Anonymous asked: hi, i've loved all your other regency romance recs, thank you for them (courtney milan is a particular fave)! i'm thinking of getting into georgette heyer - can you suggest where to begin, what are your top 3 or 5?
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My fave Heyers (noting that I have read 16 of her 33 romances):
Faro’s Daughter - Deborah and her aunt are genteel women who have fallen onto hard times and, thus, have turned to running a classy gambling house. The beautiful Deborah is beset by suitors, one of the most persistent being an adorable puppy of a nobleman from a great and very wealthy family. The family, of course, thinks that she’s a fortune hunter (unaware that she has literally no intention of marrying said adorable puppy), so his abrasive uncle Max comes to buy her off. Insulted, Deborah impulsively pretends to be every bit as vulgar~ as they assumed in retaliation. Max reretaliates against that. Deborah rereretaliates. Things escalate quickly as everyone else sits around going, “?!?!?!!??!?!!?!? IS THIS……….. REALLY NECESSARY????”
Sprig Muslin - Handsome, charming, and generally super likable Sir Gareth, having given up on love as a youthful fancy, wants to propose a sensible marriage to his sensible, spinster acquaintance Lady Hester. On the way to visit her, he happens across a lively and beautiful young lady named Amanda, who has run away from her home for her own reasons and has absolutely no idea how to function in the world. Seeing no other option, Gareth takes Amanda under his protection, but is shocked — as is everyone else! — when Hester rejects him. She doesn’t want a loveless marriage! But she does agree to help him with Amanda until he can discover the girl’s true identity and return her to her family. Amanda, however, is determined to do what she wants, which involves escaping from custody a lot. MANY HIJINKS ENSUE.
Cotillion - Raised in a secluded country estate, Kitty’s adoptive great-uncle has decided to leave his entire vast fortune to her on the single condition that she marry one of his nephews. Both Kitty and her uncle have a particular nephew in mind, but when the rakish Jack doesn’t take the bait, Kitty gets Jack’s cousin — hapless, well-meaning dandy Freddy — to pretend to be her fiancé instead so that she can go to London and experience the world whilst also making Jack jealous. Kitty, however, manages to get embroiled in about 19 different OTHER people’s romantic troubles, which, necessarily, drags pretend!fiancé Freddy into them as well.
The Masqueraders - Children of an infamous adventurer, brother and sister Prudence and Robin are masters of disguise, which comes in handy when they end up on the wrong side of the Jacobite rebellion and flee to London to lay low. While there, Prudence takes on the guise of a dashing young man named Peter, and Robin pretends to be “his” sister Kate. Peter makes a good enough impression on society to be taken under the wing of an elegant gentleman, Sir Anthony, while Kate befriends Sir Anthony’s acquaintance, Letitia. Obviously NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN TO ENDANGER THEIR TRUE IDENTITIES HERE!!1
Lady of Quality - Wealthy spinster Annis loves her staid older brother, but likes him best when she doesn’t have to live with him. So, in opposition of society, she keeps her own residence in Bath. She is much admired and beloved despite her not-very-ladylike sense of independence and ends up rather accidentally taking a young lady, Lucilla, into her care when said young lady runs away from her well-meaning — but smothering — family in the company of her childhood friend. Lucilla’s uncle Oliver comes to investigate Annis to see if she’s a suitable de facto guardian. Unfortunately, very few people approve of her spending any time in his company since he is a known rake and, incidentally, also known as the rudest man in England. Annis doesn’t like him very much (OR DOES SHE), but she likes being told what to do even less. Oliver, on the other hand, likes her more than anyone he’s ever met.
Also fun: Arabella, Frederica, Venetia, Sylvester, and Bath Tangle.
ofsevenseas asked: Just wondering, I think you mentioned that you've read Georgette Heyer's work before - which one is your favourite, and which would you recommend to a complete newbie to the genre/author?
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Unquestionably you want to start with Cotillion.
'A sham engagement will keep wedlock at bay!' says my copy.
KITTY: Oh good, my crazy guardian has decided to give away my hand in marriage along with a big pile of money. Oddly many suitors have shown up. *eyeroll* Well, here’s hoping Hot Cousin Jack comes along soon. He’s such a devil of a fellow. So tall, dark and rakish. And I’m not marrying Cousin Adolphus, who has bats in the belfry, or Cousin Simon the vicar who wants me to wear gray 24/7 4 lyfe. Or—good gracious, dude, YOU’RE ALREADY MARRIED.
