I read Georgette Heyer’s Regency novel Charity Girl as part of Austenprose‘s month-long celebration of Georgette Heyer. It was the first Heyer novel I’ve read. My review of Charity Girl can be found here at Austenprose. I was honored to be asked to be a part of the celebration, and I was certainly game to try a new author that so many of my wonderful blog friends have enjoyed. Unfortunately, I don’t think Georgette Heyer is for me. I had a lot of difficulty understanding her Regency slang, which I understand is well-researched and authentic. Still, Jane Austen, who wrote during the actual Regency, managed to make her books timeless and easy for even modern readers to understand.
In addition, I really felt the plot was very thin and driven mainly by dialogue. It was easy to guess how the novel might end only a few pages in, and the characters were not very interesting to me. I’m not sure if I’d give Heyer another try or not. Romance isn’t really my thing, though I have read and enjoyed a few romance novels before.Rating:
4 thoughts on “Charity Girl”
Thanks for giving it the ole college try Dana.
You're welcome, Laurel Ann. I enjoyed being part of the big celebration.
I enjoy Georgette Heyer in spite of (probably because of actually–the books are nice restful reads) the thinness of her plots. But I can totally understand how people might not care for her. The plots are completely predictable, and if you're not enjoying the dialogue, there's no point carrying on.
Thanks, Jenny. A Goodreads friend recently told me that I have an "amazing" ability to find books I know I'll love. I think it was a bit of a dig at me because most of my reviews are 4 and 5 stars, and perhaps it was his way of saying I like everything (which makes me not very deep, if you think about it). I had a hunch I wouldn't like it, but I tried it. I was right. Life is short, and I have a lot of good books to read.
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