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The Quiet Gentleman (Thorndike Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 22 Nov 2006


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  • Hardcover: 539 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (22 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786290765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786290765
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,295,008 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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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"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)

"A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

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"Geogrette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A wonderful historical novel from the undisputed queen of the genre. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Crux Roesia on 17 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I love reading - and reading Georgette Heyer has always been one of my biggest pleasures ever since my Mum lent me one of hers when I was in bed with 'flu!
This story, however, was one that had passed me by until recently, which is a real shame as it is such a lovely one. The setting is pastoral Georgian England with the hero, Gervase, as a respected soldier reluctantly returning to take charge of his inherited estates. The story revolves around a cast of - as usual - intriguing characters who live in and around Gervase's Stanyon estate. All but Theo (Gervase's impoverished cousin who acts as bailiff) and guest Drusilla (the unassuming, practical daughter of revolutionary writer parents, off discussing how to rid the country of its nobility in the Lake District) cannot stand the fact that Gervase survived the wars, which leads to the well-written mystery part of the tale when his life comes under threat.
Spoilt half-brother Martin (prime suspect) and his mother (the matriarch who thwarts Gervase at every turn) provide brilliant villainous parts in this, a story of suspicion, attempted murder, subtle revenge and slowly growing love in an English village. A definite must-read. Then when you've read it once, read it again and see if you can pick up on any of the subtle clues...!
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Georgette Heyer ever since I read Arabella at the age of thirteen. I have read all of her books and they have yet to disappoint - The Quiet Gentleman is certainly no exception.
This novel is perhap not as dazzling as the wonderful Regency Buck for example, nor does it have the swashbuckling antics of The Masqueraders. However, the plot is sound, the characters sympathetic and Heyer creates one of her funniest and most dreadful matriarchs in Gervase's "wicked stepmother". This novel moves with a good deal of quiet enjoyment taking pleasure in the little absurdities of everyday life. There is a subplot of mystery and murder, yet this is exited as unobtrusively as it is introduced.
In Drusilla Morville we again meet a heroine who is neither dazzling or beautiful, but sensible, practical and intelligent. My only quibble in an otherwise wonderful book, is that the understanding between Gervase and Miss Morville does seem to spring up from nowhere. However despite this, the novel rolls along supported by a fine cast of incidental characters and the denouement is as satisfying as any Heyer novel, romance intermingling as ever with gentle comedy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
A wonderful tale in which our hero is steadfast in the face of slurs on his character, a miserable and unwelcoming family and some wonderfully blackguardish behaviour. There is more than a hint of swashbuckling derring do and mystery in this tale, which adds spice to the usual romantic fare on offer. Our hero is a soldier returned from the wars, ready but not entirely willing to claim his inheritance, a mouldering pile and some grumpy relations. His battle to take his place, restore family honour and clear his name is joined by his slowly but steadily falling in love in the best, old fashioned tradition of not having clue what he is doing until it is too late!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 April 2015
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Gervase Frant, seventh Earl of St Erth returns from the war with Napoleon to reclaim his estates in Lincolnshire he finds that he is not at all welcome. His step mother favours her own son, Martin and his cousin Theo has been managing the estates very capably in his absence. In fact they wish Gervase had not come through Waterloo unscathed.

Gervase himself is a quiet, mild-mannered individual and his family underestimate his abilities because of this. Staying in the house in the absence of her parents who are travelling is Miss Drusilla Morville who is concerned by the tensions in the household and finds herself endeavouring to keep the peace. She is even more worried when accidents seem to keep happening to Gervase.

Part mystery, part romance this is an entertaining story set in Georgette Heyer's signature period of the Regency. It has all the wit and charm of her other Regency novels with an interesting and intriguing hero and a practical and down to earth heroine. I hadn't re-read this book for many years but it has lost none of its charm in the intervening period.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elina H. on 23 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
When reading some customer critics' plot synopsis on this novel, I come to think about all the chances Ms. Heyer has missed to make this book a pompous, over-dramatized epic about an ill-treated young man who in spite of his father's neglect of him comes and collects his inheritance, defies his evil relatives and gets himself a bride after hardship and persecution. We may thank God that this is not at all in Ms. Heyer's style.

Instead we have a thoroughly charming, intelligent hero with a very sound sense of humour, an unorthodox, totally practical heroine who doesn't seem to understand at all what a heroine she is, a collection of very vivid people surrounding the two, representing the whole spectrum of human virtues and weaknesses. People in real life are seldom (or never) totally black or white, which they tend to be in many a romantic book or TV series, and Ms. Heyer is always aware of this. Even her most horrible figures seem to be able to arouse some sort of sympathy that almost sneaks upon us without our knowledge; when we laugh with her and her hero Gervase at Gervase's dreadful step-mother, the laughter is not mean. Is Ms. Heyer ever sarcastic about her characters? I don't seem to recall an instance. It is always easier to tolerate an irritating person if you can be amused by her and her ways in a gentle and purely humorous way. This seems to be Gervase's attitude towards his relatives. Good for him. He also understands that there always are two sides to every coin; there are positive sides even to his secret enemy, and Gervase is aware of them and does not want totally to condemn him.

The romantic development between Gervase and his Drusilla is very subtle and written without italics of any kind.
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