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The Toll Gate ❰Epub❯ ➝ The Toll Gate Author Georgette Heyer – Captain John Staple's exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriuet Crazy Jack among his fellow Dragoons Now home from Waterloo life is rather dull But when he finds himself lost and benighted Captain John Staple's exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriuet Crazy Jack among his fellow Dragoons Now home from Waterloo life is rather dull But when he finds himself lost and benighted at an unmanned toll house in the Pennines his soldiering exploits pale away besides an adventure and romance of a lifetime.

  • Hardcover
  • 485 pages
  • The Toll Gate
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 07 January 2014
  • 9781410408327

About the Author: Georgette Heyer

The Black MothIn 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 The Toll ePUB ½ an interesting historical point She wrote one novel using the pseudonym Stella MartinHer Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by.

10 thoughts on “The Toll Gate

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

    Georgette Heyer wrote several mysteries both historical and contemporary as well as her widely known and beloved Georgian and Regency romances I don't think I'll ever love any of her mysteries the way I do some of her romantic comedies but this was still an enjoyable readCaptain John Jack Staples has returned from the Napoleonic Wars and is trying to readjust to civilian life which is boring him to tears He takes off on horseback to visit an old friend out in the country but manages to get lost in the stormy night and ends up at a toll gate I had no idea they had those back then manned by a frightened boy who's trying to cover for his missing father Jack lost and tired convinces the boy to let him stay the night and promises to try to help him with his troubles in the morning But morning brings complications including a tale of lost treasure as well as an attractive young woman and Jack decides this is the adventure he's been waiting for Besides the boy's father is still missing and someone has to man the toll gateFor a detailed plot summary I'll refer you to npoohbear's excellent review I liked the hero Jack Staples a handsome giant of a man with curly blond hair BTW it still irks me that the cover of my paperback has a dark haired guy He's brave kindhearted and a little stubborn He doesn't think he'll ever get married and tells his motherBut the thing is I've got no fancy for one of these dashed suitable marriages where you don't really care a fig for the girl or she for you I don't mean to offer marriage to any girl who doesn't give me a leveller So I daresay I shall remain a bachelor for they don't—any of 'em And if one did he added thoughtfully it's Lombard Street to a China orange that you wouldn't take to herSo it's pretty amusing when while he's temporarily replacing the keeper of the toll gate a tall somewhat shabby but genteel girl with chestnut hair and humorous gray eyes rides up He stood as though stunned for he had received his leveller at lastThe romance has a lot less ups and downs and twists and turns than the usual Heyer romance I think focusing on the mystery freed Georgette Heyer to give us a nice sweet straightforward romance Jack and Nell kiss before the 50% mark And they never have a misunderstanding or major fight It was kind of refreshing actually But the mystery rather than the romance is the focus of our tale here so don't go in expecting this to be like a typical GH romance The romance is definitely a subplotBetween that and the fact that the entire story is told from Jack's point of view you don't get to know the heroine as well as you typically would Nell is intelligent capable and loyal to a fault but she's much less of a personality than Jack and the colorful secondary characters who fill the pages of this bookFor much of the story Jack is pretending to be a person from a much lower social class Maybe as a result this book is chock full of dialect and Regency era cant I'm pretty familiar with the expressions used in Regency books but this book left most others in the dust when it comes to odd expressions that are hard for modern readers to understand A couple of ding boys that's certain I never got a chance to tout their muns Prigged his tattler too but I sold that I'm a great one for a pinch o' merry go up I daresay I'd get a double finnup for it too but when it comes to tipping over the dibs there ain't a lock as isn't a hog grubberFrankly it got irritating after a whileThe mystery in this book reminds me a little of Treasure Island It was kind of exciting as the book revealed the reason for all of the odd appearances and disappearances in this part of the country and you had to cheer for Jack's determination to solve the mystery without hurting the people he cares about3 12 stars but it left me in a good mood so I'm rounding up

  2. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    What a coincidence This book was my first read of 2016 is now my first read of 2019I don't think I have much to add to add to my first review other than to add praise to GH's portrayal of Ben one of my favourite Heyer boys But the whole read is very entertaining

  3. mark monday mark monday says:

    not much I can say about this ripping yarn how does one go about explaining practically perfect in every way? oh Mary if you won't I can't

