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on 17 July 2010
Country born-and-bred beauty, Venetia Lanyon lives with her younger brother Aubrey with no access to society and the usual ways in which a genteel young lady can find herself a husband. However, next door lives notorious rake Lord Damerel who, after grabbing her for a cheeky snog on their first meeting, becomes a very good friend to both her and Aubrey. Other people dodge in and out of the story, causing trouble and spreading rumours in a very Jane Austen-style manner so that Venetia is eventually forced to travel to London and away from Lord Damerel's bad influence. However, in London there are many more bad influences for very different reasons and Venetia's main problem becomes how to get back to her beloved Lord Damerel and live happily ever after.
I must say that I've never actually read Georgette Heyer as romance novels written in the 50s and 60s have never interested me. I bought this item because Richard Armitage narrated it and if there's a voice I enjoy listening to, it's Richard Armitage's. However, after listening for five minutes, I forgot (almost) about his dulcet tones and just got along with enjoying the story.
I love this story - it's very Jane Austen, with interfering aunts and dreadful siblings all embarrassing our long-suffering heroine, as well as an attractive and indulgent hero who never lets her down. Richard Armitage was excellent, taking it seriously and giving each character a distinctive voice so that you very quickly forget that you're listening to one man and can relax into the story easily.
In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I've just bought Venetia in book form - hooray!
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