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The Talisman Ring Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1976

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"[A] light-hearted romp that promises smiles to the pleasure reader." - Jane Austen Today

"[I]t was delightful... Lot's of fun!" - Book-a-Rama

"I really loved this novel. It had it all...comedy, mystery and romance." - Grace's Book Blog

"[V]ery good fun! It's an entertaining read with a fast moving plot and interesting, well formulated characters." - A Work in Progress

"Heyer infuses humor and warmth into the personalities of her heroes and heroines, giving them an endearing quality that will have you rooting for them throughout their escapades and, of course, their romances." - Ex Libris

"Delightful and witty... The Talisman Ring is a keeper for Regency Romance readers and readers who enjoy humor and subtle wit. It is splendid reading!" - The Long and Short of It

"The Talisman Ring is a clever mixture of both romance and mystery, and it has a wonderful air of humor to it as well!... Fans of mystery, romance and adventure are sure to love this book! " - Wendi's Book Corner

"This one is silly and fun. A pure delight. It's just comical." - Becky's Book Reviews

"[S]cintillating dialogue, historical details, sparkling wit..." - Jane Austen's World

"A delightfully light hearted romance novel with a lot of humor and a little mystery thrown in for good measure." - Books 4 Moms --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another. Yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish. For there is no one else to provide for the old man's granddaughter while Ludovic, his heir, remains a fugitive from justice. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett (August 12, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449230031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449230039
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,732,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Talisman Ring is a marvellous piece of comedy, high drama, farce, romance and wit. If you find Regency drawing-room dramas slow-moving, but enjoy the beautiful writing, and want something to set your pulse racing and your excitement on end - buy The Talisman Ring. If you love mystery, this book is considered by some to be Heyer's masterpiece from her mystery writing career - probably because it is not a mystery in the strict sense of the word. It is a late 18th century story of snowdrifts, misunderstandings, disguises, humour, murder, and stolen rings. The book is very romantic, with one of Heyer's most likeable casts - Eustacie de Vauban, the romantic, strong-willed French refugee, Ludovic, Lord Lavenham, refugee of justice, smuggler and rogue, Miss Thane, as sensible as she is romantic and inventive, and Sir Tristram, one of Heyer's sardonic dark heroes. With Basil Lavenham, the oily dandy, a charming innkeeper, his deaf sister, a couple of bumbling Bow Street Runners, and Hugo Thane, Justice of the Peace, this is a happy, very fast-moving novel full of the sort of corruption that the reader can forgive, and it is just the right length for a beginner. Younger readers, in particular, should thoroughly be recommended to read this book to introduce them to the world of Heyer and its high drama, stylised manners and wonderful language.
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This book manages to be a romance (x 2), a romantic adventure, a murder mystery, and a comedy of manners, all rolled into one and with a bit of fashion and political history poured on top. As the old lord dies, he hands his volatile young French ward Eustacie over to no-nonsense bachelor Sir Tristram to marry. Incurably romantic, Eustacie runs away and falls into the arms of a smuggler, who turns out to be her long-lost cousin Ludovic, thought to have skipped the country after being accused of murder. When Ludovic is shot by customs officers, he and Eustacie take refuge in a local inn, where they run into maiden-lady Sarah Thane, traveling with her brother Hugh, a magistrate. As Eustacie and Sarah try to figure out how to restore his patrimony to Ludovic, they must decide whether to trust the sardonic Sir Tristram or yet another cousin, the silky Basil Lavenham.

The inn becomes the center of action for a series of set-pieces that are effortlessly comic or exciting, as Heyer chooses. (But mostly comic.) Some of the best scenes involve the gulling of some poor Bow Street Runners and Sarah's brother Hugh, a classic Heyer type: the bluff older brother or uncle who can't figure out what all the fuss is about, but has an unwavering appreciation for a good cellar. (Compare Rupert in "The Devil's Cub.")

A bit of a warning for casual fans of Regency romances: as with Heyer's other Georgians, the period detail is exact, right down to the language of the narrative, which can make the book a denser read than the usual historical romance written in the modern idiom. It's no more difficult a read than Jane Austen, though, and Heyer really does put you right into the period.

This and "Arabella" were my first Georgette Heyer books, read when I was around nine or ten. Even at that age I found the tempestuous younger couple tiresome, but grooved on the older couple, particularly the divinely unflappable Miss Thane. My love for this book never fades.
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Format: Hardcover
Heyer really enjoys herself in this tightly woven tale of comedy, adventure and a touch of mystery thrown in. There are all the main elements of an eighteenth century bodice ripper - only no bodices get ripped and it is much more satisfying. Heyer knows how to play with characters and the elements to get the best out of it all. Her characters are wonderfully light and witty and the whole tale is just so difficult to put down.
First off there is Eustacie who is an escapee from the French Revolution (although well before there was any danger thus breaking her romantic heart that she wasnever a romantic figure going to her death in a Tumbril). She is being set up for an arranged marriage with her cousin Sir Tristram - whose greatest wish is not to marry her at all. To escape this marriage she flees at night (despite terrible tales of the headless horseman which roams the nearby woods). In her flight she comes across a band of smugglers and her 'romantic' cousin Ludovic.
There is the missing 'Talisman Ring' of the title of this book which will release Ludovic from years of exile as an accused (but naturally innocent) murderer.
This book has one of my favourite Heyer heroines, the unshakeably prosaic Sarah Thane who steps in to help Eustacie clear her cousin Ludovic of murder and thus make them able to at last marry. In the meantime Sarah must work around the even more prosaic Sir Tristram.
Heyer manages to turn the most ordinary events into wonderfully farcical situations. She has a coterie of secondary characters to support this - for instance the two sincere but bumbling Bow Street Runners, as well as Nye (the inn owner) and his deaf daughter.
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Format: Paperback
The Talisman Ring is my favorite book by Georgette Heyer (followed closely by The Reluctant Widow) because it has a perfect blend of romance, adventure and, especially, humor. There are several times throughout the book, no matter how many times I read it, that just make me laugh out loud. And the two couples juxtapose each other very well; one couple is young and brash and fun, and the other is older and more mature. Seeing the older couple's relationship grow is, in my opinion, one of the story's highlights. And the dialogue between characters is great- there is a lot of chemistry between the fairly large cast of characters, and even the secondary characters are VERY memorable. If you like Regency romances (without the physical action), then Heyer is for you. And if you like Heyer, then The Talisman Ring is definitely for you.
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