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Venetia

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SCANDAL OF THE SEASON

At five-and-twenty, Venetia Lanyon despairs of ever meeting the handsome hero of her romantic dreams. Then her long-absent neighbor, Lord Damerel, returns home to Yorkshire. An infamous rake, he is the most scandalous man in all England and he has set his amorous sights on the lovely Venetia. Determined to woo and win the fair Venetia, Lord Damerel p
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Paperback, 378 pages
Published 1992 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1958)
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Elizabeth It means floored by the auctioneer's hammer, Tattersall's is a major auctioneer of racehorses.

"I haven't yet been floored by the hammer, if that's…more
It means floored by the auctioneer's hammer, Tattersall's is a major auctioneer of racehorses.

"I haven't yet been floored by the hammer, if that's what you mean!"

Venetia was asking whether he was in Yorkshire because of "that thing at Tattersall's"
I think Damerel was joking he's not yet in such dire financial circumstances that he's had to sell himself on the auction block. Venetia clarifies that by "that thing at Tattersalls" she means "Black Monday" or the "Settling Day"(the day after a big race when everyone has to settle their accounts) she's implying he's come back to his Yorkshire estate because he's lost a bunch of assets gambling, or sold all his racehorses.(less)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
News flash: I'm not 18 any more. So even though I still have a soft spot for romances in general and Regencies in particular, my appetite for reading about sweet, silly young girls who do brainless things and have Big Misunderstandings with the guy has dwindled to almost zero. When you're yelling "TALK TO EACH OTHER, PEOPLE" at a book, it's not particularly conducive to the romantic feelz.

Which brings me to Venetia. Venetia herself is one of my favorite Heyer heroines: intelligent, witty, resour
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Anne
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!
Recommended to Anne by: Becca, Marquise, Seema, Tweety, QNPoohBear & probably a whole lot of other people I forget!!!
Yorkshire, 1818

*WARNING! Spoilers, gushing, swooning, quoting and rose-petal strewing ahead! ;) (no orgies though, I promise -- read on safely :P)*

O Venetia! Thou hast utterly captured my soul!



"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

And a Damerel by any other name would be just as swoon-worthy!



"I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself."

Because my name is Venetia and I'm one of the most wonderful heroines in all literature. I have lived one of the dreamiest romances possible, and have
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Dawn (& Ron)
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen and Regency fans
I am one of those who steered clear of Georgette Heyer for years, even though I heard the comparisons to Jane Austen, I was afraid they were formulaic romances. To my surprise it wasn't what I feared all those years and proved that breaking out of one's reading comfort zone can be quite rewarding. This was made more enjoyable getting to read this along with Sabrina, who also had some of the same feelings regarding Heyer, and both of us ended up enjoying it.

I was aware Heyer was famous, or some
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Marquise
Je n'aurais jamais cru que Monseigneur le Duc d'Avon pourrait être remplacé par un autre héros!

When I start to mutter in French, it hints the book must've made an impression. And, dear me, this one did. How could it not? It's very intense for the average Heyer novel, a writer that normally shies away from overt sexiness as a scalded cat from water. A good timing it had, too, for I was on the edge of losing faith in this author's capacity to create masculine characters as interesting as Monseigne
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Becca
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Never in my life have I been so glad of a rainy afternoon. Never so glad that I was bored and typed a name into a search bar to see what would come up.

It was in this slightly unorthodox way that I originally discovered Venetia. In a fit of utter boredom I typed the name “Richard Armitage” (he'd recently become my favourite actor) into the iTunes search bar, and what should appear? ...Three novels by Georgette Heyer, narrated by Richard Armitage.

I need not tell you I was wide awake again after
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

While reading Venetia I spent half of my time being thrilled (Lord Damerel and Venetia are both wonderful characters) and the other half being frustrated, annoyed and plain angry. There was no middle, people.

