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Charity Girl Paperback – 5 Mar 1992

4.5 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (5 Mar. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099850508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099850502
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,001,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Triumphantly good . . . Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight Sunday Telegraph)

"Sparkling" (Independent on Sunday)

"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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Triumphantly good ... Georgette Heyer is unbeatable.' (The Sunday Telegraph)

'Sparkling.' (The Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
A delightful Heyer romance, this time with two female protagonists. We follow the parallel stories of young Cherry Steane, a runaway, and "spinster" Henrietta Silverdale, who inadvertently rescues Cherry. The contrast between the two is enjoyable; the older, wiser, and more worldly Henrietta, daughter of a baronet, and the young, fanciful Cherry, still very unaware of Society's rules and how easily they can ruin her.
Cherry is "rescued" from her unhappy home by the Viscount Desford, who was once engaged to Henrietta. He enlists Henrietta's help, and as the the two spend more time together, and with the appearance of several other suitors, we are unclear as to where romance will develop! This book almost has a "whodunnit" feel, as the mystery is in which characters will end up together!
There is much humour as Henrietta tries to steer Cherry away from mistakes and social ruin. Both characters are likeable, and the interplay of other characters around them keeps the book lively.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
The mistake when reading Georgette Heyer is to expect something new every time. The joy is in the comfort of pretty much the same story told expertly and with great good humour in every novel, and this is no exception. On a cold, wet day this is just the ticket with tea and biscuits, the novel form of comfort food.

Lord Desford finds a runaway girl on his way to London and saves her from disgrace. He takes her to live with his friend, Hetta and promptly goes off in search of the girl's relatives to restore her honour and dignity. The story unfolds in three strands, Desford's quest and both his and the young girl's love life.

It is silly, frivolous, full of pot holes, wildly unbelievable and utterly, utterly charming. I just can't resist them.
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I own and re-read most of Georgette Heyer's books on a very regular basis. All are totally predictable and totally unrealistic stories, but historically accurate. The girl always gets her guy, with a few twists and turns along the way, and her characterisations are delightful even if incomprehensible in the light of modern society.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2011
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I first read this book when it was originally published and was not keen on it but as I am gradually re-reading Georgette Heyer's novels I decided to give it another try. This time I did enjoy it - seeing things I'd missed first time round or perhaps not appreciated. Charity Steane - normally known as Cherry - has been taken in by her aunt and turned into a sort of unpaid servant.

Think Fanny Price in Mansfield Park without the indolent Lady Bertram or the protective Edmund to look after her. Cherry eventually decides to run away and is offered a lift to London by Viscount Desford so that she can throw herself on her grandfather's mercy.

But things don't go to plan and Cherry's grandfather is not at home. Desford takes Cherry to stay with his long time friend Henrietta Silverdale to avoid compromising her by having her stay at his own house. What follows is a catalogue of errors and misunderstandings. Cherry's long lost father Wilfred reappears and scents an opportunity for blackmail.

This is perhaps not Georgette Heyer's best Regency romance but it is entertaining with some marvellous characters and some marvellously horrible ones as well such as Lady Bugle - Cherry's aunt - and her father. I think Wilfred Steane is possibly one of the most obnoxious characters Heyer ever created and he certainly takes the prize for slimy-ness; worth reading but not my favourite book.
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Another cracking story from Georgette Hayer,this time we get a quick peak at the life of a gentel young lady who has not money. She is left at the mercy of her relatives. Neither servant nor yet accepted in to,the family. I love the conversational interchange between the many characters in the book. The book swings along from Harrogate to London and other places. You also see how harsh their society was on people who did not do as the family required.
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By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
I think this may be one of GH's earlier works: the characters are not as rounded and the stoty not as satisfying as we have come to expect. Still, it is a different take on the usual romance: the two principles feel rather diffident about each other and the misunderstandings that arise when Desford tries to help a pretty girl don't exactly smooth the path to true love. Of-course it all ends happily as the trials they endure allow Henrietta to express her real feelings and give Desford the opportunity to show a more dashing side to his hitherto rather dull character. Worth reading if you are a fan, but not the best book to sample Heyer's writing.
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For her fans Georgette Heyer never fails. This is just the sort of book to take into hospital - which I did - since it took my mind off the hospital and transported me back to where men are handsome and women always beautiful and the heroine gets her man after the usual bumpy course of true love! No sex, no bad language, just beautifully written English!
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Georgette Heyer wrote many novels better than this, but it still contains more wit than anything published by any other author in the past twenty or thirty years. Men tend to avoid Heyer's books because they think they're only about romance, but nothing could be further from the truth. The period details is excellent - the research is superb (Heyer's 'An Infamous Army' is the best novel about the Battle of Waterloo that there is and, yes, of course I've read Vanity Fair). The occasional abuse of the present participle niggles (Miss Heyer confuses it with the simple past, much like BBC presenters today), but otherwise her use of language is very good. Give it go, guys. You'll be surprised.
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