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Georgette Heyer , Cornelius Garrett
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This is a Regency romance by the author of over 50 novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 having written her first book, "The Black Moth", to amuse her convalescing brother and published in 1921.
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  • Verlag: Brilliance Corp; Auflage: Unabridged (7. Oktober 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1491571411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491571415
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 12,7 x 1,9 cm
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Georgette Heyer is best known for her witty and charming Regency romances, but she is also responsible for a handful of mystery novels. On occasion, mystery would find its way into her romances, embroiling her well-born heroes and heroines in adventures that were alternately chilling and hilarious. In The Reluctant Widow, Eleanor Rochdale, a young woman of good birth but straitened circumstances, sets out to accept a position as a governess and ends up plunged into a tangle of foreign intrigue instead.

Eleanor's adventure begins when she inadvertently mistakes the carriage waiting at the coach stop for one sent by her prospective employer, Mrs. Macclesfield. She finds herself carried to the estate of one Ned Carlyon, whom Eleanor mistakes for Mr. Macclesfield. Carlyon, meanwhile, believes Eleanor to be the young woman he hired to marry his dying cousin, Eustace Cheviot, in order to avoid inheriting Cheviot's estate himself. Somehow, Eleanor is talked into marrying Eustace on his deathbed and thus becomes a wealthy widow almost as soon as the ring is on her finger. What starts out as a simple business arrangement soon becomes much more complicated as housebreakers, uninvited guests, a shocking murder, missing government papers, and a dog named Bouncer all contribute to this lively, frequently hilarious tale of mistaken identities, foreign espionage, and unexpected love set during the Napoleonic Wars. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Triumphantly good... Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight Sunday Telegraph)

"My favourite historical novelist" (Margaret Drabble)

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Super Buch - Kindle Edition ist eine FRECHHEIT! 9. November 2011
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DIES IST KEINE INHALTLICHE KRITIK!! Ich liebe die Georgette Heyer Romane, auch dieser ist netteste Unterhaltung!

Seit über 20 Jahren lese und sammle ich die Bücher von Georgette Heyer, die meisten besitze ich sowohl in der deutschen als auch in der englischen Fassung. Dieses hat mir in der englischen Version bisher gefehlt daher dachte ich, dass ich es meiner Sammlung als Kindle-Buch hinzufüge. Obwohl der Preis gleich hoch ist wie diverse gedruckte Ausgaben ist die Qualität weit darunter. Immer wieder findet sich ein Fehler. Zb. "what" statt "was" in dem Satz "What it not diverting?", dadurch ergeben manchmal die Sätze kaum Sinn und es stört den Lesefluß erheblich wenn man wieder über so etwas stolpert. Ich finde es schade wie lieblos hier offensichtlich die Übertragung stattgefunden hat und werde in Zukunft davon absehen weitere "ältere" Romane auf diese Art, und vor allem zu diesem Preis, zu erwerben.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good mystery, not so much a romance 7. Februar 2010
Elinor Rochdale has to make her living as a lowly governess since her father gambled away the family's property and then committed suicide. On her way to her new - and less than pleasant - post in Sussex, a misunderstanding takes her into the wrong coach and to the wrong job offering. Lord Carlyon is looking for a woman willing to marry his dissolute cousin because he's fed up with the rumours that he is after the young man's inheritance. When his cousin is fatally injured, Carlyon manages to talk Elinor into marrying him. A few hours later she's a widow with a run-down house near Carlyon's estate. Within days of moving in, it turns out that her 'husband' was involved in espionage for Napoleon Bonaparte and that an important document must be hidden in the house. With the help of Carlyon, his youngest brother Nicky, and Nicky's less than well-trained dog, Elinor is doing her best to prevent the document from falling into the wrong hands...

This novel has a lot of atmosphere, especially with the old, run-down house and its secrets. The mystery plot is also good, there are some very interesting characters, and quite a bit of humour. Parallel to the well-done mystery, there's a minimal romance plot between Elinor and Carlyon, but it's given very little space and mostly consists of her verbally attacking and demeaning Carlyon and him calming her down or mocking her. The author has written a lot better romance novels and I felt that this part of the book could have been improved. But it works well as a mystery novel with some humour and I would recommend it as such.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Kindle-Edition voller Fehler 9. Januar 2013
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Der Roman >The Reluctant Widow< von Georgette Heyer ist ausgesprochen vergnüglich und geistreich geschrieben, zudem ist er recht spannend. Die Kindle-Ausgabe strotzt jedoch leider von Fehlern und macht deshalb nicht sehr viel Freude. Ich hoffe, dass umgehend die Fehler ausgemerzt werden!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable romp 22. November 2008
Georgette Heyer's writing was of course almost always excellent. She wrote in several genres and 'The Reluctant Widow', although apparently a Regency Romance, has many elements that remind the reader that Heyer also wrote mysteries. The story revolves around Elinor Rochdale, a young woman who boards the wrong coach and finds herself in the middle of a strange family drama. Eustace Cheviot, a dissipated and troubled young man, is dying; Elinor finds herself persuaded to marry him so that she can inherit from him when he dies. The persuader is Eustace's cousin Ned Carlyon, a rather enigmatic if friendly figure.

