Classic Fiction

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Frederica (#73 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on July 10, 2000 We don't title our reviews here at AAR, but if we did this one would be called Georgette Heyer: Impressions of a Neophyte. Many readers grew up reading Georgette Heyer and came to love romance and Regencies in particular because of their ...

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The Grand Sophy

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on December 17, 2000 The Grand Sophy, Georgette Heyer’s Regency Romance written in 1950, is a witty comedy of manners which will not fail to delight the sainted Georgette’s admirers and might well prove to be a keeper for others as well. Lord Ombe ...

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Carmilla

Nothing remained to assure us that the adventure had not been an illusion of a moment but the young lady, who just at that moment opened her eyes. Carmilla was actually first published in 1872 some twenty-six years before the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and is a Victorian Gothic lesbi ...

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Five Women Who Loved Love

As a fan of Japanese literature and history, Saikaku Ihara is an author I quite enjoy. That being said, these stories are very much 17th Century Japanese literature – a combination of morality tales, daily life, and the benefits (and consequences) of bucking against tradition to go after what, and ...

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North and South

This review is somewhat of a triple threat. I read the book, listened to the audiobook, and watched the BBC miniseries all together and all contributed to my enjoyment in their own way. First of all, let me gush. I loved this book. I adored this book. I want to tuck this book in next to me when I go ...

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

My copy of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day was a Christmas gift from my best friend. I had never before heard of the author, Winifred Watson – no wonder, as she published six novels in the 1930s and stopped writing altogether in 1943, although she did live to see the reissuing of Miss Pettigrew in ...

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Friday's Child

Of all her novels, Friday’s Child was Georgette Heyer’s favorite and I can certainly see why. The dialogue is delicious, the characters are loveable, and the plot is fast and funny. I fell in love with the book before I turned the first page. Anthony Verelst, Viscount Sheringham is not at all h ...

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Normally, I am all for leaving classic works alone and have been known to frown severely when they are mucked about with. However, I do admire sheer audacity, so when I heard about a book entitled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I gave my sedate self a vacation and just dived into it. Gentle reader ...

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Persuasion

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you love romance novels, chances are good that you also love Jane Austen’s novels. Miss Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice is a masterpiece and universally beloved (and my own favorite) but her last book, Persuasion runs a very close second. Persua ...

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An Infamous Army

It feels as though I am committing some form of romance sacrilege when I give Georgette Heyer at B+. Still, even though I enjoyed An Infamous Army, it just didn't quite rise to DIK status. The book is set in Brussels in the months leading up to the Battle of Waterloo and it describes the almost fre ...