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Product Details

  • Series: Regency Romances (Book 21)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402238770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402238772
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sparkling" Independent "My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." Margaret Drabble "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." Katie Fforde "A writer of great wit and style... I've read her books to ragged shreds." Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph "Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" India Knight --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.


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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, "The Black Moth," published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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Georgette Heyer is one of my favorite authors.
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As usual Ms. Heyer gives an excellent story of intriguing lifelike characters.
Elizabeth B. Wood
All the main characters are well defined and interesting.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kathy B on November 5, 2011
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This is a beautiful story; every bit of it rings true. One feels nothing but empathy and concern for Lord and Lady Lynton as they find their quietly anguished way to love and contentment. Ms. Heyer has given us a realistic set of characters; not one of them is truly repulsive (so as to make the others more likable). One even feels empathy for the beautiful and shallow Julia and the overbearing and vulgar Mr. Chawleigh. The characters' weaknesses make them human and their strengths make them honorable.

This is not a Georgette Heyer Regency RomCom (and I've read all of them), but don't leave it off your Georgette Heyer reading list.

I want to read this book again and again.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jessie B. Sackler on January 6, 2003
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We have all read Regencies in which the destitute hero marries for money and finds true love as well. "A Civil Contract" is not one of these stories.
Adam Deveril is one of Georgette Heyer's quiet gentlemen: handsome, honorable, and brave. He needs a great deal of bravery when his father dies. That death shatters Adam's life. He has a career in the army; he must sell out. He loves the fairy-tale beauty Julia and she loves him; a man in debt to his neck cannot afford a merely respectable portion, nor can the lover honorably ask her to join him in grinding poverty. He does what his honor insists that he do.
None of the things which he has lost could help him . He needs to marry money, in the form of the plump and plain daughter of a domineering and vulgar man--a very wealthy man, who is willing to take on Adam's debts to marry his daughter to a nobleman.
But Jenny loves Adam, and has loved him ever since she, as Julia's companion, watched the golden pair fall in love. Jenny can marry him and rescue him financially, which Julia can't; she can be the wife of the man she loves, knowing that he still loves Julia; she can fulfill her father's dreams for her. And she does.
Surely this must have happened in life. Not every merchant's daughter would turn out to be beautiful. Not every wealthy merchant would turn out to be a man of sensitivity and charm. Not every marriage made for money could turn out to be a marriage for love.
The novel begins with Adam, his problem, his terrible losses, his quietly heroic determination to do both the honorable thing and the sensible thing,no matter what his personal desires are. All he has to sell is himself and his title, and he sells them.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Maxxie on October 17, 2006
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I own every book Heyer wrote, but this is by far my favorite. A Civil Contract covers the first year and a half of an arranged marriage between an impoverished peer desperate to save his family estate from foreclosure, and a rather plain, but very nice, banker's heiress -- who unfortunately is also the former schoolmate of the woman he is in love with. I've read (in Jane Aiken Hodges' excellent biography of Georgette Heyer) that Ms. Heyer deliberately set out with this book shake up the expectations she herself had established in the romance genre -- and she succeeds admirably. Jenny has to adjust to life in the aristocracy, struggle to gain acceptance, deal with her husband's infatuation with her own school friend (a far more typical heroine), and learn how to make him happy.

Charming secondary characters include the hero's dynamic sister and of course the heroine's vulgar but winning father. Jenny is the only Heyer heroine who has a baby (and is seen by the obstetrician who historically later killed Princess Charlotte with his treatments!).
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L. Stone on November 11, 2011
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I've read and reread every Georgette Heyer novel again and again since I was a child, and after all the years, this is by far my favorite. It's not the sparkling romance of so many of her other books, handsome lord and very pretty ingenue, but it has a ring of truth that is something much greater. There's something so satisfying about this novel. Reading it makes me feel content, every time.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bookwoman on November 2, 2011
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If I had to select one Georgette Heyer Regency from her entire list, this would be it. She takes the well-worn idea of an arranged marriage for wealth (hers) and title (his) and turns it into something funny and heart-breaking and ultimately, hugely satisfying. I have read it five times over the years and am happy to finally have it on my Kindle. Don't pass this one up because it doesn't fit the mold of Regency romance.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Teresa McCullough on March 16, 2007
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I read a few reviews from people who said this whas their favorite Georgette Heyer book, and that is true for me. This is the only Georgette Heyer I remember whose heroine is ordinary. Although the story is primarily told from the hero's point of view, my heart really goes out to the heroine. SLIGHT SPOILER: Before the book opens, she falls in love with someone she believes she cannot possibly get to even notice her. She has a chance to marry him and save him from finacial ruin, so she takes it. END OF SPOILER.

There are many ideas in the book. At least one other reviewer suggested that it was a good thing we don't marry our first love. That is true, but the book is also about making the best of what one has. The heroine is shy and average looking, but uses good sense to make the best possible life for herself and her husband. She succeeds, not to the levels of exalted love, but of caring and comfort. It is a book for realists, and Georgette Heyer succeeds with this story better than she ever has.

There are also a number of enjoyable characters, especially the heroine's father. There are also a couple of side stories that could make novels, if we saw more than glimpses of them.

As is often the case, Georgette Heyer gives the book historical context. As is a bit unusual for her, a plot twist revolves around a historical event.
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