Venetia (by Georgette Heyer)

This book is one of my favourites by Georgette Heyer - who is definitely my most re-read historical fiction author.

The beautiful Venetia has grown up with a reclusive father and a highly academic brother Aubrey, and has barely been outside her local circle. She is twenty-five and unmarried, but courted by the romantic and over-dramatic Oswald as well as by the prosy, worthy Edward.

One day she meets Lord Damerel, a neighbour endued with every possible vice according to local legend. To her surprise Venetia finds that they share a sense of humour and become friends. Society frowns on a 'rake' but Venetia is a delightful heroine! The book is moving, realistic and fast-paced with some of the best characters in historical fiction interracting brilliantly. Very satisfactory ending.

I wrote a longer review of 'Venetia' on re-reading yet again in 2010.

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