Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer

I have come to you again, although this time with a book just a little older than the last. I am a fan of Jane Austen and her regency romances. Due to the fact that I have read most of her books several times, I went searching for something similar. What I found was a book by Georgette Heyer titled Regency Buck, which was originally published in the 1960s.

There are some regencys which I have begun and are destined to never be finished. Their one main flaw? The inability to read them without laughing hysterically at the language! Some books hand you sentences, supposedly out of the mouths of men, which do no more than set you off on a laughing fit that only putting the book aside will end.

However, with all that said, this book is far superior to those. Granted, there is still some of the strange phrasing, but that I can readily attribute to the time period being attempted. The story itself is one of those interesting tales about a girl who, along with her younger brother, is placed into the power of a stranger when her father dies before she reaches her majority. She and her brother travel to London to meet this guardian, only to find that he is not terribly much older than themselves. Throughout the course of the story, you are introduced to all manner of people, some of whom you come to like and others whom you would heartily like to see take a dip in the Thames.

One of the best things about Ms. Heyer's book is that she manages to keep you in suspense through the whole about who it is that is trying to kill off Miss Taverner's brother...And even though you might have your suspicions, you'll want to wait till the end to cast your final judgement.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable read, and one which I feel would do very well for someone who is a true Austenian. That is truly one of the problems for a fan of a deceased author...There will be no more books!

I hope you enjoy this wonderful modern day regency!


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