sharing books – georgette heyer …

Georgette HeyerI was reminded recently of one of my favourite authors, so I thought I would share a little about Georgette Heyer and two of my favourite books from her collection of almost 60 books.

She was born in 1902 and died in 1974, and is best known for writing historical romances and detective fiction. I love that she began her writing career by writing a story for her younger brother, which was later turned into a novel.

From 1932 onwards, she wrote a romance novel and a thriller each year, and it’s a fun fact that her husband often provided her with the outline for her books. I’m not sure I would want my DH to do that for me!

My two hands-down favourite novels are These Old Shades (1926) and Devil’s Cub (1932). I keep coming back to these two novels again and again.

Here’s a taste of These Old Shades …

Set in the Georgian period, about 20 years before the Regency, These Old Shades is considered to be the book that launched Heyer’s career. It features two of Heyer’s most memorable characters: Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, and Leonie, whom he rescues from a life of ignominy and comes to love and marry.

The Duke is known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle. Late one evening, he is accosted by a young person dressed in ragged boy’s clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian. The Duke buys “Leon” and makes the child his page. “Leon” is in fact Leonie, and she serves the Duke with deep devotion. When he uncovers the true story of her birth, he wreaks an unforgettable revenge on her sinister father in a chilling scene of public humiliation.’ [Amazon]

And Devil’s Cub

Devil’s Cub is one of Georgette Heyer’s most famous and memorable novels, featuring a dashing and wild young nobleman and the gently bred young lady in whom he finally meets his match…

Like father, like son…

Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal and fiery son of the notorious Duke of Avon, has established a rakish reputation that rivals his father’s, living a life of excess and indulgence. Banished to the Continent after wounding his opponent in a duel, Vidal schemes to abduct the silly aristocrat bent on seducing him into marriage and make her his mistress instead. In his rush, however, he seems to have taken the wrong woman.

Determined to save her sister from ruin, virtuous Mary Challoner intercepts the Marquis’s advances and throws herself into his path, hoping Vidal will release her upon realizing his error. But as the two become irrevocably entangled, Mary’s reputation and future lie in the hands of a devilish rake, who finds her more fascinating every day…’ [Amazon]

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  1. Esther A
    Posted March 28, 2014 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    My mother is a massive Georgette Heyer fan. She has every one of her books and has read them many times. She writes the dates in the back so she doesn’t re-read them to soon after. I play volleyball with a lady whose mother was in contact with Georgette Heyer during the war. I think she sent rations packs over and after Georgette wrote to say thanks they kept in contact. My friend has an autographed book. Small world!

  2. Posted March 28, 2014 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    What a great story, Esther … Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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