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Venetia: una passione irresistibile [Reading] ➶ Venetia: una passione irresistibile By Georgette Heyer – Thomashillier.co.uk Condannata a vivere nella solitudine della tenuta di famiglia da un padre misantropo, la giovane e deliziosa Venetia Lanyon deve per giunta occuparsi della propriet alla morte di lui suo fratello, inf Condannata a vivere nella solitudine della tenuta di famiglia da un padre misantropo, la giovane e deliziosa Venetia Lanyon deve per giunta occuparsi della propriet alla morte di lui suo fratello, infatti, ha Venetia: una Epub / preferito dedicarsi alla carriera militare Ma un giorno la nostra eroina incontra il vicino Lord Damerel un gentiluomo dalla pessima fama di libertino, che tuttavia si comporta con lei in modo irreprensibile, riuscendo a portare una ventata di novit nelle sue opache giornate La loro amicizia scatena per un vortice di pettegolezzi e il morboso interesse di parenti e vicini quali sono le reali intenzioni di Damerel E Venetia, la buona, virtuosa Venetia, a che gioco sta giocando.

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  • Hardcover
  • 345 pages
  • Venetia: una passione irresistibile
  • Georgette Heyer
  • Italian
  • 01 February 2019
  • 8873390307

About the Author: Georgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist Her writing career began in , when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black MothIn Venetia: una Epub / she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in , Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each yearHeyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She wrote one novel using the pseudonym Stella MartinHer Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by Jane Austen While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer s greatest assetHeyer remains a popular and much loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.



10 thoughts on “Venetia: una passione irresistibile

  1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    June 2019 reread with the Georgette Heyer group News flash I m not 18 anySo even though I still have a soft spot for romances in general and Regencies in particular, my appetite for reading about sweet, silly young girls who do brainless things and have Big Misunderstandings with the guy has dwindled to almost zero When you re yelling TALK TO EACH OTHER, PEOPLE at a book, it s not particularly conducive to the romantic feelz.Which brings me to Venetia Venetia herself is one of my fav June 2019 reread with the Georgette Heyer group News flash I m not 18 anySo even though I still have a soft spot for romances in general and Regencies in particular, my appetite for reading about sweet, silly young girls who do brainless things and have Big Misunderstandings with the guy has dwindled to almost zero When you re yelling TALK TO EACH OTHER, PEOPLE at a book, it s not particularly conducive to the romantic feelz.Which brings me to Venetia Venetia herself is one of my favorite Heyer heroines intelligent, witty, resourceful and not easily fazed by events that would make most ladies throw up their hands in despair She s 25 years old just about on the shelf by Regency standards Because her father was a damaged soul, Venetia has spent her entire life in a small town with a very limited circle of friends and acquaintances, but she s nevertheless well read and socially adept, if rather innocent in the ways of the world.Enter Damerel an older man who s a confirmed rake and pretty much doesn t care about anything any longer Or at least he thinks he doesn t, but underneath there s an intelligent, kind man that his growing friendship with Venetia brings out of hiding He starts out intending to seduce her hey, she s a lovely girl and he s bored but his growing friendship with and respect for her and her brother soon make him realize that he can t do that Which leads to a moral conundrum for Damerel his life has been so reprehensible that he s no longer accepted in society, and marrying a sweet younger lady like Venetia would make people despise him even , and shun them both I m something worse than a fool Would that she could make of me a saint, or I of her a sinner For the first part it s too late, old friend, too late And for the second it was precisely my intention, and a rare moment this is to discover that if I could I would not What to do The resolution isn t as simple as you might expect.It s lovely to watch Venetia s developing relationship with Damerel They trade literary quotes and allusions and they just understand each other Their relationship is in turns witty and heart wrenching And way sexier than any other Heyer romance I m aware of Heyer never gives you anythingthan a kiss no tangled tongues or groping or anything like that but you can almost feel the heat rising off the pages when these two are together.I loved both the humor and the literary allusions and references in this book I think it s the most intelligently written of the Heyer books I ve read I can feel my brain cells multiplying while I read it Or expanding Whatever it is they do I found a handy online guide to the literary references in Venetia, which might help other readers too This was invaluable in keeping my brain cells from exploding from trying to expand too fast.And I ve changed my mind on this second read Venetia gets all 5 stars.P.S re orgies at the end of the book view spoiler Damarel jokes that they re going to have a lovely orgy, or something to that effect This has bothered a lot of readers, including me But here s my evolved take on that scene The first time I read that orgy comment I thought it was cynical the second time I decided he and Venetia were just joking around Then we were discussing it in our Georgette Heyer group read a few months ago, and someone said that what Damerel really means with that comment is that they re going to have a great wedding night and love life generally a nice little orgy with just the two of them hide spoiler I read the scene again and personally I m convinced that that s the right interpretation Hope that helps

  2. mark monday mark monday says:

