my recent visit to the library, I picked up a Georgette Heyer novel. Full disclosure: I love Georgette Heyer. I used to go to RWA Conferences where delegates would be raving about her and think 'huh? isn't she like Barbara Cartland?". Then I tried one and discovered how wrong I was.
If Barbara Cartland is a box of Roses chocolates - over-sweet, over-moreish, and destined to leave you feeling slightly ill at the end - then Heyer is a box of top-quality, dark chocolate Belgian truffles - rich, interesting, totally satisfying at every turn.
Heyer, who died in 1974, wrote Regency romance. I almost wrote 'writes' there, because her books are timeless. Her world-building is such that you'll be checking the credits to see if she wrote during Regency times. Sometimes the language is annoying - the book I just read, Charity Girl, is littered with words such as 'fuzzing', 'cogging' and 'sleeving', with the occasional 'glumping' thrown in - but, overall, the arch tone, general wittiness and likeability of her characters drag you along for the ride. She just writes so damn...well.
Sunday Times columnist India Knight describes her as 'unbeatable'. I tend to agree. For romance, escapism and sheer fun with an historic twist, I've yet to find her equal.
Have you tried Ms Heyer? Do tell. And if you need further information, visit Tales From The Village and Madame Guillotine, who have also recently declared their affection for Georgette.