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In all her 25 years, Venetia Lanyon has never been further than Harrogate.

Nor has she enjoyed the attentions of any man aside from her two wearisomely persistent suitors.

Then, in one extraordinary encounter, she meets a neighbour she knew only by reputation - the infamous Jasper Damerel.

Before she realises it, Venetia is encouraging a man whose way of life has scandalised the North Riding for years.

©1958 Penguin Audio (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of my perennial comfort authors. Heyer's books are as incisively witty and quietly subversive as any of Jane Austen's." (Joanne Harris) 

"Absolutely delicious tales of Regency heroes.... Utter, immersive escapism." (Sophie Kinsella) 

"Rapturously romantic." (Katie Fforde)

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  • Audrey Sawyer
  • 09-04-21

Great book, shame about the narration.

One of my all time favourite books - a pity the narrator couldn't do more characterisation. Nearly all the characters sounded the same, even the servants having the same voice, - they could at least have had Yorkshire accents - and it was read rather too quickly. I couldn't listen to very much at all before becoming irritated - I shan't go back to it. Pity Audible no longer give the option of returning a title.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

Quite well narrated

I love this book and it was quite well narrated, but there wasn’t enough differentiation between the characters, who all spoke in uniformly upper class accents, including the servants. Also sometimes the sense or emotion of what the characters were saying was almost completely lost almost as if the narrator only understood what she was reading at the end of a sentence. I found this disappointing and a bit baffling at times. But overall I still enjoyed it

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  • Mo Bass
  • 10-09-21

Brilliant

I adore Georgette Heuer and have reread her books every few years. Venetia is a favourite. Excellent narrator.

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  • Elizabeth Gowers
  • 10-04-21

One of my top five Georgette Heyer Regency novels

A great story - one of her best. Venetia is such a likeable character. She has depth and soul, and all this despite being beautiful, intelligent and wealthy. I found all the main cast of characters were believable portraits, and wonder how the story would have gone after it came to an end. There is enough to the story for there to be a sequel. I wish someone would write it. This is not to say that the book seems unfinished. Venetia and Damerel's story is a complete episode.
The narration is very good and enjoyable to listen to. It enhances the story and never dominates it.

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  • Stephanie Alexandra
  • 09-03-21

another great favourite

this is one of my top five favourite Georgette Heyer books, very nicely narrated too

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-29-21

They left out the best bits

I loved the abridged version but this is so much better! Laughed out loud. Wonderful.

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  • Robbie
  • 09-02-21

Excellent

Excellent story, witty and charming. Wonderful heroine.
Beautiful charming narration.
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