One More Time


I have been on a Georgette Heyer binge. Currently, I am reading the fifth in a row. If that doesn't count as a binge I don't know what does. It has been glorious. There is nothing like sinking into a world of beautiful women, handsome rakes, witty repartee, and nonsensical situations. It was just what I needed to escape from the reality of returning from vacation with the cold/flu from hell. At some point, I will at least look at all the new books I bought in London but for now, old favorites are the way to go.

I started out with Cotillion because I love Freddy and I especially love his interactions with his father. Then I moved on to several of Heyer's mysteries. In general, they are not as strong as her other novels but I still enjoy them; more for the characters and witty asides that make me laugh than for the plots themselves. I also read Sprig Muslin which manages to combine so many elements I love. We have the young and flighty heroine who runs away and tumbles into one scrape after another, plots to pose as a highwayman, bickering young people, a potential marriage of convenience that turns into something else, and a hero who is beloved by all-even the girl who is running away from him. Yes, it sounds ridiculous but it is ridiculous in a wonderful way and Heyer almost always pulls it off. Next, I plan to read A Civil Contract which seems to be either completely unappreciated or beloved by Heyer fans. I fall squarely into the camp of those who love it.

I know many people are not rereaders because they don't want to read a book again when there are so many new books to read. I can intellectually understand that viewpoint but my heart doesn't get it at all. Sometimes, I simply want to visit with old friends. They are undemanding and comforting. This week that is just what the doctor ordered.

Are you a Heyer fan? If so, what are your top three picks of her novels? Mine are probably Cotillion, The Unknown Ajax, and A Civil Contract. But ask me that the next time I am binging on her books and I might give you a completely different answer.


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  1. There's nothing like Heyer when you need a little cheering up! I also fall firmly into the group of those who love A Civil Contract and have been itching to reread it lately (after seeing a number of blogging friends discuss their dislike of it). As for my favourites, they would be Sylvester, The Grand Sophy, and, tying for third place, Frederica and A Civil Contract.

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    1. I have seen quite a few people talking lately about how much they don't like A Civil Contract. I don't understand. I will have to read it again just to confirm how wrong they are!

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  2. A Heyer binge sounds great. Just the thing if you're feeling under the weather. My favorites are Cotillion, Friday's Child, False Colours (my first), and whatever I'm reading at the moment.

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    1. Oh, Friday's Child was my first! And you are right, whatever Heyer I am currently reading is a favorite Heyer.

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    1. Yes, I loaned it to a friend, never got it back,and finally have a new copy.

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  4. I am a serious reader and I honestly think these are some of the most enjoyable books ever written. I have recently started re-reading them, and love every minute of it. Just finished Reluctant Widow, which I didn't think I liked, but upon re-reading I did, tremendously! The world is really a better place while you're reading Heyer.

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    1. "The world is really a better place while you're reading Heyer." Truer words were never spoken.

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  5. I also reread Heyer frequently and led a discussion of Frederica on the Heyer listserv last spring. Cotillion is my mother's favorite (and she introduced me to Georgette) but my three are Devil's Cub, The Grand Sophy, and False Colors. Although it is hard to leave out Venetia and Sylvester and Frederica!

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    1. It is hard to pick favorites, isn't it? I do like False Colours. I thought my Heyer binge was dying down but now I want to reread that.

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  6. They're all great. My first was Black Sheep but I love them all.
    Re A Civil Contract, I first read it as a teenager and hated it, thought it was so unromantic. Was totally Team Whatshername.
    Then reread it (for the first time) in my thirties...totally different reaction. Then, now and always I'm Team Jenny.
    I guess I grew up.

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    1. I do think it is one that appeals more as you get older. But yes, Team Jenny!

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