Charity Girl Paperback – 5 Mar 1992
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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.
'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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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.
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.
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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Excellent product, very reasonably priced, excellent delivery, very quick.Published 4 months ago by Janet Mortiboy
However I enjoy G.H,s books and have all her works in paperback from many years ago. If you are new to her try The Reluctant widow or Frederica excellent stories.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am so enjoying re reading all of Georgette Heyer's novel and this is just a lovely romance.Published 12 months ago by CS