Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalises and horrifies the whole community. Has she found her soul-mate, or is she playing with fire?
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by Georgette Heyer
by Mary Beard
"Phyllida Nash is in rare form as she performs HeyerÕs quintessential Regency romance. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, in Yorkshire, well-bred Venetia, age 25, encounters her rakish neighbor, Lord Damerel, while riding one day. Despite his libertine reputation, Venetia falls into a fast friendship with him. Their dialogue is full of witty repartee, wonderful classical and Shakespearean references that slide off NashÕs agile tongue without hesitation. Nash is perfectly in sync with the passions of the Regency period as cultured words are ÒejaculatedÓ (HeyerÕs favorite verb) from each characterÕs lips. Chaste by todayÕs standards, this romance, with its surprise ending, dramatizes VenetiaÕs desire to live just outside the norm. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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