April Lady

April Lady

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Nell Cardross and her husband are madly in love...

But they're very bad at showing it. While Nell believes her new husband, the Earl, married her out of convenience, Giles Cardross worries that his young wife is more interested in his money than his heart.

And Nell's secretive and extravagant spending is becoming a problem...

As she attempts to pay off her brother's never-ending gambling debts, and prevent the Earl's half-sister from eloping with a potentially ruinous match, will Nell's heart of gold lead her - and her marriage - into trouble?


'If you haven't read Georgette Heyer yet, what a treat you have in store!' Harriet Evans

'Utterly delightful' The Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 181g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0099476347
  • 9780099476344
  • 33,494

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"Sparkling" The Independent
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"Sparkling" The Independent "Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" -- India Knight "My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" -- Margaret Drabble "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" -- Katie Fforde
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About Georgette Heyer

Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, who made the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.
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5,148 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (1,801)
3 34% (1,772)
2 8% (421)
1 2% (81)

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There's something infinitely alluring about Georgette Heyer that, hackneyed storyline notwithstanding, you keep wanting to go back for more. "April Lady" is one such commonplace plot with very little to commend it in terms of originality, but brilliant nonetheless. Without a doubt, it is the sense of the period in her exposition and the way Regency mores are so cleverly depicted in her characters that make Heyer the best in this genre as there ever will be. I do not agree that Nell's character is weedy or insipid, as some reviewers have commented. One cannot see a fully-fledged Regency character from the perspective of a modern woman of our times. Modern women are emancipated and therefore unable to comprehend the severe constraints imposed on women of Nell's generation. The almost fanatical way they sought to adhere to propriety was in fact part of that culture and, therefore, no great effort to practise. Nell is a lady of her time; she is a member of the Peerage of England; the daughter of a Viscount and the wife of an Earl, no less; and she is very British ... stiff upper lip and all. She has been trained and nurtured from birth to withhold her personal feelings for a higher cause - conforming to her peers. So is Lord Cardross, her wonderfully passionate husband, who goes to great lengths to hide his immense love for his wife because it was seen as unseemly to show emotion even in private. What little is shown is done so in private, but even then, the practice of restraint is inherent. It was to them like the very air they breathed ... part of their makeup and therefore the only thing they knew. And here is Georgette Heyer's real genius! She weaves real characters that fit their time in history. I have read some Regency authors whose characters are caricatures or actors from today's world, dressed up in Regency weeds; flitting from one carriage to one great Assembly Hall, all dolled up with Regency finery and all, but failing dismally to sound historic! They open their mouths and out comes the nonsensical dialogue based on how a MODERN woman thinks; sometimes interspersed with a little Regency babble to make it sound realistic. Likewise their behaviour and, ergo, the plot of the novel itself. Such novels evolve into pantomimes; shorn off the authenticity of the period setting. No matter how intricate and interesting the plot, such a so-called historical fiction piece is, to my mind, a failure. Heyer is indeed a meticulous researcher and, in my view, a better writer than some of her great peers, such as Jane Austen, who had the advantage of living in those circumstances and could therefore write from what she knew so well. Heyer lived more than a century later, and yet wrote as if from a past life ... authentic Regency exposition. In each of her books she turns up trumps. And never fails to please.show more
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