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The Reluctant Widow (1946)

de Georgette Heyer

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A fateful mistake... When Elinor Rochdale boards the wrong coach, she ends up not at her prospective employer's home but at the estate of Eustace Cheviot, a dissipated and ruined young man on the verge of death. A momentous decision... His cousin, Mr. Ned Carlyon, persuades Elinor to marry Eustace as a simple business arrangement. By morning, Elinor is a rich widow, but finds herself embroiled with an international spy ring, housebreakers, uninvited guests, and murder. And Mr. Carlyon won't let her leave ...… (mais)
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    konallis: Both novels combine romance and social comedy with most nefarious goings-on; _The Talisman Ring_ is the more comedy-oriented and farcical of the two.
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This may well end up being spoiler-tastic, so look away now. Although, this being a Heyer Regency Romance, you pretty much know what's going to happen by the end of chapter 2, you just don't know how you're going to get there.
Elinor answers an advertisement for a governess and is pleasantly surprised to be met at the stagecoach by a carriage. The grrom asks if she's the lady that answers the advertisement and she concurs. Only they're talking about different advertisements. And so Elinor finds herself in the company of Ned Carlyon, who would like to marry her to his disreputable cousin Edmund. So begins a rollercoaster ride. Edmund is exactly as unpleasant as he is described, only fortunately for Elinor he turns out to be on the verge of death, so she becomes a wife and the widow in short order, and now owns his property.
From here things, if anything, become less odd with a mystery intruder and a missing memorandum about Wellington's plans for the Peninsular war all thrown into the mix.
The Carlyon family are a fabulous bunch, all real characters who all look up the Ned, the eldest. He's got into the habit of being in charge, so when he and Elinor quarrel, repeatedly, you know exactly what's going to happen at the end. And so it comes about. Delightful. ( )
  Helenliz | Jan 25, 2021 |
Regency romance tells of a gentle woman who was forced to become a governess. She gets into the wrong carriage at the train station, which leads to a marriage and widowhood all in one night. But, even better it leads to adventure and romance.

A fun light read! ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 8, 2020 |
First published in 1946 this Regency romance tells of a gentle woman, Elinor Rochdale, who was forced to become a governess.

Traveling to her next position she gets into the wrong carriage ...

Taking her not to her employer but to a gentleman's estate the result of this accidental misstep into the wrong carriage is marriage and widowhood all in one night. But, even better it leads to adventure and romance.

This is a favorite of mine as it includes so many fun situations. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 8, 2020 |
Don't tell my family, but I'm pretty sure this is the first Georette Heyer I've actually read, but I'll be reading a lot more in the future. This book was hilarious.
The Romance ? Check
The Historical Aspects ? Check
The Dog ? Check
The Humor ? Check
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  Wanda-Gambling | May 9, 2020 |
This is the first Heyer novel that I really did not like. By the end I was rooting for the villain. ( )
  gabarito | Feb 28, 2020 |
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[Elinor has learned that Carlyon put about that she'd been secretly betrothed to his odious cousin, Eustace Cheviot, and she objects. Nicky Carlyon suddenly realizes that Elinor is a widow.]

'But I do not want to be a widow!' declared Elinor.

'I'm afraid it is now too late in the day to alter that,' said Carlyon.

'Besides, if you had known my cousin better, you would have wanted to be a widow,' Nicky assured her. (chapter 5)
'…Only consider, cousin! A man who must needs come creeping into a house by a secret stair can be up to no good!”

“Very true. There is a want of openness about such behaviour that strikes one forcibly, and makes me at least disinclined to pursue the acquaintance.' (chapter 7)
Bouncer, recognizing a well-wisher, got up, and thrust his cold, wet nose under her [Miss Beccles'] hand, assuming as he did so the soulful expression of a dog who takes but a benevolent interest in cats, livestock, and stray visitors. (chapter 9)
[Elinor arguing with Carlyon]

'I dare say you would not be in the least moved if you came to-morrow and found us all lying dead in our beds!' she said bitterly.

'On the contrary, I should be a good deal surprised.' (chapter 10)
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A fateful mistake... When Elinor Rochdale boards the wrong coach, she ends up not at her prospective employer's home but at the estate of Eustace Cheviot, a dissipated and ruined young man on the verge of death. A momentous decision... His cousin, Mr. Ned Carlyon, persuades Elinor to marry Eustace as a simple business arrangement. By morning, Elinor is a rich widow, but finds herself embroiled with an international spy ring, housebreakers, uninvited guests, and murder. And Mr. Carlyon won't let her leave ...

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