Aug 152016
 

VEnetiaThe Green Girl and The Notorious Rake

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

In one of her most popular and beloved novels, Georgette Heyer introduces readers to Miss Venetia Lanyon, a twenty-five year old beauty tucked away in her family estate in Yorkshire. At the moment Venetia’s life is somewhat at a standstill. Her brother who serves in the army, Conway has not yet come home these three years to take over the running of the state and her younger brother, Aubrey, who is preparing for Cambridge, has a diseased hip and needs to be looked after. So, for the time being at least, Venetia is stuck at her ancestral home, in isolation, and with limited society.

But even with such few neighbors and friends, our fair heroine has found herself two admirers – both of which she doesn’t particularly wish to encourage. One who is six years her junior and likes to fancy himself Lord Byron, and one who has a detestable habit of giving lectures and moralizing over situations in which he has no authority. With such contenders for her heart, Venetia often imagines herself never marrying and one day setting up home for her and her younger brother in London. That is until the infamous ‘Wicked Baron,’ Lord Damerel returns to the neighborhood and happens to cross her path… Continue reading »

Apr 062016
 

The Black MothSetting Her Precedent at Such An Early Age

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

This is the eighth book by Georgette Heyer I’ve had the pleasure of reading, but it is actually the first one she published – at the age of 19! In her literary debut, Georgette Heyer introduced readers to Lord Jack Carstares, eldest son of the Earl of Wyncham. Six years ago Jack’s honor and reputation were severely damaged when he admitted to cheating at cards. Did he cheat at cards? No, but he took the blame to protect his younger brother, Richard. Knowing he is a social pariah, Jack can’t return home and claim his title as Earl of Wyncham (even though it is now available). Instead he spends time traveling abroad in Europe and reveling about in the disguise of a highwayman.

One day, while preparing to do some highway robbery, Jack happens upon an abduction scheme in progress. Being the heroic and honorable man he is (yes, even though he is a highwayman!), Jack comes to the fair lady’s rescue. The beauty he rescues, Diana Beauleigh, steals his heart and makes Jack wish he was free to marry her, but alas he cannot because of his dishonorable reputation. Never has Jack wanted to undo the past more. But little does he know, his brother feels the exact same way… Continue reading »

Aug 172015
 

The Grand SophySophy is a Marvel!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Paperbackswap

TYPE OF NOVEL: Historical Fiction, Regency Romance

SETTING: 1816 London, England

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:

I’ve seen this particular Heyer novel listed as the top favorite of many Georgette Heyer fans (more so than any other book I think!)

SYNOPSIS:

Because her father is called away to Brazil, Sophy Stanton-Lacy is sent to stay with relations in London. When Sophy arrives she can easily discern that the Rivenhalls are in one too many fixes and it is up to her to set it all to rights! Even though her father declared that Sophy “won’t cause you any trouble,” “has her head well on her shoulders,” and is never a cause for worry, Sophy’s rigid and dictatorial cousin, Charles, finds Sophy everything that is exasperating, infuriating, and disruptive of one’s peace. Continue reading »