April Lady and The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer

April Lady

April Lady by Georgette Heyer

This was a lot like The Convenient Marriage. Older man becomes smitten with young, naive girl and marries her. Comedy ensues. Just as in that novel, the conflicts can be saved by the couple having an honest conversation. Just communicate, couples! If you don’t, ridiculous things happen!

I think it’s fine if these heroines are charming, over the top and even a tad silly at times, but I get impatient if they are not particularly intelligent or practical.

I was indifferent to all the characters in this novel. A lot of them blurred together with other Heyer novel characters. I’ve been reading too many of these books, but they do have this weird addictive quality.

Read June 21-22nd 2012.

The Unknown Ajax

The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer

This Heyer novel is distinct in the others I have read in that it featured a lot more of the servants and their relationships between themselves and their masters. The novel also had a plot about smuggling and free trade. I only found these parts interesting because they were new aspects of Heyer
but not actually that fascinating for most of the novel until the very end.

This was more serious and in a way, less of a romantic comedy than the others. I did like the romance in this novel though. It was believable as well as enjoyable. Hugo is a wonderful and lovely character. He had a wicked sense of humor

I know a Heyer novel is good when I want more of the characters by the end. I enjoyed this one. Maybe not as much as The Grand Sophy, but I liked Hugo almost as much as I did Sophy.

Read June 26-27th 2012.

2 comments

  1. FABR Steph says:

    I have yet to read a Georgette Heyer book. I decided that I would like to have her books in print. I adore the covers. While reading up on Heyer, it was recommended to try Candice Hern. I did, and loved it. I can’t say how the two compare, obviously, but I would guess that they are not too similar, since one is written my a more modern author. Have you read Hern?
    Thank you for your thoughts on the Georgette Heyer books. It is a great reminder that I need to try her books.

    • athena says:

      Hi Steph! I have been reading the library books and they have many different versions because of how Heyer’s books keep getting reprinted. They are really nice. I haven’t read Hern. Heyer is quite modern and many modern writers have used her as an inspiration for romance and historical fiction. While there is no sex in the Heyer books, her plots and characters are dramatic. Great dialogue too so she is comparable to modern authors. I’m glad you like these books. I keep reading them even though some of them are not that good, but I hope you enjoy the good ones sometime soon. Thanks!

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