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message 1: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I'm so glad her books are back in print! It's hard to find a bad book by her.


message 2: by Kati (new)

Kati One of my goals is to read EVERY single Heyer novel. I love them so! The only problem I have is rating them - this will probably take me a few years, so I've got to remember exactly how I liked each one so I can rate it correctly. I may have to re-read some. But, I'm ok with that!


message 3: by Sara (new)

Sara Giacalone Clearly I need to read more!


message 4: by Caroline (new)

Caroline My grandmother loved these books and now so do I. I never met her and came to Ms Heyer on my ownso Ilove the connection.


message 5: by Pamela (new)

Pamela This was the author after reading Jane Austin that made me fall in love with the victorian era all over again. Her books are simple and inspiring. Just good old fashioned ability. I am so glad they are reprinting them.


message 6: by Ceecee (last edited Jul 16, 2012 09:22AM) (new)

Ceecee Discovered her because of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I love Georgette Heyer now. Hers are simple, light romances with colorful characters. She and SEP are the only romance authors I read nowadays. It's so hard to find Heyer novels, though, and the new editions ones I can't afford. I'm trying to collect and read all her romances! So far, I have 7. >w<


message 7: by Pamela (new)

Pamela I started reading them through my library. They were even kind enough to search other libraries in S.C. to find more of her books. I too, like her style.


message 8: by Athena (last edited Sep 04, 2012 06:57AM) (new)

Athena Why are there are some non-Heyer books on this list? Is there a way for us to remove those odd ones? Anyway, Heyer's books are delightful and fun.


message 9: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Will remove other books. Also, just noticed last month that many of her books are free or available for around $3 on the Kindle.


message 10: by Pragyam (new)

Pragyam Among the wittiest writers I've had the pleasure to read


message 11: by Ravneet (new)

Ravneet Pragyam wrote: "Among the wittiest writers I've had the pleasure to read"

I agree wholeheartedly!
I also love her humor. There is a scene from The Masqueradors that still makes me giggle when I think about it even though it's been years since I read that book!


message 12: by Anne (new)

Anne I love Heyer so MUCH!!! :D But the last 7 books on this list are not by her...


message 13: by Tweety (new)

Tweety Georgette Heyer writes such witty characters! I laugh every time I think of an escapade in one of her books! I don't care so much for regency but Heyer is different…


message 14: by Anne (new)

Anne Tweety wrote: "Georgette Heyer writes such witty characters! I laugh every time I think of an escapade in one of her books! I don't care so much for regency but Heyer is different…"

I agree! Her characters are the best!


message 15: by Tweety (new)

Tweety Anne wrote: "Tweety wrote: "Georgette Heyer writes such witty characters! I laugh every time I think of an escapade in one of her books! I don't care so much for regency but Heyer is different…"

I agree! Her ..."


They are! I haven't found anyone like her. I don't know that I want to either…


message 16: by Anne (new)

Anne Hahaha yeah you're right ;) I love to discover similar authors but no one can really equal her I believe!


message 17: by Tweety (new)

Tweety Just how I feel!


message 18: by Anne (new)

Anne So far the closest author that resembled her that I found was Clare Darcy...I haven't fully read one book by her though, but I really want to finish the one I started!


message 19: by Tweety (last edited Nov 25, 2013 09:04AM) (new)

Tweety Anne wrote: "So far the closest author that resembled her that I found was Clare Darcy...I haven't fully read one book by her though, but I really want to finish the one I started!"

