A Civil Contract

A Civil Contract

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"A five-star job of sheerly delightful romance writing."- Chicago Sunday Tribune

Can the wrong bride become the perfect wife?

Adam Deveril, the new Viscount Lynton, is madly in love with the beautiful Julia Oversley. But he has returned from the Peninsular War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. He has little choice when he is introduced to Mr. Jonathan Chawleigh, a City man of apparently unlimited wealth and no social ambitions for himself-but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his only daughter, the quiet and decidedly plain Jenny Chawleigh.

What Readers Say:

"Heyer always writes brilliantly and is capable of conveying the deepest emotions in the briefest of phrases and subtlest dialogue."

"One of Heyer's most skillfully written novels."

"Has all of Heyer's usual wit, vivid characters, and attention to detail."

"One of my very favourite Heyers - and one of her most profound. Wise and heartwarming."

"Thoughtful and thought-provoking ... reveals depths to Heyer's writing."

"Truly a gem."

Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty novels, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.

Published: Naperville, Ill. :, Sourcebooks Casablanca
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781402269585
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Feb 20, 2020

A great romance, with insights into life in Regency England. Including British hysteria when the Battle of Waterloo broke out.

May 18, 2018

Wow, this one is pretty different than Georgette Heyer's other books! There's no crazy stuff happening, and it's a lot calmer. It's so real life/homey-feeling. It's not about 2 people in love, so much, as 2 people who are kind of thrust together and become really great friends. At first, I was pretty sad because I didn't like to think of Adam marrying some girl he didn't even find attractive, and when he was still in love with Julia. By the way, this is a pet peeve of mine because of course my name is Julia, but anyone named Julia in fiction usually ends up being spoiled and annoying or downright wicked. Anyway, it was kind of a heartbreaking read at times. I still felt a bit unsatisfied at the ending and wished it could have gone longer. I definitely recommend reading this one, but I do feel that it struck me more since I've been married and had children. As I said earlier, it's more of a quiet book, and focuses on things like pregnancy sickness and money, obligations, personal quirks ... Also, she has a good deal of stuff about Wellington and the war against Napoleon, which I know is dear to her heart. I am definitely rambling on here, but the bottom line is, if you like a slow, true to life, heartwarming romance, read this one.

Aug 10, 2017

I love this one!! I think perhaps this one is my favorite out of all of Georgette Heyer's. Even more than The Grand Sophy, which I absolutely adored. Adam was somewhat a wimp in several parts and I got pretty angry at him, but everything worked out in the end. Jenny is such a sweetheart! And I looooooved the Jane Austen references! :)


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