Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Review: Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

Lady of QualityLady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I picked this up at the library book sale and it was just the thing to read after the heavy-reading Lord of the Rings books.  A light, witty, quick read with a happy ending for all involved and not a lot of effort on the reader's part.

I do appreciate Heyer's examination of the theme of independence, Annis is "independent" in many ways, Lucilla and Ninian are under a forced "dependence," Miss Farlow is dependent because of a lack of means, etc.  Heyer does a good job of showing how inter-dependent we are despite our circumstances, yet she doesn't hit us over the head with the idea.

Look, I'm not trying to say that Heyer's writing is great literature by any means.  As light romances, I appreciate what other reviewers on GoodReads find a negative: the older mores.  I enjoy Heyer's writing, though; she often introduces themes to consider in interesting ways, and I find the Regency Period fascinating.  However, I've found that one at a time seems the best policy, and will read something else next.

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