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The Nonesuch

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  7,986 Ratings  ·  509 Reviews
"Triumphantly good...Georgette Heyer is unbeatable." India Knight, Sunday Telegraph

An impetuous flight...
Tiffany Wield's bad behavior is a serious trial to her chaperone. "On the shelf " at twenty-eight, Ancilla Trent strives to be a calming influence on her tempestuous charge, but then Tiffany runs off to London alone and Ancilla is faced with a devastating scandal.

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Paperback, 337 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1962)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3 1/2 stars. I don't invariably love Georgette Heyer's heroes and heroines, but The Nonesuch has a very likable pair (even if their names make me wince): the witty, intelligent and kind Sir Waldo, who is also young and handsome (though you wouldn't guess it from his name) and the honorable, even-tempered and also intelligent Ancilla Trent, a lady in Reduced Circumstances who is now working as a governess. Ancilla is a capable, sensible person - my kind of heroine! - who knows how to manage a sit ...more
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Georgette Heyer, the lady whose impeccable writing skill was/is/still second to none.

I’m torn about rating this one: on one hand the main couple was terrific and I loved them to bits but on the other hand, this book has THE most annoying character I’ve ever met in Regency novels. And I’m talking as someone who have endured Lydia Bennet in Pride & Prejudice many times over! Lydia doesn’t hold a candle to Miss Tiffany “I’m-too-beautiful-for-this-world” Wield!

I wouldn’t have minded it (her) so
COD’s head, nodcock , rumgumption, canker, toplofty, coxcomb, chuckle-headed, ninnyhammered, fubsy-faced, widgeon, fribble , chuck farthing, miff maff, sapskull , baffle-headed clunch
Who couldn’t enjoy a book with such colourful language? ! I really enjoyed this story. Tiffany was an absolute pain in the arse!
**Contains spoilers!!**

4.5 stars

Things I loved:

1. Sir Waldo - I mean what's not to like?? He's handsome, rich, athletic, virtuous, idolized and a PHILANTHROPIST!! Finally a perfect hero who doesn't cringe at the mere mention of paupers! He wants his newly inherited estate, Broom Hall, to become a school for young orphan boys! Needless to say he won my deepest respect from the first (and managed to keep it!).

2. Ancilla Trent. I LOVED HER!!! She was absolutely amazing! She was so genteel, elegan
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel cheated by the abrupt ending. It doesn't even end with the two main characters.

That being said, it surprised me how much I enjoyed this book. There is no real plot one could point out. The Nonesuch's strength are its characters.
Some of them are adorably lovely (I loved Julian), some hilariously childish and greedy (Laurie), gossipy and mean (some of the village matrons), goodhearted (Mrs. Underhill, Miss Trent's employer) and some will drive you crazy (Tiffany). I don't even want to g
The Nonesuch is a reread for me. It has long been a favorite with its comedy of errors, Regency era country setting, colorful characters, and even more colorful use of Regency Cant.

The Nonesuch defies convention and provides a nearly perfect hero to entice and beguile the reader. Waldo is perfection, but he is engaging and wins hearts by his very nature. He is all that and at the top of his game, but he is kind and giving as well as shrewd and worldly-wise. He guides his two younger relations a
Many people couldn't stand Tiffany. She's hands down the most nasty female character I've read in Heyer's universe. Maybe because I'd been prepared by people's irritation of her, I found Tiffany's absolute self-absorption and selfishness very entertaining. Every scene with her, whether it's throwing temper tantrum or merely opening her mouth, gave me a good laugh. Reading men of quality falling prey to her beauty until they were hit by her nasty temper and came out of the stupor was more fun tha ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Georgette Heyer. This is a 5 star book of hers for completely different reasons then "Arabella", "Frederica" or "The Grand Sophie" (all favorite Heyer books), yet it's not quite the same as "These Old Shades" or "Devil's Cub" (My two other favorites). The first three (and several others of hers) always have me laughing out loud when I read. The last two, are romances that make my heart beat just a little faster along with wonderful adventures. The Nonesuch isn't quite the same as any ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
1. Infinitely curious if the "Bernard Trent" mentioned in this novel (one of Miss Ancilla Trent's notorious cousins) inspired Loretta Chase and her notorious Bernie Trent in the Scoundrels series. NEW PERSONAL CANON.

