I've loved Georgette Heyer's books since I was a young girl, and every so often I dig one out of the bookshelves and revisit Regency England in her company. In this story, the young Lady Cardross, who believes that her husband only married her for the sake of `form', doesn't want him to know that she has fallen madly in love with him. And she doesn't want him to think that she only married him for his money and position, so can't confess to him that she owes money for clothing and other frivolities. What to do? She asks her rather scatterbrained brother Dysart for help, but his plans seem to more often go awry than not. Nell's search for the right path and happiness are made more muddled by her trying to sort out her sister-in-law Letty's determination to marry unsuitably against her brother's wishes. What with trying to sort out Letty, and her own problems without bothering her husband at all, Nell seems to have her hands full.
This is a great Heyer novel; full of period placement and the language and behaviour of the young men about town, witty, and filled with wry humour and tangled webs, this is a great Regency romp. Never silly, never frivolous or over the top, Georgette Heyer's wonderful books deservedly live on, hopefully to find new audiences.