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Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.
©1999 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Not my favourite Heyer

This was not my favourite Heyer. It lacked humour and spice, and the plot was somehow reminiscent of "Gone with the Wind", although that might have been just my perception.The ending was also a bit flat, as if the story just petered out. I found the narrator good, and learnt the correct pronounciation of more than one word! Despite that, the book was a little bit tedious, and I found my attention wandering.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • erin
  • new orleans, LA, United States
  • 01-14-07

I wonder if Ms. Heyer had

just finished reading an Edith Wharton novel when she decided to write this book. Am I the only one who sees any similarities in style and outlook? This book obliterates the romantic ideal of first love and arranged marriages! Try it. I thought that it was well worth the $$.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A Different Kind of Love

This is a warm, subtle, & wise book which looks at the development of a relationship brought about by a marriage of convenience. Adam, Viscount Lynton, gallant, sensitive, & brave is off fighting in the Peninsular War when he receives news of his father's sudden death. Not only this, but the fact that his father unbeknownst to him, gambled away the family fortune, brings him back to England to sort out the sad mess.
Once in England, he discovers the estate is essentially bankrupt. This forces him to give up his plans of marrying the beautiful, graceful Julia.
Julia's father urges Adam to enter into a "marriage of convenience" to repair his fortune and provide for his sisters and his mother. The idea repels him.
Enter Jenny, an acquaintance of Julia and daughter of a brash, vulgar, hugely wealthy City merchant. She is short, plain, highly practical--the opposite of Julia in every way. Our hero has to overcome his revulsion to marry her.
What follows is not Heyer's usual romp, but an acutely insightful, gently satirical look at one marriage. Despite its more reflective tone, this is not an un-funny book; it is filled with a cast of memorable supporting characters satirized with Heyer's usual humor and wit.
When I first read this book, it did not make much of an impression on me. But with age and repeated readings (listenings?), it has become my favorite Heyer novel. (I also love The Grand Sophy.)
Much of this is due to the superb narration by Phyllida (?) Nash who manages to bring out all the subtlety and detail. I love her voice & wish I could listen to her read Georgette Heyer forever.

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Well done

This is a classic story about two women who love the same man. I loved it and thought the narrator was superb.

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A beautiful story

I'm not sure why some feel that this is a sad story. For me it represents a beautiful story of real enduring love. Both the H and H were in situations that were difficult and painful; but both were mature, patient, forgiving, gracious and willing to work with the circumstances they found themsleves in.
Oh that more of us humans handled life's disappointments so sensibly, building successfully on what we have instead of looking regrettably behind! Great book!

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I wish I could travel into this book...

... and strangle the hero.
I love all of Georgette Heyer's books. At least the ones I have read so far. I postponed reading this one for several years because I didn't like the plot and couldn't bare disliking a book from my favorite author.
Well, I was right. Sadly. I am now halfway through and I just want to strangle the hero. He starts off making a "sacrifice" of himself by marrying the daughter of a rich cit. That part I have no problem with because Jenny is sweet and no-nonsense and you just can't help liking her. The hero though. Honestly he treats her like dirt. He uses the word "revulsion" several times when thinking of his wife. This he still does halfway through the book. This really just makes my want to strangle him because Jenny's pregnancy has just been discovered.
So the "poor poor" hero who has sacrificed his relationship with the love of his life and is deeply unhappy (which he fu#$ tells his former fiance while his pregnant wife is in the room) isn't unhappy enough to keep his di#$ in his pants. I know that sex isn't something that is addressed in a Heyer novel but I think we all know were children come from and just the thought of the poor heroine being put through that with a man who treats her like sh#$ makes me want to puke.
I'm not sure I will finish this book. It puts me in a bad mood.

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A Somewhat Sad Turn for Heyer, but Lovely

This is the story that actually convinced me to start reading Georgette Heyer's novels -- previously, I had expected them just to be ridiculous modern attempts at Regency works. I was quite mistaken!

What I love about this story is that the two main characters behave as they are supposed to, not as fleeting passions or hormones or selfish desires might dictate. Adam and Jenny's marriage is a civil contract, but they both try so hard to build a real marriage out of it, which is what makes for a unique and interesting story. The tone is a little sad at times, and the pacing moves slower than other stories, but it is really quite lovely and believable.

The narration on the story was well done and makes for a pleasant bit of bedtime reading at night.

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  • motown
  • Bangor, Maine
  • 12-28-12

Ugh

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Simmons
  • Brookton, Australia
  • 12-01-12

Slow but sucessful

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

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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.