The blog topic for the fourth day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (September 14-18) is to write about a book that you discovered by reading about it on another blog – so here goes.
Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer – recommended by Vic at Jane Austen’s World
For years and years, I had been reading about the charms of author Georgette Heyer and her witty and well researched historical novels, but had never ventured beyond nodding my head in acknowledgement and placing her on the back burner of my future to be read list. Heyer had written some 50 odd novels between the 1920’s – 1970’s, but unfortunately many were long out of print in the US. I was finally convinced that the time was right when Sourcebooks began re-issuing Heyer’s works in 2008. Now the challenge was which one should I choose? Luckily I had an Heyer expert right in my backyard so-to-speak in my co-blogger Vic (Ms. Place) at Jane Austen Today who has merrily working her way through every new Heyer release and reviewing them on her blog Jane Austen’s World.
What intrigued me most about reading Vic’s review of Friday’s Child was her exuberance in describing the plot and characters. Her summation and final reaction totally sold me on selecting Friday’s Child as my first Heyer read. To say that I was not disappointed is an understatement. Twenty pages into the book and I was slapping my head in astonishment over why it had taken me so long to delve into this talented writer’s oeuvre. Georgette Heyer far surpassed my expectations and I have read two additions novels since. The best part of the experience was not only discovering a new author, but realizing that I had fifty-five more novels to go.
Even though Vic’s main focus on Jane Austen’s World is to write about Jane Austen’s Georgian and Regency times through history, culture, and art, she frequently writes book reviews that always enlighten, inform and amuse. I hope you will visit her soon and find a new book to explore and enjoy.
Check out all of the other great new book discoveries by other bloggers participating in Book Blogger Appreciation Week.