What happens when a pirate falls in love with his captive?
During her return to Spain with her father, the lovely Dona Dominica de Rada y Sylva is horrified when their ship is set upon by pirates. Far worse is her discovery that their captor isn't just any pirate -- he is the notorious Sir Nicholas Beauvallet, an Englishman with a scandalous reputation for plundering Spani...more
...God alone knew what might be done to Beauvallet. She had heard that those who fell into the clutch of the Inquisition were sometimes never heard of again.
Nick’s promise to set the governor and his daughter, Doña Dominica, onto Spanish soil simply confirms his bravado. Doña Dominica hopes this is enough to sustain her while she awaits Beauvallet’s a...more
Sir Nicholas Beauvallet (Nick) practices piracy upon the Spanish as a form of unofficial warfare – at the behest of Queen Elizabeth I. He is captain of the Venture. The Spanish believe he achieves the impossible through witchcraft. When he captures a Spanish ship, he takes Dominica and her father aboard his own ship as guests. He promises to deliver them safely to the Spanish...more
I first read Beauvallet several years ago on a train leaving the capital for home. Unfortunately, not only was the train very over-crowded but it was stuck in Essex for approximately 3 hours if I remember correctly. I was feeling hot, tired, thirsty, claustrophobic and cranky. Poor Beauvallet was, as it were, in my hands, and ever since has been viewed with dislike by myself.
I can only conclude that I was blind as well. What Beauv...more
Not only does "Mad Sir Nick" take Dominica and her dying father on board his ship after rescuing them, but he laughs in the face of King Philip of Spain when he vows to return within a year and claim the lovely Dominica for his bride.
Set in Elizabethan times, Beauvallet did not quite capture me in the s...more
Dominica will be no one’s captive, and she fights El Beauvallet at every turn, but with h...more
The book is somewhat lacking in...more
Sir Nicholas Beauvallet captures Dominica and her father and proclaims that he will take them home to Spain, as Dominica has demanded. But falling head over heels in...more
Beauvallet is intriguing--he takes challenges, he is confident, people stand in awe of him. Heyer makes him the perfect hero.
Heyer does well in her research of the time period and period slang. Its definitely not the same voice as other Heyer books. Its different. But that isn't a bad thing. She still has an ease about writing, whatever story at the time, that makes r...more
I seem to have problems when Heyer heads to Spain for some reason... I've been reading The Spanish Bride forever! Still, Heyer at...more
One thing I love about Georgette Heyer is how she gives her main characters real life attributes that make them personable, firey tempers, stuttering, tactlessness, etc.
I dislike leaving b...more
I love Georgette Heyer novels but I couldn't get into this one. I think partly it was because the setting was in a different era where the hero wears ridiculous clothes, etc. But after a few chapters I got into the swing of the book, once the two main characters starting having it out with each other! But then halfway through the book changes direction again and it just lost me. I wasn't interested in Sir Nick's family or his friends or...more
A playful reminder that Heyer was interested in more than Regency history.
Georgette Heyer was an intensely private person. A best-seller all her life without the aid of publicity, she made no appearances, never gave an interview, and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. Heyer wrote very well-researched historical fiction, fu...more