Paperback: 320 pages
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
First Line: It was dusk when the London to Little Hampton stage-coach lurched into the village of Billingshurst, and cold mist was beginning to creep knee high over the dimly seen countryside.
One Word Review: Delightful
A fateful mistake...
When Elinor Rochdale boards the wrong coach, she ends up not at her prospective employer's home but at the estate of Eustace Cheviot, a dissipated and ruined young man on the verge of death.
A momentous decision...
His cousin, Mr Ned Carlyon, persuades Elinor to marry Eustace as a simple business arrangement. By morning, Elinor is a rich widow, but finds herself embroiled with an international spy ring, housebreakers, uninvited guests, and murder. And Mr Carlyon won't let her leave ...
I really loved this book. OK, so generally, I would build up to that. I'd tell you how I thought the characters were written really well - they were - and that the dialogue was immensely clever - it was - but I just had to say it. The Reluctant Widow is one of those books that I found myself smiling through. I can totally see why Georgette Heyer was known as the 'Queen of Regency Romance.' She wrote in such a way that allows the reader to just sink down comfortably into the story. I was charmed by her characters and entertained by her wit and engaging plot. If you're at all interested in historical romance (which by the way is refreshingly lacking in explicit content), The Reluctant Widow is a must-read.
Book Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars