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The Quiet Gentleman ❰Epub❯ ➝ The Quiet Gentleman Author Georgette Heyer – Thomashillier.co.uk Gervase Frant finally returns to his father s estate to claim his title as the new Seventh Earl of St Erth at Stanyon Unscathed from glory at Waterloo, Gervase expected a hero s welcome instead he s g Gervase Frant finally returns to his father s estate to claim his title as the new Seventh Earl of St Erth at Stanyon Unscathed from glory at Waterloo, Gervase expected a hero s welcome The Quiet PDF \ instead he s given a frigid cold shoulder Upon his return only Theo, a cousin even quieter than himself, is there to greet him and when he meets his stepmother and half brother open disdain put a chill on Gervase s welcome, and he detects open regret that he has survived inconveniently two wars Now he must establish himself as the new head of the house and ignore his family s rising hostility Then Gervase s eye is caught by beautiful and charming Mariann Bolderwood, a collector of beaux the same young woman already much in favor with his half brother Gervase struggles to maintain a gentlemanly balance, but now the brothers are again rivals as they bid for the lady s attentions But the dangers of the Lincolnshire countryside could never be unexpected Gervase finds himself the victim of repeatedly life threatening accidents And soon it becomes increasingly clear that someone wants the new Earl cruelly dead Level headed Drusilla Morville is captivated by Gervase but knows that she does not stand a chance against the debutantes vying for his affections, until Gervase s life is endangered and free spirited Drusilla comes to the rescue.


10 thoughts on “The Quiet Gentleman

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

    Upping my rating to a full 4 stars on reread The characters are interesting both the hero, Gervase, and his love interest are unusual types there s lots of witty banter and the mystery is well, not earth shaking, but a littlesubtle than I gave it credit for on my first read.Gervase Frant returns home in 1816 from the Napoleanic wars to assume his role as the Earl of St Erth Trouble and resentment await him in the form of his imperious stepmother and his spoiled and truculent youn Upping my rating to a full 4 stars on reread The characters are interesting both the hero, Gervase, and his love interest are unusual types there s lots of witty banter and the mystery is well, not earth shaking, but a littlesubtle than I gave it credit for on my first read.Gervase Frant returns home in 1816 from the Napoleanic wars to assume his role as the Earl of St Erth Trouble and resentment await him in the form of his imperious stepmother and his spoiled and truculent younger half brother Martin, who were rather hoping Gervase would die in the war so that Martin could inherit But do they resent him enough to actually kill him Because some very odd not accidents are starting to happen to Gervase This is one of Heyer s Regency mysteries with just a little bit of romance mixed in The romance is definitely understated and the villain wasn t too hard to suss out, although there was a good stretch in the middle of the book when I was completely confused There were also some slow parts to the story where I was tempted to start skimming But there was enough witty dialogue and humor to carry me through Gervase s stepmother, the Dowager, is almost the spitting image of Lady Catherine de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice, steamrollering everyone around her and humorous in her vanity, and I liked all of the other characters, even in his own way the immature and embittered Martin There s a heroine who isn t your typical gorgeous lady, Gervase s quiet sarcasm and strength of character grew on me, and there s a cute secondary romance that causesheartache for the beleaguered Martin and perhaps for others as well The Quiet Gentleman is, I d say, one of Georgette Heyer s lesser lights, but worth the time to read if you re a fan I wouldn t start with this one, though Try Venetia, Frederica or maybe The Grand Sophy


