Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer

Synopsis:  Set in around 1751, The Black Moth centers on Jack Carstares, oldest son of the Earl Wyncham. Disgraced years before and forced abroad, he return as a highwayman in the country he loves. He foils an abduction by the Duke of Andover (the brother of Carstares’ sister-in-law) and ends up in the home of Diana Beauleigh. Adventure and Romance ensure, the hero gets the girl, the villian gets his due and everyone is happy in the end.

Review: This is most likely Heyer’s first book, written when she was 19. It’s a lovely story.  Heyer jump between characters, giving almost as much page time to minor characters as to the main, but that does not detract from the story. Her writing is smooth, her plot properly melodramatic and fraught with peril, as is only right for a romance, but she grounds it in solid characters and historical facts. If you enjoy Jane Austen, then Heyer is for you.

Prude Note: Like Austen, this is a clean book with no sex scenes at all. Anything even remotely close to that is hinted at in the vaguest terms.
Bookmarks:  7 of 10
Awards: None
Date Finished: 10-19-2012
Pages: 190

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