A Civil Contract
HE HAD TO WED -- OR LOSE EVERYTHING! With his father's death, Captain Adam Deverill, the new Lord Lynton faces devastating ruin. Unless he raises the necessary funds, his beloved family estate at Fontley Priory will be lost forever. Providence arrives in the person of a wealthy stranger who... show more
HE HAD TO WED -- OR LOSE EVERYTHING!
With his father's death, Captain Adam Deverill, the new Lord Lynton faces devastating ruin. Unless he raises the necessary funds, his beloved family estate at Fontley Priory will be lost forever. Providence arrives in the person of a wealthy stranger who offers Lynton a most unusual proposal: satisfaction of all his debts -- in exchange for Deverill's hand in marriage to his only daughter.
When Jenny Chawleigh agrees to become the new Lady Lynton the shy heiress enters a glittering new world of titled society. But she must also resign herself to a loveless union with the irresistibly appealing viscount, a man who does not truly desire her -- or so she thinks.
Publish date: 2005-07-26
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
I've read this book many times, and I'm always impressed with its emotional subtlety and richness. It's not a standard romance (and this from a writer whom many consider the Queen of Regency Romance, which disappoints some readers). Adam Deveril is yanked out of the British Army just as it is making...
I am going to gush. I've read a lot of Georgette Heyer - as the originator of the regency romance, she is a hugely influential author. She is a talented, careful writer with a flair for comedy, and some of her best books are also some of her funniest. A Civil Contract is a departure from her usu...
For me, Heyer books are all about discovering character through dialogue, and this is just as rich as the others. Right now, though, I've been reading to see how she uses history in her stories, and this one is a little weaker in that respect--the details are sharp as ever but they don't really mean...
This is marketed the same way as Heyer's romances but be warned: while it has her trademark sparkle, it's explicitly a more serious historical novel, and may disappoint you if you pick this up thinking of Venetia, Frederica or any of Heyer's other classic romances. I wasn't; I think it's one of he...
Heyer's best and most complex yet (I'm reading them in order). The clash of the rising bourgeoisie with the decaying aristocracy makes for an interesting sub-text. Heyer re-uses some of her standard characters - the helpless mother-in-law. and the wise and crusty one - but gives gives more shape to ...
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