On the one hand, you have these two wonderful people. Lord Damerel is said to be every horrible and ugly thing under the sun, but to me he was perfect. He never does anything bad in the book. His actions speak louder than any pretty words could. Although his first appearance isn't exactly
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Caz
Venetia is, without question, my favourite of all Georgette Heyer’s Regency Romances, and I’ve been looking forward to this new, unabridged audio version for some time. Much of the story takes place in the Autumn, and I’ve always felt that the book has a corresponding maturity about it, an almost elegiac feel in terms of the beauty of the prose and in the depth of the characterisation. Damerel is certainly one of Ms Heyer’s most strongly drawn – and sexiest – heroes, and the eponymous heroine is ...more
Kim
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Georgette Heyer when I was a teenager, some thirty five years ago, when my mother gave me Friday's Child and told me she thought I would enjoy it. Since then I have read all the romances, a number of them countless times. They have long been the books I turn to when I'm feeling unwell, a bit fragile, or when it's cold and wet and I need a comfort read!

Just recently I have started listening to audiobook versions of Heyer novels. I did not think that I would enjoy listening to b
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Seema Khan
4.85 stars actually.. Why not the complete 5 I shall say presently.
There are those books which you never want to end and which you never want to keep away; Venetia is one such book! I literally felt bad that it ended! And it is one of the rare books in the middle of which I felt like crying! It so touched me! Yet again Georgette Heyer magic is very evident in this book. I am so glad that I did read this one.
Venetia stands very close to Frederica (My No.1 Heyer)in my list of favourites.

Venetia is
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QNPoohBear
At five-and-twenty Venetia Lanyon has never been in love. All her experience with romance comes from between the covers of a book. All her experience of the world outside her Yorkshire village comes from the books she has read. Yet, she does not dream of romance and is content to run her family's estate while her eldest brother is with the Army of Occupation on the Continent. She enjoys the company of her younger brother Aubrey and when Conway returns home and Aubrey goes to University, Venetia ...more
Emily
I LOVED this book. It's definitely my favorite Heyer and probably my favorite regency romance. The entire book made me laugh, from descriptions of Oswald Denny attempting to become the Corsair to the many delightful exchanges between Damerel and Venetia, who are a couple that are truly fun to read about. Every character is fully realized, from the odious Edward Yardley (someone I wish I could have shaken!) to the self-absorbed Lady Steeple. This world feels real, and firmly grounded in the right ...more
Jessica
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My.

After years of ignoring this book on my shelf (I think it's the cheesy '80's cover), I have now found my new favorite Georgette Heyer. Oh. My.

This book has everything! A saucy young lady with an oddball family. A leading man who is just as witty as she is. Meddling neighbors. Meddling family. And scandal after scandal after SCANDAL. Divorce! Secret marriage! Overbearing in-laws! Rakes! Elopements! Squandered fortunes!

Venetia's delightfully witty responses to everyone from her bookish bro
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Maggie
Georgette Heyer is the first author I've read who makes Jane Austen seem emo. Don't get me wrong, I adore Austen and consider WWJD to stand for "What Would Jane Do?", but I really enjoyed this charming and angst-free Regency tale of Venetia and her Wicked Baron, the rake Damerel. Oh Damerel... Imagine Sense and Sensibility's Willoughby and Jane Eyre's Rochester without their respective issues -- or wives. Damerel is charming, mischievous, and funny. The same could also be said of Venetia, who is ...more
Kelly
Its said that Georgette Heyer created the Regency romance genre, and future authors used her books as their model. It is my opinion that they used this specific book as a model. At least, the good ones did. This particular book felt much more modern than the other ones, in the sense that I've seen other authors try to rip off this story and its tone in more recent books many many times. But that's because its very well done and very enjoyable. The romance centers on a friendship rather than a re ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
The Green Girl and The Notorious Rake

In one of her most popular and beloved novels, Georgette Heyer introduces readers to Miss Venetia Lanyon, a twenty-five year old beauty tucked away in her family estate in Yorkshire. At the moment Venetia’s life is somewhat at a standstill. Her brother who serves in the army, Conway has not yet come home these three years to take over the running of the state and her younger brother, Aubrey, who is preparing for Cambridge, has a diseased hip and needs to be l
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Frankie Lovely
3.5 stars
Review to come


historical romance
zero smut
nice read

nothing particularly negative to say, just nothing particularly spectacular either. Good solid enjoyable love story.
Andrea
This is the most enormously fun book.

A young woman sheltered all her life in the country meets a rake, but the story is not one of an innocent reforming the rake, but a rake being brought to accept that the young woman can damn well make up her own mind about who is and isn't acceptable to her.