Ooh! Really? I can't wait to hear what you think of it. If its half as good as Georgette Heyer I will probably give it a shot.


message 20: by Anne (new)

Anne :D I don't own it though but I want to buy it soon! I'll let you know if its worth it!


message 21: by Tweety (new)

Tweety I hope it's worth it!


message 22: by Anne (new)

Anne I think it is! I read about the first 50 pages and it was really good! :)


message 23: by Tweety (new)

Tweety Glad to hear you are enjoying it!


message 24: by Anne (new)

Anne Yes well I had started it some weeks ago, when I was staying in a cottage and I found the book! Unfortunately my library doesnt have it, so I'll have to order it before I can continue it! :)


message 25: by Tweety (last edited Nov 25, 2013 12:36PM) (new)

Tweety That's a shame! My library only carries six or so Heyer books. And they're all first editions that look like they have been round the block and back again. :-)
So I have to save up before I can read anymore.


message 26: by Anne (new)

Anne Same!! My library has like only six or so too!! I get my Heyers on eBay; there are such good prices! I got new ones for less than 5$, including shipping! :)


message 27: by Tweety (new)

Tweety I was just on ebay choosing which to add to my collection, do you have any suggestions?


message 28: by Hana (last edited Dec 16, 2013 02:38PM) (new)

Hana Cotillion is my favorite, though it's a tough call since I love every Georgette Heyer I've ever read. Cotillion gets my nod because it steps beyond the classic romance format to tell the story of a fascinating family. This ensemble romance is packed with wonderful characters including dotty Lord Dolphington and wealthy, sweet-tempered, but perhaps not too bright Freddy Standen. The bit where Kitty prevails upon Freddy to take her to see the Elgin Marbles is simply one of the funniest passages in romance literature.


message 29: by Tweety (new)

Tweety Oh! I just got cotillion a few days ago! That will be my next Heyer read! I've heard a lot of good about that book. I can't wait to read it!


message 30: by Anne (new)

Anne Tweety wrote: "I was just on ebay choosing which to add to my collection, do you have any suggestions?"

Hey sorry I hadn't seen that!! :) I would be happy to give you suggestions though! Have you read the Alastair-Audley series? Starting with These Old Shades. That one's my favourite so far. The Nonesuch I really enjoyed too!


message 31: by Tweety (new)

Tweety I've read these old shades (which I loved) and the Nonesuch, but I haven't read the others. Which ones are they? I'd love to get more but I spent most of my book money and now can only get one or two if they are from ebay/amazon. :-)


message 32: by Anne (new)

Anne Have you read Devil's Cub? It's the sequel to These Old Shades :) Avon & Léonie are in it. It's another one of my favs, it's really funny!
The Alastair-Audley books are These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, Regency Buck and An Infamous Army.
Pretty much all Heyer's books are on eBay or Amazon. :)
The Masqueraders is another good one!


message 33: by Tweety (last edited Dec 16, 2013 06:47AM) (new)

Tweety I have to look into those! I love the masqueraders! Thank you Anne!
Have you read regency buck?


message 34: by Anne (last edited Dec 16, 2013 10:15AM) (new)

Anne No problem! :) The Masqueraders is awesome!
Yes, I have read Regency Buck and it was very good, though not as good as the previous books in the series, in my opinion. But again, I prefer Georgian settings to Regency, so you might really love Regency Buck. A lot of people have issues with the two main leads, however. But I liked them! :)


message 35: by Tweety (new)

Tweety I like the Georgian ones best myself, I like regency too, but it's not my Favorite. I will try it out some time. Thanks for the list!


message 36: by Hana (new)

Hana I'm a bigger Regency fan than Georgian and my favorite of GH's Regency romances are the family ensemble novels, so after Cotillion, I'd vote for The Quiet Gentleman and The Unknown Ajax (though you need to draw yourself a little Daracott family tree to keep the characters straight in the latter book). Next favorite are the more classic Regency romances, with Regency Buck and The Nonesuch way up on the list. But I even like her pure historical fiction, like The Spanish Bride. She really has something for nearly every romance and historical fiction reader.


message 37: by Tweety (last edited Dec 16, 2013 12:24PM) (new)

Tweety I liked The Unknown Ajax and The Nonesuch. But I haven't delved into the others. I have quite the stack waiting for me though. I like pretty much everything Heyer writes, even when regency isn't my Favorite. The Spanish Bride is looking at me this very minute, I can't wait to read it! Is the quite gentleman a lot like the Unknown Ajax?


message 38: by Hana (last edited Dec 17, 2013 05:56AM) (new)

Hana Hi Anne! What kind of issues do people have with Judith Taverner and the Earl of Worth? Okay, so they are both a little headstrong and full of themselves, but I ended up loving them both.

