I read this one again and again, with a grin on my face, and to the accompaniment of giggles, chuckles and tears of laughter. This is Heyer at her most clever and witty. On the surface, it appears to be another light, romantic adventure, but without losing credibility or delight, and never belittling her story or hero/heroine, Heyer manages not only to pull fun at her genre, but her plot, her characters and her own writing. Even her characters can't help but join in! Nothing is what it seems, no-one says what they think (except Nicky, who blithely and naively skips through the pages without realising he is part of a tremendous satirical romp), and the whole is a delightful, witty, clever froth. This is fun!
If you like this you must read 'The Talisman Ring': Sarah Thane is as delightful as Elinor, and the plot as outrageously funny.