by Georgette Heyer
So, I have, including this one, EIGHTEEN books to review. I’m almost a month behind, I fear. Hopefully I will get a big chunk of those knocked out today, but I apologize if you actually follow me and are suddenly inundated with emails of me rambling on about books.
I really enjoyed The Nonesuch. Heyer’s books are fairly predictable; she is my go-to I-really-just-need-to-relax-not-think author. Still, I always enjoy her dialogue and character development. A witty, frothy kind of book, it was an easy 4/5.
For an actual plot review (with some spoilers…)
Sir Waldo Hawkridge, known in London society as ‘the Nonesuch’ for his sporting abilities and perfect manners, is obliged to go into Yorkshire to inspect a property that he has just inherited. Sir Waldo is a very wealthy and philanthropic man, and intends to renovate the house to turn it into yet another of his charity orphanages. While there, he meets Tiffany Wield, a positively dazzling young heiress who is entirely selfish and possessed of a frightful temper, as well as her far more elegant companion-governess, Ancilla Trent. While Waldo’s young cousin, Lord Lindeth, falls in and out of love with the young ladies of the neighborhood, Waldo must convince the practical Miss Trent that it is not above her station as a governess to fall in love with him.
Now, quite frequently, a character such as Sir Waldo can get quite annoying, because he always knows best. Bust somehow, I really found him quite endearing. Ancilla is a lovely and self-possessed young woman who is well aware of her position as a governess, but falls in love with Sir Waldo anyway. Lord Lindeth falls in love with Tiffany as expected, but, happily, realizes her true character (OBNOXIOUS) and falls in love with her friend instead. Tiffany, incidentally, learns that she is not the end-all in feminine beauty.
This was a strange book, in a way, because it never said what anyone was thinking. It was a truly third-person narrative. This made the book a bit hard to really get into. I liked everyone, but loved no one.
Still, it was a happy and relaxing read.