Wednesday, August 31, 2011


VenetiaVenetia by Georgette Heyer

On the library stacks: Adult fiction
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book is an absolutely rollicking Regency romp. I loved it from the first page.

Venetia is a 25-year old woman living in Yorkshire living with her crippled younger brother Aubrey. Her recently deceased father never let her leave the small country village where their estate was located and she felt her loyalty lay with her brother, especially since the elder brother and heir named Conway was serving in the military in France.

Venetia has a quick wit and liberal ideals, but she has never known any excitement outside of what she has read. She has two devoted suitors, but all of her attempts to be rid of them seem to backfire.

But things change when the "Wicked Baron" comes to town. Lord Damerel, known for being a rake of the highest order, stops into his neighboring estate, meets Venetia and decides to prolong his visit. What starts out as mere flirting develops into a deep friendship that neither has ever known. But to pursue the relationship could cost Venetia her reputation.

This is the perfect book for those in the mood for a delightful period romance. The dialogue is sharp and all of the characters are sketched with just the right accouterments. I thought this book was funny, charming, and a delight to read. This is my favorite Heyer yet.

Also reviewed by: Becky's Book Reviews ~ The Book Nest
Source: Review copy provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca.


bermudaonion said...

I really don't care for romance, but I've heard so much about Heyer's books, I feel like I need to give one a try.

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

Sounds like it was worth my $1.99 Nook purchase!

Emilia said...

Although it's practically criminal, I know, I haven't read any Georgette Heyer books. If you had to pick one to start with, which would you recommend?

Anna said...

I really need to read Heyer. I've heard nothing but great things about her books.

Tricia said...

emilia-Arabella, Masqueraders or this one!

Melissa said...

Oooooh... sounds like just what I need to lighten my mood!

Corinne said...

Wahoo! I LOVED this one too! Super fun!

Joanne said...

Can't wait to read another Heyer....I'll have to make Venetia my next Heyer read. Thanks for the great review! :)