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A Civil Contract

By Georgette Heyer

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 02 June 2005
Adam Deveril, the new Viscount Lynton and a hero at Salamanca, returns from the Peninsula War to find his family on the brink of ruin and the broad acres of his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. It is Lord Oversley, father of Adam's first love, who tactfully introduces him to Mr Jonathan Chaleigh, a City man of apparently unlimited wealth with no social ambitions for himself, but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his one and only daughter.

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A brilliant Regency romance full of spirited heroines and dashing heroes, by the queen of the genre.

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, who made the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.


"Sparkling" * Independent * "My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." * Margaret Drabble * "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." * Katie Fforde * "A writer of great wit and style.... I've read her books to ragged shreds." * Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph * "Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" * India Knight *

EAN: 9780099474449
ISBN: 0099474441
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Fiona on
this was actually a really depressing book, along the lines that a good marriage is made of friendship - without love or passion. I think Jenny was clearly destined for better things then Adam and that he was a bit of a jerk for so continually resenting her for her father's money and never learning to love her truly. Georgette Heyer lost her touch a bit with this one.
Sonja on
This book is actually not as romantic as Georgette Heyers previous books. If she would have taken the last two or three pages out it would have had a perfect ending to a very good plot. However, if you can choose to ignore this, the book is very well written and shows you life at the victorian era times.

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