    Chapter 1, in which I continue my love affair with a most enchanting author Chapter 2, in which Venetia is established as a heroine of much wit, honesty, and vitality Chapter 3, in which Venetia is contemplative of the rakish Lord Damerel and her brother Aubrey takes a wracking spill Chapter 4, in which Venetia and Lord Damerel find the best of all things friendship Chapter 5, in which it is noted that the Scoundrel is but hidden twin to the Good Man each male contains both sides the Sensible Chapter 1, in which I continue my love affair with a most enchanting author Chapter 2, in which Venetia is established as a heroine of much wit, honesty, and vitality Chapter 3, in which Venetia is contemplative of the rakish Lord Damerel and her brother Aubrey takes a wracking spill Chapter 4, in which Venetia and Lord Damerel find the best of all things friendship Chapter 5, in which it is noted that the Scoundrel is but hidden twin to the Good Man each male contains both sides the Sensible Woman is best served by accepting that reality Chapter 6, in which I return after a sojourn in Venice to Venetia, and find her just as charming as ever Chapter 7, in which we enter the excruciatingly finite mind of Edward Yardley, suitor to Venetia Chapter 8, in which we enter the intensely melodramatic mind of Oswald Denny, suitor to Venetia Chapter 9, in which Venetia jumps from a loft, Oswald loses hold of his senses and showers her with kisses, Damerel adroitly dampens these boyish enthusiasms, and I smile from ear to ear Chapter 10, in which Lady Denny realizes, aghast and agog, that true love beats in the hearts of sweet, innocent Venetia and that notorious rake, Damerel Chapter 11, in which a frightful ogress enters the story Chapter 12, in which the reader is reminded that a heroine s wit and virtues are often best illustrated when she is set against an ogress of the first order Chapter 13, in which Damerel fiercely declares his love and Venetia is unperturbed by this statement of the obvious Chapter 14, in which the reader recalls that allies with the best of intentions may beobstinate and troublesome than the worst of enemies Chapter 15, in which Venetia awakens into nightmare Chapter 16, in which London fails to amuse or even distract Chapter 17, in which Inspiration and Understanding strike like twin lightning bolts Chapter 18, in which a shockingly exciting secret is revealed Chapter 19, in which the shockingly exciting secret is met Chapter 20, in which Venetia marshals her force of personality and wields her weapons of wit and earnestness in gentle battle against the idiotish and stoopid well wishers surrounding her Chapter 21, in a which a lady makes clear that she prefers a libertine and his orgies and in which a perfect tale of quirky romance comes to a perfectly quirky romantic close

  3. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    I read the Arrow, but I think Arrow got it completely wrong with the cover art on their edition a plain redhead Venetia, a bland looking, curly haired Damerel Faugh I still do have my old falling apart Pan checked some of the Regency slang to make sure there were no typos as far as I could tell there weren t Another example of GH experimenting with the genre my younger self would have found Venetia s realistic expectations for her future happiness view spoiler the fact that Damere I read the Arrow, but I think Arrow got it completely wrong with the cover art on their edition a plain redhead Venetia, a bland looking, curly haired Damerel Faugh I still do have my old falling apart Pan checked some of the Regency slang to make sure there were no typos as far as I could tell there weren t Another example of GH experimenting with the genre my younger self would have found Venetia s realistic expectations for her future happiness view spoiler the fact that Damerel had gone through his fortune, so they weren t going to be wealthy, unromantic What can I say I was shallow D hide spoiler Other than A Civil Contract this was the most realistic of GH s romances I just loved this deepening, gradual romance wonderful caste of secondary characters If I had to pick a favourite it would be Nurse, but Mr Hendreth Mrs Scorrier also deserve a mention.If the same people who brought us Pride Prejudice would do it, this could be a wonderful TV movie could Colin Firth still pass for a hard living 38 swoon Reread 1 6 19 I don t know if I have much to add to my previous comments, upon this reread, other than how well GH pulls all the strands together so well for a wonderful ending Oh and that I would pay good money to see view spoiler Conway get rid of Mrs Scorrier hide spoiler

