- File Size: 1452 KB
- Print Length: 450 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00348UN5M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But upon re-reading it, I've started to enjoy it more. It hasn't actually got much romance -- the comments about the lack of character in the hero's fiancee, Henrietta, are pretty accurate. She's a timid and rather dull portraiture.
What struck me upon re-reading it was the deeply affectionate relationship between Gilly and his cousin Gideon. Gideon is in fact the perfect Regency hero -- dark, tall, handsome, dashing -- but although he races off to Gilly's rescue when he learns his little cousin is in danger, his help turns out not to be needed as Gilly rescues himself, growing up considerably in the process.
In fact, this is the only Heyer novel that shows such an openly caring relationship between two men raised as brothers. It's actually a nice change from the usual romance formula, watching Gilly gain confidence during his adventures after suffering for so long under the well-meaning tyranny of his guardian and the old family retainers.
Most of Heyer's novels tend to have better-drawn female characters than male characters, so it's an interesting change to read one of her books where the male characters are much more vivid and active than the females.
A great book? No. But a very charming one, and I re-read it more often than I first thought I would. I like Gilly a lot -- all those incredibly handsome, dashing heroes get a bit wearisome after a while! He's very believable, and engages one's sympathies in being burdened with wealth, responsibility and titles that he isn't sure he can live up to.
Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware, the Duke of
Sale, is tired of all the pompous trappings of his position. A mild
mannered and kindly young man, he's also tired of being treated like a
semi-invalid child by his family and retainers alike. Longing for an
adventure, he leaps at the chance to help a young realtive who has
written some unwise love letters to an unsuitable young lady, and who
is now being sued for breach of promise. What follows is a series of
adventures, some hilarious, a few somewhat dangerous, as the young
duke comes into his own.
A truly excellent book. The young Duke of
Sale is exactly the kind of romantic hero one wishes one read more of
instead of the autocratic-almost-a-rapist "hero" one comes
across more often in regency romances today.
As Gilly, Duke of Sale, takes on the role of Mr. Dash of Nowhere in Particular, he realizes his own strengths and abilities. When his heroic cousin Gideon - a typical Heyer hero - comes to rescue him from the cellar where his kidnappers have put him, Gilly has already escaped, buring the house down in the process! In his gentle, but not weak way, Gilly finally grows into his ducal shoes.
Heyer's ability to plot an intricate story, with many sub-plots, reminds me of P G Wodehouse. She can weave all these diverse strands until a satisfactory resolution ends the book. Her characters in this book are rich, funny and diverse. Heyer almost always has the ability to draw characters from all levels of society. Not always two-dimensional, but always interesting. In The Foundling, Tom Mamble provides some of the comic relief - his backward race on two pigs, a cow and an old horse, is hysterical! But Tom, scion of a very wealthy but vulgar ironmonger, saves the day at the end of the book... I won't disclose this in case the reader of this review has not yet read the book. Belinda, the foundling named in the title, is perhaps the most beautiful but empty-headed Heyer heroine of all!
And yes, the heroine's role in this book is a small one, but she, too, is coming of age and her gentle assertiveness grows as she grows in confidence of Gilly's love for her. She seems a perfect, and loving, match for Gilly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delightful romance / coming of age story. Georgette Heyer is a master of language. She deftly pulled me into the story, until i found myself reading "One Moe Chapter"... Read morePublished 5 days ago by M. Thornton
One of her best. I love this book. A fun comical adventure that I enjoy reading time after time. One of my favorite authors.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Anything by Georgette Heyer is an enjoyable read. The plots are similar, but the language is always charming.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very witty and extremely silly but entertaining story. It started off to be quite slow and tedious but the characters grew on me and I found it all to be quite amusing.Published 28 days ago by Sue B P
Loved this engaging period novel and that it has a male lead.
I couldn't put it down. It had a great number of plot twists and good humor.
I am a big fan of all of her books and in fact read them over and over again. I have my favorites of course and The Foundling is one of them.Published 1 month ago by Clarica Burns
This is not my favorite Georgette Heyer novel as it is very light on romance, but Gilly and Gideon are great characters that carry the story.Published 1 month ago by Bonnie G.
The scuffles of the coming of age of the slight young Duke are great fun. The ruffian Tom is a wonderful boy.Published 1 month ago by J. Mitchell
Heyer has an inexhaustible supply of believable characters, even when they are doing unbelievable things! Delightful romp in this one!Published 1 month ago by laswa
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