When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends.
But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love. Without the timely intervention of his brother Simon, and Hetta's suitor Gary Nethercott, Desford is in danger of making a rare jumble of his affairs.
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Extremely enjoyable 'read'.
Hard to say. I love the feel of reading a book, but it's also nice to be able to do something else with my hands while listening to an audio version.
One problem is listening to narrators with styles of speech and idioms that are different from mine; with a paper book I can see the words that are new to me, and look them up for meanings; with audio I sometimes have to get the book out to find out what those words I couldn't quite 'catch' were.
Also, it's VERY unfortunate that the audio book comes in one long track, so I can't click backwards to re-listen to a short segment - it resets all the way to the beginning of the book; I prefer the (usually) 3-minute tracking I'm used to with CDs.
Hetta, for she was such a clever and humor-loving girl. Ms. Heyer did such an exceptional job crafting her characters ... I've read all her paperbacks many, many times; all her stories are such entertaining reads.
Hard to choose just one, but perhaps the first chapter, when Desford is visiting his father.
YES, and ignored chores while I sat for an hour or so each time I went back to the story.
Am so glad Ms. Heyer's unabridged stories are available to listen to, though I'd really prefer to buy CDs. At present I'm stuck at the computer, as my download skills aren't very good; in fact we needed our computer-builder guys to help me even get this first selection downloaded at all. Thanks for carrying her titles!
not among her best works
Probably not. There are scores of Heyer's books that are better than this one. Charity Girl is overly long and, unfortunately much more short on humor than, say Grand Sophy or Frederica or Venetia, Old Shades or Devil's Cub. I even thought that it must have been an early book by the author and was very much surprised to learn that in fact it was one of the latest.
Shorten it, remove some unnecessary dialogues. Choose a narrator with more sense of humor and less of unnecessary drama.
Unfortunately, the overly dramatized and thus sounding cheap, narration did nothing to make the book better. I am afraid, Daniel Philpott was trying too hard and as a result the whole started sounding like some vulgar melodrama rather than an elegant story about elegant Regency times.
Yes - I'd better re-listen to one of my Heyers narrated by Richard Armitage - now, that was absolutely brilliant (admittedly, the novels were better too).
I wish the narrator wouldn't use a crude sounding accent (Russian? German?) when reading the villain's part (the villain in question being English). It sounds pathetic.
- Akela "smiling wolf"