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    Georgette Heyer
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The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.

A romance of the XVIII century. Browsand lashes were black, the former slanting slightly up at the corners,but his narrow, heavy-lidded eyes were green and strangely piercing. Thethin lips curled a little, sneering, as one dead-white hand travelled toand fro across the paper. but it seems that the Fair Lady has a Brother, who, finding MeEnamoured, threw down the Gauntlet.

Georgette Heyer (1902–1974) was an English author particularly known for her historical romance novels set in the Regency and Georgian eras. A best-selling author, Heyer's writing career saw her produce works from a variety of genres; in total she published 32 novels in the romance genre, 6 historical novels, 4 contemporary novels, and 12 in the detective fiction genre.

Reread/buddy read with the Georgette Heyer group. It's fun, but very lightweight.

The Black Moth Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2003. I recently read an biography of Georgette Heyer, usually getting to know an author too well takes away from my enjoyment but not Georgette Heyer. by. Georgette Heyer (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. She was an interesting woman, deep and deeply private.

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Georgette Heyer was born in Wimbledon on 16th August 1902, the eldest daughter of George and Sylvia Heyer. The young Heyer was a very talented writer

Georgette Heyer was born in Wimbledon on 16th August 1902, the eldest daughter of George and Sylvia Heyer. Her mother, a gifted musician and father, following his serving as a soldier and receiving an MBE during the World War I taught at King’s College. While holidaying with her family in December 1920, Heyer met George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. The young Heyer was a very talented writer. Her first book ‘The Black Moth’ was written and published whilst she was still a teenager to amuse her convalescing brother. From thereafter she was prolific and an international best-selling author.

The Black Moth" by Georgette Heyer was of course light and fluffy. Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Jack has given up his rightful place in society as Earl after taking the fall for his brother's cheating at cards  . Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975.

Truly a most trying predicament. The Carstares were going to-night to Drury Lane to see Garrick play one of his most successful comedies: the Beaux' Stratagem.

This time, the Black Moth was attempting to abduct dark-haired beauty Diana Beauleigh

This time, the Black Moth was attempting to abduct dark-haired beauty Diana Beauleigh. Once more Jack’s noble impulse to save the day landed him in trouble, but not before sending the villainous duke scurrying. Diana took her gallant rescuer in and nursed his wounds, and soon truer emotions grew between them. But Jack couldn’t stay, for an lady and an outlaw would make a scandalous pair.

Two young noblemen hide their identities to win an eighteenth-century beauty

If memory serves, this might have been one of the first, or perhaps the first, of Heyer's Regency-type romantic adventure novels, written when she was a teenager for the entertainment of a younger brother recovering from an illness. Many popular and best-selling writers with decades of experience under their belts have never achieved the flair for language, plotting, character depth, and period detail that Heyer had in this pleasant romp, one of her earliest efforts. No one would imagine a young girl as the author of this gem, and she'd only gotten better as she'd gained in experience. Heyer's other genre novels, the more serious historical novels and the (now dated) mysteries are good in their way also, but her romantic novels are exquisite--none rate less than 4-stars and many are 5-star masterpieces filled with fun and memorable characters.
Swift Summer
In the mood for a book featuring an elegant rake, rapiers, mysterious highwayman, a spunky heroine, an Irish romantic, adventure and misadventure? You'll find all that between the covers of this classic example of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances. An honorable and a dishonorable peer of the realm contest each other for the love of a resourceful and intelligent young lady who may prove to be more than a handful for both of them.

There's nothing on these pages that will tax your mind but there's plenty here to divert it and to delight the reader who enjoys period fiction and novels of manners that are peppered with occasional derring-do. Not too sugary nor too spicy but acerbic enough to add the perfect touch of tartness that keeps this novel light yet avoids being "light-weight"-- a tasty summer niblet of fiction.
I have read all of her Regency Romances over and over again for amost 50 years. They get better every time I read them. Inspired by Jane Austens comedy but with her own unique flare, GH added adventure. This is her first Regency, and unlike most RR authors she gets better and better. She is incomparable.

PS These are not bodice rippers.
I am an enormous Georgette Heyer fan. I read her regency romances again and again, like I read my Jane Austen books. There are similarities between them and many differences, as well. I do not compare 1 to the other, I just enjoy both. It is bedtime reading deluxe.

Georgette Heyer writes with skill, wit and her plotting is superb. Is is easy to denigrate a the genre of regency romances but there are writers and there are writers. Georgette Heyer is one of the delights of my reading life, I wish I had found her long ago, sadly I only came to her books a few years ago.

It is wonderful to me that they are all being re-printed in this lovely mass-market series, I thank the publisher and promise them I have bought them all. Which is my favorite? Close call there but I think Frederica wins with Sprig Muslin and Grand Sophy tied for second.

This was Miss Heyer's first book, written when she was (I think) 15 to amuse her brother who was sick. It shows that she is young yet all the elements are there, if not yet honed they are clearly present. I always adore her characters and these are no exception.

It is interesting to me, as much as I like her females leads, in her books, it is her men I dearly love. I suspect Georgette Heyer and I had the same taste in men.

I recently read an biography of Georgette Heyer, usually getting to know an author too well takes away from my enjoyment but not Georgette Heyer.

She was an interesting woman, deep and deeply private. Witty, strong and the backbone of her family. She only authorized one picture of her to be used, and that was reluctantly done. It is an odd picture of her, very old fashioned and restrained.

In reality she was a fashionable woman. tall and striking. Do a net search on her and check out some of her other pictures floating around out there, you will be amazed at who she really was as opposed to who she chose to show her readers she was.

A complex and interesting woman, a fine writer.
They say this is GH's first book, and that is apparent when reading it. I sensed a certain immaturity in the writing. I could catch glimpses of her later genius, but it is not here in full effect. I tried to read the book overlaid with the knowledge that it was written by a 19 year old. In this case, it is very good, and it's really not fair to fully compare 19 y/o GH with her more experienced self.

With that, I was soon caught up in the plot anyway and enjoyed the book. (See other reviews for plot summary). The only thing that I really didn't like is that this book is not set in the typical Regency time period. I definitely prefer Regency. This book is set in the Georgian period, where the men wore wigs, powders and patches. Some men walked with mincing steps. I find all that a bit effeminate, and it was hard to imagine the heroine exuding masculinity, when he was fussing over his rouge pot!
I purchased this Georgette Heyer offering somewhat pessimistically. I assumed, due to its low cost, that the odds were against a quality read. Wow! I was really surprised. Great characters, great story line, nice plot twists, and page turning action. I found Ms. Heyer extraordinarily skillful as she reveals the personalities of the Duke of Andover and Lady Lavinia.

The Duke is revealed as a real villain almost from the opening page. As the story progresses the reader likes him less and less. But, in the end, we find a man who, in his own way, actually has a degree of honor and integrity. Well done!

Lady Lavinia comes across as a self centered, selfish, empty headed, immature, childish personality from the time she is introduced until near the end of the story. Then she seems to blossom into a person the reader can relate to and sympathize with. Again, well done!

I expected to find a three star story, but have to give Ms. Heyer a full five stars for this offering.