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A Civil Contract Audiobook

A Civil Contract

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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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    lkmemphis memphis, tn 03-16-17
    lkmemphis memphis, tn 03-16-17

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    "a favorite with good period detail beyond fashion."

    Heyer does such a nice job with romance between the rich and handsome and beautiful people this was an interesting change. focusing on a diminished family fortune and thwarted young love allows this tender story of Jenny and Adam. They forge an awkward alliance that grows into a relationship of care and different love. Heyer even has an opportunity to poke a little fun at the genre as the country nervously awaits news of a great battle.

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    N Hall 03-12-17
    N Hall 03-12-17
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    "One of Her Best, Made Even Better by the Narrator"

    This is my 18th Georgette Heyer book. It's hard to rate a Georgette Heyer book in the order of the one I have enjoyed the most. This was a long story, sometimes perhaps a little slow. But the narration by Phyllida Nash made this one exceptional. Ms. Nash's ability to seamlessly change characters is just amazing. And her rendition of Mr. Chawleigh is fantastic! She took the author's words and made them absolutely believable on the tongue of Mr. Chawleigh. If you haven't read any of Miss Heyer's books or listened to any books narrarated by Ms. Nash, then you are missing out!

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    Amazon Customer 02-09-17 Member Since 2014
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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 Voracious Reader USA 01-27-17 Member Since 2007

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    "A very sweet & tender (not passionate) love story"

    WHAT IT'S ABOUT
    Adam Deveril, a hero of Salamanca, returns from the Peninsula War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. He is now Viscount Lynton, with the responsibility of saving the estate, and the only way to do so is to marry an heiress. He is introduced to Mr. Jonathan Chawleigh, a City man of apparently unlimited wealth and no social ambitions for himself -- but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his only daughter, the quiet and decidedly plain Jenny Chawleigh.

    MY TAKE
    This was a very different kind of "romance" for Heyer. Someone on my Georgette Heyer Appreciation Group described it as more real. And it was. Adam marries Jenny (who also happened to be in love with him but never though she'd have a chance with him). But he still has feelings for his old love. Jenny, physically, doesn't stand a chance again the old flame's looks and grace. But Jenny's a better person, and her biggest goal is to make Adam happy and comfortable. As time goes by, you can see that his old dreamlike feelings for the other girl shift in the reality of life and his feelings for Jenny begin to grow. Instead of looking at her and being a little disgusted at her plumpness and plainness, he begins to see her inner beauty.

    It drags a little with a lot of telling about the second war with Napoleon but I only marked it down half a star for that since it does play a rather significant role in the ending.

    4 1/2 stars

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    Alison 04-27-16
    Alison 04-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Heyer's Best - A Civil Contract "

    This is, I think, Georgette Heyer's finest work. It takes on the timely issue of an impoverished noble marrying a wealthy mercantile heiress to restore his estate and fortunes. All the class clashes and issues of romantic love vs. practicality are taken on here. Youthful dreams versus the practicality of daily love, and the way two people grow to love each other are highlighted. A very satisfying tale.

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    Stephen 11-01-15
    Stephen 11-01-15
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    "Excellent"

    One of this authors best books in my opinion. A real life story of true love that can develop between two people determine to be civil and kind to one another; in spite of broken hearts and lost dreams.

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    Michael Stansbury Park, UT, United States 10-05-15
    Michael Stansbury Park, UT, United States 10-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites! Makes me smile, every time."

    Makes me smile, every time. Not caught up in the whirlwind of balls, but of everyday life on the estate, getting along with new relations, etc. Wonderful!

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    Merrill 10-04-15
    Merrill 10-04-15
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    "Not your usual Regency romance"

    It's giving away nothing when I tell you that the hero of this tale doesn't marry the woman of his dreams, but that to me is what makes this a great book. From what I've read, Heyer wrote this as a sort of anti-romance, to show a different type of companionate love. She succeeds in telling an interesting tale full of well-realized and generally believable people.

    While I enjoyed the book very much, and rate it as among the best Heyers I've read so far, I can't recommend it unreservedly. You probably won't like it if you aren't interested in particular details of the history of the period, including the Napoleonic wars. I'm a history buff, however, and I loved it. Heyer apparently wanted to write histories but ended up writing so many romances and mysteries because she needed the money.

    Another interesting part of the book to me is the way she shows mature, married love and how it differs from the sparks of young love. This is really her theme, and she is expert at showing the dailyness of love and how it can grow between two caring people.

    And as always, another sparkling performance by the narrator, Phyllida Nash. She can do no wrong.

    Simply understand before you try it that this is not a typical romance, and in some ways not a typical Heyer. But give it a chance, and you'll be rewarded.

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    kchg 03-21-15
    kchg 03-21-15 Member Since 2015

    Female and left 39 behind more than two decades ago. Genres I like are procedural mysteries, history and historical fiction, and science fic

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    "Very enjoyable - a genuine love story."

    Superb performance. This is my favorite He yer Regency romance. It is a wonderful study of marriage, romance, and love. Get this book.

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    Stephanie L. Thompson 12-20-14 Member Since 2017
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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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