A Civil Contract

A Civil Contract Adam Deveril, A Hero Of Salamanca, Returns From The Peninsula War To Find His Family On The Brink Of Ruin And His Ancestral Home Mortgaged To The Hilt He Is Now Viscount Lynton, With The Responsibility Of Saving The Estate, And The Only Way To Do So Is To Marry An Heiress He Is Introduced To Mr Jonathan Chawleigh, A City Man Of Apparently Unlimited Wealth And No Social Ambitions For Himself But With His Eyes Firmly Fixed On A Suitable Match For His Only Daughter, The Quiet And Decidedly Plain Jenny Chawleigh. This review contains some spoilersI know from reading Jennifer Kloester s excellent biography of Georgette Heyer that A Civil Contract was not an easy novel for Heyer to write Before starting work on it, Heyer wrote to a friend that she wanted to write a new kind of novel that would be neither farcical nor adventurous Heyer wrote that the novel would depend for its success on whether she could make the hero as charming as she believed him to be and also on whether she could make a quiet st This review contains some spoilersI know from reading Jennife
This is the fifth Heyer I ve read, and it s my favorite to date Given that Georgette Heyer wrote dozens of books, I still have a way to go before I can claim it as my favorite of all, but I think I ve sampled enough to get a feel for the type of books she wrote and the character styles she favorited A Civil Contract is a departure from the Heyer romantic plotlines Although marriages of convenience are standard regency romance fare, Heyer takes this and stands it on its head by keeping the hero This is the fifth Heyer I ve read, and it s m
Having just read a god awful Pride and Prejudice sequel , I wanted to read a bona fide Regency romance, and picked one by no one less than Georgette Heyer, the originator of the genre, and perhaps the only romance novelist who comes with glowing recommendations from A.S Byatt Not being a romance reader, I didn t know what to expect, but I thought that this book is one decidedly odd romance Imagine pitching it as a rom com costume drama script to a Hollywood studio executive Studio Executive Having just read a god awful Pride and Prejudice sequel , I wanted to read a bona fide Regency romance, and picked one by no one less than Georgette Heyer, the originator of the genre, and perhaps the only romance novelist who comes with glowing recommendations from A.S Byatt Not being a romance reader, I didn t know what to expect, but I thought that this book is one decidedly odd romance Imagine pitching it as a rom com costume drama script to a Hollywood studio executive Studio Executive EXEC So what do we have here A Civil Contract Is it a John Grisham thing Scriptwriter SW It s a story about marriage of convenience in Regency England A sort of a period rom com, actually EXEC Oh, Jane Austen Costume drama Pride and Prejudice was pretty good, and that little Anne Hathaway movie did OK Chicks like them SW It s not from any Jane Austen book, but it s from a novel set in the same period Specifically, it s about the pe
3.5 stars, rounding up this is a story that has grown on me A Civil Contract is a marriage of convenience tale, very different from Georgette Heyer s other Regency novels that I ve read There is a romance at the heart of it, as usual, but it s a little bit practical minded and a little bit heartbreaking, as well as heartwarming Captain Adam Deveril, now Lord Lynton, returns to his ancestral home from the Napoleonic wars when his father unexpectedly dies Unfortunately, he also returns home t 3.5 stars, rounding up this is a story that has grown on me A Civil Contract is a marriage of convenience tale, very different from Georgette Heyer s other Regency novels that I ve read There is a romance at the heart of it, as usual, but it s a little bit practical minded and a little bit heartbreaking, as well as
GH s most unromantic romance But does romantic love last anyway or does it change to comfortable companionship GH explores this theme with as usual for her a rich cast of colourful characters she deftly weaves some real life history into the plot She handles several romantic plots with considerable aplomb Like many of her later romances, Adam isn t an idle aristocrat he is originally a soldier, then becomes a gentleman farmer he is called home to England when his recently de GH s most unromantic romance But does romantic love last anyway or does it change to comfortable companions
