From the desk of Marie Burton:
An Impetuous Flight
Tiffany Wield’s bad behavior is a serious trial to her chaperone. “On the shelf ” at twenty-eight, Ancilla Trent strives to be a calming influence on her tempestuous charge, but then Tiffany runs off to London alone and Ancilla is faced with a devastating scandal.
A Gallant Rescue
Sir Waldo Hawkridge, confirmed bachelor and one of the wealthiest men in London, comes instantly to the aid of the intrepid Ancilla to stop Tiffany’s flight, and in the process discovers that it’s never too late for the first bloom of love.
The Nonesuch is one of Georgette Heyer’s many Regency romances novels with a wide range of characters. It was my very first Heyer read, therefore this review is from my first impression of Georgette Heyer’s work, and stands as my introduction to the Regency world.
While the text is somewhat dated to non-Regency readers, it is done so that we truly feel we are reading something written in that time period yet we can understand the old-fashioned dialect. It reminded me of reading Margaret Mitchell and Louisa May Alcott. There were quite a few words that were ‘new’ to me, although the words I am sure were quite old. Such as sennight, which I looked up: a week. And the line “O my God! thought Sir Waldo. Now we are in the basket!” I also have seen the phrase “on the shelf” for those unmarried girls past their prime (at age 26!).
This novel has a simple storyline: The main character is the nonesuch (the talented and popular guy who was at the top of his social game in all ways). He is the very likeable Sir Waldo Hawkridge who comes to town to settle an estate he has inherited. We are introduced to those he crosses paths with along with some of his own family who may or not have his best interests at heart. Miss Ancilla Trent is a governess to the spoiled Tiffany Wield within the social circle of butterflies around the nonesuch, but it is the nonesuch and Ancilla, the governess, who fall in love from afar. Of course, there are obstacles to that endeavor being from two different social classes, and we chuckle along the way as the younger set in the story supplies enough antics to keep us occupied.
The characters are well-defined and at times hilarious, and I often found myself feeling that I was watching a black and white movie in my head while reading it. There was a lot of dialogue going back and forth and it would have played really well on the Silver Screen. The storyline itself is not a far-reaching plot, therefore it was slightly slow at times, yet the chemistry between the characters is quite charming and coupled with the writing style it becomes amusing and witty, in typical Heyer fashion. However predictable the plot may have seemed, I did enjoy this novel and I look forward to her other books. The book made me smile and I enjoyed the way the writing took me back to that period and was a fabulous introduction to Georgette Heyer though other Heyer novels have since become my favorite.
5 out of 5 Stars
- The Nonesuch, by Georgette Heyer
- Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 1, 2009)
- Trade paperback & eBook (352)
- ISBN: 978-1402217708
- Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance
We received a review copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Austenprose is an Amazon affiliate. Cover image courtesy of Sourcebook Casablanca © 2010; text Marie Burton © 2022, austenprose.com. Updated 15 March 2022.