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The Talisman Ring (Regency Romances) Paperback – March 1, 2009
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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
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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.
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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.
It's a good read if you like this period and perhaps even if you're not familiar with it--yet! Enjoy.
This is a Regency romance of the best kind, filled with humour and with likeable characters (apart from the inevitable villain).
Eustacie, a French emigree has been living at the English country estate of an elderly relative, but he is dying and decides that Eustacie must marry her cousin Tristram, a sober gentleman some years her senior. Needless to say this plan does not recommend itself to Eustacie, and she decides to run away to London in the middle of the night. More romantic than practical, she is sure she will find love there.
She falls into the hands of smugglers, the leader of whom just happens to be yet another cousin, but one she feels is truly romantic. He is wounded, and she takes him to the inn of a sympathetic innkeeper.
There she is assisted by Sarah, who is staying at the inn with her brother, and Sarah it is who convinces Sir Tristram that the young couple are made for each other, and since Sir Tristram had no greater desire to wed Eustacie than she did to him, he and Sarah set about to clear her romantic cousin Ludovic's name. This desire is hampered by the villain who desires above all else to succeed to Ludovic's title and estate.
Much intrigue follows, but a happy ending, with more than one wedding in the offing.
Anyone who enjoys a good romance should find this book a good read.