  4. Anne Anne says:

    Yorkshire, 1818 WARNING Spoilers, gushing, swooning, quoting and rose petal strewing ahead no orgies though, I promise read on safely P O Venetia Thou hast utterly captured my soulA rose by any other name would smell as sweet And a Damerel by any other name would be just as swoon worthyI will be calm I will be mistress of myself Because my name is Venetia and I m one of the most wonderful heroines in all literature I have lived one of the dreamiest romances possible, and have Yorkshire, 1818 WARNING Spoilers, gushing, swooning, quoting and rose petal strewing ahead no orgies though, I promise read on safely P O Venetia Thou hast utterly captured my soulA rose by any other name would smell as sweet And a Damerel by any other name would be just as swoon worthyI will be calm I will be mistress of myself Because my name is Venetia and I m one of the most wonderful heroines in all literature I have lived one of the dreamiest romances possible, and have remained perfectly poised and ladylike through the whole thing, without seeming aloof or uninterested I am simply awesome, that is all I am sorry that no one else is ever going to have a romance as breathtakingly beautiful as mineI am determined that nothing but the deepest love could ever induce me into matrimony OK, Anne I know Venetia has completely addled your brain, but there is no need to start quoting classic literature like some foolish bluestocking You ll never be able to pull it off as swiftly as Damerel and Venetia NOTHING COULD EVER COMPARE TO DAMEREL AND VENETIA Yes, I know, I know, I use NS gifs WAY TOO MUCH But I don t CARE It s PERFECT here sorrynotsorry Quite simply, this book is exquisitely sublime No amount of words to describe its peaceful, quiet beauty and entrancing depth would ever be sufficient This is a masterpiece of the first order Possibly Heyer s best novel in terms of perfectly blended substance and romanticism I.Just.Love.It.Everyone had been telling me to read this for ages I knew I would love it, and was so excited to read it that a part of me did not want to read it too soon becauseonce you read it for the first time, you ll never read it again for the first time Sure, re reads are sometimes even better, but they re not the same You already know just how swoony Damerel really is when you re read itFair Fatality, you are the most unusual female I have encountered in all my thirty eight yearsfinally Anne is quoting the right book In what is assuredly the most famous first encounter scene in all of Heyer s books, a returning Lord Damerel looking devilishly handsome on his horse stumbles upon Venetia picking blackberries on his estate grounds, and immediately just starts throwing out quotes and kissing her ruthlessly, you know, like any normal landlord would do And Venetia She quotes back I kid you not, this girl may be inexperienced, but she knows what s up You want to act like a cad Well so be ity our quotations don t make your advances a whitacceptable to me and they don t deceive me into thinking you anything but a pestilent complete knave And Damerel is all OH MY GOSH, SHE QUOTES BACK SHE UNDERSTANDS SHE S THE ONE Thus it begins, my friends One of the most beautiful romances I ve ever read, solidly grounded on friendship, mutual understanding, and true loveOr don t you know how beautiful you are Yes, replied Venetia, taking the wind out of his sails Item, two lips, indifferent red Oh no, you re quite out, and have gone to the wrong poet besides They look like rosebuds filled with snow Aren t they something What I wouldn t give for such an encounter when I go blackberry picking Maybe I should try trespassing on some hot guy s property From that first meeting it is obvious that Damerel and Venetia are kindred spirits, and that probably no one else will understand them Venetia may be on the shelf , sheltered in the country, inexperienced and optimistic, but she ain t dumb She s not a chit who can t tell love apart from attraction, or who is likely to have her head turned just because some swoony hot lord quotes poetry to her and calls her his dear delight No She falls for Damerel because he s her soulmate, and she has sense enough to recognize that Never mind that he s the rakest rake in England, with a shocking past of wild orgies and seducing married women, or that he s up to his eyeballs in debts WHO CARES VENETIA HAS FOUND A FRIEND A real friend.And no one understands No one gets it They all think Venetia is going to have her heart broken, that she doesn t understand what Damerel is up to, that she s too good and innocent to be with him They warn her and counsel her and beg her to stay away from him, yet they never once ask her what she feels or what she thinks about him If only they knew how alike they are, and what good jokes they share OMG YOU VE JUST HAD THE MOST DIVERTING THOUGHT Their only ally is Venetia s hilarious younger brother Aubrey, a smart and sassy scholarly boy who prefers books to people see People who prefer books usually understand people better We know , and who had wonderfully good scenes and witty lines as sharp as rapiers.The first part of the book passes by quietly, with autumn settling in and Damerel and Venetia being wrapped up in each other, being the best of friends and accomplices Damerel takes to calling Venetia his dear delight , his fair fatality , Admir d Venetia and other similar heart melting nicknames, he keeps telling her she is a beautiful, desirable creature, and that he wouldn t at all mind kissing her again, and well everything is just so sigh worthy that you never want it to endhe should have taken you in his arms, like this, and not as though he were a bear, bent on hugging you to death Nor am I in favour of dabbing kisses all over a girl s face If you cannot persuade her, by a ruse, to look up, you should make her do so, with a hand under her chin thus, my dear delight BUT THEN, MRS SCORRIER ENTERS THE PICTURE AND UTTERLY RUINS EVERYTHING She meddles, she disturbs everything at Undershaw, she insults Venetia, and she drives everybody batty I will be honest, the bits about her and her interference in the house were pretty boring, and maybe a bit too long, but mostly, they were infuriating She was intolerable But her arrival is also a catalyst that strikes up a series of unforeseen twists and turns, and the second half of the book is definitelyfast paced and surprising than the first Having been pushed to her limits by Mrs S., Venetia declares her intention of setting up house in London, which unwittingly prompts Damerel into a most moving love declaration, although interrupted by Aubrey Aubrey interruption 