Thursday, April 9, 2009

Georgette Heyer????

Georgette Heyer was born on August 16 1902 in London, England and died on July 4 1974. She has written more than 50 books and writes from Historical Romance to Detective Fiction. Her writing career began in 1921 when she turned a story of her younger brother into a novel The Black Moth. she married on 1925 to George Ronald Rougier.
She was a very private woman, and even refused to grant interviews, telling a friend: "My private life concerns no one but myself and my family."
Her Regencies Novels were inspired by Jane Austen. And with her thriller novels her husband often helped with the basic plots leaving her to detail characters and dialogue.
Such books that she has written are:


Plot: Arabella, the beautiful daughter of a country vicar, sets out to London to have a season and make an advantageous marriage. On her way there, her carriage has an accident and she has to stop over at the hunting box of Robert Beaumaris, the Nonpareil of the town and one of the wealthiest men in England. Mr. Beaumaris suspects the 'accident' to be a ruse on the part of someone chasing him for his fortune. Overhearing him make a remark to this effect, Arabella pretends to be an heiress. Mr. Beaumaris, knowing this is not true, but impressed by her daring, decides to encourage this falsehood. He is bored by society and views the town cynically. He is also amused by the fact that society will follow whomever leads, irrespective of the wisdom of the person's behavior.


Plot: For the past several years Sophia Stanton-Lacy (Known as Sophy to everyone) has lived away from England, following her diplomat father Sir Horace around Europe while the Napoleonic War raged on. Now that the Battle of Waterloo is over and Napoleon has once again been exiled, her father receives a temporary post in South America. Instead of taking his daughter along, he asks his sister Lady Ombersley to watch over his "Little Sophy" and help him find her a husband. However, "Little Sophy" is nothing like anyone expected. 5'9" in her stockings, she is outgoing, chic, and quite independent. Soon after her arrival, Sophy realizes that all is not well in the Rivenhall household and proceeds to go about making sure everyone ends up happy (Charles no longer engaged to his spiteful fiance, Hubert cleared of all debts and Cecilia married to the man she loves), herself included, through the use of some elaborate machinations.


Plot: Kitty Charing has been brought up in rural isolation by her rich and eccentric guardian, Matthew Penicuik, whom she calls Uncle Matthew. Uncle Matthew makes the whimsical decision to name Kitty as his heiress---but only if she marries one of his extensive collection of great-nephews, the offspring of his assorted and much loathed sisters.


Plot: After the death of the Earl of Spenborough all are shocked when they discover that the late Earl has appointed Ivo Barrasford, Marquis of Rotherham, and formerly engaged to Lady Serena Carlow to be Serena's guardian. Though to Lady Serena may rage against it, there is no way out and therefore Serena moves to Bath with her stepmother where she meets up with her old love from six years past. What will happen in this tangle?

She has written other romances like False Colours (1963) and Ferderica (1965)

Georgette Heyer has also written thrillers like:

Footsteps in the Dark (1932)
Why shoot a Butler (1933)
The Unfinished Clue (1934)

More book reviews to come.


  1. Ohhh sound good, maybe we could read some of them in future reads?? See you semi soon. (I mean actually see you!)