I have read this book twice and listened to this audible edition about 5 times. This is a delightful yarn made especially enduring by the hero's younger brother, Nicky. You may escape into the land of French spies, house breakers, and lovable characters that live happily ever after.
I didn't expect this one to be so good, but Cornelius Garrett went all out and did fantastic! His voices were so good.
My favorite is the hero's youngest brother, he sounded rather like Tristan from All Creatures Great and Small, and the heroine didn't have an annoying tine, she was prefect.
Couldn't have enjoyed it more! Slower than some of her books, but has a nice gothic feel.
From the several Heyer novels I've read (listened to) this and the Grand Sophy have been my favorite. I loved how this one, despite being considered one of her romances, had a delightful subplot of mystery. And I agree with one of the other reviewers that there is a Bronte-esque gothic feel to it which set it apart from some of her more straightforward Regency novels. I heartily recommend it
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I think it was the wit that grabbed my attention most. The playful way the two main characters sparred.
There is a feeling of Jane Austen to it. The light storylines, the character development, the dialogue, simple clean lines to the story, and as mentioned, the wit.
I felt like he captured the hero and a few other characters so well. I saw them better than I did the one time I read through the book.
Nicky! He is the hero's youngest brother and is so exuberant and fun.
But then again, Frances Cheviot was an intriguing character with many layers.
I find Georgette Heyer's books stand the test of time and re-reading. I liked it even better this time through the Reluctant Widow than I did the first time.
Female and left 39 behind more than two decades ago. Genres I like are procedural mysteries, history and historical fiction, and science fic
While the initial premise of the plot that places all our characters together is, well, ridiculous, from that point on this is a charming and amusing mystery/comedy of manners. There is a twist at the end and everything is wrapped up in a neat and gratifying conclusion. An enjoyable, light read.
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I have listened to many of Georgette Heyer's books on Audible and my favorite narrator has always been Phyllida Nash. But I REALLY liked Cornelius Garrett as a narrator! He did all the voices so well and delineated each voice so that I could easily tell who was talking even when names weren't mentioned. He had such a wide range of accents and styles, and he switched from one to another so smoothly! I particularly liked that he didn't do all the female voices falsetto, which is so unreal. It was a pleasure to listen to him.
The story itself was quite entertaining as well. A lady, who through no fault of her own has lost her fortune, and is in reduced circumstances, relegated to working as a governess. She mistakenly goes to the wrong house and is interviewed and persuaded by a gentleman to become his ne'er-do-well cousin's wife on his deathbed. She reluctantly accepts, and then is put in the middle of intrigue. There is much humor in the reading.
I have to say, though, that even though I like Georgette Heyer's books, I can be very turned off by a bad narrator, and so am very trepidacious about trying other narrators. I was extremely pleased with Cornelius Garrett! I hope he narrates many more books!
You have to listen to this book for the reader's depiction of Frances Cheviot alone, it's brilliant. This is a bit of a mystery, so unlike most of GH's Regency romances. It has great family appeal too.
While not my favorite, any Georgette Heyer book is absolutely wonderful.
I prefer other narrators to Cornelius Garrett but all in all it was a bit of heaven .