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Dorothy W.

I agree with you that they are great escapist literature, and I'm glad to have an extra Heyer lying around, just in case! I found the slang odd too -- I suppose it seemed especially strange since books written in that time period didn't use that vocabulary, but I have heard that Heyer researches her books well. But I suppose authors from the time didn't want to include such language in their novels, so while the dialogue might be authentic, we won't read much like it in novels of the time.


That Heyer quote is marvelous! I haven't read any of her books, although I plan to, but that quote makes me predisposed to like her.


Faro's Daughter is one of my favourite Heyer novels, and that quote is wonderful (so I hope true). Personally, I think her Regency novels are much better than her other historical novels, where the research tends to be a bit too visible.


Dorothy--It is interesting about the language. I suppose that though some people speak with a lot of slang today, you don't necessarily see it reflected in a lot of literature. She obviously wanted to make her books as accurate and detailed as she could, so it's not surprising she uses the language. I think the book I read is one of her earlier ones, so she must have started really throwing in the Regency-speak in her later books. This one had a very Jane Austen feel to it (more so since the language was much more toned down).
Teresa--I only discovered in the last year or two and have been enjoying reading her novels. They are great fun, and generally very light, though it's nice to spread them out a bit. I've enjoyed all that I've read though a couple more so than the others! Still--all very entertaining.
Sarah--I read An Infamous Army (my first Heyer), which seems like it would be a historical novel, though I am not sure how it is categorized since it does have a romance thrown in as well. I thought it was very good, but I'm not sure it is one of her strictly historical novels. Faro's Daughter is my favorite now, too!


I read Regency Buck a few weeks ago and I'm reading Charity Girl now. I think Charity Girl was one of her later novels and I'm finding it a lot more slang-y than Regency Buck. Still, fun literature all around!


Tricia--I will have to look for more of her earlier novels, though I enjoy the others as well. The language just seems more obvious in her later books. That slang just sounds a little foreign to me. I wonder why she started using it. Still, they've all been nice entertaining reads!


I've known of Heyer for years but it's only very recently that I've read any of her books. I started with Friday's Child. I struggled a bit with the slang, but once I'd got used to it I really enjoyed the book. I've borrowed Dection Unlimited from the library to see what her mystery/thriller books are like.


I loved this one, too! I would recommend the biography I'm pretty sure you have of Georgette Heyer. It's an excellent read and a fascinating one. Heyer wrote to keep her family afloat and had absolutely terrible battles with the tazman due to her husband's (I think) incompetency. Made me realise that she was as plucky as one of her own heroines!


Thanks for this lovely review. I've been unable to settle to two consecutive books just recently and I'm now wondering if the answer is to get a couple of Heyers out and just *enjoy*. Thanks for giving me the idea!


BooksPlease--Some of the language is pretty curious, isn't it. They've been fun books to read, though. I have one of her msyteries on hand as well.
Litlove--That would explain a lot. I do like her heroines! And I have that biography and am thinking of reading it next actually!
Cath--Heyer's books are definitely nice comfort reads--like her quote says--pure escapism! Sometimes they fit my mood perfectly. Good luck finding a good book to grab you!


Okay, by all means, it's time for me to read Georgette Heyer. You have mentioned her a few times and other bloggers have also recommended her. I need to get my hands on some of her books.

You have reviewed Cotillion, and I have recently read about A Civil Contract and The Quiet Gentleman. I really need to read her. :)

Laurel Ann

I shamefully admit to having not read Heyer yet. She is now top of my list, so thanks for the great review.

Cheers, Laurel Ann


Matt--I think Faro's Daughter is my favorite now and I really liked Lady of Quality (and Cotillion, too). I think you can't really do wrong with any of her books--like Heyer said herself--they are great escapist literature. I always tell myself that I need to wait to start another one, but I think I would be happy to start another one already!
Laurel Ann--Don't feel bad-I didn't discover her until just last year. I think many people read her when they were much younger. I'm glad that her books are being published here in the US now. They are very fun, so you should give one a try!

Euro Crime (Karen M)

I've read quite a few of the regency books - about 20 years ago now though. I seem to remember that Devil's Cub was one of my favourites. I've read a couple of the detective books and really liked Behold, Here's Poison.


Karen--Her mysteries are being published here next year, though I did break down and order one from the UK a while back (can't remember which one now). I'll watch for Behold, Here's Poison, as well as Devil's Club (why does that sound like so much fun??). She's a nice escapist author!

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