Beauvallet: Gossip, scandal and an unforgettable Regency romance

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Beauvallet: Gossip, scandal and an unforgettable Regency romance

Beauvallet: Gossip, scandal and an unforgettable Regency romance

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In the middle of the book, Dominica is mostly off-screen, and the story is swashbuckling and adventure as Nick gallavants about, merrily murdering people and laughing in the face of danger. It's only the fact that I know Heyer also wrote The Talisman Ring and The Grand Sophy, both of which I love, that means this rather pales in comparison.

Joshua brings a needed comic touch into the suspense; he is quite garrulous, by turns complainer and braggart. GH was most likely familiar with Douglas Fairbanks Sr's swashbuckler movies of the '20s when she wrote this and it shows. Travelling as a Frenchman provides Beauvallet with a convenient disguise in a rigidly Catholic land where the English are abhorred as Protestant heretics. Nick fell in love the moment he saw Dominica, and announced that he would marry her, and after some token resistance she was like, Well, all right.A modern woman for modern times, Delwyn Jenkins has plenty of first-hand experience with today’s fast-paced publishing industry. The plot, however, was based on the improvised dramas, devised by Georgette for her brothers and friends when they were children. The tale of a daring (and dashing) privateer determined to seek out his lady-love in the heart of enemy Spain is superbly written and expertly narrated. The first part of the book unfolds the romance, and the second half follows Beauvallet as he attempts to keeps his word to find Dominica and bring her to England. GH took her world building very seriously - my 1937 copy of Beauvallet even has a family tree at the back.

He swears he will deliver her and her father back home to Spain but that he will soon come for her to marry her. If you love thrilling swashbuckling adventures with witty dialogue and a true romance at the centre you will love this book. Nick's family in England are classic Heyer characters, and the menacing Dona Beatrice was wonderful. Get some beautiful actors on screen and the sudden love between Dominica and Nick might even become believable! Dominica is spirited, fiesty and intelligent, quick-witted and interesting - it is not hard to see why Beauvallet would fall for her so quickly.Language as usual is fantastic, educative and expressive and the story, though being relatively short is densely written so it feels like a longer book. Some of this was no doubt pride but some of it was circumspection, as when she replied in the negative when her father asked her opinion of Beauvallet, remembering how eager she had always been to hear of his exploits. It starts out a little slow (although I did really enjoy Beauvallet's visit to his family in the first part) but it picks up half-way through and becomes a fun swashbuckling adventure. She must have enjoyed writing Beauvallet for her pleasure is evident in the detailed and humorous family tree which she devised for the first edition of Beauvallet and which she headed: ‘Pedigree of the House of Beauvallet for those readers who are Interested in the Fortunes of the Descendants of Simon the Coldheart’.

That Ronald was instrumental in providing a good deal of its historical detail is suggested by his wife's inscribing his copy as "our joint effort". I did not see any interaction between the Dominique and Nick causing them to fall in love with each other. The dashing reckless privateer Nicholas Beauvallet has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth the First for his daring adventures for England! Doña Dominica is a feisty Spanish heroine, though she doesn't get a deal of chance to show her mettle. Beauvallet is sailing from the West Indies when he is attacked by a Spanish ship; he defeats them and when he and his men board the Spanish ship, they find a lady, Dona Dominica de Rada y Sylva, and her father, Don Manuel, who is very ill with a fever.

He succeeds because he dares and because, like the deceptions achieved by Robin and Prue in the Masqueraders and Kit in False Colors, what Nick does is unexpected and, therefore, it's unlooked for. Living in Macedonia may have meant depending on Ronald more than usual for when the book came out she inscribed his copy of Beauvallet with an appropriate acknowledgment: ‘”To Wonaldy-pet, Our joint effort”‘ and signed herself ‘George’ – a name reserved for use by only her closest friends and relatives. Two other characters that really stand out are Joshua, Beauvallet's valet, and Doña Beatrice, Dominica's aunt. Nick gets what he needs but his typical good fortune leads him to something even better - after besting a Frenchman who was trying to steal his horse near the Spanish frontier, he discovers the man was the Chevalier de Guise, a courier for the powerful de Guise family who carries a secret, encrypted message to King Phillip in Spain. She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point.



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