Happy Birthday Georgette Heyer + Giveaway!

>> Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I received a copy of Georgette Heyer's COTILLION from Soucebooks for review and decided to post it on Georgette's would-be 109th birthday.

While I couldn't dream of writing a historical romance (at least not at this point in my career), I do love reading them.  I love all the royalty, the dress, the language.  I find the stiff rules a great source of conflict and enjoy the contrast it creates with personalities.  So, I expected to love Georgette's work.

This was a very different type of historical than what I was used to.  At first I found the language so complex, I labored over the paragraphs, flipping words and sentences around in my mind to grasp their meaning before moving on.  But it didn't take but a chapter or two before I fell into the rhythm, and once I did, I could thoroughly appreciate so much of Georgette's beautiful craft.  And instead of finding the prose restrictive, I was able to recognize what depth it added to the story.

It reminded me a lot of when my daughter was assigned The Scarlet Letter in high school.  Mildly dyslexic, she already struggled with reading, though still loved the activity.  But The Scarlet Letter and all its intricate sentence structure and language uses drove her to tears...literally.  To get her through the book, I resorted to reading it aloud to her, stopping every few paragraphs to explain what they were saying.  Again, the prose daunted me at first, but soon my daughter and I looked forward to reading the next installment together and even enjoyed discussing the events.

Georgette Heyer's humor is both subtle and smart and so very unexpected.  Her character development is masterful, her weaving romance threads intricate and her plot threads complex.

If you read regency romance, you'll love this book.  If you are an avid historical romance reader of more "modern" historicals, it won't take you long to slip into the style of Georgette's writing.  And if you're an occasional historical fan, the richness of Georgette's talented storytelling is worth the initial effort.

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a trade copy of COTILLION.

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9 comments:

Calila1988 4:21 PM  

I've never read a GH book which I know is like sacrilige but I love historicals. They're are my main genre of reading. I love the intricacies of it all.

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Raonaid Luckwell 4:22 PM  

Hrm.. I do enjoy a good historical now and then, a nice break away from paranormals and romantic suspense, a change of pace from the technology of today. To read just how people got by back then, that their lives did not revolve around techology.

I've never heard of Georgette Heyer.

Raonaid at gmail dot com

Taryn Kincaid 4:32 PM  

I hate to admit this, since I write Regencies and all...but I've never read Georgette Heyer, either. (I also hate to admit this, but I have read Barbara Cartland!) I would LOVE to have Cotillion!

serenabellbooks 4:42 PM  

I read a lot of historicals but have never read GH. When my grandmother passed away, her house was full of GH's. I was 14 at the time, and didn't think much about it. When I discovered as an adult how much *I* loved reading romances, I remembered that she'd been a romance reader, and felt a connection to her. I'd love to have Cotillion, but even if I don't win a copy, this is a good reminder that I need to bump GH up my TBR list, in my gm's honor. :-)

Joan Swan 4:44 PM  

ALL RIGHT!! Thanks for coming by, girls! Will choose a winner first thing tomorrow! YAY!

tinaburiedunderbooks 5:51 PM  

I have never read any of Georgette Heyer's books. I fall into the occassional historical fan category. When I read one I always enjoy it. The Cotillion sounds like one of those books.

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Anonymous,  12:50 AM  

I admit I read GH while at school and at one point owned everything she had ever written ... including the whodunnits :)
Probably because a lot of the Georgian plots are set in my home town.
She's subtle, gently humorous and well worth discovering..
Her historical accuracy is good too.. particularly the Napoleonic one, whose title escapes me at the moment :P

Maureen 6:20 AM  

I do enjoy historical romance and have read a few of Georgette Heyer's stories in the past.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Joan Swan 8:32 AM  

Random.org chose #7! Maureen!

Thanks for coming by and commenting girls!

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