Shelly's Reviews > Beauvallet
I've had Georgette Heyer's books on my to-read list since reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips's Ain't She Sweet? in which one of the heroine's favorite authors is Heyer. I'll admit that I was a bit disappointed, however, by Beauvallet. The story of an English pirate during the reign of Elizabeth I who falls in love with a Spanish noblewoman whom he returns to Spain after attacking the ship she'd been on with the promise that he would return for her to make her his bride is, I hope, not one of Heyer's best. The romance left much to be desired, and the action sequences - something you'd expect plenty of in a novel about pirates - were quick and not all that thrilling. As for the characters, Nicholas Beauvallet is fun like an Errol Flynn (or rather, given the original date of publication - 1929- Douglas Fairbanks) character, though not too swoon-worthy, Dominica is intelligent, strong-willed (reminiscent of Elizabeth Swann but with less daring-do), and Joshua, well, I can't decide whether he is the heart of the narrative or simply annoying. As for the rest of the cast, they are, with the exception of Dona Beatrice, totally unremarkable.
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