Book Review - Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Author: Georgette Heyer
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Synopsis - After their father's death, Miss Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine travel to London to meet their guardian, Lord Worth, expecting an elderly gentleman. To their surprise and utter disgust, their guardian is not much older than they are, doesn't want the office of guardian any more than they want him, and is determined to thwart all their interests and return them to the country. But when Miss Taverner and Peregrine begin to move in the highest social circles, Lord Worth cannot help but entangle himself with his adventuresome wards.

Out of all Heyer novels, Friday's Child has long been my favorite. But that was before I read, Regency Buck. Now this intriguing and tempestuous story has taken my fancy and I firmly declare it to be one of the best Heyers ever!

Both characters and circumstances alike keep this story ever-moving which is chock-full of descriptions of authentic events, places and people of that era. And not just descriptions! Beau Brummel, that real-life paragon of fashion, is a bona-fide character in this story and plays a small but important role in the events. However the heart of this story lies in the intense and blazing interactions between the beautiful Judith and her guardian, Lord Worth.

Starting from an unguarded incident at the beginning of the story, the red-hot nature of their relationship seems set. Time and again Judith tries to do something and Lord Worth comes along and thwarts it with contemptuous ease. This naturally irks the heiress immensely and neither she nor Worth see any reason to not make clear to the other, their mutual feelings of repugnance and intolerance. Spicy conversations are the norm between this duo. And yet the genius of Heyer lies in showing the audience how despite his (or maybe because of) these spirited exchanges, their romance continues to progress in the background, without the protagonists themselves realizing it. There is also a secondary romance brewing, but not much is made of it

However, contrary to the other Heyer novels, here Romance takes a subtle backseat to the more important Mystery element. Judith and her brother are the unwitting victims of a deadly conspiracy growing around them. Time and again, lives are put in danger and Heyer skilfully develops the plot so that it becomes difficult to distinguish between the red herrings and the actual culprits.

As always, Heyer manages to convey the fashion, the social dos and don'ts, and the various restrictions placed upon women of that generation. And again, as always, somehow Heyer's heroine manages to time and again smash those pre-conceived notions and blaze a unique trail of her own. This is, by far, my favorite part of her books. Judith's character is one of the best representations of this Heyer trait.

In Short
There's everything to like and very little to dislike about Regency Buck, a compelling and provocative novel

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2 People said

  1. Adding this one to my list! I've never read Heyer before, but I have Reluctant Widow in my TBR pile. I've heard good things about it and can't wait to read it.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  2. An enjoyable read Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by "to read" list.


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