  4. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    What a way to start the year A five reread from my favourite authorThis is one of GH's books that I like as an older readerCrazy Jack Staple is bored with civilian life and even bored with the deadly dull family party he has been invited to Making the flimsiest of excuses he leaves the party days early and becomes hopelessly lost Happening on a toll gate in a lonely part of Derbyshire he finds it manned only by a scared 11 year old This is enough for Jackwho is always on the lookout for another adventureHe takes up residence at the Toll gate Cottage to the delight of young Ben like many of GH's characters Ben is not a dissembler never shows much sign of missing his vanished father Jack not only throws himself into the task of finding Ned Bream he also becomes a stickler for getting the correct toll for the trustees to the chagrin of some of the colourful locals in this richly cast book Oh and he falls in loveThe adventure part of the book in it's thrilling climax had me on the edge of my seat whilst reading is probably my favourite of Heyer's adventure romances but the romance is better done in this book and Nell is better drawn than Harriet Nell's appearance isn't that of a conventional Regency heroine It always amazes me when people say her heroheroines are always the same But I digress Also a wonderful secondary romance view spoilerif possible I love Jerry Chirk even than Jack hide spoiler

  5. Tweety Tweety says:

    Loved it plain and simpleCaptain John Jack Staple has had enough of his dull cousin and insipid fiancée so he skips out of the engagement party and trots off to his friend Mr Babblecombe's hunt Only he doesn't uite make it that far In the pouring rain and crackling thunder he comes upon a Toll Gate an unattained Toll Gate That is it's attended but by a little urchin named Ben whose father is missing and who is deathly afraid of someoneEver the adventurer Captain Staple rises to the occasion and becomes the temporary gatekeeper and falls smack dab in love with Miss Nell Stornaway called by her grandfather's tenants The Suire Now he stays on to win her hand only to become deeply embroiled in a sticky scheme full of murders thievery a highwayman whose heart isn't in his trade and shocking discoveries that take him into the heart of the hills and into disaster Iris Cave – Monasterio de Piedra Zaragoza Spain But that isn't the end it's the beginning Those wet chilly caves have been holding a secret and they won't let it go without a fight Neither will the men who put it there And perhaps the highwayman Jerry Chirk isn't all he seems maybe just maybe he will be the one to unlock the secret of the caves and avert disaster Or could it be Miss Stornaway's truant of a grandfather will be the one who twists everyone around his little finger making sure that Captain Staple does as he promises and that Nell does what's best for her? Who can be trusted and who will turn informer?It's in the caves where Jack finds out and it's in the caves where he finds the most stunning find a most hideous crime Cheddar Gorge found within the Cheddar Caves of England Jerry Chirk just wants to get out of this damp nightmare and if it weren't for one certain person on earth he would run for his life and continue stealing but he can't let that someone down So he stays just long enough to yank Captain Staple out of the uagmire and deeper into the caves Everything comes down to those caves they either break a man or make a man there is no in between And Captain Staple is about to find out just how cold an underground river can get Italian CavernsThe entire time I was reading this I gripped the pages till they nearly tore eagerly scanning each page speed reading to find out what would happen next I love how Heyer did this book it's one of my favorites of her Regencies There's no balls not dancing none of the usual Regency plot at all in fact But there is suspense and a surprising ending I truly didn't think it would end how it did I'm glad it ended the way it did though What made this five stars was that I liked every character No they weren't all likable but they were all interesting; none of them irritated me Captain John Staple was similar to Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd and John Ridd from Lorna Doone A sort of mix between the two but with a military background Also Jerry Chirk is a lot like the highwayman in Lorna Doone Which I liked even if he is badMiss Nell Stornaway is independent headstrong and completely likable She and Jack are unusual they are both horribly tall for other people's tastes but perfect for each other She was a bit like the heroine from Eye of the Wind they are both tall capable ladies who have their own ideas on how young ladies should behave And both fall for men seemingly far below themselves The flavor of this book is similar to Georgette Heyer's The Reluctant Widow I'm not going to say why as it'd give everything away but if you liked that one I'd try this The Toll Gate is better IMOPG for some violence shooting which incidentally cracks several stalactites and kills a person Mild swearing to none existent No talk of mistresses as in other Heyer's

