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I don't think I ever would have heard of Georgette Heyer if it wasn't for Sourcebooks. I have been enjoying them so much! I haven't read this one, but it sounds a little different to her standard romances. Thanks for the review!

Claire (The Captive Reader)

I love Georgette Heyer, though I agree with your sentiments on Beauvallet. I'm happy to stick with her regency novels myself - there are certainly more than enough of them!

Dorothy W.

I can't believe how prolific and interesting Heyer is! It's cool that her books are being republished and she's getting more attention. She definitely deserves it.


I've always enjoyed "A Civil Contract" by Georgette Heyer also "The Spanish Bride" is a favourite

There is a nice photo of Georgette Heyer here


I have to admit I've only ever read the Regency novels, and the romances rather than the adventurous ones at that. Very interesting to go back to earlier works, I can see. But I do tend to read her when I'm tired or fed up or poorly, so she is one of the few authors I reread more than reading!


I've done reviews on some of the GH series. Would love if you could go across and comment.


I started reading a Heyer crime/suspense novel last month and couldn't finish it. So I'm waiting a while before giving it another try. What would you recommend I start with on the Regency romance front? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


This sounds like fun. I can get a Heyer's The Black Moth for free for my Kindle. have you read that one?


Tricia--I'm not sure I would ever have come across her either. It seems a lot of people read her when they were young, but it's only in the past few years that I came across her. And those new reissues are so nice. This is very different really than her Regencies--I think her only Elizabethan setting.
Claire--As much as I like a good adventure story, I think I also like her Regencies. I think I prefer her more mature style and the wittiness of her later books--they're very fun but also more developed. And I have lots more to read still of her books!
Dorothy--I'm glad she is back in print here in the US, too. She seems pretty popular really with a new generation of readers--I wonder what she would have thought!
Val--A Civil Contract along with The Corinthian are my favorite Heyers. I have The Spanish Bride, but haven't read it yet. Happily I have a nice stack of Heyers to discover still. And thanks for the link--I'll check it out.
Litlove--I think when I have a favorite few I can easily see myself turning to them and rereading--they are the perfect comfort reads! I'll be happy, I think, to get back to her Regencies--they can be a lot of fun, too, even if they can be a little predictable.
Mystica--Thanks--I will check out the link (and if I don't get there until this weekend, please forgive me, my evenings during the work week don't leave me with enough time to do all the online reading I want to, but I will check them out!!).
Sakura--I've yet to read any of her mysteries, though I have a few on hand. My favorites of her Regencies are The Corinthian (more of an adventure with romance but nice chemistry and very amusing), A Civil Contract (a more mature story--the romance is more quiet and understated rather than reckless and passionate, but so well done), or you could try Faro's Daughter--(another fun romance with a more mature character...mature being a heroine in her mid-20s!). I also liked Charity Girl and Cotillion. You might be able to read my reviews here:
Stefanie--You should get it even if you're not sure it'll be your thing. The Black Moth is her very first book written when she was only about 17. She wrote it for her brother who was sick. I've not read it, so I'm not sure how it compares to her later books. I expect it's a fun read and maybe more of an adventure story? I'd like to read it some time.


Danielle--Have you read These Old Shades and Devil's Cub? If so, what did you think of them? (I guess I should admit that I loved These Old Shades).


Also Danielle--I wanted to let you know that I read something you suggested some time ago: The Coral Thief. It was so good, and it ended the way it should have, if you know what I mean. (I wasn't sure where to post this...)


This was my first Heyer before I even knew who Heyer was! I read it for the Seafaring Challenge, and it totally amused me. Now that I've read some of her stronger stuff, I can't say it's my fave. But I'm a fan of Errol Flynn's movies, so it worked! hehe

Ariel/Sycorax Pine

I have been meaning to read some Heyer lately, and recently ordered The Grand Sophy with this goal in mind. But I might also have to take a gander at The Corinthian! Oh - and I see that you also recommend A Civil Contract. That one I already have on my shelf!


Denise--I read These Old Shades at the end of last year. It reminded me a lot of The Corinthian only darker. I did enjoy it and wrote about it here:
I need to get Devil's Cub, too! I'm glad to hear you liked The Coral Thief! I agree--the ending was good and sort of what I expected. I'd like to read Tracy Chevalier's new book now which is also about natural history!
Eva--I enjoyed it, too, and love a good adventure story--only compared to some of her later books which are really good, I think I favor her older stuff. Still a fun read!
Ariel/Sycorax Pine--I also have The Grand Sophy and have heard that it is a favorite of a lot of readers. I'm looking forward to that one as well. I hope you like the other two if you read them. A Civil Contract is not as fluffy as some of the others and the romance not as 'passionate', but it's a nice story of a more mature love.

Elaine Simpson-Long

Heyer's Regency novels are superb but when she steps outside her genre as in Beauvallet and the slightly earlier settings of Powder and Patch and her medieval novels, she really is sticky and her dialogue is unconvincing. Fun though they are, I would stick to the Regency titles and thank goodness there are so many of them. A Civil Contract is my favourite

Mary Ellen

I love Heyer's Regency romances, but reading her historical novels, especially the Spanish Bride and Beuvallet led me (by roundabout ways) to the Patrick O'Brian seafaring sagas set during the Napoleonic wars. Okay, ladies, I know the decks running with blood might not be your thing, but O'Brian's 20+ volume series featuring Captain 'Lucky Jack' Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maturin, a physician, naturalist and spy. Give it a try -- the attention to historical detail, the complexity of friendships and rivalries, the rich prose, all make for a truly enjoyable adventure in reading. And yes, there is plenty of romance and sensitive depictions of family and married life.


Elaine--A Civil Contract is one of my favorites, too! I was surprised that the language was so uneven in Beauvallet as she tends to be a stickler, but she would seem to use lots of slang and then drop it later one. Still, I enjoyed the story for the action and was curious to see what her earlier books were like, but I think ultimately I also love the Regencies more.
Mary Ellen--Technically they are writing about the same period, though they sound so very different! I love Heyer's novels, too, but I also have Patrick O'Brien on my pile. I've yet to read any of the books, but I see I really must, as I think I would like them--plus I love seafaring tales--so that's an added bonus! I had started reading Horatio Hornblower, but I've gotten behind with them and not had a chance to pick one up in a while. You make the O'Brien's sound wonderfully appealing--thanks!

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