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5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the very best Heyers for me!, 5 July 2011
I know that there are all sorts of reviews out there as to why each and every Georgette Heyer is their favourite. Ok - so, cards on the table: Venetia is mine.
It's not really to do with the plot, because compared to some other Heyer novels, it has to be said it is a little slight. There are no major twists and turns. What really makes it for me is the characterisation and dialogue of the main protanganists.
We have as the 2 main characters(although there are lots of great others in this story, especially Venetia's other suitors!):
- Venetia Lanyon - very intelligent, slightly mature ie 24/5 yrs old, innocent and unexperienced in ton society but fully expecting to live her life in the country as a spinster, as a sentient female, and very happy about it.
- Lord Damerel - very intelligent, definitely mature, definitely experienced in many more ways than one, as is suggested, but not totally quantified (as is never quantified in a Heyer story!), other than being a 'rake'.
What gets me about this story is that after they first meet, they find themselves in each other's presence for various reasons and very quickly really like and understand each other. They become true friends and really care about each other as, for want of a better word, 'soul mates'. The dialogue between them is a true joy. I'm not sure I've ever experienced that in another Heyer novel. Venetia might be conveyed as somewhat inexperienced in the ways of the world, but she's certainly not stupid (or idiotish :)) as you will find out.
What happens after that is perhaps the main part of the story....
And that, Heyer friends (and new readers), is why Venetia is my favourite Heyer novel. Take the time to read it, it's fab!