I am enjoying my reads from the prodigiously fertile pen of Georgette Heyer, but I'm not always sure what I'm going to get when I start Chapter 1. Some are dull (Faro's Daughter), some are stupid (Powder And Patch), some are downright wall-bangers (The Convenient Marriage), some are hysterically funny (Friday's Child), some are gothically dark (Cousin Kate), some are realistic non-HEA's (A Civil Contract), and some are little gems of near perfection (Arabella). I t...more
This is a Heyer novel, so of course I expected to enjoy it, but I hadn't planned on falling totally head over heels in love with it!! This is by far my favourite of her Regencies. It's been a while since I hadn't had that much fun with a novel!
This delightful Regency romp opens up with a hilarious scene of three cousins sitting in a drawing room at Arnside, waiting for their eccentric great-uncle to put in a...more
a lesser heyer, in my view—and yet still possessed of a number of sparklingly funny passages and two very clever subversions of traditional regency romance plot devices.
i found the subtle tension between high ton propriety and compassionate but naive ideology fascinating. our country innocent of a heroine dismissed the unsavory reputation one must expect to find oneself with if one chooses to associate with vulgar but friendly people who laugh a lot. but when this kindhearted inclination w...more
Kitty is fun, but my real love in this book is Freddie, the male lead, who is so wonderful and real. Not only has she given him a very strange manner of speaking, but he is always there, a presence that really warms the story from the inside out.
This is probably my favo...more
Just lovely! Highly recommended for teen girls and young adults looking for a fun read with some substance. As well as being an entirely pleasant story, it is altogether worthwhile to witness Heyer's characters grow through their interactions with one another. With such a light touch she educates the reader in how to fall out of love with the reckless anti-hero after recognising his sordid, selfish side, and how to fall in love with the generous, gentle and kind-hearted hero. Few writers are ab...more
This is one of the few Georgette Heyer books I own, but haven't re-read in recent years. I won't make that mistake again. I must have read it early in my Heyer days, because I'm pretty sure I didn't understand the main characters, Freddy and Kitty, very well. Freddy, in particular, undergoes more character development than is common in Heyer's heroes and is easy to write-off in the early parts of the novel as empty-headed. He starts out much like many supporting characters in Heyer's other novel...more
I absolutely loved Freddy! He is the perfect example of an alpha male in disguise; a well-dr...more
Kitty Charing stands to receive a great deal of money from her guardian,...more
I loved that Freddy seems at first a bit ridiculous himself, and maybe stupid, but he turns out to be perfectly suited to the society he live...more
"Possibly harkening back to the historical novels of Georgette Heyer, Ireland is often presented as a buco...more
This is not a good starter regency romance. It's a great tenth regency, particularly for people, like me, who really dislike the ones where the heroine falls for the handsome rake who she tames generally by letting him do appalling things to her. This is not that book. Very deliberately and awesomely not. It is a book about not being that b...more
Fun heroine! Kitty goes around getting herself involved in one hilarious mess to another. All to the exasperation of Freddy…
Excellent hero. Freddy doesn’t run around, or gamble, or any of that rot. He is however obsessed with fashion. This might be a negative in other cases but it helps make things even funnier.
I couldn’t decide between 4 and 5 stars, but I rounded to 5 because I continued thinking about it afterwards and am glad I read it.
This was written more than 50 years ago and is dated in some ways. It’s an example of a wonderful variety of characters whose “natures” create romantic conflicts. It’s a nice change of pace from the typical popular character types in most romances written today. It’s a...more
"Depuis que j'ai découvert Georgette Heyer avec Adorable Sophy, et grâce à Milady, j'avais hâte d'avoir l'occasion de la lire de nouveau."
Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Catherine Charing a été élevé par un tuteur riche mais pingre et ne possède rien qui lui appartienne. Et celui qu'elle appelle son grand-oncle va alors décider que pour hériter, elle doit impérativement choisir un mari parmi ses neveux. Même si l...more
Some of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments:
Captured the whole theme of the book for me: "She gave a shaken laugh. "Oh, Freddy, how can you be so absurd, when you ar...more
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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