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April Lady [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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A dashing tale of romance and heroism told by one of the bestselling and greatest historical novelists of all time..

When the new Lady Cardross begins to fill her days with fashion and frivolity, the Earl has to wonder whether she did really only marry him for his money, as his family so helpfully suggests. And now Nell doesn't dare tell him the truth...

What with the concern over his wife's heart and pocket, sorting out her brother's scrapes and trying to prevent his own half sister from eloping, it is no wonder that the much-tried Earl almost misses the opportunity to smooth the path of true love in his marriage ...

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"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight)

"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

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A dashing tale of romance and heroism told by one of the bestselling and greatest historical novelists of all time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402238789
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZG8S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not her very best 6 Mar. 2007
I enjoyed this story very much like most of this author's work. By the end of it, you will be convinced that trying to sweep problems under the carpet is a very bad idea indeed! Once again the minor characters are brilliantly drawn. The exchanges between Nell, her immaculate cousin-in-law Felix, and her inebriated brother had me laughing out loud. One tiny gripe - Apart from being a spendthrift, Nell is a bit of a goody-two-shoes. I so wanted her to shout back at her husband when he makes an outrageous accusation against her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her strongest Novel 16 Nov. 2007
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
There is always much to love about a Heyer novel. Her superb sense of history and place. The wonderful dialogue and the artfully drawn characters. This book however, strikes me as one of her weaker efforts. The heroine, Nell, is considerably more weedy than the usual bright, intelligent women she characterises. Nell is unsure and at times downright feeble. Her issues with debt and her 'owing' her husband fealty and respect, make her powerless for much of the book, which is a shame. The hero is also slightly unsympathetic, being convinced his wife has married him for money rather than love, but not being able to talk to her about it. It's a good book, despite my reservations, and if there weren't so many fantastic Heyer books out there, I would be more impressed, but it just doesn't quite cut the mustard with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars April Lady 25 Mar. 2015
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I first read 'April Lady' more than forty years ago and it wasn't one of my favourite Heyer novels. However I don't think it was the right book for me at the time because I have just re-read it and found it charming and the final chapter must be one of the most amusing of all the Heyer novels. Lady Helen (Nell) Cardross is very much in love with her husband Giles but her mother has brainwashed her into thinking that the marriage was one of convenience.

Nell has a problem with sticking within the limits of her very generous allowance and Giles is constantly having to pay her bills for her. Unfortunately Nell can never resist her spendthrift brother, Dysart's requests for money to pay his gambling debts even though Giles has forbidden her to help him anymore. The lengths Nell goes to in order to avoid telling Giles that she has a mantua maker's bill which she has somehow overlooked when she was giving him all her outstanding bills make for entertaining reading.

There are some of Heyer's most memorable characters in this book - Nell herself, Letty - her headstrong sister-in-law, Felix Hetehrsett - a friend of her husband's and Dysart and his wayward cronies. I thoroughly enjoyed alternately listening to the audio version of this book and then picking up where I left off in the e-book. Perhaps if you have found this book a little dull in the past you might want to give it another chance as I did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Heyer Book! 23 April 2006
By A. Knox
I couldn't put this book down when I first read it and it has continued to delight me.

Parts of it almost read like a farce: Lady Cardross owes her dressmaker money but feels she can't ask her husband for it as he has already cleared a backlog of her debts and she promised him there were no more...added to this, she thinks that their marriage was not a 'love match' but that batchelorhood had ceased to be an option for much older Lord Cardross and he had asked for her hand not for love, but procreation.

Add to this an impulsive brother and his half-brained friend who decide to help Lady Cardross out of her difficulties and the stage is set for a very funny book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Heyer rehashed 20 May 2010
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
As far as I can see, no one has mentioned the principal problem with "April Lady": the basic plot is largely a rehash of The Convenient Marriage, with Nell as Horry, Cardross as Rule and Dysart as Pelham.

But the latter, as well as being written first, is a much better book, one of Miss Heyer's finest in fact. And Nell is a drip, which Horry certainly isn't.

Taken by itself on its own merits, of course, "April Lady" is an excellent and entertaining story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! 12 Oct. 2000
Typical Georgette Heyer, as misunderstandings and comic confusions trip up the path of true love. Nell daren't tell her husband she is head over heels in love with him when he thinks she married him for his money and she has a tremendous debt hanging over her. Nell's brother's attempts to help her only add to her worries, and her sister-in-law's romantic aspirations cause more headaches. Of course all the major participants in this merry medley get their heart's desire, and if very few of them display more intelligence than needed to walk and talk at the same time, well, that is hardly the point in a Georgette Heyer novel. Lighthearted, escapist fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Regency exposition at its best ... as always 31 Oct. 2012
There's something infinitely alluring about Georgette Heyer that, hackneyed storyline notwithstanding, you keep wanting to go back for more. "April Lady" is one such commonplace plot with very little to commend it in terms of originality, but brilliant nonetheless. Without a doubt, it is the sense of the period in her exposition and the way Regency mores are so cleverly depicted in her characters that make Heyer the best in this genre as there ever will be.

I do not agree that Nell's character is weedy or insipid, as some reviewers have commented. One cannot see a fully-fledged Regency character from the perspective of a modern woman of our times. Modern women are emancipated and therefore unable to comprehend the severe constraints imposed on women of Nell's generation. The almost fanatical way they sought to adhere to propriety was in fact part of that culture and, therefore, no great effort to practise. Nell is a lady of her time; she is a member of the Peerage of England; the daughter of a Viscount and the wife of an Earl, no less; and she is very British ... stiff upper lip and all. She has been trained and nurtured from birth to withhold her personal feelings for a higher cause - conforming to her peers.

So is Lord Cardross, her wonderfully passionate husband, who goes to great lengths to hide his immense love for his wife because it was seen as unseemly to show emotion even in private. What little is shown is done so in private, but even then, the practice of restraint is inherent. It was to them like the very air they breathed ... part of their makeup and therefore the only thing they knew.

And here is Georgette Heyer's real genius! She weaves real characters that fit their time in history.
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