Convinta di prendere servizio come governante, la giovane Elinor Rochdale deve fronteggiare un’incredibile vicenda: al termine di un lungo viaggio che dovrebbe condurla nella dimora della temibile signora Macclesfield, si trova invece in una casa signorile ma decadente, al cospetto di un elegante gentiluomo, lord Carlyon, che le chiede di sposare il cugino Eustace. Elinor capisce presto di essere arrivata nella casa sbagliata e teme di essere in presenza di un pazzo. Ma così non è. Grazie all’irresistibile fascino e alla lucida logica di lord Carlyon e alla sventatezza del suo giovane fratello Nicholas, Elinor si sorprende a diventare sposa e vedova nel breve corso di una notte e a trovarsi al centro di una singolarissima vicenda di documenti segreti, agenti inglesi al servizio di
Napoleone, spie e assassini.
Una rocambolesca trama gialla e gli immancabili colpi di fulmine ci regalano una Heyer al suo meglio.
- ISBN: 8833211126
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 288
- Data di uscita: 03-06-2021
3.5 stars. Elinor, our genteel-but-fallen-on-hard-times heroine, is on her way to a dubious governessing job when she accidentally gets into the carriage of Lord Carlyon, a man expecting a woman for a very different job: to marry his dissolute and dying cousin Eustace. His reasons are barely plausib Leggi tutto
4.5★ My original review still stands https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I'll only add that GH created one of her best villains here (view spoiler) [ or did she? (hide spoiler)] And that the Arrow edition I read (with the insipid looking redhead dressed in pink - Elinor was a brown haired 26, worked as a governess, then was in Leggi tutto
The reason I find Georgette Heyer a pleasure to read is simple: Her heroines are fools, her heroes are saturnine, and everyone around them makes me snort with laughter. When the leads are on stage alone or, ever so rarely, together, things get tedious fast. When the wagtail young male or the mischie Leggi tutto
An absolutely charming Heyer regency romance, and now my personal favorite of those I've read (even better then The Corinthian and Friday's Child , IMO). The fact that this book ticked off some of my favorite reader boxes probably has alot to do with why this one was so appealing to me: - An old Jacobe Leggi tutto
The pairing: Older Supposedly Sensible Heroine/Masterful All-Knowing Calm As You Please Hero Supporting Cast: High Spirited Younger Brother, The Deceptively Weak Dandy that one "cannot quite like", Romantic Older Friend of Heroine, Motivationlessly Evil Relative, Exposition Providing Brother The Plot: Leggi tutto
This was my second time through this story and I have to say this author's work stands the test of time and re-reading. I appreciated it more than I did in the first place. I saw more humor and wit than I did the first time around. I saw the subtle hints of romance where I didn't see the evidence of Leggi tutto
” Why, for anything we know we have stumbled upon a really bang-up adventure!” The Reluctant Widow is a 1946 novel of an 1813 Regency romance that delighted me more for its sense of adventure, secret conspiracy, and subtle humor than for its romance. The three elements I find most enjoyable in a bo Leggi tutto
Listen, I know that Georgette Heyer wrote dozens of books. So it's not like, upon first learning of her, I would instantly know which ones would rock my world. But I still think it's rather too bad of my fellow Heyer fans that it has been over 20 years since I discovered her books and I just now, NO Leggi tutto
4.5* This fast paced yarn full of wonderfully engaging characters only just fell short of 5 stars, because the original premise was so unlikely. But once you get over that the story moves along at a cracking pace, with GH's trademark witty dialogue. & another dog as an entertaining minor character. W Leggi tutto
This was probably a 3-star read and not comparable those of Georgette Heyer 's romances that are now among my favorites such as Sylvester , Cotillion , or Devil's Cub and others. However, the marriage proposal/declaration of love scene (that I've marked in my kindle) is one of the sweetest I've ever re Leggi tutto
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