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Wednesday, December 26, 2012


For me Christmas is usually synonymous with a Georgette Heyer read and I was lucky I had this on my pile to read in a day!

A bit unusual in that we have a feisty heroine bamboozled into marrying someone she doesn't even know and whom she met accidentally, by getting into the wrong coach (she thought she was going to be a governess for Mrs Macclesfield but ended up with Lord Carlyon!) and we go on from there. Eustace Cheviot dies very conveniently the next minute and we have Elinor a widow in a few hours and in the midst of French spies, emigres, the British administration and a missing document which will cause havoc unless found and found quickly.

Unlike other Heyer heroine's, this one is a working girl keen on her independence with marriage furthest away from her mind. Not a simpering miss or a rich heiress, the daughter of someone very respectable who committed suicide in the face of gambling ruin she certainly is different. We have our hero -a Lord of course - but one who needs to sort out the mess his cousin has led the family into and trying to avoid dragging the family name into a major scandal.

Falling in love and ending of course happily ever after  is what Ms. Heyer aims for and such it is.

I have to apologise to Jo from Jov of Book of Pyramid from the UK who sent me the book Purge won from her blog. I mixed it up with the book Without Mercy which I won from Judith of Leeswammes blog. Apologies to both parties.



JoV said...

Not a problem Mystica. Have a great year ahead. Happy new year.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sounds like a great read. I really need to try this author.

Noelle the dreamer said...

A spunky heroine is always better than a simpering miss! Sounds like you had an enjoyable read in your hands Mystica. It's always nice to relax with a good book and a cuppa, is it not?

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

I've only read one Heyer book so far, which I enjoyed. I think I'll read this one next as I like the sound of the unconventional heroine who doesn't want to get married.

Jenny Girl said...

I haven't read much Heyer, but the one or two I read are fantastic. Glad this one is also. Love the cover too :)

skiourophile said...

This is one of my favourite Heyers of all time. It all comes together so well, with the romance, the mystery, and the sparkling wittiness of it all. Loved it!