2. What I love about Heyer is her romances and the farcical elements that tie it all together.

3. What I hate about Heyer is that there is never enough lingering on the happy ever afters. Also: never enough kissing. THERE, I SAID IT. COME AT ME.

4. No, seriously: NOT. ENOUGH. KISSING.
Another Heyer I've re-read many times over the years. 'Tis a slightly older couple romance. I like the sensible heroine, and envy her endless patience, though am slightly irritated by how uptight and prudish she is. The character drawing of the annoying Beauty is so spot on, I cringe every time I read her. The hero is, naturally, perfect. Older men approve of him, younger men want to be him, ladies swoon over him. He's a bit over-perfect for me, but his witty put-downs are so hilarious I repeate ...more
Jamie Collins
3.5 stars. Very enjoyable, only the ending was a little abrupt. Heyer typically ends with the marriage proposal, and we actually get a few pages past that in this book, but I felt like some of the secondary characters were left hanging.

This one is a relatively serious romance instead of pure comedy. The dialog is sparkling, as always, and the hero and heroine are likeble once you get past their names, the worst I've seen from Heyer yet: Waldo Hawkbridge and Ancilla Trent.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this much more than I did when I read it in my youth. Then, I did not like the fact that Ancilla was a governess and as such a lower form of life in the community she lived in, despite the fact that she was so superior in "breeding", intelligence, wit, and elegance. It was just so unfair! I also was not used to the “older” heroine (25?!) romance. Ancilla was just so-o-o-o-o-o very very mature, and not just in age. I think I also had a problem with the name “Waldo”.

Although I did enjoy
Another sensible heroine (and a marvellously insufferable younger charge). The mutual falling in love part happens quite early, and we need a big misunderstanding to delay the conclusion of the story.

Tiffany (the charge) really is a revolting girl, but I was interested in the section, early on, where Tiffany points out that it's silly for her to pretend that she's not beautiful when she's perfectly able to see that she's beautiful, and everyone tells her it's so. This reminded me of the experime
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

And so the time has come for the second installment in our Georgette Heyer series this year. I moved almost immediately from The Convenient Marriage to The Nonesuch, which I borrowed from my trusty Beth's extensive Heyer shelf. I knew next to nothing about it, but loved the title and hoped (rather shallowly) that the titular character proved somewhat more lively than the man on the cover. Spoiler: he does, albeit in a somewhat restrained manner. As befits a
So tempting to round this up to 4 stars; interesting bunch of characters, and Heyer has the temper-tantrums down perfectly for Tiffany's part (Tiffany is short for Theophania). Sir Waldo (really, awful name!) isn't as interesting as say, Our Hero in The Quiet Gentleman, but a Good Guy anyway. And of course Miss Trent is Just Right.
Lady Wesley
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Heyer fans
After listening to Eve Matheson's narration of this book, The Nonesuch zoomed from a three-star to a five-star for me. Just delightful. Heyer's talent for sharp, witty dialogue is perfectly captured by Ms. Matheson, and I expect she had some fun with the insufferable Tiffany.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely, lovely romance featuring an adorable couple you can easily root for. Ancilla Trent is a wonderful, sensible heroine and Sir Waldo is everything a romantic hero should be, in my opinion!

The plot isn't as fast-paced as in some of the more famous Heyer novels, but I think this would probably be a good recommendation for those readers who feel that the romance in Heyer is too rushed or understated. Here I felt it was particularly well-developed and satisfying, the relationship had its ups a
Ange H
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books-i-own
After a long break from Georgette Heyer, I was inspired by a recent Goodreads friend review to pick this one up and I'm so glad I did - this was by far my favorite of hers so far and probably won't be surpassed. The Nonesuch seemed a very deliberate homage to Jane Austen novels as I found situations that were very reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice and Emma especially. I loved this!!
Sheila Majczan
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The meaning of the title is given within the pages or even as headings on several reviews in Amazon. And taken from the book of the same name "The Corinthian" is its definition: “A most desirable man, top-of-the-trees. Not only was he athletic, having probably boxed with Gentleman Jackson at Jackson's Saloon (Bond Street), but he was a leader of fashion, a superb driver (of carriages, etc) and probably very well connected and rich.”

