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Instead of the Thorn

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A contemporary romance about a naive girl brought up in a Victorian manner, she married very young and is little able to cope with life and marriage in the modern world.

One of the four "contemporary" novels Georgette Heyer had suppressed.
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published March 14th 2008 by Amereon Limited (first published 1923)
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
A copy of this novel (one of four "contemporary" books that the redoubtable GH had suppressed) turned up on TradeMe (our Ebay) for NZ$125.00. This seemed too much for a book that it's own author disliked and is usually described as not being quite as terrible as her other three contemporaries. So I decided to interloan it and I am glad I did. Not because I saved NZ$119, but because after a poor start (I fell asleep reading this. I never do that) this is actually a good book and a very brave one ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Dr J Longhurst
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading for 13y-olds to show Feminism is necessary

Yes, essential reading for 13 year old girls.

Mainly to show that feminism is absolutely necessary.

This book depicts a wife who only gains personal happiness and marital contentment ( and sex) when she has learned to be unselfish and submissive in a manipulative way.

Also essential reading for 13 year olds to show that careful proofreading also is necessary. The typos are absolutely appalling, the book is littered with them.

So 5 stars
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fiction
This book is definitely dated and a little creepy, but it is impressive how much Heyer is able to convey without ever stating anything outright. I probably won't read it again, but I'm not sorry I did.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still relevant

As other reviews have said, parts of the novel may be dated but the story of a young woman's learning to lead an authentic life is timeless.
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Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one much more than I expected. This is one of Heyer's early 'suppressed' novels that her son released after her death. This was contemporary and rather silly, but I enjoyed experiencing her early attempts at creating laughably human characters. Someday, Megan, you should try it.
Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is one of Georgette Heyer's more modern romances and I didn't like it nearly as well as the regency novels. I disliked the beginning but warmed up to the protagonist in the end.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book was simply awful. Elizabeth was a hateful, pathetic loser! No one could root for her. I felt sorry for Stephen.
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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. Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance
“Oh Lord! Don't, don't start rhapsodising over that cod again, darling! I can't bear it and I know you are going to!"
She laughed.
"You don't understand. It was because it was so typically English.”
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