Synopses & Reviews
A sparkling Regency romance from the queen of the genre.
When Viscount Desford encounters Charity Steane, who is a very young lady walking to London alone, he is honor bound to assist her. She tells him she is running away from the drudgery of her aunt's household to find her grandfather, who, it turns out, is not in London after all, but away in the country.
Dashing about the countryside to find the elusive gentleman, the Viscount must observe all the proprieties while preventing his young charge from bringing ruin upon herself-and him.
In the end, his best idea is to bring Charity to his lifelong best friend Henrietta, who has secretly loved him all along, and who, with the aplomb and superb judgment befitting in a future Viscountess, saves the day for everyone.
My favourite historical novelist--stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours. --Margaret Drabble
Georgette Heyer is unbeatable. Sunday Telegraph
Sparkling. Independent on Sunday
A writer of great wit and style...I've read her books to ragged shreds. --Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph
Henrietta is beginning to wonder if Viscount Desford has fallen in love with a homeless waif. Without the intervention of his brother and Henrietta's worthy suitor Gary Nethercott, Desford is in danger of making a rare blunder in his affairs.
"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable."-Sunday Telegraph
A young and lovely runaway alone on the road to London
Miss Charity Steane is running away from the drudgery of her aunt's household to find her grandfather. Not expecting her visit, the old gentleman is not in London but is away in the country.
A scandal broth in the making
When Viscount Desford encounters a lovely waif searching for her grandfather, he feels honor bound to assist her; but dashing about the countryside together, the Viscount must prevent his exasperating charge from bringing him ruin upon herself...and him.
In the end, his best idea is to bring Charity to his lifelong best friend Henrietta and that's when the fun and surprises begin...
"It all begins when a chivalrous and rich young gallant takes pity on a pathetic poor relation in a neighboring family. Before long he is so entangled in his efforts to help her that every step he takes leads to some hilarious new confusion. The romantic conclusions are not what you may expect, but that adds to the fun."-Publishers Weekly
"My favourite historical novelist-stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours."-Margaret Drabble
Georgette Heyer, in her inimitable style, explores the lengths to which a gentleman must go to avoid scandal when confronted by a very young runaway lady.
When Viscount Desford encounters Charity Steane walking to London alone, he feels honor bound to assist her. Dashing about the countryside to find Charity's elusive grandfather, the Viscount must somehow prevent his exasperating charge from bringing ruin upon herself-and him.
This is the most delightful new Georgette Heyer Regency romance in several years. It is witty, full of dashing period slang, and it trifles with the affairs of several maids and men with such style and gentle irony that readers of good 'ton, ' as Miss Heyer herself might put it, will find reading it a very 'comfortable cose' indeed. -Publishers Weekly