One of the things I adore about Georgette Heyer's heroines is that they are not shy shrinking violets, though some may take a while to develop their strengths. For the most part GH's heroines are intelligent, and often strong-willed and outspoken women who can 'take their fences' side by side with any man.

The last chapter of the book may end with said heroine melting into the arms of her sometimes overbearing man, but you somehow know that she will never lose sight of herself or let herself be completely dominated -- except for those carefully chosen, delicious yielding moments!


message 39: by Anne (new)

Anne Hana wrote: "Hi Anne! What kind of issues do people have with Judith Taverner and the Earl of Worth? Okay, so they are both a little headstrong and full of themselves, but I ended up loving them both.

One of t..."


Hi Hana! I strongly agree with you; Heyer's heroines are strong stay true to themselves (except, as you said during some delicious yielding moments!). Personally I liked Judith and Worth a lot too, both individually and as a couple. The most frequent complaints I've heard about them was that Judith was too headstrong and bad-tempered, and although she was an intelligent woman, she lost all her rationality whenever she was in Worth's presence, It's true in way, but I didn't mind that, I actually thought kind of funny. She is always so calm, but always allows Worth to drive her up the wall! As for Worth, he appears to a lot of readers as arrogant, conceited and unfeeling, but he's actually one of my favourite heroes. He didn't like being Judith's guardian simply because he was in love with her. And he did help Peregrine a lot, by saving him from Mr. Taverner. In general though, he isn't really liked among the GH readers.


message 40: by Tweety (new)

Tweety Anne wrote: "Hana wrote: "Hi Anne! What kind of issues do people have with Judith Taverner and the Earl of Worth? Okay, so they are both a little headstrong and full of themselves, but I ended up loving them bo..."

Hana wrote: "Hi Anne! What kind of issues do people have with Judith Taverner and the Earl of Worth? Okay, so they are both a little headstrong and full of themselves, but I ended up loving them both.

One of t..."


You two make me want to read it even more! I don't think I would have a problem with myself. I feel like snickering when I hear that Worth drivel her up the wall!

Hana, your right about the heroines "melting" but never letting themselves be completely dominated. Except for Fridays Child, that heroine wold do pretty much whatever Sherry told her.


Anne, you make Judith sound so appealing! I wish that had been one of the books I got now! I think it's funny that Worth drives her up the wall. Another Heyer I MUST read!

Thank you both for all your help, I will never run out of books!


message 41: by Hana (last edited Dec 17, 2013 06:27AM) (new)

Hana Tweety, The Quiet Gentleman is a bit like the Unknown Ajax since it is the story of a youthful heir recently come into his title and inheritance, and a not altogether welcoming family. In this case, the new Earl, Gervase, Lord St. Erth returns from the Napoleonic wars having survived the battle of Waterloo. Miss Drusilla Morville is our heroine--visiting the irascible Dowager Countess of St. Erth.

St. Erth is in no way intimidated by his family's hostility, but is soon faced with the shocking possibility that someone may be trying to do him in. The mix of mystery, romance, humor and two very likeable protagonists make this one of Heyer's best.


message 42: by Tweety (new)

Tweety Hana, the Unknown Ajax is a Favorite, so I will probably like The Quite Gentleman. What personal favorites do you have?

Have you read the conqueror? I have been meaning to read that one. I like Heyer's mix of mystery and romance. I also like her history. In some ways I like the history even more than the Georgian.


message 43: by Hana (new)

Hana It's been a while since I read The Conqueror, but I remember I liked it and was impressed with the scholarship (always on of Georgette Heyer's strengths). My favorite among the historical novels is The Spanish Bride, which is really about the Napoleonic War's Peninsular campaign.

