3 stars. I am clearing some books out of my bookcase and found this book and read it. It's the first of Heyer's Regency novels I've read and although it was a quick read, light and frothy, it was really not my kind of book. Charity Steane, nicknamed Cherry, is living with her aunt in the country as her father has left her in the lurch at a school in Bath and neglected to pay the school fees. Feeling that her father must be dead, Cherry tries to help her aunt and cousins but the aunt is unkind and treats her like a drudge, so Cherry runs away, planning to head to London to find her grandfather and have him take her in. On the road, Lord Desford finds her and agrees to take her to London. When they get there, her grandfather isn't there, so he takes Cherry to his old friend Henrietta's, to save Cherry's reputation. Lord Desford sets out to find her grandfather. Cherry thrives at Henrietta's, becoming close to her invalid mother. But Cherry's neer do well father turns up trying to make some money out of the situation his daughter is in. I found the story somewhat interesting but the language Heyer uses, likely typical of the times, reads like another language at times and wasn't to my liking.
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