Sparking and witty Jan 17, 2008
This is one of my absolute favorite Heyer novels. She brings together two of her best "types": the smart, vivacious young woman, and the too-proud man who finds himself bending to the overwhelming, humorous debacles she brings into his life. Ms. Heyer manages to combine history with modern sensibility, without sacrificing truth. Her heroines aren't modern transplants setting the historical world on its collective ear, but rather women of their time who know how to create opportunities for themselves and their loved ones. Frederica is dazzlingly normal, but bright and pretty. It's her humanity and love for family, her humor and wit in the face of crazy situations, that captures Alverstoke's heart -- not her beauty, money, or position (and not her body, either!) You could compare this to the film "Gigi" in the way a natural, non-society woman breaks a too-conventional high-society man out of his boredom--just by being herself, and not because she's set out to snare him. Two thumbs way up.