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Pistols for Two (Regency Romances) Paperback – February 7, 2012
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"* "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." - Katie Fforde * "My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." - Margaret Drabble * "A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds." - Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph * "Every girl, whatever her age, needs her own complete set of Heyer titles. More than romantic they are witty, elegant, stylish and the best comedies of manners since Jane Austen. Required reading for everyone." --Diane Pearson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Georgette Heyer's historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers. She wrote over 50 books, including Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.
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Pistols for Two - Best friends face each other for a duel over a silly neighborhood chit
A Clandestine Affair - Sparks fly between two guardians who try to stop their charges from eloping
Bath Miss - Sharp witted Sir Charles escorts Miss Massingale home from Bath to London and falls into several scrapes along the way. This one made me laugh.
Pink Domino - Brother and sister disagree about her attending a masquerade. When he goes to extract her from it, he finds a twist of fate.
A Husband for Fanny - Very sweet story of a mother trying to make a match for her daughter during her first season in London.
To Have the Honour - Financially strapped Viscount is in love with his heiress cousin, but doesn't want to appear a fortune hunter by marrying her. His sister knows they love each other and intervenes to thrust them into their HEA.
Night at the Inn - Story of a mysterious stranger at a spooky inn. This is a crime story more than a romance.
The Duel - This story left me with a smile. A duel turns into a courtship with one of the duelist's sisters.
Hazard - Over the top tale of a brother losing his wagered sister to a handsome marquis in a game of hazard.
Snowdrift - Cousins race with each other to reach their grandfather in Bath in order to claim his fortune.
Full Moon - Girl thinks she wants to escape the marriage her father arranged by eloping with her childhood friend.
Heyer was late with the delivery of her novel, A Civil Contract, to her publisher due to family issues, and while continuing to work on A Civil Contract, had these short stories published in its stead. Thank goodness for that! A Civil Contract remains the only Heyer novel in which I felt compelled to skip entire pages (or entire chapters) in order to just get to the end (hopefully, I will go back and read it one day in its entirely). While I found A Civil Contract rather depressing and just overly long, I felt just the opposite about Pistols for Two. These stories are perfect if you just want a quick read before going to bed. Nothing profound, or upsetting here- just short and sweet stories to enjoy before turning off the light.
I recommend all of Heyer's works- even A Civil Contract. All of her novels and short stories are classics IMO. Her research and talent sets her apart from other writers. A true master.
The stories are entertaining snippets. They seem like Heyer's notes to herself for her novels. A character like Miles in "April Lady" appears with his wild and irritating younger sister. A young lady plans an elopement with a childhood friend to escape the visiting "older" man she has been told to marry, very similar to the beginning of "Sylvester." There is no opportunity for character development in these tales. The endings can usually be seen from the vantage point of the first or second paragraph. That doesn't keep them from being amusing, but readers should be aware of what the book is like.