#review False Colours by Georgette Heyer 

False Colours is a light historical romance by Georgette Heyer. You can read more about the book at Goodreads.

My review:

I found this book an absolutely enjoyable read. Quite as funny as Cotillion and Friday’s Child by the same author, without the slightly prolonged last part of Friday’s Child. The end was a bit tame, but the whole story went by without the dreaded sagging middle which sometimes creeps in even the brilliant works of Georgette Heyer. All in all, a light hearted and very comedic love story. The shades of grey are very well done in the characters. 

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#review #BathTangle by Georgette Heyer 

Bath Tangle is a historical romance by Georgette Heyer. It features two strong protagonists and a sort of double romance with two secondary characters which are much more likeable than the main characters.

​I really didn’t know how to rate this book. The beginning and the end are so much better than the middle.

First of all, I had a different impression of it than what the book turned out to be. I picked it up, thinking it would be something in the line of a light adventure, maybe similar to the Corinthian. The cover gives the impression of more liveliness than is present in the story. 

*Warning for spoilers ahead.*

The start gives us a different picture of the heroine than what we find as the book progresses. She doesn’t come across as headstrong and bad tempered in the beginning, but soon that image is dispelled. The book becomes dull for a few pages but perks up as the setting changes. 

Serena and Ivo are not very lovable or aspiring protagonists. The plus about the book is they had been depicted with all their faults without any excuses. However, continued clashes and battle of wills just makes the reader tired. The ending provided some insight and of course a lot of romance but I did wonder what sort of life they would have together if they can’t get along with each other. Moreover, they are unlikely to retain many friends either. A romance rather like Wuthering Heights, though a bit mellower.

Another thing I missed was that very little explanation was given for their past. Little or no account why they became engaged or why it failed. It would have helped to understand them better.

The reason I ended up giving four stars was that there was an uplifting feeling in reading Serena’s totally independent nature. She does become aspiring in the sense that she doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion and cuts herself no slack, so to speak. However, it is clear she can do as she pleases because of the license her position and social status gives her, so that takes away any feeling that she has faced any hardships to become what she is. Still it was good to read this sort of female character.

#review Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer 

I recently began to re-read These Old Shades which I remember quite well. I was soon engrossed in the book, but before I could read more than a few chapters, I got the chance to read the sequel Devil’s Cub. I was intrigued because I couldn’t remember my first reading of it at all and I began to read eagerly. I had given it five stars, so I was curious to know the story.

​Well, I finished reading it and I must say my second impression is somewhat different than the first one. For one thing, although I find the characters are very well etched and Georgette Heyer hasn’t hesitated from being true to the characters at the risk of alienating the reader and making the hero appear less than likeable, still it rankles that the hero’s character has little to none redeeming features. In fact…

 *warning spoilers* here

… you might almost say that apart from being in love with the heroine – a kind of possessive love – he doesn’t have much to recommend him. GH upholds the nobility of his birth and we’re supposed to understand that it excuses much of his excesses which also make him less boring, which in turn is a sin greater than even attempt to murder. *disclaimer * in case this appears as a negative review, I should assert I’m a fan, and enjoy GH romances very much. Maybe because this was a sequel, she didn’t have much room to play with.

Her style, wit and the flow of narrative is impeccable. Sadly, I found Leonie very silly in the book. She had no role at all. The part which the Duke of Avon played even more mitigated the relevance of putting her in the story. She comes across as a blindly devoted mother and when it’s a son as irredeemable as Vidal is, that doesn’t put her in a good light. There is no motivation for Vidal to be the way he is. If he had to face cruelty or neglect or even being over indulged…but well *shrugs* 

That this tale is an extremely readable and enjoyable one, no one will deny.

#Review #Cotillion by Georgette Heyer #regency #historicals

Imagine reading a book of one of your favourite authors and absolutely loving it and then somehow losing it and even forgetting what the title is. Then few years later feeling like reading a book from the same author (Georgette Heyer) and just absently ordering That book! I was delightfully surprised at the end of second chapter when I realised this was the book I had often wanted to re-read but not been able to find.
Don’t want to spoil the surprise so I won’t comment on the story. I puzzled over who was the hero for quite some time because Heyer carried it off in her superb style, so if you want to really enjoy, Don’t read the reviews! Just get your nose into the book 🙂 If you love Heyer, you have to read this one!
Without giving away the story, I will share what I loved. All the characters stay true to their nature. That’s a difficult one to pull but I have seen Heyer do it in so many of her books. I especially note the minor characters in her stories and marvel that she pays such minute attention to even those! You don’t get a chance of an eye roll moment because the motivations are rooted firmly in the character portrayed.
I can’t help dissecting the book from an author’s point of view. From the reader’s, you might find yourself a bit lost in the first chapter but soon the characters shape up and you’re right in the story. No need to expound on the details of her research because if you have read one of her books, it is a matter of fact.
Have you rediscovered an old favourite book by chance? Share your experience. Have you read Cotillion? What was your impression? Please label spoilers if you put them in.

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1402210086