The Reluctant Widow

The Reluctant Widow Georgette Heyer Is Best Known For Her Witty And Charming Regency Romances, But She Is Also Responsible For A Handful Of Mystery Novels On Occasion, Mystery Would Find Its Way Into Her Romances, Embroiling Her Well Born Heroes And Heroines In Adventures That Were Alternately Chilling And Hilarious In The Reluctant Widow, Elinor Rochdale, A Young Woman Of Good Birth But Straitened Circumstances, Sets Out To Accept A Position As A Governess And Ends Up Plunged Into A Tangle Of Foreign Intrigue InsteadElinor S Adventure Begins When She Inadvertently Mistakes The Carriage Waiting At The Coach Stop For One Sent By Her Prospective Employer, Mrs Macclesfield She Finds Herself Carried To The Estate Of One Ned Carlyon, Who Elinor Mistakes For Mr Macclesfield Carlyon, Meanwhile, Believes Elinor To Be The Young Woman He Hired To Marry His Dying Cousin, Eustace Cheviot, In Order To Avoid Inheriting Cheviot S Estate Himself Somehow, Elinor Is Talked Into Marrying Eustace On His Deathbed And Thus Becomes A Widow Almost As Soon As The Ring Is On Her Finger What Starts Out As A Simple Business Arrangement Soon Becomes Much Complicated As Housebreakers, Uninvited Guests, A Shocking Murder, Missing Government Papers, And A Dog Named Bouncer All Contribute To This Lively, Frequently Hilarious Tale Of Mistaken Identities, Foreign Espionage, And Unexpected Love Set During The Napoleonic Wars. 3.5 stars Elinor, our genteel but fallen on hard times heroine, is on her way to a dubious governessing job when she accidentally gets into the carriage of Lord Carlyon, a man expecting a woman for a very different job to marry his dissolute and dying cousin Eustace His reasons are barely plausible, but this is one of those cases where you just have to roll with it Elinor doesn t think this sounds like a great idea, but when Eustace gets mortally injured in a fight with Carlyon s reckless yo 3.5 stars Elinor, our genteel but fallen on hard times heroine, is on her way to a dubious governessing job when she accidentally gets into the carriage of Lord Carlyon, a man expecting a woman for a very different job to marry his dissolute and dying cousin Eustace His reasons are barely plausible, but this is one of those cases where you just have to roll with it Elinor doesn t think this sounds like a great idea, but when Eustace gets mortally injured in a fight with Carlyon s reckless young brother, Carlyon s timetable for getting Eustace married off is accelerated he needs to get married TONIGHT, before he kicks the bucket and Carlyon sweeps Elinor along with his plans despite her increasingly feeble objections Eustace obligingly marries her and dies
An absolutely charming Heyer regency romance, and now my personal favorite of those I ve read even better then The Corinthian and Friday s Child, IMO.The fact that this book ticked off some of my favorite reader boxes probably has alot to do with why this one was so appealing to me An old Jacobean manor house, complete with hidden passages, paneled walls, and mullioned windows Be still, my crappy, apartment bound heart. An entirely lovable, undisciplined canine named Bouncer , who was An absolutely charming Heyer regency romance, and now my personal favorite of those I ve read even better then The Corinthian and Friday s Child, IMO.The fact that this book ticked off som
The pairing Older Supposedly Sensible Heroine Masterful All Knowing Calm As You Please HeroSupporting Cast High Spirited Younger Brother, The Deceptively Weak Dandy that one cannot quite like , Romantic Older Friend of Heroine, Motivationlessly Evil Relative, Exposition Providing BrotherThe Plot Supposedly Sensible Heroine marries Motivationlessly Evil Relative on his death bed which he s brought to after an accidental wound in a fight with High Spirited Young Relative because All Knowing The pairing Older Supposedly Sensible Heroine Masterful All Knowing Calm As You Please HeroSupporting Cast High Spirited Younger Brother, The Deceptively Weak Dandy that one cannot quite like , Romantic Older Friend of Heroine, Motivationlessly Evil R
This was probably a 3 star read and not comparable those of Georgette Heyer s romances that are now among my favorites such as Sylvester, Cotillion, or Devil s Cub and others However, the marriage proposal declarati
4.5 This fast paced yarn full of wonderfully engaging characters only just fell short of 5 stars, because the original premise was so unlikely But once you get over that the story moves along at a cracking pace, with GH s t
This is one of the Heyers that both works and doesn t work for me I like the story I think Heyer is _trying_ to convey, but think that her intention and what appears on the page doesn t quite match up Elinor is clearly meant to be frequently sarcastic, and equal to the challenges that come her way, but she is so tangled up in how she is expected to behave proper and full of sensibility and completely unable to show any hint of self worth that she comes across a good dealflustered than This is one of the Heyers that both works and doesn t work for me I like the story I think Hey
it is my very ardent desire to be permitted to pay my addresses to you Do you know, it has of late become an ambition of mine to hear my name on your lips instead of my title Yes, this is why we love Regency romances, don t we ladies The Reluctant Widow isn t typical only romance I would rather say it is first of all a mystery book, with spy, secret entrance, stolen document and so on Secondly, it is a funny story where characters cope with extraordinary circumstances and events Thiit is my very ardent desire to be permitted to pay my addresses
Another of my least favourite Heyer books, with a bland romance being a side issue of the main story.My laugh out loud moments were to do with Bouncer, the dog, and the various conversations that were had with him.Beautifully written, as always, and with interesting characters, except for our romantic couple.And, for all those reviewers who noted the
Lady of fashion turned governess Elinor Rochdale gets into the wrong carriage on her way to her next post She finds herself pitched into high drama, with a fatal barroom fight, sinister housebreakers, and French spies The story is delightfully absurd, and a lot of the humor of the book arises from the commonsense ordinariness of the characters when faced with such melodramatic events.A number of Georgette Heyer s books feature what I would call an angry heroine, and usually I find those hero Lady of fashion turned governess Elinor Rochdale gets into the wrong carriage on her way to her next post She finds herself pitched into high drama, with a fatal barroom fight, sinister housebreakers, and French spies The story is delightfully absurd, and a lot of the humor of the book arises from the commonsense ordinariness of the characters when faced with such melodramatic events.A number of Georgette Heyer s books feature what I would call an angry heroine, and usually I f
This was my second time through this story and I have to say this author s work stands the test of time and re reading I appreciated itthan I did in the first place.I sawhumor and wit than I did the first time around I saw the subtle hints of romance where I didn t see the evidence of it before and I was most struck by one of thedubious characters in the story, Frances Cheviot.The story is most definitely old school Regency Romance at its best with a tinge of the Gothic to it This was my second time through this story and I have to say this author s work stands the test of time and re reading I appreciated itthan I did in the first place.I sawhumor and wit than I did the first time around I saw the subtle hints of romance where I didn t see the evidence of it before and I was most struck by one of thedubious characters in the story, Frances Cheviot.The story is most definitely old school Regency Romance at its best with a tinge of