There are many clichés, words, idioms and phrases which
Jul 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She decided her wisest course of action would be to put him out of her mind. After reaching this conclusion she lay thinking about him until she fell asleep."
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Loved it! With less action and more interaction between characters, it was a lovely story and a great read! I look forward to more of Heyer's stories.
Jane Stewart
2 stars. I was angry with the refusal to communicate. But the rest was enjoyable.

Nonesuch is defined as a model of excellence or perfection. Sir Waldo is called the Nonesuch because of his sporting accomplishments and skill with horses. He is wealthy. He establishes and supports orphanages that care for, educate, and provide children with skills. He recently inherited Broom Hall, a rundown estate near the town of Oversett. Waldo stays there to oversee repairs and improvements. He pl
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgette-heyer
The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer was, in a word or two, rather disapointing. It looked like a fun plot, with more of a male main character, but I was wrong on both accounts. Not that the plot wasn't fun, but it lacked what I've come to expect from Heyer. The plot was rather symplistic (dare I say far-fetched?) without the usual hilarious irony I've come to expect. The characters also suffered somewhat, more on them in a moment.
Ancilla Trent, though once from a noble family, now lives as the compa
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Ahhhh, Georgette Heyer! I've read enough of her books to expect that each one will give me hours of pleasant reading (or listening) and there will always be at least a touch of romance, even in the mysteries. Although I wouldn't place The Nunesuch in my top favorites, I do see it as one with some uniqueness in characters and situations, a demonstration of Heyer's creativity with presenting possibilities, problems and resolutions.

This one is a romance, and one in which the main romantic couple is
Luisa Knight
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audible
This was my first book by Georgette Heyer and it certainly won't be the last. I enjoyed her writing style, the well-developed characters and her addition of comical little scenes; particularly one involving a thrown clock. I had to share that one with my husband and he got a good chuckle too!

If you have exhausted your Jane Austen collection, you won't be disappointed with Heyer's novels. They're very similar in fashion.

I will also note that I listened to the audio narrated by Eve Matheson and co
Carol  ꧁꧂
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone having a bad week!
Still timeless & a wonderful pick me up on a bad week, but not quite a 5 star read for me.

There was a part which felt like filler & I couldn't quite see what made a "top sawyer" like Waldo fall for Ancilla so quickly. I think a longer time frame would have made their romance more convincing.

Also I usually find GH's cant self explanatory, but would love to know what crim con. actually means. & on page 514 of this edition, "if I'd have had the sense to have taken off my bars."
I've rea
Definitely not my favourite Heyer. It seemed to drag, even. Sir Waldo and Miss Trent are too good to be true; Lord Lindeth isn't far behind; Tiffany is just too bad to be true! Perhaps over-familiarity with Heyer is breeding contempt, but mostly I think it's just that I found the conflict so manufactured -- one of my least favourite tropes ever: the mistaken meaning, for example -- and I found the various combinations of characters pretty insipid. Tiffany could've brought more life to it if she ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, romance
One of my favourites (but then so many are...). It's not her funniest, nor do the characters really stand out in any particular way. Georgette Heyer, although a Regency romance writer (THE Regency romance writer), would often mix up the types. In this book both the main male lead Waldo (the Nonesuch) and his love interest Ancilla (yes I know, the names!) are older and are both very sensible, likeable people. Not for this pair the wild passionate love culminating in an elopement. Not that that ha ...more
I think the main romance was killed for me before it even started because of the name of the hero. Being an Archie comics fan, the name Waldo conjured up images of this person in my mind, and it was hard to get him out of my head. That said, I did like the main characters and some of the supporting characters too. However, unlike the usual Heyer novel, there were far too many characters and some of them blended into each other for me. I enjoyed the scenes of the spoilt Tiffany more than anyone e ...more
It is, in my opinion, a little different Heyer's romance. In almost all Heyer's books I have read by now two main heroes felt in love by chance, surprisingly, during doing something else and so on. Here, we have a courtship. Both, Waldo and Ancilla know their own feelings, they enjoy and feel good in their company. Only near the end of the book they have some misunderstanding. But even explanation of this misunderstanding is smooth, light, without drama. Just to be clear, it isn't only sweet, si ...more
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