Horatia Winwood is the youngest and the least attractive of the three Winwood sisters. She also has a stammer. But when the enigmatic and eminently eligible Earl of Rule offers for her oldest sister's hand-a match that makes financial and social sense, but would break her heart-it is Horatia who takes matters into her own impetuous hands. Can she save her family's fortune? Or is she courting disaster?Witty, charming, elegant, and always delightful, Georgette Heyer-the undisputed queen of Regency romance-brings the whole period to life with deft precision and glorious characters.
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by Georgette Heyer
"This Regency romance, first published in 1934, is reinvigorated by Richard Armitage's narration. Horatia Winwood sacrifices herself to save her sister, Lizzie, by accepting Lord Rule's offer of marriage in her sister's place. The concept of the flawed heroine has never been more in evidence than in Horatia, who is characterized by an ever-present stammer, which Armitage keeps apparent but never lets overpower her character. The period music between chapters serves as a reminder of the historical period. Armitage's efforts to differentiate characters are somewhat comical--appropriately so, as the story is more focused on the unlikely situation that Horatia finds herself in than on the developing romance. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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