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A Civil Contract (Regency Romances) Paperback – November 1, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
How to get out of the debt is the basis for the marriage of convenience that will join Adam to Jenny Chawleigh, a young woman not of Adam's class, whose father is rich enough to buy her a titled husband. Sounds typical, right? It's not at all thanks to Heyer's deft plotting and characterizations. Jenny just happens to be a friend of the young woman who loves Adam and who is deeply loved in return by him. There's no happy maneuvering that allows Adam to end up with his beloved. Instead, we get heartbreaking scenes throughout the novel: ending the relationship, running into each
other at various functions, etc. Jenny KNOWS how much they hurt, but she is powerless to do anything. Her father wants a title for his only child, and Adam needs the Chawleigh money to save his family and name from ruin. Jenny is not beautiful and knows she can't compete with romantic
love. Her only hope and desire is to make a "comfortable" marriage. She is logical in this.
There are secondary romances interwoven that not only make sense but also add to the richness of details.
I found it intriguing that there's no lightning bolt of "Oh, I've fallen in love with my wife!" which is often the case in marriage of convenience themes. Instead, we have love grow out of respect and necessity between two honorable people.
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.
This novel, while it doesn't have the drama of some of Heyer's other works (such as "These Old Shades"), is certainly a more interesting journey (in my opinion) than "The Nonesuch," which was a flat tableau of very little character development. I think Heyer did a lovely job of showing us how marriages unfold, especially marriages that are difficult or traumatic at the outset. The use of the word "civil" in the title is, to me, a double-entendre; yes, the marriage is a civil contract, but the arrangement holds promise almost exclusively because of the civility of its unlikely partners.
I also thought the psychology of the various characters was expertly handled, with plenty of dry humor. The romantic in me wished Jenny would have had one or two redeeming physical traits, such as a fine figure or lovely hair, but this was not to be. Also, the character of Jonathan Chawleigh was excessively heavy at times -- I couldn't have agreed more with Adam's private assessment of him as an "insensitive vulgarian," but I admit that the Dickensian boldness of Chawleigh was necessary to make the theme work. Overall I enjoyed the book.
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