Thursday, October 22, 2015

Regency Buck - Georgette Heyer

Please welcome back guest reviewer, Jessica Clark!
Summary: THE HEIRESS

A novel set in Regency London and Brighton. It is in regrettable circumstances that beautiful Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine first encounter Julian St. John Audley. The man, they both agree, is an insufferably arrogant dandy. But unfortunately for the orphans, he is also the Fifth Earl of Worth, a friend of the Regent and, quite by chance, their legal guardian...

Judith Taverner had captivated all London society. A bevy of elegant bachelors swarmed about her, vying for her favors. But then her brother suddenly vanished, she was forced to seek the aid of her mysterious guardian, the powerful Earl of Worth.

Once Judith had looked upon the Earl as a protector -- and then as something far more. But now she was gown up, worldly-wise... and prey to a chilling suspicion. For Judith was not only a bewitching young lady, but also heiress to a great fortune -- a bewildered creature trying to discover the difference between a man's love and a man's greed.  (Summary and image from goodreads.com)

Review:  After spending many decades reading and re-reading Jane Austen novels, I felt it was time to brave new territory. Not one to go lightly into new things, yet incurring an insatiable need for all things Regency, I spent far too much time reading reviews on various books and authors that focused on my favorite time period.

One name kept popping up over and over again.

Georgette Heyer.

As I stumbled over her name again and again, I began to discern that she was not just another writer trying to cash in on the obvious obsession with the regency era that began with Jane Austen and has now risen to a fever pitch today. In fact, Georgette began her writing career in the early 20th century (read: early 1900's) as a young woman. To this day, 48 of her books are in print.

So, deciding I had stumbled upon a genuine article, I decided to dive in.

Regency Buck is GH's first regency era novel. Many would tell you that it is a take off of Pride and Prejudice, one of Jane Austen's greatest hits. And so, dear reader, I would have to agree.
If, by agreeing, I mean there is a boy and a girl who meet, fall out of like with each other, are thrown together again and again, and then realize they are made for each other. And you know what, I like that. I like a good story of unrequited love becoming requited again. Isn't that what all of our teenage hearts yearned for at one point or another anyway?!

If you have ever wondered what Elizabeth Bennet would have been like if she had been in different, more fashionable shoes, this is the book for you. Not only is it filled with timely descriptions of the Regency era and all of the machinations of the ton, it gives you a heroine that learns to navigate the confining restrictions of her day with an altogether refreshing twist.

Whether it's driving a carriage “hell for leather” through the countryside in her own curricle, or cleverly avoiding the advances of one of the Regency era's most illustrious historical figures, you'll enjoy unraveling the plot and the details of this Regency novel that kicked off the genre in the first place.

Rating:  I give this book a 4 star rating because there are some overly long descriptions of different cultural aspects of the regency era. While I love the regency era, and would normally eat up any descriptions, it did slow the plot down. 


For the Sensitive Reader: There are a few descriptions of cultural aspects of the regency era that might give a reader pause. One event described is a boxing match given in all it's gory detail. Another event is a cock fight (two roosters fighting each other). The author gives the reader an entire look into just how these animals go from the farm to the cage match. The last event worth noting is an outing at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton involving the indubitable playboy, the Prince Regent, and our heroine. Her quick thinking gets her out of trouble before it's too late, but she does find herself in a sticky situation.

2 comments:

Brittany B said...

this book sounds pretty good-and I've never read a Georgette Heyer novel before-I might need to get started after I get done reading all the Jane Austen novels

Sally T. said...

I LOVE Heyer. Some of her regency novels are better than others. One of my favorites is Sprig Muslin. It's almost a parody of the average regency novel. That one had me laughing out loud. Thanks for sharing this review!

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