Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer
Rating: 2.1.2 (PG)
Recommended audience: Mostly adult but some teens might like it
Category: Historical romance
I was 14 years old when I read Pride and Prejudice and fell in love with Jane Austen and the whole Regency period. I don't know what it is about this time period--the manners, high society, empire waist dresses, social requirements and taboos, sexual tension because of strict social rules, or whatever--I really like to read about it. I also like to read about a good rake (for those of you who aren't familiar with Regency England a "rake" is a real ladies man). Maybe it's one of my weird fantasies that I can fulfill through reading because I don't like "rakes" in real life. So this novel was just my cup of tea. It is about a 29 year old lady who has never been tempted to marry because all of her many suitors have never really been interesting enough. Of course, she is brought together with a very uncivil gentleman of disrepute and can't stop thinking about him. I've never read any books by Heyer before but I'm glad to have been introduced to her recently. Although she passed away in 1974, she had written over 50 books in her lifetime almost all regency romances. From what I can tell, all of her books are clean and not the kind of trash that have covers with women's dresses falling off and clinging to shirtless Fabian-like men. I would definitely recommend her books to all of you Jane Austen fans who want more to read from this time period.