Review: The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer

by Zarabeth Golden on September 16, 2009 · 4 comments

in 2 Stars, Georgette Heyer, Governess / Companion, Great Britain, Guest Reviews, Regency, Spinster, Virgin Heroine

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by Zarabeth, guest reviewer

The Nonesuch is a regency romance between a "top-of-the-tress Corinthian" and a noble-turn-governess. Already I'm upset.

This was my first, and last, Georgette Heyer and I maintain that I simply cannot follow her style. I have intense difficulties understanding the language and keeping pace with the conversation. More than once I was so frustrated with myself and this disconnect that I simply had to put the book down. However, I am giving it a 2 out of 5 because despite my frustration's I always picked it up again, eventually.

So, to the story itself: our older, reformed, very rich, and very handsome male lead has arrived with his noble cousin to a country scene where he has recently inherited a dilapidated estate. They are forced to enjoy what little enjoyment the local social scene has to offer and meet an array of interesting and insipid characters. Among them are 2 main females of interest: the unrivaled beauty, a very very young soon to come out debutante and her cool governess.

Our cousin takes an instant interest in the beauty and the begins to court her. The Nonesuch and the governess are therefore thrown together again and again. Over the course of many mortifying events the courtship dies but something has begun for the governess and the Nonesuch- as unlikely and scandalous a pair they might be! (Exclamation points are found at the end of almost every sentence that's spoken.)

It's a fine enough plot with intriguing characters but I can't get past the style!

Rating: 2 Stars

Buy: The Nonesuch

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1 Laurel Ann September 19, 2009 at 1:55 AM

Wow! I’m surprised by your negative reaction. I have not read this novel myself, but have read 3 other Georgette Heyer Regency romances and really enjoyed them greatly. This is the first review that I have read where the reader had such a strong aversion to the language. Zarabeth, I hope you will give Heyer another try in five years or so with another novel. You may look at her differently. I do appreciate your honesty.

Cheers, Laurel Ann

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2 Keira September 19, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I was surprised by Zarabeth’s reaction too as I thought Heyer would be right up her alley with sweet chaste romances that were set in Regency era.

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3 Hannah September 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM

I had the same problem with The Grand Sophy…I couldn’t get into the story because I had trouble following the long passages of dialogue. However I’m enjoying listening to Sylvester narrated by Richard Armitage. 

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4 lisa May 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM

LOL, you turn up your nose at Georgette Heyer, the renowned queen of the Regency? And had a hard time with the language? Kids these days….

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