1 of about 5000 , but that leaves you swooning nonethelessYou call me your friend, but I never called you mine, and never shall You remained, and always will, a beautiful, desirable creature Ooooh if only Aubrey hadn t come in at that moment And if Venetia s uncle had never come to Yorkshire How things would have been different But as it is, the aforementioned people DID meddle, and in one of the most poignant, heart breaking scenes I ve ever read in any romance novel, Damerel suddenly decides to act like the noblest of noble knights, and in so doing breaks Venetia s heart and mine and his ownWell thus ends a charming autumn idyll, eh I just need to give Venetia a big hug I was so SHOCKED, so SPEECHLESS when I read that, that I basically dropped my book and sat there gaping for ages OH DAMEREL YOU INFURIATING DARLING HOW COULD YOU Poor Venetia goes to London with her heart sunk to the lowest depths of despair, but still she s no fool, and knows something must have happened to make Damerel suddenly change his mind when she had been so sure of his love She just doesn t know what But oh, when she finds out oh, when she finds out, Damerel better WATCH IT Oh, she ain t gonna let him get away with his darned newfound chilvalry, OH HECK NO HE BETTER START STREWING THOSE BLASTED ROSE PETALS ALL THE WAY TO YORKSHIRE Venetia bursts into Damerel s dining room while he is quietly intoxicating himself Damerel OH GOD, NO this is the actual line P P Venetia OH GOD, YES Why do you have to be drunk just now Damerel ASJFKJLKJLK VENETIA VENETIA, IT S VENETIA VEEEEEENEEEEETIIIIIAAAAAAA passionate kissing fond embraces insert disgusting sounds here Damerel reluctantly pulling away Ohhhhh why did you come back Noooo I can t DO THIS Venetia I need money to pay the driver, do you have your purse Damerel Venetia, noooo, you weren t supposed to come back, you can t I can t ARGH Venetia Please, your purse, I really need to pay my driver Imber quietly coming in Uuuhhhh.miss You don t mean to stay here do you Venetia Oh hell yes I am staying HERE I have been anxiously traveling all day long just to get here, and now you think I d go away Uh uh Damerel NOOOOOOO Venetia YEEESSSSSS AND I AM STARVING, SO PLEASE GET ME SOME FOOD Damerel Venetia, please no, YOU CAN T Venetia Oh, I see, you have decided to be idiotish again, is that it Damerel Awww idiotish sniff I never though I would hear you say that again Venetia Oh, I didn t even notice I said it a lot Must be quite a number of idiotish people in my life, LOL Damerel Lol But.you can t stay here Venetia Oh, come on, don t start again, if you kick me out of your house, I am building me a cabin outside, and will probably die of an inflammation of the lungs, and it will be all your fault Marston Heyyy, Venetia Good to see you Venetia Hey, you too But Damerel here isn t happy to see me at all and threatens to kick me out Marston No, what a jerk Here, come upstairs with me Damerel NOOOOOOOOOO Damerel Alright, so, I have an idea, since you refuse to leave, I LL leave and go to the inn, that way proprieties will be respected, and isn t that nice I love proprieties And I love how you do your hair now Very pretty Venetia Oooh man, is he ever difficult Well thank you Damerel A la Sappho it s called right Venetia Oh you wretch, do you know the names of all the types of coiffures Damerel Yup, pretty much So, really now, what brought you here Venetia Well duuuhhh, the mail coach of course Damerel Don t sass me you little vixen OHHHH WHY DID YOU COME Venetia Ohhhh boy, here he goes again Why don t you just kiss me again and stop acting like such a stoopid Damerel NO I DO NOT WANT TO KISS YOU I WAS DRUNK, DARN IT Venetia Aahhh never mind My food has arrived D D Mr Hendred Oh thank goodness I arrived just in time Venetia What the heck is this I hear about you wanting Damerel to strew rose petals all over for you Damerel Hahahahaha At this season Venetia Oh, shut up Damerel You should ve done it a long time ago, so hush Mr Hendred Or maybe she just didn t want you to indulge in such wasteful habits I mean, who wastes rose petals like that But anyways that s NOT the point, the point is, I am here to prevent you from ruining yourself, Venetia Damerel Yes I second the motion Venetia major eye roll HOW ABOUT I TELL Y ALL WHAT I WANT There is no need to overreact Damerel may be a little older than me, but at least he won t turn out to be my father Mr Hendred WHAT Damerel HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA OEDIPUS But it s the other way around honey, YOU won t turn out to be MY mother Venetia Oh, same thing Be quiet Mr Hendred GeeeeI don t understand anything Venetia, you seem to be living in a in a, a Damerel Soap bubble Mr Hendred Yes Exactly A soap bubble Girl, WHAT IS GOING ON Venetia Lol, if you think that I think Damerel is a fairytale hero, don t worry, I know he isn t Mr Hendred Ooooh Venetia, you don t understand Damerel is a man of the world He won t be able to reform all his shocking habits just for you You will be made dreadfully unhappy Venetia eyes glinting Well, my love Damerel eyes glinting back Well, my dear delight Venetia You ll continue to have orgies Damerel What if I do What will you do Venetia Oh, I won t mind I ll justhead up to bed or something Damerel Oh Wouldn t you want toparticipate, maybe Venetia Welll.do you think I d enjoy myself Damerel OH YOU SHALL HAVE A SPLENDID ORGY JUST FOR YOU, MY DEAREST OF DEAR DELIGHTS Aubrey interrupting for the 5000th time Heeeyyyy just wanted to ask, butcan we go to Greece for you guys honeymoon Damerel There won t be a honeymoon, because there won t be a wedding, because there hasn t been a proposal yet, BECAUSE YOU KEEP INTERRUPTING Aubrey Oh Well, when you finally propose, can we go to Greece Damerel In the middle of winter You mad Aubrey Well okay, then it had better be Rome I would have preferred Greece, but we can go to Rome, and I think Venetia will like it It s not my honeymoon after all Damerel Just Get To Bed Aubrey Right The proposal Goodnight Damerel FINALLY PROPOSAL TIMEO God, I love you to the edge of madness Venetia Yes, I really do love you to the edge of madness, Venetia This is undoubtedly one of my favourite books of all times I want to buy a whole cart full and walk around campus handing a copy to everybody Read this, it will make you feel better Read this, it is simply phenomenal READ IT, I SAY I could go on and on about this book for ages, but this review is already almost two months late, and no one probably even remembers that I read it I am so sorry I took ages to write this review again You can blame my addled brain Buddy read with Becca D

