Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Sherry Thomas, Ravishing the Heiress.
A beautifully written marriage of convenience story about two people growing gradually into each other’s lives. In some ways, it reminds me a great deal of Heyer’s A Civil Contract, in that, in both, the aristocratic hero discovers he has a head– and a liking– for business, and that his high-spirited first love might not have suited him nearly as well as the woman he is forced to marry.
— Carole Nelson Douglas, Chapel Noir.
A comment on Dear Author this week about recent (unsatisfactory) depictions of Irene Adler made me reach for my beloved old Carole Nelson Douglas Irene Adler books. If you haven’t read these before, start with Good Night, Mr. Holmes, which is still my favorite of the lot. Adler’s Watson equivalent, a starchy Englishwoman named Nell, narrates the story a la Watson. So much fun.
— Carla Kelly, “An Object of Charity” in A Homespun Regency Christmas.
How did I not read Carla Kelly before? I have only myself to blame. Both Claudia and Vicki, my best book recommenders/care package senders, made sure I was well-supplied with Carla Kelly novels– which I hadn’t read yet. But I was looking for something short to read while I was waiting for my copy of Kristan Higgins’s The Best Man to arrive, so I opened up “An Object of Charity”. And loved it. A war-weary naval officer returns reluctantly to dry dock to find the wards of his first mate waiting for him. Familial reconciliations and romance ensue.
— Carla Kelly, Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand.
One Carla Kelly led to another…. A beleaguered but plucky widow meets a scandal-ridden lord, who helps her out of a bit of a sticky wicket (and, for sticky wicket, read Vile Seducer Who Attempts To Take Her Children Away From Her). I loved this one, for both the widow’s valiant attempts to rebuild her life and the truly sweet relationship that develops with the scandalous Lord Winn.
— Carla Kelly, Miss Grimsley’s Oxford Career.
I believe this is what is termed a “glom”? A young lady takes her brother’s place in his Oxford lectures and mistaken identities and mayhem ensue. Very, very Heyer-esque side characters and dialogue.
After several days in the Regency, I’ve come to the end of my Carla Kelly run and have just begun Kristan Higgins’s The Best Man.
What have you been reading this week?