARY JOURNAL
What seems a marriage of convenience...
When young newlywed Lady Nell Cardross begins to fill her days with fashion and frivolity, the earl has to wonder whether she really did marry him for his money, as his family so helpfully suggests. And now Nell doesn't dare tell him the truth ...
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Paperback, 270 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1957)
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May 26, 2015 Tweety rated it liked it
I know I was supposed to love this. But.....

The characters were enough to drive a saint batty.

Cardross was an idiot. How can he except his wife to know he loves her if he never tells her and when anything comes up he immediately assumes the worst about her? And let me not leave his wife out of the blame, Nell was a goose for not telling Cardross the whole truth from the beginning, I really don't know how she planned to explain herself the deeper she went. But she was sweet, and so I did like he
Apr 05, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love love love Georgette Heyer. No one can do it quite like her although many try. Her characters are so charming, her take on the period so appealing and her plots so melodramatic and entertaining. I love every moment of each of her books. This particular book is not one of my most favourites but it is still delightful. I have to admit to a few almost tears at the end - happy ones of course as Heyer always writes the best happy endings. For me she is the ultimate in light reading and I always r ...more
Diamond Cowboy
Feb 04, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good historical romance novel. This is the second book I have read by this author. Both books were replete with simpering women and gamblers. It is a story of unrequited love. The man and wife love each other but do not know how to let the other one know.
I enjoyed the naritor. She did the voices and accents very well.
I highly recommend this book to all.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Apr 06, 2011 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a number of other reviewers have pointed out, this amusing but unsatisfactory confection is a less well-done reworking of the theme of Heyer's earlier The Convenient Marriage; that is, the love-match in which neither spouse realizes that the other loves him or her. This time we unfortunately have no grounds for the love itself which, given the unattractive traits they exhibit during the course of the story, leaves the reader with little sense of romance. The secondary romance of the hero's un ...more
What a good story! April Lady resembled The Convenient Marriage a lot, but the heroine in this one was far more enjoyable! Lady Nell is young, inexperienced, innocent, and repeatedly called a goose, but for all that I loved her and didn't think she was silly at all. She was the sort of girl I would love to have as a friend. I could relate to her in many ways, and I felt very bad for her when things escalated so dramatically after she chose to hid from her husband that she had a debt of three hun ...more
⊱ Irena ⊰
The plot of April Lady comes down to an unpaid bill that the heroine forgot to tell her husband.
But that and everything else that comes out of it has its root in a 'lovely' advice the young bride got from her mother. She was informed that Giles married her because it was convenient, that he would always have a mistress and that she has to go with it and never show what she feels. The fact that she was welcomed by his younger sister saying that she is 'prettier by far than Giles's mistress'.
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reread 28/10 to 29/10

Gawd why do I stay up and read? I always get such massive headaches in the morning.

I thoroughly enjoyed rereading this! missed Heyer alot and I guess I've been in the mood for a good, pure, light romance (lol initially wrote 'rance', and this is why I should never try and review at 2am in the morning! lol).

Nell is a bit of an airhead but her heart is in he right place. Unlike some Heyer books there isn't much interaction between the heroine and the hero but all the feels ar
Aug 20, 2014 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Dear Reader,
By my 3 1/2 star rating, I would not have you take it I did not enjoy this book- I could never NOT enjoy a Heyer- but out of ALL the Heyers I have read, this was one of my lesser favorites. ;) I love regencies full of banter and love-hate relationships between the couple right up til the end when they realize they've been ridiculous to think they didn't like the other, but I get super frustrated when the story is about a married couple who absolutely adore each other but are confused
Alexis Lee
Jul 27, 2014 Alexis Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I worship at the alter of Heyer; I love every single one of her books - but April Lady (along with some of her other regencies) has a special place in my heart. I love this book with an unholy love, I can't count the number of times I've reread it.

Yes - I get the many, many similarities between this and Heyer's Convenient Marriage, but for all its critics I still can't see how this book hasn't gotten the same rep as Sophy. (Which I love dearly, but probably with less unholiness.) I have to admi
At seventeen, at her very first ball, Nell caught the eye of the rich and handsome Cardross. A worldly man who'd taken many lovers and ruled his estate for years, Cardross never expected to fall in love--but he did, and despite his misgivings about Nell's impecunious and wild family, he swiftly married her. Each of them loves the other, but is sure that they only married for convenience. This misunderstanding is made worse when Nell realizes she owes a dressmaker an astounding amount of money an ...more
Jamie Collins
I was disappointed in this one. Heyer's writing is always charming, but this was neither funny nor particularly romantic.