  5. Beverly Beverly says:

    This is a sweet little historical romance with a hero and heroine who are like minded in being, smart, witty and refreshingly honest with each other Unlike most of this genre, the virginal lady knows exactly who the rake is and loves him anyway, because she can see that beneath the veneer of ugly behavior is a kind man She, Venetia ugly name and how is it pronounced , has seen his kindness in action when her younger brother, Aubrey, who has a lame leg, is injured horse riding near the gentle This is a sweet little historical romance with a hero and heroine who are like minded in being, smart, witty and refreshingly honest with each other Unlike most of this genre, the virginal lady knows exactly who the rake is and loves him anyway, because she can see that beneath the veneer of ugly behavior is a kind man She, Venetia ugly name and how is it pronounced , has seen his kindness in action when her younger brother, Aubrey, who has a lame leg, is injured horse riding near the gentleman s estate and Damerel takes him home to recover While there, Aubrey is handled beautifully by Damerel who instinctively realizes that the boy hates pity and truly despises being treated like an invalid The character of Aubrey is wonderful and I soon grew to love him just as much as his sister does Aubrey is a brilliant scholar and also has a rapier wit like Venetia and although quite acerbic and self involved, truly loves his sister and wants her to be happy.All s well that ends well and there are some skeletons in everyone s closet that make this love match, not nearly as unequal as we are led to believe in the beginning

  6. Melindam Melindam says:

    Enjoyed the story very much Venetia s sense, sass and humour is nothing short of amazing The hero was cut out along the usual lines of generic, worldweary, byronic rake and I found him quite meh, but I got used to him in the end.

  7. Andrea Andrea says:

    Here s the thing This book is one of my all time favorite books I ve read it so many times by now that I lost count And yet I never wrote a review, because I could never really find the right words to do this book justice When I finally convinced two of my good friends to give this book a try, yet another re read was in order And guess what, I still love it, and still can t come up with coherent reasons why Let s start with the heroineI wish you will tell me some of the things you have d Here s the thing This book is one of my all time favorite books I ve read it so many times by now that I lost count And yet I never wrote a review, because I could never really find the right words to do this book justice When I finally convinced two of my good friends to give this book a try, yet another re read was in order And guess what, I still love it, and still can t come up with coherent reasons why Let s start with the heroineI wish you will tell me some of the things you have done I think not, he said dryly I said some of the things you have done she exclaimed indignantly You can t have spent your whole life getting into idiotish scrapes The ugly look vanished as he burst out laughing Most of it, I assure you I ADORE Venetia She is one of the most sensible, level headed, determined and yet completely loveable heroines I have ever had the pleasure to read about Whatever life throws at her and boy does it throw things at her a terrible, egotistical father who pretty much buries her alive on his secluded country estate, the egotistical brothers who never think about her happiness, the self centered aunt who doesn t do anything to help alleviate her situation, to name only a few , she somehow remains cheerful and optimistic, never gives up, and always finds a way to be happy with what she has I truly envy her in that respect I love how she never tries to change Damerel, how she sees him for exactly what he is, and loves him for all his bad parts together Then there s our darling rake, Jasper, Lord DamerelFair Fatality, you are the most unusual female I have ever encountered in all my thirty eight years You can t think how deeply flattered I am she assured him I daresay my head would be quite turned if I didn t suspect that amongst so many a dozen or so may have slipped from your memory More like a hundred Am I never to learn your name I LOVE this man He comes such a long way in this book, and not because someone forces him to change, but because meeting an innocent little whirlwind who turns his life of debauchery upside down actually makes him re evaluate his life choices and accept that he has screwed up and he is not good enough for her as he is He s no angel, and I love him evenfor that He hasn t been a good landowner or anything, but he does try his best to become one.I absolutely love his sense of humor I wish I had someone to trade Shakespearean insults with in everyday conversation Which brings me to the most delicious banterI can t come down that ladder while you stand there watching me Can t you Oh, that s easily remedied he retorted, and removed the ladder It was this impish action which drew the protest from her which Oswald heard Fiend She said Do put it back, and go away Not I he replied, grinning up at her But it is most unchivalrous of you No, no On the contrary The ladder is clearly unsafeOh, the banter Be still my heart 3 These two are truly equals, if not in education or anything else, but definitely when it comes to wit and humor They love teasing one another, try to find the most obscure poetry reference to quote and see if the other one recognizes it I love every moment of it Last, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, the narration Oh sweet mercy, the heavenly narration 3 Richard Armitage is one of my favorite actors and narrators He has such a beautiful voice, it s just a delight to listen to No matter how long the book, he always finds a unique voice for each character that helps you identify who is speaking at every moment without a clue from the text Even his female characters sounds believable It s just tremendous fun to listen to him bring a book to live If you don t believe me, see Becca s review below he managed to get a complete audiobook hater to admit that this is perfection At this point I have actually listened to this bookoften than I have read it, and trust me, if you hear the man s voice, you ll understand why Sadly, this is an abridged version which cut some of my favorite moments, but this in no way dims my love for this production There is a reason this is the book I turn to whenever I m in a slump, or just need a pick me up I love the characters, their determination, the heart and humor, and all of it together makes for one perfect reading experience If you have never read a Georgette Heyer book, I cannot recommend this highly enough as a starting point Also, here are the reviews of the two friends I convinced to try this they both loved it, so YAY Lacey s reviewBecca s review

