The Spanish Bride

The Spanish Bride

by Georgette Heyer
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Spanish Bride 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i must have read 40+ heyer titles before i decided to read this one. i must confess right here that because of the generally bland reviews it received from some heyer fans, i didn't think it would be a worthwhile read. in any case, i finally picked it up when i couldn't find anything else of heyer's... well, blow me down! maybe it's a bit different from most of heyer's works, but as i progressed through the story, i couldn't help but be enthralled... more so, when i learned that its main protaganists were actually real people! the usual ingredients that attracted me to heyer's body of work are here -- wit, adventure, sense of fun, fascinating characters, bawdily pungent and elegant conversations that make this period unique -- interspersed with the horrors and brutalities of war (set in the Peninsular War). but what really sealed the deal was its almost playful treatment of some historical characters (not least the Duke of wellington and some of his officers). it just made the whole period come alive for me. i must admit, too, that this was the catalyst that sparked my intense interest in the Peninsular War. so all in all, its thanks to authors like Heyer and Susanna Clarke that i am currently expending time and resources to dig up more details about this fascinating era. the lead characters (harry and juana smith) are nothing less than riveting creatures, full of life and pluck even their friends and colleagues (and animals!) shine, too. the book starts around the middle of the Peninsular War, a few days before harry (an energetic Brigade-Major of the the famous Light Division) and his teenage bride-to-be meet, and ends at Napoleon's final defeat in Waterloo. this book cleverly combines history, romance, and adventure with humor, pathos and charm. READ IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was VERY much a historical novel. Just keep in mind that there's a lot of descriptions about battles and army maneuvering, not just the story about him and his new wife.
Lisa Walker More than 1 year ago
Ms. Heyer is still one of my favorite authors, even though she has passed on. The Spanish Bride is about Wellington's Spanish campaign during the Napolleanatic War. It follows the battles and progress of his army into France. It would be a dull read except that the main characters in this book actually existed and the romantic meeting between the hero and his lady really took place. Most of the really funny parts of the book also really happened. Ms. Heyer was always known for her research and with this book she used several dairies written by the soldiers in Wellington's Army. Please take a moment to read this book, the only bad thing I have againest this book is that the spacing between words are off. I started to just expect every 6 or so pages to have either a mispelled word or a spacing issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
History recounted as seldom before!
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I would classify this as an historical novelization of a true story. By today's standards, it is very light on the romance and very heavy on the historical. Even so, it is an engaging story of the Napoleonic Wars as Wellington's army pushes the French back across Spain and into France. The troop movements and battle strategies are very detailed. It follows Brigade-Major Harry Smith after he meets a young girl dispossessed and orphaned by the war. He is immediately struck by her and proposes marriage. She is equally smitten by him and agrees. However, she refuses to be sent to safety or to stay with the baggage train as most wives and camp followers do. Juana camps right in the thick of the army and stays with them as they campaign across Spain. For anyone who reads Regency romance and wonders what happens to all those younger sons who go off to the war and come back so damaged, this book will certainly give you an excellent picture of the camaraderie, dangers, and horrors of the Napoleonic Wars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was more a fictionalized account of life in the British Army, fighting on the Peninsula than a romance story. Much information was taken from the journals of the protagonist and other documentation of Wellingtons campaign against the French in Spain. Sometimes very graphic but excellent reading.
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I am struggling to get through the first hundred pages. Don't like the characters, the setting, the strange language, the lack of a plot, or anything about it. Very disappointing to say the least.