When Courtney sent out a tweet asking if folks were interested in doing a review of a Georgette Heyer book in August for Stiletto Storytime, I jumped at the opportunity and got even more excited when I actually looked up who Georgette Heyer was.
You see, for years all I read was romance novels. Nora Roberts, Julie Garwood, Linda Lael Miller … and even a few tearjerkers thrown in for good measure by Nicholas Sparks. As time passed, however, my tastes evolved and I began to look elsewhere – but I still remember clearly how much I loved romance and how it helped me through some very difficult parts of my life. So who better to pay homage to that time period of reading then a master of romance – Georgette Heyer.
First, however, I must put on my party dress, because I simply cannot talk about this book without feeling the part.
The book I chose to review is The Masqueraders. It appeared, from my whirlwind research, that this would be the perfect book for me because:
A. It involved a mannish sort of woman (I’m not one of those women who swoons at the slightest breeze); and
B. It involves a marvelous prank.
What I didn’t count on was the formality of the language. Trust me, this was language that could put even Jane Austen to shame.
Speaking of Jane Austen, as a quick aside, I found myself giggling over aspects of this book due to the subtle humor in the same way that I giggle over Pride and Prejudice. Awkward scenes get me all a dither!
Once I relaxed into the language, the flow of the story swept me along and I found myself laughing at the hijinks, gasping like any lady of quality would over duels and kidnappings, and wondering just how on earth this brother and sister duo would manage to unmask their masquerade.
Oh .. pardon me, did I fail to mention exactly what it was? Are you ready?
They switched places!
Robin became the beautiful Miss Merriot and Prudence the slight, but fascinating Mr. Peter Merriot!
This book made me want to use the phrases “romping good fun, m’lad” and “a pleasure to read, m’lady” in my review, but I shouldn’t do that because that’s silly, right?
I’m glad I chose The Masqueraders as my book for Georgette Heyer month and I want to thank Courtney for introducing me to such a wonderful cast of characters and such a fun author.
~Lydia at The Lost Entwife