  8. Dawn (& Ron) Dawn (& Ron) says:

    I am one of those who steered clear of Georgette Heyer for years, even though I heard the comparisons to Jane Austen, I was afraid they were formulaic romances To my surprise it wasn t what I feared all those years and proved that breaking out of one s reading comfort zone can be quite rewarding This was madeenjoyable getting to read this along with Sabrina, who also had some of the same feelings regarding Heyer, and both of us ended up enjoying it I was aware Heyer was famous, or some I am one of those who steered clear of Georgette Heyer for years, even though I heard the comparisons to Jane Austen, I was afraid they were formulaic romances To my surprise it wasn t what I feared all those years and proved that breaking out of one s reading comfort zone can be quite rewarding This was madeenjoyable getting to read this along with Sabrina, who also had some of the same feelings regarding Heyer, and both of us ended up enjoying it I was aware Heyer was famous, or some may say infamous, for her Regency cant I admit to being a bit intimidated with the thought of tackling this period slang, did you know there are about 30 words just for dimwitted So, to prepare I bookmarked several websites and had the book, Georgette Heyer s Regency World, at the ready At first it was a little difficult and distracting trying to figure out the meaning, but the patient help I received from fellow GR friends was invaluable Their input made it muchfun, allowing me to relax, stop worrying and make itof a game instead Our heroine, Venetia,then twenty two, perilously near to being on the shelfis quite modern not only for the Regency period but for the 1950 s, when this was originally written She is unconventional with her free thoughts and expressions but at the same time not challenging her family to take care of their responsibilities I did find her conveniently too naive at times for purposes of the story Then we have our hero Damarel, that dastardly bad boy and rake, or using Regency cant a rip He doesn t hide who he is or his past from Venetia, even using his reputation to his advantage at times As he finds himself falling for Venetia he wins over the reader too How can one resist lines like this What I regret I can never undo, for the gods don t annihilate space, or time, or transform such a man as I am into one worthy to be your husband.The accolades for Heyer s historical detail are justified Daily life, settings, clothing and manners are richly painted, giving a clear picture of the genteel, decorous yet rigid Regency society She also presents the limited expectations for women in an unapologetic yet realistic way Everything is laced with wit and humor my case is clearly past remedy, and I ve nothing to do but decide whether to be an aunt to Conway s children, or a mother to Edward s and I have a lowering presentiment that Edward s children will be dreadfully dull, poor little things There are no cardboard cutout characters, they are multi layered, full of life whether you hate them, love them, laugh at them or barely tolerate them Venetia s suitors, or men in waiting, as I came to think of them, Edward Yardley and Oswald Denny, had me laughing with their pursuit and dreams of gallantry I grew to appreciate Aubrey, her younger brother, and how he coped with being lame in a time when such imperfections were unacceptable, shunned and shamed by many Master Aubrey s hatred of his disability, and his passionate desire to show himself as hearty and as independent as hisfortunate contemporaries Heyer cleverly puts all these people together, some we never even meet, some we only briefly meet and some we never expect to meet, yet they are all important to putting the final picture together There is no surprise about how things will end, the fun is how they get to happily ever after, including an expected twist I didn t see coming I loved the endearments they called each other, she called him The Wicked Baron and he called her My Dear Delight This was my first brush with Heyer and I don t plan on it being my last Will I judge all her others against this one I hope not, but Damarel will be hard to top, so only time will tell On that note I ll let Damarel end this review and prove why he is not easily forgotten When you smile at me like that, it s all holiday with me