This is not everyone's cup of tea, but I became so fascinated with the topic that I started reading a fair bit about the period and that led me to Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey-Maturin sea sagas. If you are willing to explore the men's side of Regency England, be sure to give this series a try. It's best to read them in order starting with Master and Commander, then Post Captain, and HMS Surprise, plus 18 more after that! There is plenty of time ashore, a bit of romance and fooling around, lots of humor, rich and very accurate period detail, and two wonderful protagonists, captain 'Lucky Jack' Aubrey and Irish/Catalan surgeon and spy, Dr. Stephen Maturin.


message 44: by Tweety (last edited Dec 17, 2013 09:02AM) (new)

Tweety Why thank you Hana!

I have Master and Commandor but have yet to read it. There's humor?! That will make it even better! Have you read the Horatio Hornblower saga? Those are very good. I love reading about ships, and I do like to hear the men's side of things. Have you heard of Peter Raven Under Fire? A friend of recommend it to me as it's set in the Napoleonic war. At least I think it is.

My Favorite time periods are from Georgian to the 1860s. So I will give Patrick O'brien's series a go. I hope I get snowed in this winter so I will be able to read all these books!

Thank you for reminding me of that series!


message 45: by Hana (new)

Hana I liked Horatio Hornblower a lot, but O'Brien is vastly better -- in a class by himself. I think you'll enjoy the series. I have not read Under Fire -- I'll check it out!


message 46: by Anne (new)

Anne Tweety wrote: "Anne wrote: "Hana wrote: "Hi Anne! What kind of issues do people have with Judith Taverner and the Earl of Worth? Okay, so they are both a little headstrong and full of themselves, but I ended up l..."

I hope you will like Regency Buck! Yes, I loved Judith and Worth's bickering! Very funny indeed!
The Quiet Gentleman is another very good one. Drusilla is such an awesome heroine; she's one of my top favourites! She's the practical no-nonsense type of girl ;)


message 47: by Tweety (last edited Dec 17, 2013 06:42PM) (new)

Tweety Hana wrote: "I liked Horatio Hornblower a lot, but O'Brien is vastly better -- in a class by himself. I think you'll enjoy the series. I have not read Under Fire -- I'll check it out!"

I dearly hope my library has it! (Peter Raven) Even better than Horatio?! Will it transport me to another world? If so I will jump in head first. :-)


message 48: by Tweety (new)

Tweety Anne wrote: "Tweety wrote: "Anne wrote: "Hana wrote: "Hi Anne! What kind of issues do people have with Judith Taverner and the Earl of Worth? Okay, so they are both a little headstrong and full of themselves, b..."

Anne that is one I can tell is one I am going to love! The banter of Heyer is delightful! Drusilla is quite the name! :-)
Now I must chose, should I get The Conqueror or Regency Buck? I really can't pick!


message 49: by Anne (last edited Dec 17, 2013 08:02PM) (new)

Anne Drusilla is a particular name isn't it?!? ;)

Depends what kind of mood you're in, I guess! If you feel like reading an adventure story, I would go for The Conqueror (though I haven't read it, I'm sure it's good!) or if you feel like taking a visit through Regency England and meeting witty, headstrong characters, you could go with Regency Buck! There is lots and lots of historical descriptions and details in RB, I warn you! I quite enjoyed it though :)
But to be perfectly honest, why not get both ahaha! Lol I'm such a bad influence, telling people to buy more and more books!


message 50: by Tweety (last edited Dec 18, 2013 05:44AM) (new)

Tweety Why thank you! I may just do that! Problem is, I cleared out all the book I didn't like and now I have filled up the space. Ever shelf is in danger of having books stacked in front of books. What I should be buying is a shelf. But that's not happening any time soon. I am sorely tempted. Thanks to your wonderful influence Anne, I will likely get both. :-)


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