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The Toll-Gate Audio Download – Unabridged

4.7 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is classic Georgette Heyer, gentle and terribly well mannered with a typically spirited heroine. John is a worthy suiter and the eventual outcome is pretty obvious from the start. However the many twists in the plot and the immaculate attention to period speech and costume are as wonderful as ever. I've read over forty of her fifty or more published works and this would creep in at about number 10. Try it, then try The Grand Sophy, in my opinion the incomparable Heyer at her finest.
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Whilst lost in the Derbyshire Peak District, and purely by chance, John Staple comes upon a toll-gate at the dead of night. Strangely there is only a young boy there to operate it. His curiosity pricked, John decides to stay and find out what is going on. Here begins one of Heyer's adventure stories, with mystery, villains, and plenty of derring-do. It is a romance of course, and Nell Stornaway, coping bravely in the face of adversity and very trying house-guests, is attractive as all of Heyer's heroines are. As ever, the charming and funny minor characters are half of the joy of the story. A pleasure to read, and good enough to come back to again and again.
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Captain John Staple is on his way to visit a friend at his hunting lodge when a chance meeting with a scared boy left in charge of a toll-gate on a wild night changes all his plans.
In less than twenty-four hours, he not only realises that he's stumbled onto a dangerous mystery, but he's also fallen head over heels in love at last. And so the huge, fearless 'Crazy Jack' becomes a surrogate gatekeeper/father figure until he can solve the mystery surrounding these Derbyshire hills and that plaguing the life of the local squire and his beautiful grand-daughter Nell, whom John is determined to marry.
His sojourn will take him below ground and into the jaws of death as well as find him crossing swords with such characters as a moralistic highwayman, loyal-to-death servants, murderous men and also those of Bow Street, and all the while, he will be trying to win the hand of the Amazonian Nell for his own.

A fast-paced, eventful adventure romance, with the traditional Heyer-style 'happy ever after'. All the characters are engaging in this story, even the urchin Ben, and the Toll-Gate features a truly larger-than-life hero. Captain John is certainly the man you want in any crisis!
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One of Heyer's best adventure cum romance novels. Mature, intelligent and spirited main characters. I must admit that I have little patience with some of her 17 year old stupid feminine characters that go from one blunder to another. Fortunately, none of those geese in this novel.
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I read Georgette Heyer in my teens from the library, bought the paperbacks when I could afford to do so and then read them regularly until kindle came along and I started clearing the bookshelves. Unlike most cars, these have maintained their price well, so restocking through kindle may take a while. This was a really good one to start with because it is one of the more amusing.
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Another delight from the pen of Georgette Heyer.In my case I have enjoyed listening to the stories and find a great pleasure of picturing,a well
crafted,romantic novel.set in regency England.Although,I do admit that the tales do run to a formula,but I have never been disappointed, and, find
a very comforting joy, listening to yarns of young damsels and ne'er-do-wells,set in an era of long ago.
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When reading this book, you are swept away to the era.A wonderful book, and as always the characters are so well written you can actual see them. As usual I found this book ended far too quickly.

When I was very young I read her books, but have not read a Heyer for almost 30 years now, and then decided to re-read some. I find I just love the books as much as ever, and of course there is so many more to read. I am having to stop my self down loading them all and just sitting there reading them.
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Not by any means the best of G. Heyer's novels: this one was rather trite in its' rhythm of unfolding the plot and the ending was rather abrupt(all 'baddies' conveniently getting shot etc.). The characters were more 2-dimensional than in most Heyer novels and the scenes were melodramatic.
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