  2. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    I was all set to read my Arrow copy until I took a good look at the picture Apparently St Erth returned from the Napoleonic Wars in 1816 decided to dress in his late father s clothes As Lady Caroline Bingley would say, I was all astonishment So I pulled out my old Pan instead Pretty decent shot of Gervase Marianne, I thought.This book is a little too Austenesque not Heyerish enough for me Don t get me wrong I love Austen when Jane herself writes i I was all set to read my Arrow copy until I took a good look at the picture Apparently St Erth returned from the Napoleonic Wars in 1816 decided to dress in his late father s clothes As Lady Caroline Bingley would say, I was all astonishment So I pulled out my old Pan instead Pretty decent shot of Gervase Marianne, I thought.This book is a little too Austenesque not Heyerish enough for me Don t get me wrong I love Austen when Jane herself writes it For example, as a few members at the Georgette Heyer Fans group have commented the Dowager s characterisation is very close to Austen s Lady Catherine de Bourgh, so much so that I kept picturing the actress from the Colin Firth version when reading about her the pace at the start was rather slow, so I didn t do my usual bolt through my read.Still much to like though, especially some wonderfully witty lines Mr Warboys, without putting himself to the trouble of deciding which of theferocious animals his friend resembled, stated the matter in simple, and courageously frank terms You know, old fellow, he once told Martin, if you had a tail, damme if you wouldn t lash it both romantic couples were very appealing I liked that both Gervase Marianne, extremely attractive themselves view spoiler chose mates on their character rather than appearance hide spoiler Lots of wonderful secondary characters, especially the above quoted Barny Warboys Marianne Drusilla s parents But the book has for me two major flaws view spoiler Gervase s interest in Marianne clearly wasn t serious But this reader was nearly as surprised as Drusilla is when Gervase declares himself Even a very gentle clue would have been appreciated.I didn t like the resolution of the story the outcome for the villain Even with spoiler tags I can t saythan that hide spoiler Enjoyable enough for 4 weak stars though.Review written Dec 2015, edited May 2016Review from my reread, September 2018.I was way too hard on this delightful novel when I last read it in 2015.Although my second objection behind spoiler tags still stands, I do freely withdraw my first one This is a delightful romance which really picks up in the last fifth of the book view spoiler The signs of Gervase s growing regard for Drusilla are subtle but they are there hide spoiler Gervase is one of GH s most lovable heroes I really fell for him this time around.Just shows you can I have read a book over 30 times still not pick up all the subtle nuances Great secondary characters too I just love Drusilla s parents The final chapter is one of the most enjoyable endings GH ever created.So from 4 weak stars,this book is now 4.5 I can t raise it to 5 because view spoiler of the soft ending for the villain hide spoiler


  3. Ruth Ruth says:

    Georgette Heyer novels should be printed with a warning I have to be careful when reading her novels in public This is because they inevitably cause a goofy smile to be pasted on my face, and I ll start giggling loudly at random times for no apparent reason to the poor, unsuspecting public around me The Quiet Gentleman is no exception to this rule Absolutely nothing beats a Heyer Regency romance for the sheer enjoyment factor and witty, intelligent humor She truly is the closest thing to re Georgette Heyer novels should be printed with a warning I have to be careful when reading her novels in public This is because they inevitably cause a goofy smile to be pasted on my face, and I ll start giggling loudly at random times for no apparent reason to the poor, unsuspecting public around me The Quiet Gentleman is no exception to this rule Absolutely nothing beats a Heyer Regency romance for the sheer enjoyment factor and witty, intelligent humor She truly is the closest thing to reading Jane Austen and is generallyhilarious The Quiet Gentleman is the perfect combination of mystery and romance The whodunit aspect of the novel is so carefully plotted that the revelation of the guilty party is an eyebrow raising surprise And with the romance, Heyer once again succeeds in bringing together two seemingly irreconcilable individuals who turn out to be, of course, perfect for each other To all you fellow Austen lovers out there if you ve never read a Heyer, and my enthusiasm still hasn t convinced you to pick one up, read The Quiet Gentleman for the pure novelty factor that the hero can be named Gervase Frant and still be incredibly hot Unbelievable, but trust me, it s true


  4. SallyB SallyB says:

    Ahhh Georgette Heyer I love you It makes me wanna cry when the so called big readers in my life never heard of her.


  5. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    Another listen with my youngest on our commute We actually made a date to finish this on Sunday morning so that we wouldn t have a huge gap she s out of school this entire week so no commute Which says something for how into the story we were I just love Gervase and his appreciation for Drusilla makes my heart go all aflutter Okay, that s an overstatement but still, these two are just so outstanding.That said, I had a harder time with the side family than I remember Martin is just so bras Another listen with my youngest on our commute We actually made a date to finish this on Sunday morning so that we wouldn t have a huge gap she s out of school this entire week so no commute Which says something for how into the story we were I just love Gervase and his appreciation for Drusilla makes my heart go all aflutter Okay, that s an overstatement but still, these two are just so outstanding.That said, I had a harder time with the side family than I remember Martin is just so brash and uncontrolled And his mother is so completely supercilious that it strains my good will And I think it s worse that the plot hinges on both being just that extreme to work so I think I m going to lower this to four stars and move it out of my top ten by Heyer Still outstanding but not on par with the other adventure laced romances The Unknown Ajax, The Talisman Ring, The Toll Gate, etc


