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"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable!" -SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
For her, he would do anything...
Plainspoken country gentleman Philip Jettan won't bother with a powdered wig, high heels, and fashionable lace cuffs, until he discovers that his lovely neighbor is enamored with a sophisticated man-about-town...
But what is it that she really wants?
Cleone Charteris sends her suitor Philip away to get some town polish, and he comes back with powder, patches, and all the manners of a seasoned rake. Does Cleone now have exactly the kind of man she's always wanted, or was her insistence on Philip's remarkable transformation a terrible mistake?
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"Charming, charming, charming. And highly readable!"
"Witty dialogue and well-developed storylines-even Jane Austen could do no better."
"Scintillating and very human love story by an author of exceptional talents."
"Ms Heyer's effervescent wit and obvious ability to tell a good and humorous story is already evident, making Powder and Patch an enjoyable and worthwhile read."
"This story sparkles with witty dialogue and wonderful descriptions of costumes and festivities of the 1700s. I re-read it at least once a year and I enjoy it as much as the first time, again and again!"
After losing his first ship to a storm, Matthew Quinton, the 21-year-old gentleman hero of this promising 17th-century English nautical saga, is given a second chance when newly restored King Charles II names him the captain of the frigate Jupiter and orders him to Scotland to stop a potential rebellion. The novice captain has to deal with warring clans, the temptation of a beautiful countess, Dutch intervention, allegations that the Jupiter's previous captain was murdered, and, eventually, a surprising foe. The author does a creditable job of dramatizing life in Samuel Pepys's navy, and by the explosive climax, Quinton has developed into a hero worth rooting for and meeting again in further exploits. (Oct.)
A sprightly fictionalized account of the fatal cleft in loyalties among seamen following Charles II's restoration in 1660.
English historian Davies (Pepsy's Navy, 2008, etc.) applies his impressive depth of knowledge of the 17th-century British navy to re-create the chaotic state of affairs that reigned when Cromwell's Commonwealth collapsed and Charles II was invited back to the throne. The seas had been commanded handily over the previous 11 years by the Commonwealth seamen—the humble but capable "tarpaulins"—whose achievements included beating the Dutch in the maritime war of 1652–'54. These commanders were now regarded as having suspicious allegiances, and Charles needed captains loyal to king and throne—"gentlemen captains," chosen by breeding rather than competence, such as our 21-year-old narrator Matthew Quinton, the younger brother of the current Earl of Ravensden. Summoned by the king for a new assignment, despite his disastrous previous commission as captain of theHappy Restoration, which ended in a shipwreck only months before, Quinton is ordered for immediate boarding of theJupiter, which, along with its companion,Royal Martyr, is supposed to sail to the Scottish isles and intercept a huge arms shipment lest it fall into the hands of the restive Scottish clans. Ominously, theJupiter's previous captain, James Harker, died under shadowy circumstances. Davies, steeped in the language of the era, proceeds to depict the drama with confidence and verve, and he fashions a convincing crew of personalities and types, such as Quinton's irreplaceable mate Kit Farrell, who teaches his master the ropes in exchange for learning to read and write. Along the way, Davies takes every opportunity to feed the reader some British dynastic history, but the writing is natural and well worth the instruction.
A delightful tale.
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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.