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Kalp Hırsızı

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  4,105 ratings  ·  325 reviews
Heyer’den göz kamaştırıcı bir eser.” Woman’s Journal
“Son derece etkileyici karakterlere sahip.” The Times

Annis, yirmi dokuz yaşında, kendi ayakları üzerinde durabilen, ancak gönlünü bir başkasına kaptırmaktan da korkan, zengin bir kadındır. Bath’e giderken yolda zorla evlendirilmek üzereyken evden kaçmış genç bir kızla karşılaşır. Annis Lucilia’yı kanatları arasına alır ve
300 pages
Published 2010 (first published 1972)
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Meh. Heyer, you can do better than this. And I'd wager that you knew that when you wrote this, too. Was the rent due soon or something? You've done this better elsewhere... about twenty times. It is a classic cats and dogs fighting couple who hate each other on sight and then soften and fall in love pretty quickly. I liked the hero a lot, which is the only reason I finished the book. Simple, no nonsense, no heroics, rude, seemed like an actual man. The heroine sucked. If only because Heyer felt ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
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Truth to tell, I’m a little discomfited to be writing a review of Georgette Heyer’s “Lady of Quality”. Heyer was, after all, the progenitor of the Regency Romance genre. What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said (and likely better) by much more facile and famous reviewers than myself? But, Quentin the taskmistress has set me to this undertaking, so onward I shall go!

Did I enjoy reading this book? Indeed I did. Heyer’s style of writing draws the reader into her
Lady of Quality has many of the same themes and character types as Heyer's other novels, just varied a bit. For the most part Heyer had a genius for tweaking things just enough: this one is different (for example) to Sprig Muslin and Charity Girl in that it is a female protagonist who gets foolishly caught up in the tangles of an unchaperoned young girl, and the heroine has a lot of independence. Her hero is reasonably typical of her work, but I did like that despite his gruff ways and rude beha ...more
Jane Stewart
Very enjoyable time with interesting characters and a romance.

Annis is 29, single, and financially secure. She is beautiful and had many offers of marriage. She turned them all down because she was never in love. She wants to live on her own, away from her older brother who has a wife and two children. Annis does not want the life of a babysitting aunt. The story begins with Annis traveling to Bath to set up her new home. There are three sub stories.

1. Maria:
Annis’ brother Geoffrey i
Sukyna Ssi
This is my first Georgette Heyer book, and I must say that it makes me want to read more of this great author's works. What did take the majority of my attention was her writing style. I found it quite witty, and I believe it somehow reveals Heyer's clever mind.

Annis Wychwood is an intelligent, independent and wealthy maid, the type of heroines I truly respect and adore. She is not interested in marriage, as she has rejected every one of her suitors, and was quite satisfied with her situation. H
BJ Rose
This really should be a 5* rating, but it just wasn't quite there for me - a strong 4.5*, tho!
I love to sink into Heyer's regency world - to experience and perhaps understand a little better the ups and downs of living in 19th century England, this time in Bath. And I especially love the way she uses the vernacular of those times - it's so much more enjoyable to figure out the meaning of the slang & 'cant' through the conversations of the characters rather than reading a glossary, such as in
What can I say... I'm hooked on Georgette Heyer! It's like sitting in your comfiest chair, sharing and eating your favourite block of dark chocolate toblerone and drinking a perfectly tempered cup of tea, deep in conversation with a dear, close friend. X
Clare Cannon
Not one of Heyer's best developed story-lines, but I liked the intelligent, independent heroine and have always been partial to the reformed rake—as unreal as they usually prove to be. To be honest neither the intelligence of the heroine nor the reformation of the rake were proven except for the witty banter wherein characters said so. So it's 3.5 stars for the undemanding pleasure of reading it, not because it's worth reading. And yet there are some weeks when this kind of thing may be just wha ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Delaina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
I've read this novel several times over several years, and it never loses its charm. Annis and Oliver are fun to watch as they develop a romantic relationship, mostly because even love fails to make them act sappy or soupy or simple-minded. The first time I read it left me feeling out of sorts, though, because Oliver is abrupt and rude, and I didn't understand how she could fall in love with him. Now that I'm past 30 I can appreciate the adult intelligence and interaction the two share.
Despite t
Jan 28, 2011 Sho rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romance, fans of historical novels
Recommended to Sho by: my mum
Shelves: romance, historical
Georgette Heyer is easily as good, if not better, at writing a Regency romance as Jane Austen. Easily as good. I've read four of her novels in the past - Venetia which is the one which people always recommend, The Toll Gate which is fabulously written, Bath Tangle which really shows how women were treated back then and An Infamous Army. The last is an account of the Battle of Waterloo from the camp followers' point of view - the ladies who were in Brussels waiting for news of their husbands. An ...more
It's never a good sign when you can't decide if you liked a book. That is the position I find myself in with "Lady of Quality". I enjoyed some aspects of it but on the whole found it a little disappointing.