  6. Vivian Vivian says:

    Another countryside romp in this story of succession as the disenfranchised Gervase returns from the battlefields, resigning his commission, and taking his rightful place as Earl of Stanyon Much to the disappointment of some Similar to The Unknown Ajax in the general plot line and characters, but there s an added attempted murder to jazz this one up a bit Definitelydare doing and mishaps for the characters I figured out the mystery portion less than halfway through so it seemed to limp Another countryside romp in this story of succession as the disenfranchised Gervase returns from the battlefields, resigning his commission, and taking his rightful place as Earl of Stanyon Much to the disappointment of some Similar to The Unknown Ajax in the general plot line and characters, but there s an added attempted murder to jazz this one up a bit Definitelydare doing and mishaps for the characters I figured out the mystery portion less than halfway through so it seemed to limp along even while the blood ran hot If the last Heyer book I read had not been The Unknown Ajax then I probably would have enjoyed this a bitA couple months is not long enough between story reboots, nonetheless it was entertaining enough Solid read In this one instead of being the country oaf, the long lost heir is masquerading as a Martin, his affronted stare taking in the number of the capes of that drab coat, the high polish on the Hessian boots, the extravagant points of a shirt collar, and the ordered waves of guinea gold hair above a white brow, muttered audibly Good God the fellow s nothing but a curst dandy


  7. Sabina Sabina says:

    This is a very different kind of Heyer The hero and heroine are so atypical that I loved them all thefor it Let s face it, they are actuallytypical of real life than the normal heroes and heroines Being a sensible sort myself, I ve always had a soft spot for Drusilla now if only I could find my Gervase


  8. Seema Khan Seema Khan says:

    3 for The Quiet Gentleman.I have read a great many Georgette Heyer books and am a die hard fan of her works, but sadly The Quiet Gentleman did not live upto my expectations.Though the writing itself is unquestionably signature GH, the overall story failed to keep me intrigued And theis the pity becausethan romance this is a kind of suspense or mystery novel and a grounding mystery was sadly absent.The story is about Lord Gervase St Erth of Stanyon who has been alienated by his fath 3 for The Quiet Gentleman.I have read a great many Georgette Heyer books and am a die hard fan of her works, but sadly The Quiet Gentleman did not live upto my expectations.Though the writing itself is unquestionably signature GH, the overall story failed to keep me intrigued And theis the pity becausethan romance this is a kind of suspense or mystery novel and a grounding mystery was sadly absent.The story is about Lord Gervase St Erth of Stanyon who has been alienated by his father from himself since his childhood just because he resembles his mother and he is resented and begrudged by his step mother and step siblings being the heir to the title and Stanyon When he comes back to take his position as the Earl of Stanyon he is met with rudeness and there is an apparent threat to his existence as attempts are made to assassinate him with the chief suspect being his step brother Martin.Lord Gervase St Erth was indeed a quiet gentleman, but not engaging enough to make the book exceptionable He has a quiet way about him and his personality is not very typical GH, it islike that of the hero who is too beautiful and may be termed possessing womanly beauty He has his attributes and is very gentle and has a sweet disposition of mind Also he is very intelligent and forbearing towards his step mother s harangues and his step brother s apparent loud ways that make no qualms in voicing his displeasure.Miss Drusilla Morville is again one very different heroine She is always calm and composed and filled in with a great deal of common sense She is also very obliging and industrious Nothing can be read from her manners of her feelings, and for that matter even the Earl s behaviour is similar I did not find anything much remarkable in the characters, the highlight and energies in the story being amassed only in Martin.The secondary characters are not bad, the dowager and Martin being a touch brighter than the rest The build up given in the beginning is nice but after a while there was no strong grip in the story for me Had there been a resistance and combat from the villain the story would have definitely gained brownie points from me, but the climax is rather too quiet One reason maybe because it is about the quiet gentleman For the record, I did have a strong feeling about the villain being the villain since the beginning of the book p and I was right Romance in the story is negligible and focus pertaining that quarter ison Lord Ulverston and Marianne than on Lord St Erth and Drusilla.Overall, the book was just fine with me and any GH regular may want to read it for sure They may find something worthappreciation in it than I did


