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- Audible.com Release Date: May 14, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003MSCSFM
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Venetia Lanyon is twenty-five years old, orphaned, and responsible for her frail younger brother Aubrey, who is crippled by a disease of the hip-joint. She is also legally responsible for the family manse and lands in Yorkshire, while their older brother and heir, Conway, is away at war in France. Although Venetia has much going for her in the way of looks, charm and intelligence, and has two loyal suitors nearby, she is determined not to wed unless it is for love. Her father, when he was alive, was a recluse and showed little interest in his children except to forbid Venetia's coming out in London society, sponsored by her very willing aunt. Unaware of the unattached treasure in Yorkshire, London society and many probable excellent matches had to get by without Venetia.
Then, quite by accident, Venetia meets her neighbor, Lord Damerel, who has rarely visited his land since he returned from exile. Damerel is charismatic but not handsome, middle-aged and quite the worst rake, having flown the country with another man's wife years before. Since that liaison broke up, he has been leading a fast, devil-may-care existence and is not received in respectable society.Read more ›
This is not a tale of high adventure, and yes, Heyer has written that type, particularly in her earlier years. It is a tale of a beautiful young woman who has nevertheless resigned herself to spinsterhood and to life as the hostess for her younger brother who is unlikely to marry. Into the neighborhood however comes a rake, who is a slightly unlikely figure in that he is not handsome nor appealing at first sight. But he is attracted to Venetia and she to him, perhaps united by their shared sense of the ridiculous. [Warning: Do not read this book on public transportation or in public libraries, if you do not want to draw attention to yourself].Read more ›
However, re-reading this over the holidays I was struck by the great achievement Heyer made in fixing her characters firmly in Regency soil. So many of the more recent pretenders in this genre insist on applying the moral and ethical values of their own time to characters fixed in a fictional world 200 years old.
So here we have Damerel admitting to his shortcomings, Venetia on the verge of being "cabined, cribbed & confined" to Edward, a young man with a disability that won't magically be cured and a host of friends and relatives whose moral outlook isn't crammed into the garments of 21st century behaviour. Brilliant!
Although first published in 1958, this novel is charming, witty, cleverly plotted and exquistely written. It is full of engaging characters who are allowed to act out an amusing and clever story without bowing to modern prejudices. Invaluable!
If you have never read anything by Heyer, try this one first. You will fall in love with Damerel and be charmed by Venetia and find yourself lost in a long-gone world that Heyer makes come truly alive on a private stage for us between the covers of this novel.
Their growing friendship, assisted by Venetia's young brother, and the interference of Venetia's other suitors, is portrayed with humour and a light touch by Heyer. But once he decides that he cannot in all conscience seduce her, Damerel believes himself to be unworthy of her. Even when she needs him most, he appears to turn his back on her.
Of course, being a Heyer book, all works out in the end, but the journey to that denoument is alternately witty, sparkling and heart-wrenching.
Like most Heyers, this book is now out of print; however you manage to get a copy, keep it! This is a book you'll want to read over and over.
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This has to be one of Heyer's best regencies, though I confess I haven't read them all. Just enough action, dialogue, atmosphere to immerse the reader, and with a bit more pathos... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Linore Rose Burkard, aka L.R.Burkard
Very enjoyable story that gives you an insight to the old English way of living and social requirements and etiquette.Published 1 month ago by Margarete Widmayer
If you have yet to read a Georgette Heyer novel, make "Venetia" your first. Heyer's ability to illustrate the quirks of characters through their dialogue is entertaining and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cyn Worden Lee
I have seldom enjoyed characters and their conversations so much. I am completely in love with Dameral! Heyer is a wonderful writer!Published 3 months ago by Kathleen Whelan
While I am a Huge Fan of Georgette Heyer and a latecomer to her books, this novel is by far her very best... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Virginia E. Streeter
I love any of the romances by Georgette Heyer. I haven't read a loser yet.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer