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The Toll-Gate, by Georgette Heyer – A Review

The Toll-Gate,  by Georgette Heyer (2011)Guest review by Laura A. Wallace:

Georgette Heyer’s novel The Toll Gate is a little different from her typical Regencies.  It is more of a mystery than a romance and is told primarily from the point of view of the hero.

The hero, Captain John Staple, shares several characteristics with Hugo Darracott of The Unknown Ajax.  Like Hugo, John is a former army officer who sold out after Napoleon’s defeat—though, in John’s case, he sold out after Leipzig, and when Napoleon escaped from Elba and began the Hundred Days, he rejoined and thus (like Hugo) was present at Waterloo.  Like Hugo, John is a large man, six-foot-four, with a gentle manner, a sense of humor, and a great deal of intelligence that he sometimes hides behind an intentionally bovine manner.  And like Hugo, John prefers to travel cross-country on horseback rather than in a chaise with a servant and piles of baggage. Continue reading “The Toll-Gate, by Georgette Heyer – A Review”

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BBAW Day 4 – Best New Book Discovery of 2009 – Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer

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 (2008)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.