  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    One of Heyer s books that movesinto the mystery genre than the romance, which I only started to suspect well past the halfway point But the point of the book is who is trying to do in our titular quiet gentleman, aka the Earl St Erth, aka Gervase Because, you see, despite years fighting Napoleon on the Continent, somehow Gervase the product of his father s ill fated first marriage has survived and come home to accept his titles, his properties, and upturn the quiet life of his indulge One of Heyer s books that movesinto the mystery genre than the romance, which I only started to suspect well past the halfway point But the point of the book is who is trying to do in our titular quiet gentleman, aka the Earl St Erth, aka Gervase Because, you see, despite years fighting Napoleon on the Continent, somehow Gervase the product of his father s ill fated first marriage has survived and come home to accept his titles, his properties, and upturn the quiet life of his indulgent stepmother and her much indulged son Gervase is a great character, and so are a lot of the bit players, including his BFF the Viscount known as Lucy , Marianne the local beauty, and I adored the fruity, Dame Edna esque voice the reader used for the Dowager Countess


  10. Sophia Sophia says:

    After a history of being apart from his family, Gervaise Frant, the new Earl of St Erth, returns to Stanyon Castle to claim his place as head of the family If he expected a warm welcome, he is sadly mistaken because his widowed step mother, the Dowager, and younger half brother are put out of sorts that he survived the war and returned home to take his place Gervaise is a winning, handsome man with quiet genteel ways and this earns him respect in the neighborhood, among the servants, and, unf After a history of being apart from his family, Gervaise Frant, the new Earl of St Erth, returns to Stanyon Castle to claim his place as head of the family If he expected a warm welcome, he is sadly mistaken because his widowed step mother, the Dowager, and younger half brother are put out of sorts that he survived the war and returned home to take his place Gervaise is a winning, handsome man with quiet genteel ways and this earns him respect in the neighborhood, among the servants, and, unfortunately, the bubbly young woman his brother set his heart on.If that were not trouble enough, freak accidents of a deadly nature begin occurring to Gervaise and he is troubled, among others including sensible house guest Miss Morvelle and his hardworking cousin Theo, with the suspicion landing solidly on his hot head brother who has already hurled hatred and threats at his head Gervaise is luckier than most for surviving the war campaigns he was in and he needs all that luck now.We think first of Heyer s sparkling Regency Romcoms and then maybe her later period detective stories But, it is fun to note that she had a couple Regencies where she combined her romance with a spot of suspense and The Quiet Gentleman is one of them There is a plot against Gervaise to unhorse him from the newly acquired earldom and there are good family and belowstairs dynamics with a subtle romance occurring in the background for the most part I loved the combo of elements and this, one of herunderstated stories is thoroughly engaging and one I will gladly revisit.Gervaise is open in some ways, but kept enigmatic in others His friends and family are easier to read than this quietly capable hero who doesn t put himself forward, but still has a commanding presence when he wishes to exert it He is something of a dandy, but also a Corinthian, humble about his war record and place in a family that pushed him out because he happens to look like his late mother and came first in the line of secession He doesn t resent his brother for being his father s favorite or that his father willed away plenty of property and wealth to his younger brother even though Martin was something of a spoiled brat much of the story.As to Drusilla Morville, she is Gervaise s match though she is plain featured, plain speaking, and loaded with common sense and no romantic notions Her parents are plenty eccentric which maybe explains her choosing not to be Like Gervaise, she is capable and doesn t feel the need to put herself forward or resent a pretty spoilt girl from the neighborhood or the crotchety autocratic Dowager who bosses her around She stands loyal though she thinks she doesn t stand a chance with Gervaise.As to the narration work, Cornelius Garret was already familiar from voicing other Heyer books I do enjoy the way he engages in voice acting and the emotions of the moment while presenting an easily distinguished cast of both genders, all ages, and the class structure both above and below stairs.All in all, this was splendid and I was glad to revisit a story I hadn t picked up in years It stood the test of time and re reading


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