Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer gave her readers another appealing hero
in The Nonesuch. Now, Sourcebooks Casablanca brings Heyer's characters back to life in the new releases of the popular Regency romances.

At 35, Sir Waldo Hawkridge was already wealthy when he inherited his cousin's estate. But, the bachelor didn't rest on his reputation as a sportsman, the reputation that led to his nickname of the Nonesuch. Like his father and grandfather before him, he was a philanthropist. In that role, he traveled to his new estate to remodel it into a home for orphans, bringing his cousin, Sir Julian Lindeth with him. It was enough to stir up the village of Oversett, where the young men wanted to emulate Sir Waldo, and the young women were interested in their stirring hearts.

Ancilla Trent wasn't at all interested in falling in love. At 26, she considered herself over-the-hill, and had a job as governess/companion to Tiffany Wield. Tiffany was a beautiful, rich, spoiled heiress, living in her aunt's household because her parents were dead. Tiffany only cared for herself, and the world revolved around her, until the Nonesuch showed up. It's a treat for the reader to see Tiffany put in her place while someone else finds a storybook romance.

No one does witty conversation and romance in the way Georgette Heyer did. It's a pleasure to watch romances develop in her books. This story includes a romance for the Nonesuch, and a secondary one for his cousin, Lindeth. The details of life and social events, the delicious repartee, and the romances bring Heyer's books to life. The Nonesuch is another enjoyable story, with two likable "older" characters, brought to readers by the Queen of Regency Romances, and, thankfully, brought back by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer. Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2009. ISBN 9781402217708 (paperback), 348p.

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