  9. Rebecca May Rebecca May says:

    Never in my life have I been so glad of a rainy afternoon Never so glad that I was bored and typed a name into a search bar to see what would come up It was in this slightly unorthodox way that I originally discovered Venetia In a fit of utter boredom I typed the name Richard Armitage he d recently become my favourite actor into the iTunes search bar, and what should appear Three novels by Georgette Heyer, narrated by Richard Armitage I need not tell you I was wide awake again after Never in my life have I been so glad of a rainy afternoon Never so glad that I was bored and typed a name into a search bar to see what would come up It was in this slightly unorthodox way that I originally discovered Venetia In a fit of utter boredom I typed the name Richard Armitage he d recently become my favourite actor into the iTunes search bar, and what should appear Three novels by Georgette Heyer, narrated by Richard Armitage I need not tell you I was wide awake again after that Before then a few friends had vaguely recommended Georgette Heyer s novels to me, but thus far I had lacked the motivation to start finding and reading them The summaries made them sound to me as if there was nothing much out of the ordinary about them How wrong could I have been I absolutely loved Venetia, and I will be endlessly grateful to Richard Armitage for being my unwitting introduction to Georgette Heyer s beautiful world.Being set in the Yorkshire countryside, the story doesn t have quite so many upsets and excitements and scrapes of those Heyer stories which take place in the cities Those stories can be amazingly good fun, and very exciting But while Venetia lacks those particular excitements, it does have a quiet beauty to it, a serenity and gentle humour that lends it an equal merit to the otherriotous novels, and indeed it is superior to some I suppose it really depends on what you re in the mood for, and if you re in the mood for a unique romance set in the English countryside, this novel is utterly perfect Besides, Venetia was my first Georgette Heyer novel not to mention my first Richard Armitage narrated novel , and therefore is very dear to me, occupying a small but precious space in my heart.Miss Venetia Lanyon is one of Georgette Heyer s slightly older heroines, a young woman who has lived in the countryside for most of her twenty five years, ever since her mother died when she was a young girl Her brother Conway has escaped into the wider world by joining the army, and in wilfully and obstinately choosing to remain abroad, he has left the control of the Undershore estate in Venetia s hands She has grown to have a kind heart, a brilliant sense of humour, and a taste for adventure But this sensible girl and stunning beauty can see no choices before her save to be an ageing spinster in her brother s household, or a wife to one Edward Yardley and the mother of his children until she chances across Lord Damarel, the Wicked Baron Though I find it hard to approve of Lord Damarel s mode of entering the story, like Venetia I was quickly enamoured of him In the past he has been we are told prone to taking one mistress after the other, and engaging in any number of scandalous pursuits Unfortunately for him, scandalous pursuits tend to be somewhat expensive, and as such he is forced to return to his country estate to ruralise , at which point he encounters the lovely Venetia Lanyon From this point on we are treated to delightful, witty exchanges between the two characters Their habit of constantly quoting poetry at each other means that the reader can very quickly feel the rapport form between them, as circumstances conspire to throw them together and become the best of friends Best of all, they understand one another I think what I love about these two characters is that Venetia and Damarel are on very even terms with each other,so than in any other Heyer novel I ve ever read There is no feeling that one, by virtue of experience or age or intelligence, is superior to the other Of course Lord Damarel has seen a great dealof the world than Venetia, but as their intellects are equally sharp, this circumstance gives rise toamusement between them than trouble Their relationship is certainly one of my favourite romances With every passing moment that they talk and laugh and discuss things together, you feelandcertain that these two people were simply made for each other It s a lovely thing to behold.Before Damarel even enters the story, however, we meet his rivals Oswald, the nineteen year old neighbour to Venetia, and Edward, the man who has for several years considered himself as good as engaged to Venetia, despite having been refused by Venetia and despite the fact that he is not particularly in love with her To give you an idea of the relative personalities of these contenders for Venetia s hand, I ve attempted to represent my reaction to them When Oswald walks into the room When Edward walks into the room When Lord Damarel walks into the room Seriously, ladies You won t know what hit you When a man walks into the room, who you think is Damarel and it turns out to be Edward The disappointment is indescribable Oswald, for his part, is seen by Venetia as too young at nineteen to be seriously in love I think Heyer is playing with a bit of a dangerous double standard here, as quite a few of her own heroines have been as young as Oswald, even two or three years younger I do however understand that being able to love rather depends on one s personal emotional maturity, and by that standard Oswald is certainly far too young to be seriously in love with Venetia Certainly the reader is never under any apprehension that he is a serious rival for Venetia s affections, and in fact his exploits can be extremely amusing.Edward, on the other hand, I just want to strangle He s the sort of man that is not necessarily stupid or mean or selfish but with every word that comes out of his mouth you becomeanddesperate for a convenient wall to bang your head against to alleviate the boredom and frustration Or a convenient swing on which to swing around and around in circles either one will do He is unbelievably stuffy and patronising, and his arrogance is theirritating because he isn t really aware of how arrogant he is His impertinence extends so far as to try and joke with Venetia and pretend he s gone a trifle deaf when she tells him in no uncertain terms that she will not marry him Cue glaring, clenching of fists and stifled screams of frustration Edward Yardley is honestly so annoying He is not, however, the only one causing trouble for Venetia and Damarel Damarel s morally chequered past certainly doesn t help matters, and to replace the upsets and excitements of the city, this novel is so full of meddlers So many people are utterly convinced they know what is best for Venetia, and have little intention of consulting her before deciding what to do with her life It is these people that cause the most trouble for the couple The one glorious exception is Venetia s younger brother Aubrey was certainly not intended as a hero, but in some inexplicable way I found myself falling in love with him almost as much as I was falling for Damarel Aubrey is seventeen, wonderfully intelligent, entertainingly precocious, and rather touchy about the fact that he walks with a limp, due to a disease that affected his hip joint when he was younger He enjoys the company of booksthan he does most people save Lord Damarel and though he can be egotistical and unwittingly selfish, Aubrey will often surprise you by showing the depth of genuine feeling he has for his sister, which is truly touching He s a difficult character to describe, but anyone who has read about him should understand my fondness for him.Readers of Heyer s novels will know that they are filled with sparkling wit and exciting twists Then too, there is always at least one scene where she really uses her writing ability to its utmost and can emotionally destroy the reader in a single chapter Of course I didn t know of her habit of doing this when I first read Venetia However, even after a year of reading some of her other novels, I truly believe this particular scene in Venetia is one of the best she has written It brings me to tears every single time and here I must put in a word of praise for Richard Armitage s narration His narration is alwaysthan delightful, of course, but here he really comes into his own The way his tone changes to reflect the complete, heart breaking sadness is perfect His voice reflects every nuance of feeling in the scene, and it makes the moment evenpowerful.The audio edition is somewhat abridged, something I was actually grateful for in this case The original novel can occasionally get slightly bogged down in extraneous detail and though I don t generally consider myself a prude, the word orgy was used in the final chapter perhaps one too many times for my liking I believe it was three times in a single page In any case, I have another reason to be glad of that part being left out of the audio edition If I had heard Richard Armitage say that word so many times in such quick succession, I believe I probably would have ended up blushing and or giggling for the better part of a week Those who know me well know that isn t quite as much of an exaggeration as it may seem.In all seriousness, however inappropriate words aside, Venetia will always be one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels, and Venetia and Damarel one of my favourite couples The two of them and Venetia s brilliant younger brother kept me constantly feeling as if I were on the edge of delighted laughter If you are looking for a wild romp through the Regency world with sword fights and carriage chases and what have you, this wouldn t do for you at all Pick up another Heyer, there are plenty to choose from But if you are looking for a quiet, wonderful, beautiful novel, Venetia is perfect If you can listen to Richard Armitage read it to you So much the better

