Author: Georgette Heyer
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 1, 2009)
Genre: Fiction / Romance / Regency
Edition: Paperback - Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy to review!!
Perfect for : Personal reading, book club read
In a nutshell: This is a delightfully fun and adventurous romance full of laugh-out-loud moments. HE is being persuaded by his family to honor his father's wishes and marry a certain lady and carry on the family name. SHE is being gently persuaded by her family to marry a distant cousin. HE goes out to celebrate his forthcoming betrothal, and gets drunk. While on his way home, he sees a "youngster" climbing out of an upper window and stops to help when it appears that said youngster can't quite reach the ground. Not much later, he determines that the youngster is really seventeen year old Penelope, who unknowingly provides him with the perfect adventure - the chance to disappear! Throughout their adventure, they stumble upon a murder, a diamond necklace, and aid in planning an elopement, just to mention a few events! This adventure kept my attention from start to finish.
Characters: This book is filled with well-written characters with witty/snappy dialogue.
Story-Line: Two people are trying to escape betrothals from people they would rather not marry. They happen to meet one night and embark on quite an adventure that includes a disguise, a murder, a diamond necklace, and planning a possible elopement!
Readability: A very fun book filled with with wit and culture from the Regency era.
Overall: A really fun book that kept a smile on my face! I wish we could have seen a sequel to this one.
From the Publisher:
Walking home at dawn, quite drunk, Sir Richard Wyndham encounters heiress Penelope Creed climbing out her window. She is running away from a dreaded marriage to her fish-lipped cousin, while Sir Richard himself is contemplating a loveless marriage with a woman his friends have compared to a cold poultice. Sir Richard can't allow her to careen about the countryside unchaperoned, even in the guise of a boy, so he pretends to be her tutor and takes her on a fine adventure. When their stagecoach overturns, they find themselves embroiled with thieves, at the center of a murder investigation, and finally, in love.
About the Author: (from the publisher's site)
The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902, and her first novel, The Black Moth, published when she was 19, was an instant success.
Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Her work included Regency novels, mysteries and historical fiction. Known also as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.
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