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Charity Girl (Regency Romances) [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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Book Description

"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable."-Sunday Telegraph

A young and lovely runaway alone on the road to London

Miss Charity Steane is running away from the drudgery of her aunt's household to find her grandfather. Not expecting her visit, the old gentleman is not in London but is away in the country.

A scandal broth in the making

When Viscount Desford encounters a lovely waif searching for her grandfather, he feels honor bound to assist her; but dashing about the countryside together, the Viscount must prevent his exasperating charge from bringing him ruin upon herself...and him.

In the end, his best idea is to bring Charity to his lifelong best friend Henrietta and that's when the fun and surprises begin...

"It all begins when a chivalrous and rich young gallant takes pity on a pathetic poor relation in a neighboring family. Before long he is so entangled in his efforts to help her that every step he takes leads to some hilarious new confusion. The romantic conclusions are not what you may expect, but that adds to the fun."-Publishers Weekly

"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

Editorial Reviews


"Overall, Charity Girl was a nice easy romance... She is one of my favorite authors that I discovered in 2008!" - Library Queue

"Full of messes as well as larks, Charity Girl will have you alternately tutting like an old hen and giggling like a schoolgirl over all the crazy shenanigans." - Love Romance Passion

"Charity Girl is a remarkable regency romance penned by one of the most famous authors of this genre." - Once Upon a Romance

"Georgette Heyer's novel, [Charity Girl] is light and frothy." - Good Books Bright Side

About the Author

Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty books, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. Her barrister husband, Ronald Rougier, provided many of the plots for her detective novels, which are classic English country house mysteries reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, inventive plots, and sparkling characterization.

Product Details

  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402213506
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001POX6VK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for her 33rd Regency novel July 28, 2011
This is one of the author's later Regency romances (her next-to-last one, in fact) and while it's not nearly her best, it's not bad at all. It could also practically be titled "Regency Road Trip." Charity Steane (but who prefers to be called "Cherry") has the misfortune to be the daughter of a con man and wastrel who essentially abandoned her to a private school when she was small -- and neglected to pay the bills. Charity was eventually packed off to the country home of her aunt, who saw her as a source of free household labor and treated her abominably. Having taken all she can stand, Charity packs her old portmanteau and sets out on foot for London, to seek assistance from her grandfather, who had cut all ties with her father. However, though she's nineteen, Charity looks and acts much younger and has almost no experience at all of the world. Cut to young Viscount Desford who has been visiting his parents and is also on his way back to London. He sees Cherry trudging along the road and, being both a gentleman and a Good Person, picks her up for her own safety, promising to escort her where she's going. When Granddad (who wasn't expecting company) is discovered to have gone off to the country himself, Des is stuck with the bewildered and panicky girl, for whom he now considers himself responsible. What is he to do with her while he tries to locate the old man? He can't take her to his own home -- people would talk. So he conveys her quickly to the home, not far from his parents' place, of his very old friend, Henrietta Silverdale. Nearly ten years before, Des and Hetta had been the subjects of a parental conspiracy to get them married off, which they had successfully resisted, but they've remained very close and have frequently come to each other's rescue. Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Satisfying January 9, 2011
I'll admit it openly and unashamedly: I am a Georgette Heyer fangirl. Anyone who knows me, knows that I simply don't read romances or chick lit, so this admission is a rather earth shattering.

I have been a Heyer fan, since that day in the library when, ever searching for something to recommend to a precocious early teens reader, our local librarian Jill turned to the other librarian Mary and said, "How about Georgette Heyer?". Mary, the Heyer reader, decreed that was an excellent idea, and lead me through the stacks to the H's, showed me the row of Heyer's novels and recommended one. It was love at first read. Since, I've tried other "Regency" authors, but my addiction is to Ms. Heyer, not to the genre of Regency Romance.

Ms. Heyer was excruciatingly historically accurate (to the annoyance of her critics) and filled her books with as much of the language and flavor of Regency England as she possibly could (another sore spot with critics). For a teenager with Asperger's, a predilection toward British history and a love of words, Ms. Heyer's Regency novels, full of such detailed depictions of high society life during this time, were gifts from heaven. I still read them anytime I want a lighter read, to escape completely and totally into another time.

Charity Girl has long been one of my favorites, since that first reading when I found myself surprised (due to slowness to pick up on social cues, even in books) with the ending couples. In this delightful novel, the Viscount Desford (quite the eligible bachelor), meets young (beneath her years) Charity Steane in the role of poor relation in her aunt's house.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charity Girl October 21, 2008
Viscount Ashley Desford meets Charity(aka Cherry) Steane at a gathering while visiting his aunt. The next day as he returns to his London home, he encounters her walking on a lonely road and seeing the peril that she could fall into, takes her to his best friend Henrietta(Hetta) Silverdale's house. So begins a comedy of errors and misunderstandings as Desford tries to find Cherry's grandfather and avoid scandal.

All the main characters were very likable and even the baddies give the reader a chuckle. One of the biggest problems with this book is that I believe that the novel may have benefited from being shorter because there were parts of it that I was not bored with but certainly not interested in. A prime example of this is when Desford sets off to find Cherry's grandfather. The long descriptions of the journey there and back were somewhat tedious and I was impatient to hear more about the main characters not about road travels, broken wheels and horses going lame. Another part of the story that was not as well handled was the romance between the two lovers(sorry I will not tell who these are, you will have to find that out yourself). Not enough time was spent developing that story line and the reader is left to fill in their back story. By the time they get together, you are happy for them but its hard to feel very invested because you are not given the opportunity.

It wasn't all that I thought it was going to be but it was not bad at all. Something tells me that this book is not Georgette Heyer at her best. All in all an entertaining read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer never fails to please!
While Georgette Heyer's books usually have some element of a love story, they are never just "romance novels". Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars ... have almost all of Georgette Heyers' Regency romances and Love...
I have almost all of Georgette Heyers' Regency romances and Love Most of them.
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I love Jane Austen but am running out of new works to read; every modern day novel i have started is just a rewriting of one of her masterpieces and i always quit reading, bored. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kristy Alvarez
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Awful rubbished. Very expensive for complete and total tribal. Obviously needed to throw out a book for her editor . Truly awful
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun romp, with a young man learning to handle ...
This is a fun romp, with a young man learning to handle life's problems, and finding out that love was staring him in the face all along. Read more
Published 4 months ago by peruvianprincess
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cinderella story with well-written characters and a bit of a twist.
A wonderful romance from one of my favorite authors.... I am a bona fide Georgette Heyer fan and I absolutely love this book. The plot is trite, a Cinderella story for certain. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars fluffy fun! What an enjoyable story
Light, witty, fluffy fun! What an enjoyable story. Georgette Heyer's books are always well-written and entertaining. Read more
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More About the Author

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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