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One of the most beguiling, charming, intelligent, and humorous heroines to grace the Regency period, Venetia ranks among Georgette Heyer's most unforgettable. Find out for yourself why legions of Heyer fans read the affair of Venetia and the rakish Lord Damerel again and again.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410440310
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Heyer 2011
Characteristics: 577 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 25, 2020

Georgette Heyer never seems to disappoint me. I love books centered around social structures and manners in society and she always creates the most wonderful female protagonists who are plucky and likable. However the real reason you read a Georgette Heyer book is for the delicious dialogue. The language is rich and smart and witty. It is such a pleasure to read.

Feb 12, 2020

I thought this story was well done, but it's not quite my style. I don't much care for stories of women who are expected by society to behave in a certain way, fiction or not. But that's me.

Venetia is a young woman of privilege living in the early 1800s in rural England. Because of circumstances beyond her control, she's never had a season in London (has never been presented to high society -- known as the ton -- and so has never danced at balls or otherwise enjoyed that rite of passage) and, at 25, she's almost considered an old maid. Two men want to marry her, but she doesn't like them. She wants to do what's expected of her (by her family), but wants also to be her own person, and tries to find a compromise.
When she meets a handsome stranger, sparks fly for both of them, but almost everyone (including, later, the stranger) seems to want to keep them apart.
Why are people going out of their way to keep them apart? What secrets will be revealed? Will she follow her heart or her head? And why hasn't Venetia had a season in London?
You'll have to read this book to find out!

May 13, 2018

Fun! Predictable, of course, but fun and fast reading. The language feels artificially stilted as if she wrote in modern language, and used a thesaurus to find the most obscure words to replace them. But that made the book just that much more funny.

Dec 22, 2016

I listened to the audiobook, Naxos 2010 version. Richard Armitage's voices are amazing! I really enjoyed listening to this book. He did a fantastic job. Every character has a different voice, and even have different accents, which is great. I admit that I specifically bought this copy because of the narrator.

As for the actual plot, I liked it. I hadn't read this book before, so it was interesting to listen to. Venetia is a pretty likable character, and Lord Damerel is intriguing. I liked that they fell in love early on and knew it, too, instead of it being wrapped up in a couple pages at the end.

Aug 28, 2014

This book is a delight every time I read it. Of all Heyer's historicals, I love this one the most. Other favorites are False Colours, These Old Shades, and The Grand Sophy.

Sep 08, 2012

It is impossible to say which is my favourite Georgette Heyer novel - usually the one I read last. Venetia is definitely in the top five though. The leading couple are quite unlike any other Heyer wrote (though the Duke of Avon in These old shades comes close), and as always, the language is pure delight.

Jul 14, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are open-minded, and outspoken and in this time period, it's a refreshing idea and makes for a great read.

Feb 21, 2012

I love this book. Venetia is my favorite lady of G. Heyer novels.

Feb 01, 2012

old-fashioned, yes, but fun. It's kind of like Jane Austen, but it moves along a lot better, and Austen never knew anything about horses.

debwalker Dec 11, 2010

Jane Austen-light. Heyer fizzes and sparkles.

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