It opens with Miss Annis Wychwood and her paid companion, Miss Maria Farlow, traveling back to her home in Bath after visiting her brother, Geoffery. Miss Wychwood is 29 years old, rich and beautiful. Miss Farlow is of indeterminate age, poor, and annoying, but she is a necessity if Annis wis
Skylar Dorset
A few Internet friends of mine are huge Georgette Heyer fans. When I saw this book on clearance at Barnes & Noble, I thought, ::shrug:: Might as well give it a try! It was only a couple of bucks, so I felt justified in buying the book on a whim like that.

It turned out I didn't like it much. My Georgette Heyer friends tell me this isn't one of her better books, so maybe I'd like one of the other ones better, but I found this book very dull. First, the hero doesn't even show up until about a
Lady of Quality wasn’t my favorite Heyer novel. It seemed a little boring most of the time and only livened up when Mr. Carleton and Annis were sparring, when they weren’t together the story kind of dragged by. I am not really a fan of “rakes” and don’t find it romantic when they are purposing they are promising never to stray again. Yeah, right. Other than that, I actually thought Oliver and Annis were perfect for each other and again enjoyed their interactions.

I thought Annis was a little shor
Jun 25, 2009 Sbuchler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sbuchler by: Mama
Genre: Regency Romance

This is one of my favorite Heyer novels simply because I think it's the only one where the hero treats the heroine as an adult. The exchanges between the lovely Annis Wynchwood and the wealthy rake Oliver Carleton are a joy, but even more so are the times when he shows that he understands what she's feeling, even when that feeling is confusion and not knowing her own mind about wanting to marry him. Instead of forcing her to give an answer (like most romance heroes) he give
Every time I think I've found my favorite narrator, I find another one just a good. Eve Matheson does a wonderful job on this audio version of Georgette Heyer's Lady of Quality. She does a superlative job with the voices. I love listening to Heyer's books on audio in part because of the way the language flows: the accents and the vocabulary are such a nice change..odd, funny, sometimes challenging and often beautiful. I love to lose myself in the time and place, as well. Maybe Heyer didn't get a ...more
OMG...another awesome Heyer favorite! So exciting. On-the-shelf heroine + rake = reliable super win for me.

Annis is an all-around boss lady, tough and awesome. Oliver is...maybe a bit less finely-drawn than some of Heyer's best characters, but what makes him interesting is how he relates to Annis: he really treats her like an adult.

This was Heyer's last regency novel, and it does have a mature feeling about it: there are nuanced relationships between family members who love each other but who ca
Karen (Kew)
I've titled this review "romance for grown-ups" because I first read this book as a teenager and didn't like it much at all! Re-reading it now that I am in my middle age I have enjoyed this book much more! The heroine is slightly older than other Heyer heroines (though 29 now longer seems old to me like it did when I was a teenager!) and the hero is far different from the typical charming and dashing Heyer hero! In fact, he is a very rude man! As a youngster I couldn't see any romance in this bo ...more
Lady Jaye
2.5 stars, rounded down

This is one of those that could have been a rollicking good time, but was spoilt by the characters.

With the exception of the hero, who was quite unconventionally lovely, and the heroine, who wasn't too bad, every character ranged from tedious to extremely annoying. and they were everywhere - the annoying characters, I mean, with their ramblings and uninteresting run-on sentences.

I quite enjoyed the hero and heroine and would have enjoyed the story much more if these side
I really don't want to spend a lot of time writing up a lengthy essay on my distaste for this book, so I'll simplify it:

I didn't like the heroine. Bleh.