HER MARRIED COUSIN: ‘Sup, Kitty?
KITTY: Oh I don’t believe it Jack’s not here what am I going to do I am HUMILIATED. And I am trapped down here and oh I DON’T BELIEVE IT TIMES TWENTY, here’s my cousin Freddy. Freddy is an imbecile who cares for nothing but waistcoats.
FREDDY: Hello Jack said it would be funny if I came down here?
KITTY: Shame on you! You don’t even need the money… WAIT WHAT WAS THAT YOU JUST SAID?
FREDDY: … This situation is not as funny as I had been led to believe.
KITTY: Right! Right! I am not going to stay down here like a FORLORN MAIDEN IN A TOWER. Grandfather, Freddy and I are going to be MARRIED!
FREDDY: … Oh I say… Where’s the fainting couch?
KITTY: Shhh. Just for pretends. And he’ll take me up to London and Jack will see I do not care, and also I will have fun and adventure and buy a crap ton of clothes! And jewels!
FREDDY: Oh with your skin tone you should super buy rubies, I’m on it! Good idea! Shopping spree!
KITTY: I’m glad you’re getting into this but you can’t buy me rubies when it’s a fake engagement. That simply would not do. Oh Jack there you are. And here I am. All dressed up and out on the town. How do you like me now Jack? HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?
JACK: It’s possible I may have made a tactical error.
KITTY: And now to befriend Jack’s mistress-to-be (oh my god, turns out, playboys don’t respect women) and my French cousin (French, but oh well I have a good heart) and also secretly fix up Loopy Cousin Adolphus and also…
JACK: Hot stuff, it’s possible I may have made a HUGE tactical error.
FREDDY: Great plans all of them! Let me come with you and see to details like toothbrushes and marriage licenses. And on the way we could pick up just a few rubi-
KITTY: I SAID YOU CAN’T SHOWER ME IN JEWELS. But it is possible I have underestimated you. Quickly, my dapper partner in crime! To the British Museum!
Cotillion is my very favourite.
My very first was Devil’s Cub, which I also highly recommend. The hero is a sociopath but it’s very entertaining.
MARY: My bimbo sister is being courted to her RUIN by a vile marquis. Time to slip on a mask and reject him in her stead.
VIDAL: C’mon baby let’s go to Paris. I gotta get out of England because I might have been involved in a small dispute with the law.
MARY: What was the dispute about?
VIDAL: Turns out they don’t like it when you kill dudes? Who knew, amirite.
MARY: Voila! I am the other sister. Please turn this carriage around.
VIDAL: Voila! I have no morals. All cats are grey at night.
MARY: Oh help I have been abducted aboard a ship to Paris. How may I escape ravishment?
VIDAL: Baby, you can’t.
MARY: … OH RIGHT, WITH THIS PISTOL.
VIDAL: You’d never-
MARY: BANG BANG!
VIDAL: … my baby shot me down…
MARY: Crap I don’t want to hang for this dude. All right, doctors, gruel. Eat your gruel, you big fussy rakish baby.
VIDAL: You are the woman for me. I knew it ever since I first saw the gleam of your pistol. Let’s get married!
MARY: … Or I could not marry a raving lunatic and instead run a seamstress’s shop in Paris.
VIDAL: I shall lurk outside your shop and kill any man that dares approach you!
MARY: … You what. What if they just want to buy linen?
VIDAL: NO LINEN-BUYING FROM MY CUPCAKE OF DELIGHT.
MARY: You’re very mentally unwell. No, no dueling! I said no! Down, boy. Down!
VIDAL: I piled the streets with bodies because I love you. :( Marry me before I kill again.
Best thing about Devil’s Cub is any scene with the Duke of Avon. He’s so sarcastic in this one!
’I shouldn’t dream of it!’ Mr Fancot assured her earnestly. ‘Wild horses couldn’t drag it out of me! Well, it stands to reason they couldn’t, because, now I come to think of it, I don’t know.’
’You don’t know?’ she repeated incredulously.
’Forgot to ask him,’ he explained. ‘Well, I mean to say — no business of mine! Dy said, Come and help me to hold up m’sister’s carriage! and I said, Done! or some such thing. Nothing else I could say. Dashed inquisitive to be asking him why, you know!’"
— Georgette Heyer, April Lady (via bettiwettiwoo)
I slash Fancot & Dysart. XD