Georgette Heyer has been called the queen of Regency romance and rightly so. Her substantial research and attention to detail made her one of the most successful writers of her time. The Nonesuch, originally published in 1962, is a wonderful way to visit her writing again. The Nonesuch, Sir Waldo Hawkridge, aged ‘five or six and thirty’, is a confirmed bachelor and very wealthy. He has recently inherited Broom Hall, a run-down estate in Yorkshire. Not long after his much anticipated arrival, he meets and falls in love with Ancilla Trent, educator and chaperone to Charlotte Underhill and the wealthy, spoiled Tiffany Wield, orphaned cousin of the Underhills. Tiffany’s outbursts of temper and constant social improprieties make life difficult for all and sundry. Events come to a head when Tiffany’s plan to run off to London threatens her own reputation as well as Ms. Trent’s livelihood.
Ms. Heyer’s cast of colorful characters and the strict moral code of the times delightfully collide on every page of this book. I am grateful to Sourcebooks for the beautiful reprints of Ms. Heyer’s charming stories.