We have a newly married couple who are in love with each other (so we're told, not shown) but neither realizes that the other returns the sentiment. They discover the truth following a series of shenanigans instigated by the wife's attempts to address a distressingly large dressmaker's bill using her own resources, which are few. There is the usual ne'er-do-well brother and se
Feb 08, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Nell Cardross is the main character that actually has been in love with her husband since she first met him. The Earl her husband likewise had fallen in love with Nell upon first meeting her. His family has decided to tarnish his feelings by putting a bug in his ear that she only married him for his fortune.

Dysart Nell's brother had taken full advantage of the Earl's fortune so that had lent credence to that unpleasant theory. Dysart has few redeeming qualities. He might be charming to wo
W.R. Gingell
Sep 18, 2015 W.R. Gingell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
I'm on a bit of a Georgette Heyer re-read kick at the moment. I started with The Foundling and went on to April Lady.

As with The Foundling, one star deducted for the main female lead. This time the star off is because of Nell's wild mood swings. As in, sometimes she's shy and awkward and lovable and all that stuff, while at other times she's sensible and mother-like and straightforward. It doesn't seem to have been done as a matter of character growth, it just seems to be...not quite as well wri
Jane Stewart
Snowballing problems due to stupidity, fear, and dishonesty didn’t entertain me, but I enjoyed the dialogue and the narrator.

I did not enjoy reading about the heroine Nell. She did too many stupid things. She was not honest with Giles her husband which resulted in inaccurate assumptions by both of them. They each thought the other didn’t care, so they acted in stand-offish ways, which reinforced the beliefs that the other didn’t care. How did this start? Nell’s mother was igno
Apr 25, 2012 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not my favorite Heyer novel. As wives we can relate to Lady Cardross when she spends too much money on herself and her wild-hair brother, and then tries to hide this from her generous husband. We've all done something similar. But the dissembling (lying) the ensues to keep this hidden becomes the major plot device, and it gets a little tiresome. Almost applying to a "King Jew" loan sharp tells us volumes about this time and culture. Not good. The secondary plot of the Cardross younger s ...more
Ana T.
When Lord Cardross marries the young Lady Helen he also finds himself coping with her father's financial disasters and the pressing gambling debts of her scapegrace brother. Many escapades must be resolved before the much-tried Earl can smooth the course of true love in his own marriage.

April Lady is, like several Heyer novel, a comedy of errors.

Lady Cardross, recently married, is very much in love with her husband but tries to hide it as her mother told her on the eve of the wedding that she
Nell married her husband a barely a year ago and is now in charge of his ward who is just a year or two younger than she is. Letty is wild, headstrong and desperately in love. She will do anything to marry her beloved. Nell is trying to win the love of her husband, but she can't until she settles a problem of a debt.

Why I started this book: I love listening to Heyer's audiobooks, they are a guaranteed pleasant book.

Why I finished this one: Except for this one. I was so mad at Letty the entire t
Nov 12, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This one was fun, but sadly more forgettable than my favorite Heyer stories. It utilizes one of Heyer's favorite plots - that of miscommunication and misunderstandings, as well as similar to Bath Tangle that I just finished, spends the majority of the plot with the two main lovers separated. while I thought the characters were fun and enjoyable, there was too little face time with Cardross. Also, Nell's semi-wastrel brother and his best friend seem modeled along similar lines to Pen and his part ...more
2.5 An overall enjoyable (and typical) Heyer plot, but does not rank amongst my favorites. The lead couple suffer from a lack of communication, and the heroine (frustratingly) digs herself deeper into trouble with her refusal to tell her husband the simple truth. The secondary couple's plight (aside from the significance assigned to it by a melodramatic cousin) becomes tiresome. I was leaning towards 2-stars, but I liked the last few chapters in which the whole situation dissolved into farce.
Mar 25, 2015 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read 'April Lady' more than forty years ago and it wasn't one of my favourite Heyer novels. However I don't think it was the right book for me at the time because I have just re-read it and found it charming and the final chapter must be one of the most amusing of all the Heyer novels. Lady Helen (Nell) Cardross is very much in love with her husband Giles but her mother has brainwashed her into thinking that the marriage was one of convenience.

