Friday, September 3, 2010

Book Review: Arabella

ArabellaArabella by Georgette Heyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like many Austenites, I often lament, nay, mourn the fact that there are such a small number of her novels to read and reread and rereread but Georgette Heyer is balm for that particular wound. This "regency romance," written in the first half of the twentieth century by a scholar of the era feels authentic and well-researched with nicely developed characters and plot. There are more colloquialisms than Austen would dare to employ and a mention of "paphians" {regency slang for hookers...*gasp*!!} which our darling Jane would never admit to one of her masterpieces, but it is in passing, and still maintains the innocence, gallantry and beauty Austen fans crave. Great story, romantic yet principled leading man. Easy, breezy, satisfying read.

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Alison May said...

I am in the middle of Arabella right now Elizabeth (my first proper committed dalliance with Georgette Heyer) and I'm loving it...

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I just watched the movie, Becoming Jane, for the first time. It was so sad, her life, but it inspired her writing. Nice blog.