Regency Buck

Written by Georgette Heyer
Review by Ruth Downie

Judith Taverner and her brother, Peregrine, find themselves under the guardianship of the mysterious Lord Worth following their father’s untimely death. They assume that Worth is a stodgy old gentleman and are shocked to find that he’s a young man who is as disinterested in serving as their guardian as they are in being his wards and who actively discourages the two from venturing to London. Judith and Peregrine ignore Worth’s advice, and arrive in London ready to make a splash and travel in the highest circles of Polite Society. Ward quickly finds himself in a tug-of-war with Judith Taverner, and the battle of wits is timeless.

Though the novel was first published in 1935, Judith Taverner continues to serve as a model for any of a number of contemporary Regency heroines determined to break the mold of the traditional femininity of the era and make their way in society on their own terms. Heyer’s gift for witty dialogue and lavish description are in full force in Regency Buck. Readers who know and love Heyer will find much to enjoy here, and readers new to the queen of the Regency romance are in for a treat.