  10. Andrea Andrea says:

    Here s the thing This book is one of my all time favorite books I ve read it so many times by now that I lost count And yet I never wrote a review, because I could never really find the right words to do this book justice When I finally convinced to of my good friends to give this book a try, yet another re read was in order And guess what, I still love it, and still can t come up with coherent reasons why Let s start with the heroineI wish you will tell me some of the things you have do Here s the thing This book is one of my all time favorite books I ve read it so many times by now that I lost count And yet I never wrote a review, because I could never really find the right words to do this book justice When I finally convinced to of my good friends to give this book a try, yet another re read was in order And guess what, I still love it, and still can t come up with coherent reasons why Let s start with the heroineI wish you will tell me some of the things you have done I think not, he said dryly I said some of the things you have done she exclaimed indignantly You can t have spent your whole life getting into idiotish scrapes The ugly look vanished as he burst out laughing Most of it, I assure you I ADORE Venetia She is one of the most sensible, level headed, determined and yet completely loveable heroines I have ever had the pleasure to read about Whatever life throws at her and boy does it throw things at her a terrible, egotistical father who pretty much buries her alive on his secluded country estate, the egotistical brothers who never think about her happiness, the self centered aunt who doesn t do anything to help alleviate her situation, to name only a few , she somehow remains cheerful and optimistic, never gives up, and always finds a way to be happy with what she has I truly envy her in that respect I love how she never tries to change Damerel, how she sees him for exactly what he is, and loves him for all his bad parts together Then there s our darling rake, Jasper, Lord DamerelFair Fatality, you are the most unusual female I have ever encountered in all my thirty eight years You can t think how deeply flattered I am she assured him I daresay my head would be quite turned if I didn t suspect that amongst so many a dozen or so may have slipped from your memory More like a hundred Am I never to learn your name I LOVE this man He comes such a long way in this book, and not because someone forces him to change, but because meeting an innocent little whirlwind who turns his life of debauchery upside down actually makes him re evaluate his life choices and accept that he has screwed up and he is not good enough for her as he is He s no angel, and I love him evenfor that He hasn t been a good landowner or anything, but he does try his best to become one.I absolutely love his sense of humor I wish I had someone to trade Shakespearean insults with in everyday conversation Which brings me to the most delicious banterI can t come down that ladder while you stand there watching me Can t you Oh, that s easily remedied he retorted, and removed the ladder It was this impish action which drew the protest from her which Oswald heard Fiend She said Do put it back, and go away Not I he replied, grinning up at her But it is most unchivalrous of you No, no On the contrary The ladder is clearly unsafeOh, the banter Be still my heart 3 These two are truly equals, if not in education or anything else, but when it comes to wit and humor They love teasing one another, try to find the most obscure poetry reference to quote and see if the other one recognizes it I love every moment of it This is their relationship in a nutshell As soon as one promises not to do something it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do She turned her head towards her uncle again You mean to warn me that he may continue to have mistresses, and orgies, and and so on, don t you, sir Particularly so on interpolated Damerel Well, how should I know all the shocking things you do The thing is, uncle, that I don t think I ever should know You d know about my orgies objected Damerel Yes, but I shouldn t care about them, once in a while After all, it would be quite unreasonable to wish you to change all your habits, and I can always retire to bed, can t I Oh, you won t preside over them he said, much disappointed Yes, love, if you wish me to, she replied, smiling at him Should I enjoy them He stretched out his hand, and when she laid her own in it, held it very tightly You shall have a splendid orgy, my dear delight, and you will enjoy it very much indeed There is a reason this is the book I turn to whenever I m in a slump, or just need a pick me up I love the characters, their determination, the heart and humor, and all of it together makes for one perfect reading experience If you have never read a Georgette Heyer book, I cannot recommend this highly enough as a starting point Also, here are the reviews of the two friends I convinced to try this they both loved it, so YAY Lacey s reviewBecca s review

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