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April Lady

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  3,046 ratings  ·  206 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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Published January 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1957)
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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
I know I was supposed to love this. But.....

The character 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 her
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
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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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
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
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
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
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.
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lady Nell Cardross has a problem -- she's overspent her purse and lent money to her brother, and now she doesn't dare confess to her new husband, the Earl, who might believe she only married him for his money. Oh, dear, I do hate annoying misunderstanding plots which could be worked out really easily with just a short chat. Also, the heroine is pretty much a wimp and I often wanted to slap her. However, the scrapes she and her brother get into are quite amusing, and I also liked the Earl's vivac ...more
Very fun. The only downside is Heyer's inexplicable fondness for matching grown-up men with teenaged women, and endowing her men with annoying ruthless sternness and condescension toward their sweethearts. However, happily, in this romp we spend very little time with the ostensibly romantic pair, and instead enjoy the comical interactions of a host of friends and cousins, a wayward half-sister, and several upstanding (if sometimes tipsy) young men who attempt to shepherd our naive heroine (Nell) ...more
Sherwood Smith
One of the most unpleasant of the Mark I heroes, though he's supposed to be misunderstood, but I don't think Heyer handled it well. He seems a brute to his silly, well-meaning young wife who is terrified to tell him the truth about all her debts.

This leads to one of the best of Heyer's subsidiary character set pieces; the heroine's brother (one of the best irrepressible brothers) and his pals set out as highwaymen in order to fix the debt issue. The two extra stars are for that scene, and the br
Fairly typical Heyer. I believe it is one of the earliest regency romances she wrote, and as such it is not as well developed as her later ones. The characters, in particular, are not as well rounded or perhaps quire as likeable as those in many of her other books. That said, this novel is far more enjoyable than several others of hers (such as Bath Tangle) and has enough plot and varied characters to keep it moving nicely and the details are as exquisite as they always are. It will be staying o ...more
There's something infinitely alluring about Georgette Heyer that, hackneyed storyline notwithstanding, you keep wanting to go back for more. "April Lady" is one such commonplace plot with very little to commend it in terms of originality, but brilliant nonetheless. Without a doubt, it is the sense of the period in her exposition and the way Regency mores are so cleverly depicted in her characters that make Heyer the best in this genre as there ever will be.

I do not agree that Nell's character is
An easy, entertaining read!

Lady Cardross has a problem. She has promised her husband that she will always be honest with him, especially with her expenditures (money is not a problem but her shopping can quickly get out of hand).

With gambling a family trait, is there reason for Giles Cardross to regret marrying poor Nell?

Unfortunately Nell Cardross has overlooked a bill due for a dress she purchased and she doesn't know how to tell her husband that the Chantilly lace dress she bought has not y
Catherine Siemann
A good read for a day spent sick in bed. A Regency-era shopaholic and the husband she can't quite believe really loves her. There were some wonderful secondary characters, and though the story was more "Silver Fork" (the actual trashy novels read during the period) than Austen, it was good fluff. Lots of nice period details, though as with books of this sort, it seems like 95% of the problems would be solved if characters would only *talk to each other.*
An enjoyable enough read, even if it's about as deep as a puddle and possesses another plot which could have been solved within a couple of pages by people actually talking to one another. None of the characters are Heyer's best, and she lays on the cant a bit too thickly (and do I ever wish she didn't have that nasty strain of anti-Semitism showing through in her slang), but they're not her most annoying, either. Diverting for an hour or two.
Shannon Conover
I really enjoyed this! It's unusual for a 'romance' novel to be about an already-married couple, and Nell's growth of character was refreshing. The main reason I'm writing a review is that the cover for the edition I read really annoyed me, and there is literally no one in my life who will care or sympathize, but the clothing in the illustration is ridiculously out of date. Nell's brother mentions the Duke of Wellington's victory at Salamanca, placing the story no earlier than 1812 and potential ...more
3.5 stars.

Akin to The Convenient Marriage, though it has it's own charm. Nell and Cadross are very cute, always a plus. The story petered out towards the end but I've found that that's pretty typical for Heyer.
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