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Venetia

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  6,211 ratings  ·  576 reviews

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.


Paperback, 287 pages
Published 1958 by Ace Star Books
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Monica!
Look, I recognize this is a ridiculous book to be giving five stars to, but I just adore this story. My mom and I have read it probably forty times between us, maybe more, and I will hold it aloft proudly and proclaim my love, and then run away if anyone demands I justify it, because screw you I don’t need to explain myself Venetia foreeeeeeeeeeeever!!!!!

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
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Dawn (& Ron)
I am one of those who steered clear of Georgette Heyer for years, even though I heard the comparisons to Jane Austen, I was afraid they were formulaic romances. To my surprise it wasn't what I feared all those years and proved that breaking out of one's reading comfort zone can be quite rewarding. This was made more enjoyable getting to read this along with Sabrina, who also had some of the same feelings regarding Heyer, and both of us ended up enjoying it.

I was aware Heyer was famous, or some
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Kim
I started reading Georgette Heyer when I was a teenager, some thirty five years ago, when my mother gave me Friday's Child and told me she thought I would enjoy it. Since then I have read all the romances, a number of them countless times. They have long been the books I turn to when I'm feeling unwell, a bit fragile, or when it's cold and wet and I need a comfort read!

Just recently I have started listening to audiobook versions of Heyer novels. I did not think that I would enjoy listening to b
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Kelly
Its said that Georgette Heyer created the Regency romance genre, and future authors used her books as their model. It is my opinion that they used this specific book as a model. At least, the good ones did. This particular book felt much more modern than the other ones, in the sense that I've seen other authors try to rip off this story and its tone in more recent books many many times. But that's because its very well done and very enjoyable. The romance centers on a friendship rather than a re ...more
Maggie
Georgette Heyer is the first author I've read who makes Jane Austen seem emo. Don't get me wrong, I adore Austen and consider WWJD to stand for "What Would Jane Do?", but I really enjoyed this charming and angst-free Regency tale of Venetia and her Wicked Baron, the rake Damerel. Oh Damerel... Imagine Sense and Sensibility's Willoughby and Jane Eyre's Rochester without their respective issues -- or wives. Damerel is charming, mischievous, and funny. The same could also be said of Venetia, who is ...more
Ruth Turner

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!



Caz
Venetia is, without question, my favourite of all Georgette Heyer’s Regency Romances, and I’ve been looking forward to this new, unabridged audio version for some time. Much of the story takes place in the Autumn, and I’ve always felt that the book has a corresponding maturity about it, an almost elegiac feel in terms of the beauty of the prose and in the depth of the characterisation. Damerel is certainly one of Ms Heyer’s most strongly drawn – and sexiest – heroes, and the eponymous heroine is ...more
Jessica
Well, this book made me experience a lot of Feelings. Not all of them entirely welcome.

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
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Lightreads
You know . . . I respect the hell out of Georgette Heyer.

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
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Wealhtheow
I squealed with increasing frequency as I read further and further into this book. Venetia Lanyon is beautiful, insightful, and sensible, but her selfish family members made it impossible for her to "come out" as a young lady. Now she's 25, a practically unmarriagable age, and still trapped in the same country house she grew up in. Her beloved younger brother, the self-absorbed and brilliant scholar Aubrey, is going to leave for Cambridge soon, leaving her alone. Just then, the rakish Lord Damer ...more
Siria
One of the better Heyers. Although I found the initial meeting between hero and heroine to be even more infuriating than Heyer's norm in terms of gender politics/interactions, I did appreciate it that she was so careful to set Venetia and Damerel up as friends first, who were compatible in their interests and personalities, before a more romantic relationship began to develop between them. I did like that Venetia increasingly took matters into her own hands and was willing to play along with—and ...more
Allison
As with any Georgette Heyer novel, my inner militant feminist found some things to complain about. But I loved that the main characters had a good sense of the ridiculous, and even more I loved the way that Venetia's plans won out in the end. All too often Heyer's heroines marry people they only just now realized they were attracted to, are totally dependent on the men to arrange things, or lay out lots of plans which are foiled, forcing them (again) to go along with the men arranging their live ...more
Jenn
Venetia is a new favorite of mine and I can't believe I haven't read this one of Heyer's until now. I love Venetia's lively sense of humor and her relationship with Lord Damerel - he is a fantastic character also. I really like her brother Aubrey, the household staff, the ridiculous Oswald, and the odious Mr. Yardley. The only complaint I had is the same that I have for any of Heyer's novel: they end too abruptly. I don't need a long-winded windup, but there were a few characters I wanted to kno ...more
Kimm
This is my second Georgette Heyer read. Heyer is a Regency Lover’s MUST. Truthfully, I am glad that I found her “later in life.” I have so much more to savor and appreciate reading her stories at this point in my life.

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.
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Karen
Even after many re-reads this remains my absolute favourite Georgette Heyer novel. I originally put off reading it for ages because the basic plot - rake meets inexperienced, carefully sheltered young woman, and the resultant taming of said rake - is arguably the most over-used and dull plotline known to any romance novelist. Set in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the bad baron is Jasper, Lord Damerel and his intended prey Miss Venetia Lanyon, sheltered, kept from a wider acquitaince first by a f ...more
Kathy Davie
One of my absolute favorites in the Regency romances. Due to the tragic death of his wife, Sir Francis Lanyon becomes a recluse on his Yorkshire estate with his three children growing up with no exposure to the outside world. The middle child, Conway, goes off to school and then into the Army while the youngest, Aubrey, intellectually gifted but suffering from a diseased hip joint, takes the scholarly road. While the lovely and intelligent Venetia, the eldest, continues to mark time: running the ...more
Maria Grazia
Venetia by Georgette Heyer
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
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Chrissy
First off, can I just chastise myself for taking SO LONG to read a Heyer novel? I should have listened to Courtney eons ago because I am in love! Venetia was simply splendid! Heyer really is second best to Jane Austen (at least where Venetia is concerned). Her characters are witty and beyond charming, her prose is flawless and light-hearted, and her historical detail is immaculate.A lot of modern Regency romance cannot be written, it seems, without some sex scenes ... and while I do love a good ...more
Yz the Whyz
Aug 22, 2010 Yz the Whyz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yz the Whyz by: Risa
Shelves: georgette-heyer
This is my first Georgette Heyer book. I probably would have never picked it up, if it wasn't recommended to me by Risa for this month's Pick-It-For-Me Challenge.

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
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Susan
May 03, 2012 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Jane Austen
Shelves: favorites
I love Georgette Heyer, but I think this will be a new favorite - I love Venetia's two very different, wannabe suitors, I love Venetia's smart-aleck little brother, Aubrey, who we get to know very well, I love Venetia's dumb-ass, never-present-but-in-typical-Heyer-style PERFECTLY described older brother Conway, I love Venetia's TRULY awful relatives (the absent, cowardly Conway's new bride and Tartar of a mother-in-law that he rids himself of by dumping them on Venetia!), I love the dialogue, an ...more
Margaret
This remains one of my favorite Heyers. On the surface, these are some of her stock characters -- a beautiful, witty heroine, and a brooding alpha male rake. Here, though, they become convincing friends before they're in love, and because Heyer gives their relationship more of a chance to develop, it feels more convincing and lasting. I also love that Venetia takes her fate into her own hands and doesn't just wait around for Damerel to come after her.
Jackie
Reread May 2011

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.
Carol Kerry-green
I think this is my favourite Heyer regency, I enjoy it every time I read it and still smile at Venetia and Damarel, stoopid...
Carrie
Re-listening to recently released audio edition for Audiogals (audiogals.org) review. http://www.audiogals.net/2014/09/vene...

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
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LaFleurBleue
One of the best Georgette Heyer.
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
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Sarah
One thing I've been appreciating during my recent Heyer craze is that, though on one level all her novels are about the same thing, she doesn't tell the same story over and over again. Some of the books are Austen-ish, some Scarlet Pimpernel-esque, and this one--well--it's rather Gaskell-y.

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
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Bibliophile
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Laurel
Did you know that Georgette Heyer is British author and literary critic Margaret Drabble’s favorite historical novelist? I know! High praise from an author who has written eighteen novels, introductions to all of Jane Austen’s major and minor works, been awarded a Doctorate in Letters from Cambridge University and the CBE and DBE by the Queen of England. Drabble is a living national treasure, as Heyer should have been if her novels had been taken more seriously during her life-time. However, she ...more
snowplum
I think there are a handful of really good Heyer novels (the Grand Sophy, Frederica, Arabella, Convenient Marriage) and a few dozen that are just repetitive or going for a level and flavor of comedy that they fail to achieve. For me, in the end, Venetia stands alone at the top of the list. The main characters are so lovingly drawn and their world is so beautifully rendered that I would respect the writing on that level alone, but add to that the fact that there are passages so witty that I laugh ...more
Lady Wesley
Jul 13, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes HR
Phyllida Nash's narration of my all-time favorite Georgette Heyer novel is first-class. My GR friend Caz has written such a beautiful review of it that I will just offer a link to her review and shut up.

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