view spoiler hide spoiler I ve read quite a few of Heyer s novels and this one struck me as particularly interesting Heyer is a legend among romance readers her characters have depth, the events make sense, and while these are books withtalk than action, that talk is lively and always well written Heyer s novels fall into a few categories silly, young heroine marries worldly hero and the two agree to a French marriage, only to discover they are in love older, independent, soph view spoiler hide spoiler I ve read quite a few of Heyer s novels and this one struck me as particularly interesting Heyer is a legend among romance readers her characters have depth, the events make sense, and while these are books withtalk than action, that talk is lively and always well written Heyer s novels fall into a few categories silly, young heroine marries worldly hero and the two agree to a French marriage, only to discover they are in love older, independent, sophisticated woman finally meets a man that s up to scratch and is persuaded to marry independent, free spirited mature lady i.e., in her twenties wreaks havoc among society before finally being convinced to settle down older woman resists a convenient marriage to an even older eligible bachelor, only to find that said bachelor is in fact in love with her A Civil Contract isn t quite like any of those Adam returns
I am going to gush.I ve read a lot of Georgette Heyer as the originator of the regency romance, she is a hugely influential author She is a talented, careful writer with a flair for comedy, and some of her best books are also some of her funniest.A Civil Contract is a departure from her usual formula, and it knocked my socks off It begins with Adam Deveril being forced to return home from his position in the Army, as his spendthrift father has unexpectedly died in a riding accident, and he h I am going to gush.I ve read a lot of Georgette Heyer as the originator of the regency romance, she is a hugely influential author She is a talented, careful writer with a flair for comedy, and some of her best books are also some of her funniest.A Civil Contract is a departure from her usual formula, and it knocked my socks off It begins with Adam Deveril being forced to return home from his position in the Army, as his spendthrift father has unexpectedly died in a riding accident, and he has inherited Fontley, the rapidly deteriorating family seat, and a whole pile of debt incurred by his improvident parent I m sure he intended to remake the family fortunes, if he could step away from the gaming table horse races long enough to stop losing money, but whatevs, dad Way to go.Adam is most definitely not cut from same cloth as his father, though they may share a tailor He is a clear eyed realist with some actual scruples, and it becomes apparent that Fontley is going to hav
A Georgette Heyer Regency Romance unlike any other she wrote It s one of the most hotly debated about Heyer stories because it is hate and loved in equal turns She, herself, hated it at least in the middle of writing it Personally, I think it is one of her best and delves deep into the unromantic side of romance, unrequited love, secret love, friendship, class differences, and marriages of convenience all in one.The characters
I hate to confess this, but I am really not a GH fan I have read them all, but srsly, I just don t feel the love Probably because the very first GH I ever read was this one, and it damn near ruined my appreciation for historicals for life All I can say is thank goodness I soon ran into Candace Camp and Marion Chesney and most especially Loretta Chase and Elizabeth Neff Walker s The Loving Seasons pretty much saved the entire Regency Genre for me This is an excellently written novel, unfortu I hate to confess this, but I am really not a GH fan I have read them all, but srsly, I just don t feel the love Probably because the very first GH I ever read was this one, and it damn near ruined my appreciation for historicals for life All I can say is thank goodness I soon ran into Candace Camp and Marion Chesney and most especially Loretta Chase and Elizabeth Neff Walker s The Loving Seasons pretty much saved the entire Regency Genre for me This is an excellently
Aww, Georgette Heyer How come I never review her books I became a huge Heyer fan in my romantic teens, and I have to say, her books never pall if anything I enjoy them evennow that I am wallowing in my middle years I remember being disappointed when I read this book first it s about Adam, whose profligate father dies, leaving him penniless and unable to marry the beautiful and romantic Julia Julia s father, sympathetic to Adam s dire financial straits, puts him in the way of marrying Aww, Georgette Heyer How come I never review her books I became a huge Heyer fan in my romantic teens, and I have to say, her books never pall if anything I enjoy them evennow that I am wallowing in my middle years I remember being disappointed when I read this book first it s about Adam, whose profligate father dies, leaving him penniless and unable to marry the beautiful and romantic Julia Julia s father, sympathetic to Adam s dire financial straits, puts him in