Georgette Heyer

February 7, 2018


Some of my most beloved books are by Georgette Heyer. Most readers discover her in their teens, often because their grandmother or mother recommends them. Not me - I didn’t read any of Heyer’s Regency romances until I was an adult. I wish I could remember why I picked one up, or who told me about them, but I’ve never been able to dredge that information up out of my mind because I’d like to give her a huge thank you. Heyer’s novels are both impeccably researched and extremely witty. They are perfect comfort reads: I usually reread them during the awful rainy winter months in Seattle.  The first one I read was The Grand Sophy, which remains one of my absolute favorites.  I’m sure all the students in the Reader’s Advisory class I was teaching that quarter at the University of Washington Information School became heartily fed up with my saying how wonderful it was!  As a surprise, they photoshopped a picture of me gracing the cover of an old edition of the novel. In addition to The Grand Sophy, my favorites are Sylvester, Venetia, Frederica, A Civil Contract,  Arabella, The Reluctant Widow, and An Infamous Army; all of which I reread frequently and with great delight.  Before Sourcebooks brought the whole Heyer oeuvre back in print, it was difficult to find copies, but I now have lovely copies of all my favorites. 



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