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3.04  ·  Rating details ·  155 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1928)
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Miss Jane
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: heyer-project, 2008
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Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, edwardian
Perhaps the last of Heyer's "contemporaries" that I'll force myself to read, Heyer shares once again her dislike of women and her reactionary conservitivism (conservitism?) Chock full of scorn for 1. women 2. pacifists 3. fast women 4. divorce 5. Girl Guides (really!) 6. social work and any number of other things. I can only think that it must have been fashionable in 1928 to talk about how feminism had gone too far and that women really didn't want to be equal. An interesting study of attitudes ...more
Margo Strawser thaxton
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I almost missed out on this wonderful little gem because it was only rated 3 stars. Looking over the reviews now, I realize people hated Helen because she was conservative and had old fashioned values. I love Helen because she is conservative and has old fashioned values. This book is a new favorite of mine. It is so well written! The way Heyer can turn a phrase is just delightful!
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fluff-reads
Thanks to my grandmother, I've read a number of Heyer's historical books, so I was curious when I saw a more modern book at the library. One thing I like about her regency books is that they are quite entertaining and have interesting characters. I can't really say the same about this book. It wasn't horrid, although the ideology surrounding WW1 really upset me and was ridiculous ("It's a great adventure! I'm quite sorry it's over..."), I have to remember that books like All Quiet on the Western ...more
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like early twentieth century fiction.
A growing up story that starts out adorable and deepens through the Great War and her relationship with her father to maturity. This is a more searching type of novel than the Regencies that Heyer is famous for, firmly set in the emotions and values of early 20th century England.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed the character development in this one. The confusing verbal play of the early 1900s was confusing, so I ended up skimming over most of that, but I enjoyed the story of Helen herself, and the role her father took on, his development, after her mother's death.
Angie Taylor
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Another great Heyer book. A little more comtempory for Heyer in that she writes about her own time period and the changes in men and women roles as a result of WWI. There is more depth to this story than to her regency romance novels, but as always, a great read!
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Helen is an amazing book but so are just about all georgette heyer books. Helen is more of a coming of age book but georgette heyer mostly wrote romatic comedy
Mary Ronan Drew
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

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Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Definitely of its time and sad given what was to follow.
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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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