- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (17 Sept. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099435683
- ISBN-13: 978-0099435686
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 18 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,229,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Reluctant Widow Paperback – 17 Sep 1998
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"Triumphantly good... Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight Sunday Telegraph)
"My favourite historical novelist" (Margaret Drabble)
"A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
One of the best-known and most beloved historical novelists, Georgette Heyer has captured a whole new audience's heart. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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If you like this you must read 'The Talisman Ring': Sarah Thane is as delightful as Elinor, and the plot as outrageously funny.
Note on Kindle edition: Kindle should be ashamed! Hardly a page without some editorial mistake, from basic typos through completely missing words to completely wrong words (there for their, exiting for exciting, etc). I was held up for some time by the word 'issued' which didn't make sense in the context until I realised that it should have read 'is used'. It's the editor's job to sort that out, not mine. Kindle, nul points, especially for the premium price. Why not employ editors with a grasp of the English language?
Elinor Rochdale has found herself on hard times, and answers an advertisement for a governess. When arriving at her post, things start to go awry, and she finds herself hustled into a marriage at midnight, which then becomes widowhood by dawn. But this marriage is only the beginning of what she has to contend with.
Lord Carlyon, the instigator of this marriage, proceeds to leave her in her dead husband's house (which seems to be haunted) with the rash and lively Nicky, his younger brother. And when people start turning up at all hours of the day and night, resulting in shots being fired, things look to be getting ever more complicated!
I loved this book, it was just what I needed to pass the time. It required little actual attention, and I was surprised with the amount of detail and characterisation within. Eleanor had much more depth than it appeared initially, and this gives the whole tale a modern flavour whilst retaining aspects like murder, intrigue and spying.
If you want a light hearted and fun romp, with a nice balance between historical romance, mystery and intrigue, this will give you that.
The story was set in the Regency era and so had the feel of a Jane Austen novel. It was quite lengthy and wordy however I really enjoyed it and didn’t find my interest waned at all.
Elinor was easy to like, albeit being a bit tiresome occasionally, however for the era, she was quite witty and sensible. I really liked Lord Carlyon and his brothers – Nicky was a very loveable character. Really, the whole cast was excellently written and you got a feel for exactly what kind of person each of them were.
The book isn’t fast paced however there are a lot of incidents that happen throughout. I was surprised to realise after I had finished the book that only a week had passed in the timeline of the story! The book feels like it was a much bigger chunk of the character’s lives.
The story isn’t realistic or believable however I don’t really think it’s meant to be. It’s a light, enjoyable story that keeps you happily engaged.
Overall I really enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it those who are looking for a light period fiction.
The two main problems with this book are firstly, that one gets the impression Heyer wrote it in a hurry, and having thought up a good idea, never troubled to expand on the actual personalities in her story, which resulted in some very one-dimensional and unconvincing characters.
However, the second problem, and by far the worst, is that it has more typographical errors than I can ever remember seeing in any book before. There are mistakes cropping up in almost every other page - and sometimes in consecutive pages. Apart from the annoyance caused by such poor presentation, I found myself having to reread some sentences in order to try to make sense of the meaning. Sometimes. a crucial letter was left off the end or beginning of a word, but there were other times when the word was clearly changed, as if the typist had decided it must be wrong and substituted one s/he thought more appropriate. It really spoiled the book for me so much that I considered asking for a refund. I can't believe that the original printed book ever left the publishers in such a state.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the best of Georgette Heyer's books and to honest a bit weak on story. Bust, nonetheless, quite enjoyable.Published 28 days ago by linda carol fuller
Surprised and disappointed by shockingly bad typesetting/proofreading - full of incorrect, missing or misspelled words. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CAC
This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels, although like Kate Fenton I've "read them all to ragged shreds". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. Lindsay Sabin
One of my favourite Heyer romances, with a very different beginning. A most enjoyable read.Published 5 months ago by CS