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Venetia by Georgette Heyer
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Jan 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical, regency
Read in January, 2008

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 Dameral appears on the scene. Although their first meeting is disastrous, he is so kind and helpful when Aubrey falls from his horse that Venetia is soon won over. They become good friends very quickly, and its a clear relief to each of them to find someone who gets their jokes and reads the same books. (Dameral and Aubrey, meanwhile, develop an adorable friendship based on a mutual love of the classics, and they live together for some time.)
The course of true love never does run smooth--Dameral abruptly ends their friendship, impelling Venetia to go to London and enter high society for the first time. It is there that her good taste and iron will truly come to the fore.

I loved this book.
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