  6. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    Unable to endure his stuffy cousin's engagement party than one night and tired of his mother and sister's matchmaking schemes Captain John Staple sets out for his friend's hunting box Much to his dismay he gets a late start his horse loses a shoe on the moors and he takes a wrong turn and ends up in the middle of nowhere Derbyshire in a rain storm Finding a toll gate John demands entry to the pike hoping to spend the night in the nearest town The gate is opened by a ten year old boy wet cold and afraid Ben's father the toll keeper has disappeared and Ben doesn't know where he is or when he will return John wet and tired and also intensely curious decides to spend the night until Mr Brean returns Mr Brean has not returned by morning and John always up for an adventure takes on the role of toll keeper One of his first customers is Miss Nell Stornaway the Suire's granddaughter Suddenly John's reasons for staying increase Miss Nell is not a young miss nor is she missish She's taken over the management of the estate from her ill grandfather and cares for the old man as he lays dying Now her cousin and grandfather's heir Henry and his sleazy friend Nat Coate are staying at the Manor and Nell is sure they're up to no good John wonders if Henry Stornaway's arrival has anything to do with the mysterious disappearance of the toll keeper and if so what is the connection With the help of a highwayman with a heart of gold John sets out to solve the mystery and protect Miss Nell with all his heart and body This is an unconventional novel for Heyer The hero doesn't even appear until the second page and he doesn't speak until page 6 There are kisses in the middle of the book and romance than most of her other novels I'm not complaining though I enjoy a good sweet romance The plot reads like a copycat for the first half but the last half sparkles with her usual wit and intelligence Only Heyer could create such uirky characters and infuse humor into a mystery plot John is a great hero he's an alpha hero but he's not arrogant or angry and never loses his temper Nell is one of my favorite heroines She's strong intelligent and capable of taking care of herself The romance is a bit unbelievable given the time frame it happens in but I like the couple together and think they'll suit very well Nell has just the right temperament to deal with John I adored the secondary romance which made me giggle a lot The mystery is impossible to solve and kept me turning the page far too late into the night I can't believe I hadn't read this one before because now it's one of my favoritesSecond read January 2019I enjoyed this one a whole lot the second time around The first half is a little slow but I couldn't put the book down from Chapter 10 onwards The mystery picks up and there's a whole lot of action some romance and Heyer's usual trademark uirky characters I uestion some of the violence at the end I would have left it ambiguous as to what actually happened First time readers may have a tough time with the cant but download the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue if you can't figure out the meaning from the context There are some fabulous new words to insult people in this novel This book would make a fabulous PBS Masterpiece Mystery miniseries

  7. Teresa Teresa says:

    Thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed this book again Yes the romance did seem to be a secondary story but the mystery was great and very well done I really liked Jerry Chirk A great character I was actually very slow starting off this book but after I read 'If the Captain was a tallow faced twiddle poop mounted on a pair o' cat sticks I dare say he'd need a snirp like you to pad his calves out and finify him' I was well on my way Heyer had such a way with words and she was an extremely witty writer Great way to start off January

  8. Jessica Jessica says:

    I wasn't sure I would like this at first because the reader has a somewhat grating voice at time but I ended up LOVING it I haven't heard about this one before and that is a shame Captain Mad Jack Staples gets lost in the rain takes shelter at a toll gate and ends up staying to solve the mystery of the missing gatekeeper not to mention staying close to the striking granddaughter of the local suire As an added delight Jack is described as being a very large man from a family of large men and women Several of his cronies refer to him as Big 'Un and there are references to him not riding certain horses because the poor beasts couldn't carry him He's not fat he's just apparently HUGE And then AND THEN his true love turns out to be a very tall ian lady who nearly swoons when he calls her Little One because no one has ever done so before I mean I just died of the adorableness of all of it

  9. Emma Emma says:

    The romance was established very early in the story and then the mystery took over Also the audio wasn’t great on this one

  10. Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder says:

    This time around I listened to the Audible edition This book is among my favorites by MS Heyer but the audio edition is a lot of fun as well A first rate listening experience Now I know that “Stogumber” is really pronounced “Stojumber”Georgette Heyer Group January 2016 BOTM Georgette Heyer departs from what romance readers can expect by crafting a HR where the story told is completely from the hero's POV rather than that of the heroine for a refreshing change—and I own the Sourcebooks and kindle editions A very thrilling and interesting mystery takes up the better part of the story and here also GH includes a wide array of colorful supporting characters from the lower orders that I uite enjoyed and are interesting and carefully drawn in their own right with their own lives and concernsI don't usually enjoy child characters and their doings all that much At best they are tolerated but I just love 11 year old Ben the gatekeeper's son such a good sort of boy and easy to like not at all a nuisance to anyone or to me the readerThere is also a very sweet secondary romance as well

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