The Spanish Bride

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by David Collins
  • 15 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Brigade-Major Harry Smith met the beautiful Juana MarĂ­a, an instant spark formed between the two fiery, energetic souls. The two fell deeply in love with one another from the first moment and the Spanish bride accompanied him throughout all his campaigns, where she rode freely among the troops. The intensity of their marriage is made all the more gripping as it is played out against the Peninsular War of Napoleon versus Wellington.
The Spanish Bride is both an endearing true love story and a detailed account of Wellington's battles and strategies, which Heyer studied intensely for this unforgettable novel.

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Reliable Historical Fiction Heavy on Facts

I knew going in that this was not a light Regency like so many of Heyer's best books. But I found Heyer's account of the Battle of Waterloo in An Infamous Army not only entertaining but educational, so thought I would give this a try as well. And if you like your historical fiction heavy on history and light on plot, you will like this book.

Interestingly, unlike An Infamous Army, where the main characters were fictional but surrounded by real historical figures, in this book, even the main characters were real people. And it sounds like they were fascinating people, or at least they led a fascinating life together. Sir Harry Smith seems to be a real life Forest Gump or Zelig. He somehow managed to be on every continent and just in time to be in every major battle over the course of 30 years. He must have spent half his life on ships. And while I am sure Heyer embellished Lady Smith's character somewhat, the fact that she was a 14 year old war orphan just out of a Spanish convent when she met and married Harry Smith, that she followed Harry throughout his soldier's career and that there are so many towns named after her in Africa makes her a fascinating creature.

It gets a little dry as we slog through battle after battle in Portugal, Spain and France during the Peninsula war, but Heyer infused the journey with humor and graphic descriptions of the conditions.

I did not enjoy this as much as my favorite Heyer novels, but I found it very readable. I recommend.

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- Lulu

A history of England's war against Bonepart

If you enjoy history and especially English battles, this book is an almost daily diary of the English war against Bonepart. The lives of the people who fought the battles, the lives of the people who served them and an in depth view of one couple who met and fell in love, then spent almost three years following the drum. What privations they lived through is presented as only Georgette Heyer could do. It was a little slow going at times, but I have a feeling the author meant for her readers to experience what her characters lived through. A very good book!
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- Jacquee Fiesler

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2014
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks