In all her twenty-five years, lovely Venetia Lanyon has never been further than Harrogate. Then she meets her neighbour, Lord Damerel, and before she knows better, she is egging on a libertine whose way of life has scandalized the county for years.
I hadn’t picked it up in a while, but luckily Mom and I managed to coerce our book club into reading it this month. The two of us began demente ...more
I was aware Heyer was famous, or some ...more
Just recently I have started listening to audiobook versions of Heyer novels. I did not think that I would enjoy listening to b ...more
I no longer read romances and haven't for some years. With the notable exception of Georgette Heyer. Her books are beautifully written, her characters are well developed, charming and witty, and her dialogue is simply perfect.
One of my favourites!
I enjoyed the writing, it was light and sparkling and delightfully witty. I also enjoyed Venetia, she too was light and sparkling and delightfully witty. Her brother Aubrey was entertainingly and sympathetically grumpy. The hero, Damerel ... tried to be light and sparkling, even when it went against his nature. I didn't love him, but Venetia did in a believable way, so I was ok with it.
I did not enjoy the sett ...more
This book had a couple strikes against it going in:
1. The narrator of my audiobook was a deeply unfortunate choice, and her British accents sounded like Eliza Doolittle, the before version. Hilarious for all these “people of quality,” and really distracting.
2. It’s one of those romances where the dude grabs the girl and kisses her within 30 seconds of meeting to establish his rakish bona fides. Not my thing.
But this won me over. It’s not ...more
Venetia, our heroine, is a surprising and refreshing character. I love a gal who flaunts convention! Lord Damerel is interesting, but unfortunately his rakish past stays put and despite a small slip up or two, he stands a pretty strong model for all that is decent and respectable. ...more
An inescapable wish for escapism has characterized this latest period of my life. A recurrent attempt to find a virtual place to forget my stressful days. I've turned to delightful , amusing readings /listenings and I’m so glad I did! I read Heyer’s Venetia and listened to an abridged audiobook just released by Naxos narrated by a brilliant Richard Armitage.
Georgette Heyer with her Regency romances full of witty comedy can be a perfect remedy to stress and distress. And an intelligent one. Her ...more
It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the prose, but once I have, I was captured by the heroine's personality. Despite being a historical, and being in a period where one is constrained by people's opinions and proper manners, Venetia is a very refreshing heroine. She is personable, cheeky, polite but no doormat, and is not unw ...more
So far, my favorite of the non-comic Heyer books. Unlike the majority of her other books, the hero is not simply the empty embodiment of the Regency ideal, but a far more complex creature. So, too, is Venetia, one of the few heroines who doesn't end up simply letting the man solve all her problems. Good delineation of secondary characters, too.
Narrated by Phyllida Nash
While musing about the plot of Venetia, I thought about how similar the story is to the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. The similarities are striking enough to wonder if Heyer had the beloved fairy tale in mind when writing. In this case Beauty is in the guise of Venetia, the lovely almost-spinster, who meets the Beast, easily distinguish ...more
The heroine is older than usual, 25. She'd been buried her whole life in the countryside, never had a come-out, took care of her too-smart but disabled brother, struggled between 2 suitors: one barely out of the schoolroom and excessively romantic and the other so "worthy", meaning self-righteous, stickler to propriety, boring pontificator...
Of course when meeting Damerel, a proverbial rake of 38, her life turned upside down. His as well, as he never was tempted b ...more
In other words...Georgette Heyer, you're singing my tune today.
I think Venetia has the most emotional depth of all the ones I've read so far. I mean, it still has the light, witty prose that you'd expect, but ...more
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