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This review is from: The Unknown Ajax (Paperback)
One of my least favourites books by Georgette Heyer.
Hugh, the "Weaver's brat" arrives at Darracott Place to take his place as heir. Hugh deliberately behaves stupidly and uneducated to mock the Darracot family's prejudices, which leads to a few slightly amusing incidents.
The character of his cousin Anthea starts strongly, and makes the reader want to learn more about this courageous lady. Sadly, Anthea then remains weirdly colourless throughout the book.
The book also doesn't convince of the blossoming romance between the two protagonists, Hugh and Anthea. Looking back on the interaction the characters have throughout the book, I still cannot see why they fall for each other. I certainly missed some of the sparkling dialogues of Heyer's other books.
The free-trading plot drags on quite a bit, and I found it at parts rather boring. The last 30 pages of the book are funny, though the pace of the last part doesn't sit comfortable with the rest of the book.
It may be an issue that the humour and wit of this book is not to everybody's taste as some other praising reviews show.
My recommendation: if this is your first Georgette Heyer book, start with another one.