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These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
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Jan 28, 10

Read in January, 2010

Georgette Heyer is one of my guilty pleasures. She wrote Regency romance novels, about the same period as the Patrick O'Brien books. I used to read her in my youth and had a shelfful of her books up in the attic. I noticed another shelfful in R.J Julia's recently, hadn't seen them in a bookshop in years and was moved to go up and dig them out of the attic. Am now working my way through and enjoy them just as much now as thirty years ago. She was a fine writer and has just the sort of period detail you would find in P O'B. She does only have two or three characters and two or three plots, which she mixed and matched over twenty or more books. All involve a masterful man, rich and titled, and a much younger woman, maybe beautiful but always intelligent and resouceful. Woman always ends up in man's arms. No sex, please, we're British. (Well, Georgette was!) Womens'Lib hadn't arrived in Georgette Heyer's day but she did chick lit to perfection.

The Grand Sophy involves a young woman who was raised by her father, no mother, a common occurrence in the Heyer canon. Sophy is one of her spunkiest heroines; she has moxie and money. She is dumped with her aunt in London while her diplomat father goes off to South America on a mission and proceeds to organize everyon'es life for them. There is witty dialogue and always a happy ending. Matrimony was the goal and money was very important. She shares that trait with the incomparable Jane. Don't know if anyone else has every heard of her but she was a great favourite with my sisters and me in our youth and I find she still finds favour with me.
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Ken-ichi No kidding! Maybe I will read it after reading Danielle Steele to see how it compares...


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