By Georgette Heyer
Heyer’s books need no more encomiums. I will only add a few random thoughts. Venetia is probably one of her most admirable and charming heroines and Damerel one of her most romantic heroes. The book itself is probably one of the most romantic. The romance takes center stage here. Venetia and Damerel are lost in love and experience more romance, joy and heartache on the page than any other of her novels. In many of her novels one needs to imagine and read between the lines and much is only implied. What struck me most were the development of the secondary characters. Each one of them was priceless and well crafted, whether hilarious (Aunt Hendred, Nurse, the Steeples, Oswald, and Charlotte for example.) or maddening: (Edward, and Mrs. Scourrier.) Or just there (but with distinct and detailed personalities): the Dennys and Mr. Hendred, and the servants.
The one complaint about this one is Heyer’s over use of the affectionate terms, “Stoopid”, and “My dear Friend” or “dearest friend” It kind of made me roll my eyes after awhile.
***Edit*** There is one thing that really bothers me if I think about it too hard. And that is Damerel’s behavior with Venetia in the woods during what turns out to be a “meet cute.” However, he genuinely assaulted her. It was only when he realized that she was not what she appeared (his tenant and thus in his power, and powerless) that he stopped. She was in real danger. thank God she had the ability to quote poetry. What really bugs me is that many readers take Lord Worth of Regency Buck into dislike because of his behavior on the road to Judith, yet give Damerel a free pass. Damerel’s behavior is so so much worse.**5 out of 5 stars**
March 5, 2017