Georgette Heyer has long been my go-to author for fun, enjoyable, pleasant read when I need one. The Nonesuch is one my favourite Heyer's. It is very funny and has many good twists and turns. Ancilla Trent is one of Heyer's older, wiser and more sophisticated heroines and Sir Waldo is one of her most appealing heroes. Watching their friendship blossom is a delight. There are several amusing subplots and a large cast of characters. Georgette Heyer has had many imitators over the years, but her sparkling dialogue, astounding use of period detail and truly engaging characters make her simply the best. This one is charming from beginning to end!
Yes, I agree. This is another of Heyer's best. I enjoyed the characters very much, and it wasn't formulaic.
Every time I pick up a Georgette Heyer novel, I know I'm in for a treat and The Nonesuch was no exception. Well-rounded, intelligent, and funny characters abound. The historical period is well-evoked, right down to the slang. And the romance is sweet and understated. Always an enjoyable reading interlude.
Sir Waldo ?the Nonesuch? Hawkridge is a rich, handsome, athletic figure of a man. He got his nickname because it is generally agreed that there is no such other man as he. You?d think a fellow with a reputation like that would be conceited to the gills, but Sir Waldo is a gentleman in manner as well as name: He spends his money building orphanages to shelter and educate London?s street boys. When Sir Waldo inherits Broom Hall and comes to Yorkshire to examine his new acquisition, it is entirely too much to expect the ladies of the neighborhood to ignore this paradigm of manhood. Miss Ancilla Trent is one of those ladies, but as the twenty-eight-year-old governess and chaperone to the beautiful and tempestuous Tiffany Wield, Ancilla considers herself ?on the shelf? and is able to meet Sir Waldo with a measure of composure and intelligence that impresses that gentleman very favorably. Not so Miss Tiffany. She has her eyes on both Sir Waldo and the handsome cousin who accompanies him. When her wiles inexplicably fail to attract either man, Tiffany does more than put on a pout?she hightails it out of Yorkshire and makes for the big city of London. Desperate to find her wayward charge and avoid scandal, Ancilla is hot on Tiffany?s tail?and who should come to the governess? assistance but the Nonesuch himself? Bursting with Regency flavor in the grand tradition of Jane Austen, The Nonesuch displays all of author Georgette Heyer?s considerable charms. Witty banter, impeccable historical detail, a colorful supporting cast, and a slow-burning romance make for a delightful package that will bring smiles to the lips of any reader.
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