I found the main love interest repugnant and although he was supposed to be, I think Georgette Heyer intended the reader to find a soft spot for him eventually. I did not.

I found no hope that their relationship would be happy.

The plot was too predictable and very dull.

With these dislikes all at once, I had to force myself to finish it.

The End.
Perhaps because I haven't read Black Sheep, Sprig Muslin, and/or Charity Girl, I found A Lady of Quality quite charming. I could've done with a little less of Lucilla and Ninian because their issues (with a fortune hunter in one case and an overbearing father in the other) didn't have any consequences, but I nonetheless liked them. With the possible exception of Annis's suitors, I liked the various side characters and I appreciate Heyer's ability to infuse even Maria Farlow and Geoffrey Wychwood ...more
Dear, dear Annis...what a mess you've gotten yourself into! And so historically inaccurate...luckily, that does not bother me.

The heroine of our tale is Annis Wychwood, a charming, independent "spinster" of twenty-nine. I liked Annis a great deal and I have nothing to find fault with in her as she is presented, and neither did the author since Annis experiences no real growth or character development. She is a perfectly polite, if somewhat eccentric for setting up house alone, lady.

The hero, Ol
Miss Annis Wychwood is a happily single woman living in Regency-era England. Set financially, Miss Wychwood has created a life for herself as an independent woman.

That first paragraph? That’s the very best thing about Lady of Quality. Annis Wychwood is a honest-to-goodness, ahead-of-her-time woman. She’s a delightful, engaging woman who isn’t single because she’s poor or because her heart was broken: she’s single because she chooses to be. She’s a unique protagonist, especially given the settin
Georgette Heyer’s romance novels are almost always a pleasure, with good writing, entertaining characters, and subtle humor. At times, however, they’re so noticeably similar they seem to run together. It’s as if she had a copy of Romance Novel bingo and threw darts or something to pick the story elements. I enjoyed this novel but very little about it stands out in my mind as compared to other Heyer novels. It was the last regency she wrote, which may explain why it did not feel as fresh as some ...more
3.5/5 stars. Georgette Heyer's prose is always so fun to read. I should have counted the number of times that the hero called the heroine a hornet and she called him an odious man. This was definitely a unique romance -- the two were fighting up until the last pages ;) And, sometimes it seemed that the hen-witted (as the hero would have called her) cousin's location after the impending marriage was of more importance than the marriage itself.
Classic fun Heyer. I adored the heroine, but we didn't get enough of her and the hero, and the end was kind of abrupt.

Just reread, and enjoyed it a lot upon reread. I now disagree with my previous review that the ending was abrupt, because it was one of the first Heyers I'd read and I didn't realize that all of her books are like this, this one is less abrupt than most.
Kimberly Arcand
I have really missed reading G.Heyer lately and though this isn't as good as some of her others I've read, I still absolutely enjoyed it. Main characters made me laugh as usual, especially the not-attractive, cranky and "cantankersome" suitor. Would love to see one of her books made into a movie.
This was my very first Georgette Heyer and I was immediately hooked. The heroine and hero, are initially adversaries and despise each other. But, with her characteristic magic, Heyer slowly turns them imperceptibly towards each other. One of my very favorites from Heyer.
semi-inexplicable in some places, but enjoyable and charming in its biting humor and its romantic couple, semi-bewildered at finding themselves to somehow be in the midst of said romance and not entirely sure that it's where they want to be. possibly bad - I think I may have read this before, but I actually don't remember. I think there's at least one other of Heyer's books set in Bath that has a very similar plot with only basic differences in detail. still fun... and great as support for 'dist ...more
Andrea (Catsos Person)
2 1/2 stars. Recycled plot and characters. This was Heyer's final novel and not her best.
Edward Creter
In 1800s England, a young lady has entered into society: Annis Wychwood, who wants to care for a ten year old girl. Standing in the way is Oliver Carleton, a Dickensian character if ever there was one: an "Oliver with a Twist", a Fagin visage with a Mr. Brownlow heart that's hidden from view. And it's about to be himself. Good love story with characters that are in the classical fiction mold. Even 50 years after her death, Georgette's love stories have lifted me "Heyer" than I've ev ...more
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