Another Georgette Heyer book to add to my LOVE list! I just can’t get enough of her books and want them all for my collection. Not only are they great reads, but the covers are so pretty!
First published in 1951, The Quiet Gentleman begins with Gervase Frant coming home from the Battle of Waterloo. He wants his inheritance, but his step-mother and half-brother have other plans…
Gervase and Drusilla, his lady love, are great characters. He is funny and completely charming and she is totally endearing. She isn’t the most sexy or the smoothest – but she knows it and in fact, is critical of it. But, I liked her even more for it. It was refreshing to have a female character that isn’t the most beautiful girl in town. So many other characters, good and bad, round out this mysterious, sometimes funny, and very entertaining story. Romance isn’t the main focus in The Quiet Gentleman which was also a nice change.
For me, the storyline was completely unpredictable. It had all of that Heyer wit and sarcasm that makes her books a joy to read. I keep thinking I’ll come across a book that I don’t enjoy but thankfully that hasn’t happened yet. I can’t wait to read another one.
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Less than a hero’s welcome…
Returning to his family seat from Waterloo, Gervase Frant, seventh Earl of St Erth, could have expected more enthusiasm for his homecoming. His quiet cousin, stepmother, and young half-brother seem openly disappointed that he survived the wars. And when he begins to fall for his half-brother’s sweetheart, his chilly reception goes from unfriendly to positively murderous.
One of Heyer’s most suspenseful Regency romances, The Quiet Gentleman combines an ingenious mystery plot with her signature witty style and effervescently engaging characters.