Dec 19, 08
Recommended to Julie by:
romance fans, historical fiction fans, especially Regency fans
Read in December, 2008, read count: 1
This book is really a 4.5, but we don't have that option yet...
The bookstore where I work had extremely lovely editions of three of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances... and I have a discount. I bought this one, started it, and then went back and got the other two before I was even 1/3 of the way through the first one. I found these solely on a recommendation from Shannon, for which I will be eternally grateful!
Reading this book was like watching a favorite movie, or hanging out with close friends, where the environment is so comfortable and the entertainment is always first-rate. I love Heyer's prose style, her characters are endearing, the pictures she paints create bustling English cities and vivid countryside. (I have to confess, I enjoyed it all the more for having been to Bath and seen the Royal Crescent, etc.; when Andrew Belmanoir was said to have fought a duel on Crescent Fields it made me smile!)
I particularly enjoyed the plot of this specific book. I hadn't really read anything quite like it before. I don't read a lot of romance, so perhaps noblemen dress up a highwaymen with great frequency; but it's new to me. I liked learning all the reasons and rationalizations for each person's actions, both of the past and the present, and also liked watching it all unfold. There were moments when I feared things were going horribly wrong; moments that made me laugh right out loud (these are the moments that made me feel like I was among friends); and most of all, and ending that involved some swashbuckling (that just barely kept from going over the top and turning into an Errol Flynn movie), and settled things nicely.
Thank you again to Shannon for pointing me in the direction of this author. I look forward all the other books that await me!