Nell has a problem with sticking within the
Slightly below par Georgette Heyer is still better than a lot of other romances so, despite its issues, I enjoyed this (I found a whole box of Heyers in a forgotten cupboard last week so will be reading them in alphabetical order!)

The main issue really is the plot which is, in a sentence, lady buys an expensive dress and is scared to tell her husband about it. I did spend a lot of this wondering why Nell didn't just tell him - as much as I liked her she can be very frustrating (and doesn't stand
Although frustratingly at cross-purposes for most of the book, the two main characters are a bit different from most in that they are already married and have been for a year. Ms. Heyer's humor is very evident in her portrayal of Dysart and his friend Fancot, and Nell and her husband Cardross's problems will engage the reader's sympathy at once. You will wish wholeheartedly that their relatives would disappear from their lives and give them some time alone before you are very far into the book. ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
"April Lady" is a Regency romance novel, except it isn't really a romance. The hero and heroine are rarely together. They only act like lovers toward each other at the very end, and Giles doesn't save her from anything except her bills. It's more a humorous historical.

The story revolves around Nell getting into debt because she isn't used to having so much money and it seemed limitless. Giles pays her bills, but scolds her. She assures him there are no more bills and she won't go into debt again
Mar 23, 2013 Yui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is indeed a pale copy of The Convenient Marriage but only on relationship building. The similarities didn't bother me and thought it a waste of time because TCM was one of my favorite of Heyer's work(The Grand Sophy, the first one I've read and up to this day the best for me).

I am inclined to say this is actually better than the Convenient Marriage because I never did like Horatia's stuttering. It was charming in some parts and lends to character to her but was most inconvenient as it is ex
Christina (AKA Babbling)
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I liked Nell. A sweet person, who over-spent her quarterly allowance when she loaned her roguish brother money. She then over looks a bill for a very expensive dress and is afraid to tell her husband about it. Her behavior has made Giles question whether she married him for love or for his money. Poor Giles. Here’s a man who’s truly in love, and is confronted with the possibility that the naysayers were right after all. And when he thinks Nell i
May 21, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I was rather disappointed in this one. The plot is so typically Heyer that it is not really original. In my opinion, its a weaker version of The Convenient Marriage. Beautiful, enchanting young lady marries a man several years her senior, falls in love with him but thinks he has a mistress, and turns cold. Man really adores bride and can't figure out why he can't seem to win her heart.
That plot plays a rather ramshackle seniority to the also very Heyer-ish side plot of the husb
May 11, 2013 Rea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fourth Heyer book.

I'm starting to realise that Heyer had certain plot motifs that she used over and over. This isn't too much of an issue if you don't read the books one after the other but I imagine it would become tiresome should you read three or four in a row. Heyer was also uncommonly fond of certain names.

I didn't enjoy April Lady as much as the other Heyer books I've read but I think this is mostly to do with the fact that Cardross, the male lead, is absent for much of the story. This
This one was mostly a comedy of manners, and a bit of a romance, and--well, the heroine is in love with her hubby, but doesn't believe he loves her. He's quite a bit older, and they married while barely acquainted, as often happened back then, apparently. So when he scolds her for spending too much and asks for ALL her bills (she loaned money to her gambler brother & can't pay them), she's too afraid to tell him when another big one comes due. A series of crazy scrapes begins whereby the her ...more
Aug 16, 2008 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency, 2008
I have no idea why this book is called "April Lady". What a stupid title.

The story itself is pretty good, though it never fails to irk me when characters feel like they can't speak the truth to other characters. So I spent much of the book feeling irked at Lady Cardross, for getting into such a taking over a mere three hundred pound debt, and thinking that it would be the end of all her husband's affection. He never seemed particularly affectionate, anyway - too busy being alternately diffident
Jan 02, 2010 Res rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The one where Nell lies to her husband about a dressmaker's bill, with a chain of ever more disastrous results.

If I'd never read any other Heyer books, I'd probably be very impressed by this -- particularly the way the things that happen slot together so neatly that everything comes to a head all at once. Compared to her other books, though, it's just so-so.

This is one of those books where the heroine seems so very young that it seems a little creepy that she should be married at all. (And Let
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

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