An older friend recommended that I read Georgette Heyer when I was in grade 9 or 10. It started a love affair that continues to this day.
The first book of hers that I read was the Foundling. It’s not my favourite Georgette Heyer, but I was hooked. I read everything I could find that she’d written.
The Foundling is a Regency romance, and most of her books are. It didn’t matter to me if it was Regency, Georgian, historical or mystery, I read them all.
Some are better than others, I’d admit. But I’ve never reread any author the way I have Georgette Heyer. She creates a world and populates it with people I want to know. I want to spend time with them, enjoy their wit and intelligence.
The humour in the last big scene in the Unknown Ajax. The courage of Mary Challoner in Devil’s Cub. The bossy managing Frederica who doesn’t recognize when the hero is in love with her, and doesn’t want to accept his help. Phoebe, the writer, in Sylvester who's more comfortable with horses. Arabella, trying to put Mr. Beaumaris in his place, rescuing dogs, horses and chimney sweeps. The Grand Sophy, fixing her relatives and arranging her own marriage.
Nowadays, I can recite passages of these books in my head. When I reread them, I often skip to the good parts, since I have the plot memorized. The good part is always when the characters interact. I wish I was one of these people.
I own more Georgette Heyers than any other author’s books. Having most of them in paperback or hardcover, I’m now collecting the ebooks so that I can keep them on hand as we downsize.
My first online ‘identity’ was MissHeyer on a hockey board. (I was paranoid about protecting my identity in those days!) and my twitter address is missheyer74.
Georgette Heyer wrote the first romances I fell in love with. Now I’m writing romances. I don’t write historicals like she did, perhaps because I know how far short I would fall from bar she set. But if you want to escape to a world of witty people, feisty heroines and mostly alpha heroes, there’s no one else I’d recommend quicker.