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.
The development of this plot is quite slow even the ending being a slow climax. The characters are enlivened by the father-in-law. Good book for characterisation
Story: A man has to marry into money to save his ancestral home. The women he marries is an unlikely heroine who proves a better wife than he would have chosen himself. No a great literary work in terms of plot twists but an enjoyable story and likable characters. It was well read by Phyllida Nash.
I found this a very engrossing and unusual Georgette Heyer story. Having very little of the madcap and lively action that characterizes most of her other books, this story unfolds slowly and deliberately as adult characters react and adapt to circumstances and gradually learn their hearts and minds.
I am constantly amazed at how fresh each of Heyer's stories are, even as they all deal with basically the same elements and many of the same themes. But I found this book a real departure from her usual story telling. It provides a much more mature view of love, dealing less with romance, and more with the solid foundation of respect and affection that underpins an abiding love. And by the end of this book, I felt I understood far more about the protagonists in this story than I have about any of her other characters.
Perhaps. I may have already listened and that is why I purchased this one. What a mistake
It was just an everyday story.
I could not.
I wasted a credit.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
for a fairly charming novel that I purchased because of the high praise another reader gave it. It is ok, certainly a formula out of the Victorian romance (dated problems with dated solutions--though this doesn't lessen novels like, say, Silas Mariner), but it lacks the flair and comedy of Dickins and the drollery of Austen. In fact, Heyer writes like Austen's less talented cousin. And...certain characters, and even the writer herself, sometimes indulge mercilessly in outdated British slang...so you'd best be up and up on your Hennigen and Toad, or you'll find yourself fair beat about the boat and right up the chortley!
I am halfway through this book..and while I will finish it, it is not what i expected. there is NO romance or passion or love in this book. I for one prefer that in my romance novels. glad i used a free credit on this one, definately would not spend the money. i am disappointed but it is readable enough to finish.
what i suppose makes it most diappointing is at time the author uses words like revulsion to describe how the lead male feels about his wife. total turn off to even "pretend" there is some feelings for her.
Narrative makes the world go round.
Heyer knew her classics, and she could write decent prose, so I enjoyed this remix of familiar character types and situations from the 19th century standards. You'll recognize not only Regency Austen but also dashes of Dickens and bits of Bronte(s) all woven together with a light humourous touch. Narrator Nash gets the humour and lets the reader in on the joke.
This was my second Heyer listen. I thought the humour in Cotillion a notch above Civil Contract, and I decided to stop (for now) after Bath Tangle which seemed less humourous and more predictable (But perhaps I under appreciated the latter because 3 Heyer in 3 weeks was too much for one who doesn't usually like romances written later than 1914.)
I highly recommend Heyer for those times when life brings headaches and reading respite is required.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
I just recently got turned onto Georgette Heyer books, having always preferred historical books or novels based very closely on fact. However, after listening to "Frederica" earlier this month, I immediately bought "Clue", "Beth Tangle", "These Old Shades", and "Royal Escape" and "A Civil Contract". As always, Heyer's attention to detail in describing clothing, homes, and locations is amazing. But I found her indepth descriptions of military maneuvers during the Battle of Waterloo a bit mind-numbing. It's obvious that she'd done a lot of research but the characters and basic storyline get lost in a book which is supposed to be a love story. And hearing of pitched battles, retreats, military orders, and the generally "male dominated" world of war in the cultered clipped voice of a well-born Englishwoman is a bit strange. I think Heyer narrators Clifford Norgate or Cornelius Garrett would have been more suited to this particular story. It was Norgate's voice which initially hooked me on "Frederica". But this is a minor complaint about an otherwise great story from a prolific writer. (BTW, right before writing this review, I just downloaded "Behold, Here's Poison", my SIXTH Georgette Heyer audiobook in less than month! Baby, I'm hooked!)