Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian.
This controversial book is, in my opinion, one of Heyer's best, as it realistically portrays the ups and downs of a true marriage of convenience. Phyllida Nash more than does credit to all of the characters with her excellent narration.
Wife, Mother, 1965,
I enjoy clean language narratives that are clever and layered without reverting to off color themes and descriptions! I will invest in other Heyer books!
The reason I gave it only 3 stars and not 4 is because it was memorably tedious in places. That being said I adored the story wholistically; the time period, characters, story line, conflict, and ending! Glad to discover Heyer!
If you are looking for hot and steamy, between-the-legs romance, this is not the book for you. But if character development and delving into the culture of Regency times -- as much as a modern writer can recreate for us -- is of interest, than this is a perfect choice. No, not great literature aka Jane Austen, but Heyer brings an intelligence to her novels that contemporary romance writers lack.
and then finding value, and it’s good. And your life is better.
Readers in the mood for “true love” with passion and seduction, will not want this. Some find it sad. Although I wasn’t sad. I felt calm and pleased at the end.
Adam’s father dies leaving huge debts. Adam needs to sell the family’s London house and possibly the ancestral home. A friend arranges a meeting between Adam and Jonathan a wealthy business man. Jonathan wants a title for his daughter Jenny. In return he will pay Adam’s mortgages and other things. The wedding is arranged and occurs.
I loved watching Jenny. She is short, stout, unattractive, and quiet. She knows Adam will never look at her with romantic feelings. She accepts that. Her goal is to give Adam a comfortable life. She turns out to be an ideal wife. Things she does are perfect for what is needed. She is thoughtful, cares about others, and desires to please both her father and husband. She has become one of my favorite characters. So solid, so true. And at the end, Adam realizes what a treasure he has in her.
This book is not romantic love. It’s a different kind of love. Before Adam met Jenny, he and Julia had a romantic love - an infatuation. Adam never felt that way for Jenny. But at the end, Adam was comfortable, laughing, and happy in his life with Jenny.
A few times my mind wandered. I forget what those parts were about. Some of them were military things. So I wasn’t fully engaged all the way through. But I enjoyed the relationships and characters as a nice change from traditional romance, which the author is famous for.
The narrator Phyllida Nash was good.
Genre: relationships fiction, regency
Of all the GH novels I've read, this is a quieter more subtle story. Not high romance but a deeper more character generated story, but still lovely. Interesting people, a fantastic group of personalities. Well worth the listen!
I like romance novels (I like almost ALL fiction) and I have heard so much good stuff about Georgette Heyer that I felt like I needed to try it. Unfortunately I found the story too formulaic and just painful to listen to. I just couldn't finish it. Maybe it would have gotten better with more of the book (I finished over half of it though). I think it just wasn't to my taste.
One of my favorite authors and stories. Great character development through dialogue and interactions. Reader has developed voices which match personalities as created by author.
Georgette Heyer seems to have followed Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice which portrays some of the foibles and absurdities of cetain elements in English 19th Century society. Both books give a fairly accurate picture of some of the daily life of these characters.
I felt that Phyllida did an outstanding job of creating Mr. Chawley. Through her voice and the timing of many of his lines, I felt that I had a very good picture of him. I always knew when he was speaking,too.
I would like to take the main character, Adam, out to dinner and find out in more specifics just how he planned to improve his farmlands and help the tenant farmers. The story mentions methods and equipment in general, but they are unfamiliar terms and I would like to have them explained. Because of the specific problems with Adams farm lands, especially the salt water seepage, I am intrigued with how he was going to make things better.
I have re-read the book many times, and really enjoy hearing it now.
Yes, for the storyline and wonderful characters
The fully realized characters: very real characters: I felt like I knew them at the end of the book.
She was great doing the different characters: her voice range is phenomenal, her inflection was wonderful, and she was a pleasure to listen to.
Definitely the father in law: rough around the edges but a heart of gold.
I am on old fan of Georgette Heyer and was delighted with this rendition. The narrator did a good job and the emotional tones were appropriate to the story line.
Heyer is at her best with this book. Her humour is wonderful and her incredible understanding of the history of the time makes the book so much more interesting.