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.”
You know when you start something, you sort of mentally assign an amount of time you expect it to take? (I’m actually wondering if anyone else does this now…) This is one of those books that just slaps that poor mental list onto it’s unprepared butt. I went into The Nonesuch expecting a short, fun, easy read with a sweet love story. I got a sweet, fun, love story that, while completely amazingly well written, was definitely not an easy read. This isn’t the fault of Heyer though, really it’s more to her credit. There were some parts that were so absolutely perfect that I had to kept reading them over until they sank in properly. So this 300 page novel actually took me 5 days to read.
I think it is interesting to see how reading tastes change over the years. At 13 or 14, I was demolishing romances of all kinds faster than my mother could find them for me (I love my mother). But now, at 22, I’m loving an odd combination contemporary YA and literary fiction. Going back and reading a historical romance was… odd. But interesting.
It’s also kind of interesting to see how the romance novel itself has changed. The Nonesuch was originally published decades before I was born but there was so still so much in common with the popular romance novels of today. You have the lovers who have to overcome some obstacle to be together and much sighing and sadness before they can get there. This of course, is what it is all about. There wouldn’t be nearly as much to love if they could just be together…. Most of all, I liked how the story suited the time period perfectly. I loved the very strong heroine and the dashing love interest and nothing was too revealing or sexy. There were still definitely enough swoon inducing moments and escapism for me!
And now, I will definitely be stalking the rest of the Heyer posts to choose my next trip into the realm of romance. Thanks for having me and happy reading!
~Lisa of Baffled Books
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