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The Nonesuch At the age of five and thirty Sir Waldo Hawkridge wealthy handsome eligible illustrious and known as the nonesuch for his athletic prowess and when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom hall in the West Riding his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications When they learned that Sir Waldo Hawkridge was coming the village gentry were thrown into a flurry The famed sportsman himself Heir to an uncounted fortune and a leader of London society The local youths idolized the Nonesuch; the fathers disapproved; and the mothers and daughters saw him as the most eligible and elusive man in the kingdomBut one person remained calm When she became a governess twenty eight years old Ancilla Trent had put away romance and at first she could only be amused at the fuss over Sir Waldo who ignored the well born beauties of the district But she found that instead of regarding him revulsion she could very easily be beguiled into flirtation Such a state of affairs would never doTo be Tiffany Wield's chaperone is a serious trial to Ancilla because her pupil's bad behavior Ancilla strives to be a calming influence on her tempestuous charge but then Tiffany runs off to London alone and Ancilla is faced with a devastating scandal Sir Waldo Hawkridge a confirmed bachelor who believes he is past the age of falling in love comes instantly to the aid of the intrepid Ancilla to stop Tiffany's flight and in the process discovers that it's never too late for the first bloom of love And a shocking uestion began to form could the celebrated gentleman be courting her 35I feel cheated by the abrupt ending It doesn't even end with the two main characters That being said it surprised me how much I enjoyed this book There is no real plot one could point out The Nonesuch's strength are its charactersSome of them are adorably lovely I loved Julian some hilariously childish and greedy Laurie gossipy and mean some of the village matrons goodhearted Mrs Underhill Miss Trent's employer and some will drive you crazy Tiffany I don't even want to give her attention than she deserves most characters gave her than enough attention in the book As for the love story it kind of feels as if Heyer forgot to explain or at least show why would Sir Waldo fall for Ancilla Trent I liked her but I got to read her thoughts He didn't have thatStill even with the flaws I had lots of fun with these characters ETA Upping my rating to a solid 4 stars on reread The things that bothered me most the first time I read this bothered me less this time around I was able to be amused by Tiffany the spoiled brat not just annoyed It’s pretty funny to see how Sir Waldo and Miss Trent manage herI don't always love Georgette Heyer's heroes and heroines but The Nonesuch has a very likable pair even if their names make me wince the witty intelligent and kind Sir Waldo who is also young and handsome though you wouldn't guess it from his name and the honorable even tempered and also intelligent Ancilla Trent a lady in Reduced Circumstances who is now working as a governess Ancilla is a capable sensible person my kind of heroine who knows how to manage a situation even when others around her are losing their heads With such a highly rational pair the craziness has to break out in this book somewhere and it does so in the form of Tiffany Wield Miss Trent's charge whose beauty drives the local young men to distraction and who is the most amazingly spoiled brat you'll ever have the dubious pleasure of meeting in literature Tiffany's behavior is way over the top; she acts like a particularly bratty 6 year old than a 17 year old I got thoroughly tired of reading about her antics Luckily she doesn't fool either Waldo or Miss Trent Still minus one star for Too Much TiffanyThe other reason this isn't one of my favorite GH books about 34 of the way through we get hit with that old Regency romance trope the Big Misunderstanding Happily view spoilerSir Waldo never loses hope and remains determined to get to the bottom of it and hide spoiler Georgette Heyer the lady whose impeccable writing skill wasisstill second to noneI’m torn about rating this one on one hand the main couple was terrific and I loved them to bits but on the other hand this book has THE most annoying character I’ve ever met in Regency novels And I’m talking as someone who have endured Lydia Bennet in Pride Prejudice many times over Lydia doesn’t hold a candle to Miss Tiffany “I’m too beautiful for this world” WieldI wouldn’t have minded it her so much except that she was featured uite prominently throughout the story and with 3xx pages it got to the point where I had to skim her parts just to keep my will to finish Because like I said I wanted to finish Ancilla and Waldo deserved at least that from me Oh they were wonderful both as a couple and also as individualsrating ★★★½ Still timeless a wonderful pick me up on a bad week but not uite a 5 star read for meThere was a part which felt like filler I couldn't uite see what made a top sawyer like Waldo fall for Ancilla so uickly I think a longer time frame would have made their romance convincingAlso I usually find GH's cant self explanatory but would love to know what crim con actually means on page 514 of this edition if I'd have had the sense to have taken off my barsI've read this novel at least 6 times previously don't recollect this it makes no sense to me A typo in this edition maybe?What I did like;Waldo himself his character charm philanthropyLike a couple of her other latter novels most notably the Black Sheep GH is accepting of characters in this case a secondary character being involved in trade rather than useless expensive ornaments view spoiler there is hope in the end that Laurence will become a decent citizen hide spoiler

  • Kindle Edition
  • 354 pages
  • The Nonesuch
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 15 September 2014

About the Author: Georgette Heyer

The Black MothIn 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier a mining engineer Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932 Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each yearHeyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She wrote one novel using the pseudonym Stella MartinHer Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by

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