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Judith Taverner and her brother, Peregrine, are orphans. The death of their eccentric father left them well provided for but consigned to the guardianship of a man they have never met, Julian St. John Audley, Lord Worth. When repeated requests for an introduction to him go unanswered, they set off to London to force a meeting. En route, they spend the night in the village of Grantham, where they make the acquaintance of their Uncle Bernard. Judith and Perry, knowing that their father had disowned his brother many years ago are reluctant to acknowledge the relationship, but Bernard proves to be polite and charming. They also run afoul of an arrogant aristocrat when Perry mishandles a borrowed gig on the road and causes a near-accident. On reaching London, Judith and Perry are amazed and horrified to discover that the insufferable nobleman who made their lives a misery in Grantham is none other than Lord Worth himself. The plot is sufficiently clever and complicated to keep the listener guessing, but the characters are not as appealing as those in some of Heyer's other Regencies. Worth never really becomes human; he is annoyingly arrogant and omniscient, keeping his feelings, as well as a couple of vital facts, hidden from the heroine and the listener alike. Judith, not allowed to overcome the conventions of her romance heroine role, never becomes a decisive character. June Barrie handles the various voices and accents well but unremarkably. A secondary purchase in libraries where Heyer's works (e.g., Cotillion) are popular and the budget allows. Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland
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Georgette Heyer is known for her witty plots, her accurate descriptions, and her vivacious characters. This book certainly does not disappoint. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christine McDaniel
Having read hundreds of these historical romances, I was eagerly looking forward to a new author. After the fourth chapter, it was all I could do to skim and hope it improved. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Retired Educator
I own this book in paperback, kindle and audio and have enjoyed it multiple times. I even got both of my teens to tear themselves away from the dystopian books they read to give... Read morePublished 12 days ago by amtmcm
The writing style took a little to get used to, then I realized I was getting the flavor of the time and place through dialogue. Perry and his rambling speech made his character. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Earl of Worth mistakes respectable Miss Taverner as a demimondain and the game is on! Ms. Heyers attention to historical details, strong and amusing characters make her books... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Boo Smith
Love all of Georgette Heyer books. Like to listen to them read.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
more interesting and enjoyable than some of hers. only problem for me was the excessive descriptions. my personal bias. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer