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The Spanish Bride Paperback – 2 Jun 2005
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A swashbuckling tale of Regency romance on the Iberian Peninsula by the queen of historical fiction.See all Product description
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As for romance, Harry Smith meets his Spanish bride, Juana, on page 39 and has married her by page 47. There is none of the usual cut and thrust of witty repartee, misunderstandings, and absurdities that we have might have expected.
The book follows the pair for the rest of the campaign in Spain and France, back to England, while Harry is posted across to America, and then to Waterloo. The 'romance' is, of course, based on a true story. Ladysmith in South Africa is named after Juana, from later in their lives. And it is as much a historical account as a novel, and as such it is accurate, succinct and illuminating. Many of the words spoken by the characters - Harry himself, Kincaid, Wellington and others - are their actual words, drawn from their own memoirs or reported at the time. Many of the stories and anecdotes are lifted, if not quite word for word, at least faithfully from these memoirs. Speaking of which Kincaid's 'Adventures in the Rifle Brigade' and Harry Smith's memoires remain vivid readable accounts today - in Kincaid's case, there is laugh out loud black humour on occasions.
It is a wonderful portrait of young officers at war; each one, half silly young fool and half experience-wise and far older than his years. Written as the Second World War was about to start, it is a testament to young officers of any era.
But does this mean that this is a book for Regency Romance readers to pass over? I would emphatically say it worth reading. Juana comes into the midst of the hard-bitten army, shares their hardships and wins their hearts. It is quite touching in places. The enormity of the conflict and the love and friendship is moving.
This is also the backdrop to many of Heyer's other books. For example, Hugo, hero from The Unknown Ajax, is from the same regiment as Harry Smith - the 95th rifles (also the regiment the fictional Sharpe serves in). Adam Deveril in A Civil Contract served in the 52nd - another light infantry regiment in the Light Division alongside Harry Smith. Heyer doesn't chose these regiments at random - it implies a lot about what the characters have seen and what they have gone through, and it also explains their bond with the former soldiers serving as their grooms. Read The Spanish Bride, and you'll understand them better.
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