Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding of Yorkshire, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications…
Readers who enjoy Regency Romances still recognise Georgette Heyer as tops in the field. Eve Matheson adds to the pleasure of this story through the flexibility of her voice and tone. It's a treat to hear the starched-up dowagers, the self-important and often pompous men, the young girls just out of the schoolroom, the minor characters and, of course, the hero and heroine of the novel. The language of the early 1800's is fascinating, and the audiobook provides an excellent example of high society during that period. D.M.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
“I'm currently going through a phase of reading Georgette Heyer novels (great fun) and of the fifteen or so that I've read to date, this is definitely my favourite.
Once again, Heyer provides a quiet heroine who wins the hero through her intelligence and manner, rather than astonishing beauty. In this book, the Astonishing Beauty gets her come-uppance.
Waldo Hawkridge is perhaps rather less flawed than most human beings, but the gentle romance between him and Ancilla Trent is lovely to read.
The usual cast of amusing characters, great language and amusing escapades makes this book well worth reading. I heartily recommend it.”