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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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While the book was very well written and the characters highly developed I just couldn't like it. I've never been so frustrated by a person in my life. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
More sober than many of her books. I usually laugh out loud at some of the characters dialogue.Published 26 days ago by lynn kelly
Georgette Heyer always pleases! Not my ultimate favorite, but still a wonderful read!!Published 1 month ago by A. Hocker
I have always loved the way Georgette Heyer can bring her characters to life. She puts details about the time periods that make her stories so authentic, nothing compares to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tammy
This was the first Georgette Heyer I read and it has remained my favorite till date! I cannot re-read it enough times! My second most favorite book, next to Pride and Prejudice!Published 1 month ago by nmani
Such a great story! This is definitely my favorite Heyer that I have read. Judith is a great heroine and Lord Worth, well, of course he is great! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pablo G.
Wonderful story, highly recommended. One of my favorite Heyer books. Exciting characters, interesting plot, I will definitely read again. Captivating sophisticated author.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer