One of readers', librarians' and booksellers' most frequently requested Heyers, The Foundling features Gilly, the seventh Duke of Sale.
A diffident young man of 24 years, easily pushed around by his overprotective uncle and the retinue of devoted family retainers who won't let him lift a finger for himself, the Duke sometimes wishes he could be a commoner. One day he decide...more
In his travels, Gilly encounters Tom, a magnet for mischief of all kinds, Belinda, a beautiful, empty-headed girl whose virtue is teetering on a knife-edge, a brace of villains, and a host of citizens of all stripes that, as a Duk...more
The Foundling tells the story of the Duke of Ware, a shy, retiring boy of twenty-four who has been cosseted and coddled until he could scream. But he's so mild-mannered that he merely sub...more
As I mentioned in my notes on Sprig Muslin, these two books start off their adventures in pretty much the same way: a man, on his way to propose a marriage he isn't very enthusiastic about, finds himself saddled with a beautiful woman-child whose innocence he has to protect and a heedless schoolboy...more
It's difficult not to enjoy Gilly's discovery of his...more
The Duke of Sale, known as Gilly to most people (his full name and titles are amusingly very long), is an orphan, raised by his uncle until he reaches his...more
Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware, the Duke of Sale, known as Gilly to his friends, is a mild-mannered and kind-hearted young man. He is too kind, in fact, to snub the well meaning servants and relatives who push him around "for his own good." When a chance for independence and adventure comes in the form of helping a young relative out of a fix, Gilly jumps at the chance to be "plain...more
I never wanted to read any Heyer slash. That should be self-explanatory, because her romances were the only real ones, with the m and f really belonging together, fitting, genuine love, affection and attraction, it made me sick to consider slashing the men, no matter how many there were, how many were attractive in every way. It still makes me sick.
But Gideon's love for his "little one", and that first scene were Gilly comes a little bit apart and a lit...more
I wish is idea--the put-upon, mild young duke who runs away and assumes an ordinary identity and promptly finds himself in ad...more
Well, it was. But SO much better, I'll have to amend that review to note this one should be substituted every time. A much wider cast of characters complicate the plot delighfully and the occasional bouts of cant dialogue a...more
I will read it again.
Gilly makes an amazingly sweet protagonist. His adventures are rollicking, and his broadly drawn household provides the signature Heyer humor. The one false note is probably Belinda, the eponymous foundling, who is less a character and more a punch...more
I freakin' love Georgette Heyer. Many imitators, but only one of her.
The story had an interesting mix of characters. While some of the characters initially seem similar to those in her other novels, their reactions to events and their adventures were very different. I was never sure of exactl...more
The biggest issue I had was that the instigating factor in...more
The beginning dragged out too much. There was an over emphasis on the smothering of Gilly (and Harriet) - irritatingly so. I felt Heyer was banging the reader over the head trying to emphasise the problem.
Descriptions of scenes, characters or the char...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