After Elinor agrees to the marriage she finds herself a widow by the next morning - and then discovers that someone is trying to break into her new home. Aided (or possibly abetted) by Ned's younger brother Nicky and his rather overeager dog, finding hidden staircases and dealing with various uninvited houseguests, Elinor finds herself embroiled in an international spy ring.

There are no real surprises in this story, it's more of a great romp with various semi-gothic events in the unusual house. The hero can be slightly frustrating as he keeps things close to his chest and the romance is really rather secondary to the story, but it's a very enjoyable tale with all Heyer's usual quality of writing and historical research to add to the feel of the story. Those who enjoyed 'The Talisman Ring' will no doubt also love this book.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my favorites by Georgette Heyer 15. März 2007
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I have been reading and collecting Georgette Heyer novels since I was 18. I actually discovered them by accident in a used bookstore where my older brother had a job. (One must patronize establishments where family members are employed.)

I have loved her novels right from the start. I have read all of them more than once. Some I have read many times. The Reluctant Widow is one of the special ones that I have read so often I have lost count of how many times I have read it.

I have noticed with the passing years that the novels that I first liked the most, the really romantic ones, have palled some over the years and that it is the funnier ones that I read over more and more. Maybe it is because I was lacking romance in my life when I started reading Georgette Heyer but now I have had more than enough romance and I appreciate humor more.

It's true that there is not much romance in this novel, or not much outward signs of romance. It really is more of a comic mystery than a romance. Yet having read it so many times, I can now detect the subtle signs of developing love between Elinor and Ned, especially Ned. It seems that time after time Ned comes up with reasons why Elinor cannot leave and get on with her life. After reading it so many times, I think that Ned may very well have fallen in love with Elinor at first sight but is reticient to do anything about it for quite a while.

To be truthful, the romance in all of Georgette Heyers novels is always secondary to the plot. In many of her novels, the hero does not make clear his intentions until the last chapter, sometimes even as late as the last 2 pages of the novel. If you are a romance addict, this can be very tiresome, having to wait so long for the romantic part.

This Georgette Heyer novel is definitely one of her 5 star novels when considered as a novel and not necessarily as a romance. The comic elements in it never fail to amuse, no matter how many times it is read. It is a funny historical novel set in the regency period of England with just a tad of romance in the end.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A sampler of all Heyer's best skills 1. Mai 1998
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The Reluctant Widow is exactly what a book of this type should be: delightful and purely entertaining. The secondary characters in Heyer's best books leap off the page, vivid and hilarious. The plot involves comedy, intrigue, espionage, cloaks & daggers, and things going bump in the night - - served with a sauce of witty repartee that is the Heyer Hallmark. Unforgettable.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "Married to a fast-dying rake, a widow overnight..." 4. August 2000
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This was the quote on the back of the book. The story itself begins in a decidedly Gothic fashion, with a seemingly dark, irascible hero, a heroine swept along by fate and a malevolent drunkard who plays her short-lived husband. The stage is set; some papers are missing that must not be allowed to fall into Bonaparte's hands and of course, they're probably secreted in the heroine's new home.
Some familiar personalities make their appearance in this novel; the hero's younger brother is modelled along most younger brothers/cousins, such as Ludovic of The Talisman Ring and Richmond of The Unknown Ajax. Basil, the sneaking and probably up-to-no-good fop is practically the twin of the evil Beau from The Talisman Ring. In fact, this story is a lot like the Talisman Ring, only without the guffaw-inducing nature of that worthy book and with a tamer ending. All in all, a good mystery infused with a lot of humour.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved it! 25. April 2008
Von Veronica, just an average reader, you know? - Veröffentlicht auf
I've read several Heyers, many of which are some of my all-time favorite books, but even so I had some misguivings about reading "The Reluctant Widow" since reading the comments here and finding out that it was more focused on mystery than on romance. I decided to read it anyway, not wanting to pass on anything written by Heyer, and I am happy to say I was greatly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book!

I loved both the story and the characters, and found myself constantly chuckling over the bizarre situations poor Elinor finds herself every day. The suspense in this book never ceases to keep the reader interested, the humor is always present (keep an eye out for Nicky and his dog, it nearly always kept me in stitches), and the relationship between Carlyon and Elinor is always engaging to read, despite their many differences and her obvious (and understandable) initial dislike of him. The resolution to the mystery was also unexpected... the villian was somebody that certainly commanded my respect, evil and merciless at he was, he was a great character.

I also have to say that I disagree with the reviewer who said there was no romance here. It is subtle, but it is always there, I at least had no difficulty in deciphering the reasons behind Carlyon's interest in Elinor's welfare, however intent he was in hiding his sentiments from her. I think he might have fallen in love with her at first sight too, though perhaps he wasn't aware of that until much later... in any case, I greatly enjoyed his bantering with Elinor, perhaps the only female who didn't treat him with the respect and almost reverence he was accustomed to. His declaration of love certainly was no surprise to me, and it was very satisfying.

All in all, a definite keeper!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my (many) favorites 25. Juni 2001
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As a long term, well as long as possible at 16, fan of Heyer regency novels, I love the Reluctant Widow. Admittedly the romance between Eleanor and Edward is not nearly as fleshed out as in her other novels because of the focus on the mystery, but I enjoy it anyway. This is mainly because of Nicky. Nicky is a wonderful character and one of the funniest Georgette ever created, along with Rupert in These Old Shades. The book is a delightfully funny and mysterious romp and I heartily recommend it to any Regency lover.
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