You would know that I picked up a bonanza of Georgette Heyer books and I thought its now or never as its a genre I am comfortable with so I thought I'd do mini reviews on the lot I have finished.
Bath Tangle - This was a slightly different variation to the usual Regency theme which we associate with Ms. Heyer. The story of Lady Serena, Lord Rotherham and just to add a nice mix there is a step mother of Lady Serena who is young enough to be her just slightly older sister and who is very much loved and not the wicked stepmother at all. Sparks fly from the beginning to the end as Lady Serena's father has with (foresight) put her entire fortune to Lord Rotherham's control till she gets married. Lady Serena is not the typical mild, willing to accept anything female of her generation and the book shows a different type of female - almost militant, educated, forthwright, with definite views of her own. All ends well but not before much mayhem and the return of a first love which ends with a twist in the tale! Delightful ending.
The Quiet Gentleman - involved the seventh Earl of St. Erth who belies his very complacent attitude with an all pervasive knowledge of what is going on and where and who is upto tricks. A skirmish with his half brother adds to the spice, but the real villain of the piece is his cousin who professes very real family feelings tinged with envy that things should fall so easily into the seventh Earl's lap and tries to do away with him, pinning the blame on the hapless Martin (the half brother) who unfortunately seems to be everywhere he shouldnt be! The falling in love part is almost by the way in this book which makes it different. The romance is just a happening incidental to the main plot of family and brothers who find an affection for which other as well.
Charity Girl - The story involves Viscount Desford, an orphan being ill treated by her aunt and many cousins and a villainous grandfather who is keeping an eye on the main chance of attempting blackmail on the Viscount with an aim of not just getting his grand daughter married off well, but also getting some money into his greedy hands. Into this tangle comes Henrietta the Viscount's childhood friend who is his ally, his support and his love (though he hasnt realized it upto now). The story ends well for Charity who finds love with a neighbour of Henrietta's and respectability as well so important in Regency England and a love affair of ending happily ever after for Hetta and Viscount Desford.
As usual I loved the novels and am looking forward to finishing the balance as soon as possible. The language and syntax used may not be to everyone's taste but it is something that will grow on one. Each Georgette Heyer contains the elements of romance and innocence, honesty and strong values, chivalry and of course the villains, and this is what makes it perennially popular as these are values which we would like to be associated with.
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