Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer (Rated: C)

Although Georgette Heyer is well-liked for her Regency romance novels this book was not one of her best. The book engendered mixed feelings among my book club members. Three of the members did not like it and did not finish reading the book, five liked it so-so and two members liked it overall.

Several reasons were given for disliking this novel. Some found it difficult to read with terminology not even found in a dictionary. Others were not attracted by the main character nor the story line. Some finished reading it only because it was a book club pick.

The main plot was lacking with the sub-plot and secondary characters more interesting and well-developed. As women, though, we appreciated the main character Annis Wychwood's strong independent personality, and from a historical perspective, we were able to learn more of the customs and traditions of English life in that era.

The love story fizzled out quickly even though the characters' initial witty conversations promised more. Oliver Carleton was under-developed as a character and Miss Farlow over-developed, leading us to believe she had a greater role in a climax that never materialized, making the ending disappointing.

Unfortunately, the expected romantic intrigue with all its twists and turns was sorely lacking in this novel. Perhaps reading one of Heyer's better novels may rectify the unsatisfaction derived from this one.

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  1. I'm a HUGE Georgette Heyer fan, and I admit, this is not one of my favorites. I just finished re-reading The Convenient Marriage, which I think is a much more lively and well-written book. These Old Shades also moves along more quickly and is one of my all-time favorites of her titles.

  2. Thanks for the recommendations, Joyce! I wouldn't mind checking those books out.


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