Happy dance of joy
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
Sat Jan 22 13:30:00 EST 2005
> OK, once more into the breach here . . .
> Having been thoroughly smitten with Bujold's books (more Miles!) at the
> recommendation of this list and noticing that many on this list love
> Heyer (as do Bujold and Connie Willis) . . .
> Where should I start with Heyer? Which book should I seek out first?
It All Depends. :-)
Do you fancy stories set in Regency High Society? Stories set down the
country? Stories with a mystery as well as the romance? A Practical
If you fancy High Society I'd recommend "Arabella" (which was my own very
For down the country, I really like "The Unknown Ajax" (which is very funny
and has smugglers as well).
For a mystery sub-plot, go to "The Toll-Gate" (also set down the country,
And for a Practical Romance, it has to be "A Civil Contract" (bloke marries
rich-but-vulgar girl 'cause he's broke).
But I'd be more inclined to tell you where not to start. :-) I personally
love Heyer's romances (all set in Regency or Georgian England); I don't much
get on with her contemporary mysteries. I'm also not fond of her
non-Regency/Georgian historicals. Also, "Cousin Kate" is *not* a place to
start (it's a weird Gothic affair), and "An Infamous Army" is more
interested in the battle of Waterloo than the romance.
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