Sunday, February 18, 2018
Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer
I read Pistols for Two years ago, and had forgotten the stories. Kloester remarks that Heyer introduced intelligent heroes and independent heroines. The problem with short stories, though, is that there's not enough character development. That's very evident when you read these stories, and realize the hero and heroine don't have time to become acquainted. The romances seem rushed, and, at times, even ridiculous. Why would a much-sought-after lord fall in love with a young woman of eighteen upon first sight, and immediately decide he's going to marry her? In Heyer's novels, the characters have more opportunity to get to know each other, to develop a relationship.
Saying that, the stories are still charming. In "A Husband for Fanny", a widow hopes an eligible man is interested in her daughter, although she herself is still younger than the man. "Night at the Inn" is reflective of Heyer's mysteries more than her romances. I went back and reread one of the three newly published stories, "Runaway Match" after the first reading to catch the dialogue, looking at it after knowing the ending. It sparkles even more the second time around.
While they're not as complete as her novels, Georgette Heyer's short stories show the roots of her Regency romances. Snowdrift and Other Stories is worth picking up just for those discoveries or as a reminder of her talent and wit.
Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer. Sourcesbooks Casablanca. 2017. 290p.
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