After the first one i read, my comment on here iirc was that it was like a cross between Jane Austen and Enid Blyton. They are deffo not a patch on Austen - but they serve a different purpose, I think.
I am going to have to start googling some of the vocabulary - why is a lady's maid called an abigail, for instance?
So far, Viscount Sheringham has married an impoverished girl on a whim, and I suspect it is all about to Blow Up In His Face. But I also suspect that by the end of it he may well Fall In Love With The Waif.
They're fantastic, aren't they. The Grand Sophy is one of my favourites - the others being These Old Shades, and Devil's Cub (both of which are also laugh out loud funny). Oh, and maybe Black Sheep too
I too, am a big fan of The Grand Sophy (can you tell ? )
Another fantastic one is Sylvester, I think I've read it about ten times and it still never fails to make me laugh.
I couldn't really warm to the detective style ones - Envious Casca etc, but the reissued covers were sooo gorgeous I couldn't resist buying a few!
But the regency ones are just the best...why on earth the BBC haven't decided to make some of them into high gloss TV treats is beyond me..I mean, wouldn't Richard Armitage be just perfect as Worth in Regency Buck ???!![insert salacious grin emoticon here]
Oooh, Regency Buck is a great one to start with in my opinion. It's always the one I lend to friends to get them addicted and it generally works! The only thing that seems to put people off is the boxing bit near the start (no spoilers, promise!) but to be honest, I always skip that bit when I re read anyway It is brilliant, though. Romance, humour, intrigue and lots and lots of period detail.
Has anyone else got the Georgette Heyer companion book, published a few years ago ? It's full of facts and illustrations to do with all things Heyer. I remember first reading about one of her heroines wearing "half boots of orange jean" and thinking "eh?!!!", but luckily this book clarifed regency fashion matters for me....a nice warm pelisse would be perfect in this weather!
Venetia is great, as are Black Sheep and the Grand Sophy. I've also got a soft spot for Frederica.....oh, god...you'll love them all! (apart from Spanish Bride, if I'm picky....)