"A five-star job of sheerly delightful romance writing."— Chicago Sunday Tribune
Can the wrong bride become the perfect wife?
Adam Deveril, the new Viscount Lynton, is madly in love with the beautiful Julia Oversley. But he has returned from the Peninsular War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. He has little choice when he is introduced to Mr. Jonathan Chawleigh, a City man of apparently unlimited wealth and no social ambitions for himself-but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his only daughter, the quiet and decidedly plain Jenny Chawleigh.
What Readers Say:
"Heyer always writes brilliantly and is capable of conveying the deepest emotions in the briefest of phrases and subtlest dialogue."
"One of Heyer's most skillfully written novels."
"Has all of Heyer's usual wit, vivid characters, and attention to detail."
"One of my very favourite Heyers — and one of her most profound. Wise and heartwarming."
"Thoughtful and thought-provoking...reveals depths to Heyer's writing."
"Truly a gem."
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A practical pairing
1: There are a few comments that do not age well, but were presumably of the era to some extent. Or at least the presumed social station. (An unkind comment likening someone to a POC, & a glancing disinclination to go to a Jewish banker.) Be warned; the lines gave me a pang.
2: If you didn't know before, this is a story of falling for the partner in a mercenary marriage of convenience. Now you know! It being a romance, there will be a HEA.
3: I had to look up the history around the Battle of Waterloo because I am terrible for dates. Look it up ahead of time, and what Rothschild did, the wretch. Though it is, well, spoilers.
Possibly her best book
I have read and re-read this book many times and it never fails to delight. These are Heyer's most realistic characters and most charming -- Mr. chawleigh and Aunt Nassington are particular favorites. A must read for any Regency fan.