There is some reformation going on, but this is a story that takes the social conventions that form the basis of most Heyer stories and throws them up in the air, then remarks appreciatively on orgies and
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Ruth Turner
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgette-heyer

I no longer read romances and haven't for some years. With the notable exception of Georgette Heyer. Her books are beautifully written, her characters are well developed, charming and witty, and her dialogue is simply perfect.

One of my favourites!



RavenclawReadingRoom
3.5 stars.

A couple of my colleagues are OBSESSED with Georgette Heyer, and were horrified to learn that I'd never read anything by her. So one of them was all "RIGHT. I'M GOING TO BRING YOU SOMETHING TO READ". And she brought me this.

It was...fine? Light and fluffy and pretty ridiculous. But there was something about the writing style that kept me from getting fully involved in the story. So I liked the dynamic between Venetia and the guy she ends up with. And I liked the relationship between
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Trudy Brasure
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating Heyer's books comes down to a comparison between her novels. No one can compare with Heyer. She sets the standard for an entire genre.
Venetia tells a traditional tale of an innocent girl capturing the heart of a reputed rake in a wholly unique way. The bond and rapport developed between this unlikely pair was one of the sweetest I've read in the author's books.
With a range of engaging characters and a generous dose of humorous incidents, this story can't fail to please those who enjoy hi
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Mo
READ: October 21-22, 2016
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READ: June 14-15, 2015
I LOVE THIS BOOK!

What a joy it is to spend several hours with this delightful novel. I can always count on Georgette Heyer to pull me right out of a reading slump.
Litzy
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
no será el último que lea. aunque tengo poco tiempo para leer
Kathy Davie
First recorded read was 2 March 2011.

One of my absolute favorites in the Regency romances. Due to the tragic death of his wife, Sir Francis Lanyon becomes a recluse on his Yorkshire estate with his three children growing up with no exposure to the outside world. The middle child, Conway, goes off to school and then into the Army while the youngest, Aubrey, intellectually gifted but suffering from a diseased hip joint, takes the scholarly road. While the lovely and intelligent Venetia, the eldest
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Kavita
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book by Georgette Heyer that I have ever read and it got me hooked to Georgian romance. A second rereading has proved that it stood the test of time and I still love it as much as I did around twenty odd years ago!

Venetia is a sheltered woman who finds love with the most unsuitable man. What follows is the inevitable social claptrap with family and friends contriving to keep them apart and Venetia determined to marry the man she loves. The characters are fun and well-drawn tho
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Tweety
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Black Sheep
This gets better with each reread.
Laurel
Did you know that Georgette Heyer is British author and literary critic Margaret Drabble’s favorite historical novelist? I know! High praise from an author who has written eighteen novels, introductions to all of Jane Austen’s major and minor works, been awarded a Doctorate in Letters from Cambridge University and the CBE and DBE by the Queen of England. Drabble is a living national treasure, as Heyer should have been if her novels had been taken more seriously during her life-time. However, she ...more
herdys
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it took me this long to read. Georgette Heyer book!

I inhaled this book last night and I stayed up late even though I knew it would end well. It was that addicting!
Tweety
This book is impossible to review. I'm not doing a plot review, just my own views on the book.

Venetia is probably my favorite Heyer heroine. She's up there with The Grand Sophy, Abigal in Black Sheep, Léonie from These Old Shades and Horry from The Convenient Marriage. She's neither young and silly or mature and all-knowing. Instead she's 25, smart, witty and while a "greenhorn" and not wise in the ways of the world she's got a good idea of how to go about things.

Venetia's brother Aubrey is a
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LaFleurBleue
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
One of the best Georgette Heyer.
The heroine is older than usual, 25. She'd been buried her whole life in the countryside, never had a come-out, took care of her too-smart but disabled brother, struggled between 2 suitors: one barely out of the schoolroom and excessively romantic and the other so "worthy", meaning self-righteous, stickler to propriety, boring pontificator...
Of course when meeting Damerel, a proverbial rake of 38, her life turned upside down. His as well, as he never was tempted b
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Wealhtheow
Jan 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, regency
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 Damer ...more
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

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