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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099476347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099476344
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Trigg on 6 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Knox on 23 April 2006
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Brown on 12 Oct. 2000
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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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Birney on 21 April 2008
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This is an interesting and thoughtful book,in which Heyer gets closer to the realities of a woman's life in Georgian England. Girls were frequently expected to marry for the sake of their family - both in Georgian England and later. (Consider Consueloe Vanderbilt and her disastrous marriage to the Duke of Marlborough in Edwardian times.)The book is not the usual Regency romp but an exploration of the adjustments people have to make in order for a marriage to be a success. Nell is very young, romantic and foolish at the start of the book. Her new husband is emotionally unintelligent. She has to learn to make decisions for herself and not for the sake of her mother or her profligate brother. Her husband has to grow up in a different way. They learn to understand each other during the course of the book and as each changes and matures the possibility for real love and mutual respect become more likely. So there isn't the usual 'happy ever after' ending but there is the possibility that these two may make a good and honest marriage after a disastrous start. This is an interesting and thoughtful book - and, in places, a very amusing and entertaining one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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