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A young lady of beauty and intelligence facing an unbearable choice... Venetia Lanyon is one of Georgette Heyer's most memorable heroines. Beautiful, capable, and independent minded, her life on the family's estate in the countryside is somewhat circumscribed. Then a chance encounter with her rakish neighbor opens up a whole new world for Venetia. Lord Damerel has built his life on his dangerous reputation, and when he meets Venetia, he has nothing to offer and everything to regret. As Venetia's well-meaning family steps in to protect her from potential ruin, Venetia must find the wherewithal to take charge of her own destiny, or lose her one chance at happiness...
Publisher: [United States] : Sourcebooks Inc : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781402266379
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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May 13, 2018

Fun! Predictable, of course, but fun and fast reading. The language feels artificially stilted as if she wrote in modern language, and used a thesaurus to find the most obscure words to replace them. But that made the book just that much more funny.

Dec 22, 2016

I listened to the audiobook, Naxos 2010 version. Richard Armitage's voices are amazing! I really enjoyed listening to this book. He did a fantastic job. Every character has a different voice, and even have different accents, which is great. I admit that I specifically bought this copy because of the narrator.

As for the actual plot, I liked it. I hadn't read this book before, so it was interesting to listen to. Venetia is a pretty likable character, and Lord Damerel is intriguing. I liked that they fell in love early on and knew it, too, instead of it being wrapped up in a couple pages at the end.

Aug 28, 2014

This book is a delight every time I read it. Of all Heyer's historicals, I love this one the most. Other favorites are False Colours, These Old Shades, and The Grand Sophy.

Sep 08, 2012

It is impossible to say which is my favourite Georgette Heyer novel - usually the one I read last. Venetia is definitely in the top five though. The leading couple are quite unlike any other Heyer wrote (though the Duke of Avon in These old shades comes close), and as always, the language is pure delight.

Jul 14, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are open-minded, and outspoken and in this time period, it's a refreshing idea and makes for a great read.

Feb 21, 2012

I love this book. Venetia is my favorite lady of G. Heyer novels.

Feb 01, 2012

old-fashioned, yes, but fun. It's kind of like Jane Austen, but it moves along a lot better, and Austen never knew anything about horses.

debwalker Dec 11, 2010

Jane Austen-light. Heyer fizzes and sparkles.

Jul 22, 2010

One of my favorite Georgette Heyer books.


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