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April Lady (A Harper Monogram Regency) [Paperback]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Heyer rehashed Feb. 4 2012
Format:Paperback
The principal problem with "April Lady" is that the basic plot is largely a rehash of The Convenient Marriage, with Nell as Horry, Cardross as Rule and Dysart as Pelham.

But the latter, as well as being written first, is a much better book, one of Miss Heyer's finest in fact. And Nell is a drip, which Horry certainly isn't.

Taken by itself on its own merits, of course, "April Lady" is an excellent and entertaining story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Heyer rehashed March 9 2011
Format:Paperback
The principal problem with "April Lady" is that the basic plot is largely a rehash of The Convenient Marriage, with Nell as Horry, Cardross as Rule and Dysart as Pelham.

But the latter, as well as being written first, is a much better book, one of Miss Heyer's finest in fact. And Nell is a drip, which Horry certainly isn't.

Taken by itself on its own merits, of course, "April Lady" is an excellent and entertaining story.
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By killerwhaletank TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It truly pains me to give Georgette Heyer anything less than 4 or 5 stars, particularly for one of her Regency romances which she usually had done with such incomparable genius. However, I have to admit that I seriously struggled to finish this book. Another reviewer pointed out that it's a rehash of "The Convenient Marriage" and I have to agree, although I found "The Convenient Marriage" a little more entertaining. I find the fact that it feels like a rehash surprising, because with all the other Heyer books I've read, I've never once felt like she had written the same book before, and that's high praise for any author with so many books under her belt.

The plot moves slowly in this book; it centres basically around Nell (who, quite frankly, is a dull and rather dim-witted character) and her fears that being in debt will make her husband despise her. (And her reason for being in debt is a bit silly.) It's a weak premise... but even with a weak premise, Heyer has been known to knock out vastly entertaining novels on the power of her wonderful characters alone. To me, that is the biggest weakness in this book: the characters just aren't interesting and I am not rooting for them to succeed. I found that I was more than halfway through the book and I still didn't give two hoots about Nell and Cardross, or Nell's brother Dysart, or Cardross' sister Letty. Usually in a Heyer book, the supporting characters shine, so that even if I don't like a main character, the supporting cast makes up for it. In this one... not so much. In fact, I found Letty to be an annoying character and her side romance did nothing for me. As for Nell and Cardross...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Harlequin ought to be ashamed--not at all the thing. June 25 2005
By Sean C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recently picked up the new Harlequin Readers' Choice edition of April Lady, and I have to say I was disgusted by how Harlequin has treated Ms. Heyer's work in this volume. Make no mistake, the story itself has classic Heyer ingenues, gambling debts, gentlemen of the bon ton, and outrageous misunderstandings for which Heyer fans love her writing. It's not my favorite of her books, but it's certainly one of the good ones. It's better, for example, than Powder and Patch, in my opinion. And as such it deserves far better than the shockingly slipshod manner in which it's been treated by Harlequin.

This is book is not only badly edited, it was clearly not even proofread. It's absolutely larded with the worst mistakes I've ever seen in a professionally published book. As is fairly common in this shoddy series of Heyer reissues, quotation marks are missing in many spots, commas are randomly inserted or missing without much sense, and so on. But this particular work suffered far more than other books in the series. Letters are missing from words in many spots. In far too many others, there are spaces inserted into the middle of words. And in still other places strange mispellings cause characters to give each other "cook glances" instead of cool ones, and so on, and on. Certainly Harlequin could have afforded the services of a freelance copyeditor if its own staff were too incompetent to notice such things? Any professional would have been able to clear this up in a few hours' work, it's such a quick read. In fact, any reasonably literate reader could probably have done a better job than this.

Save your money; avoid this two star edition of a four-star book. Find an older copy that treats the story with the care it deserves. Harlequin is clearly "not up to the knocker," as Felix Heathersett might have put it. They deserve credit for reissuing the books, but this just smacks of shoving any old thing out the door, with a complete and utter disrepect for both the reader and the writer.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amusing Regency historical March 1 2003
By "turbofamily" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Contrary to another reviewer, I absolutely enjoyed this book (then again, it is a Heyer novel). Because of its light-hearted romantic approach in the midst of "the devil's own scrape," this is one of my first recommendations to readers who I am introducing to Heyer.
Poor Cardross is in love with his wife, but doesn't know how to show it so very well. To make things worse, it's just not the thing to sit in your wife's pocket, and the servants always seem to walk in whenever he wants to display affection.
Nellie, always aware of the fact the she had to marry Cardross/his money since her family didn't have a feather to fly with, finds herself equally attached to her husband, but wondering how she can show him that it's not his money she loves (her pockets-to-let spending isn't very convincing). Due to well-meaning but careless comments from his younger sister, Nellie is aware of his past "liaisons", and figures that his current reserve may very well be due to the same.
The difference in the ages ( 30's vs. 19) accounts for much of the misunderstanding. He's a Man of the Town and she's still a bit of a green girl. She is not the cleverest of heroine's but very likable. He is not the completely rakish fellow one loves to laugh at, but the reader feels that he is indeed the strong and wise hero able to smooth over all the heroine's mistakes.
Her unwise choices create many doubts in her husband's mind that he is trying to overlook. His overlooking makes him reserved, causing Nellie to fear his final rejection. Her foolish but generous use of money has created a bit of tension, and sets them up for an amusing conflict that is carried through the book, with laughable little twists-and-turns until the end.
Also, the secondary characters - Cardross's friend and younger sister - add tons of color and wit to the story.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "April Lady" comes into her full bloom. Sept. 4 2009
By Kit Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Heyer's writing vividly brings her reader into the social life of regency England and the fictitious Earl and Countess of Cardross after a year of marriage. Nell is the beautiful young bride and Giles is the handsome, devoted husband. She loves him but has been advised not to expect him to love her owing to their age difference. He loves her but begins to believe she only married him for his wealth and title.

Cardross is largely clueless regarding his wife owing to the lack of communication between the couple; and his disruptive baby sister, Letty is badly in need of a sound spanking. Nell is clueless owing to her inexperience and dependence upon her even less mature brother, Dysart who's speech and actions steal each scene he appears in. Fans of modern romance will be disappointed to learn the most explicit sex is the public kiss of the ardent earl upon his lovely wife (both remain fully clothed).

This story is delightful different as the main characters learn to truly love and trust each other after they are married. Nell's story is timeless in the manner of most young wives who have been taught an ideal of marriage and are badly advised and ill-prepared for the practical realities of relationships and the stumbling path from naive ignorance to self-confidence. For 'tasteful' romance liberally scattered with engaging characters and light farce, Georgette Heyer is a must read!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and witty Oct. 20 2008
By skisno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I classify G Heyer's romance novels into three categories: first, fun and witty; second, melodramatic and witty; and third, historic and witty. This falls into the first category. The comical adventures of the young heroine and her brother as they try to outwit her husband and save her marriage are extremely delightful to read especially if your reading time is limited. As with so many of her novels, the secondary characters provide the most amusement. It's good to find a light romance that's not cloying, and the heroine perfect and overly sweet like so many of the novels from Ms. Heyer's imitators.

If you loved Arabella and Sylvester (my favorite) from Ms Heyer, then you'll enjoy this novel.

If you're looking for something a bit heavier from Ms Heyer, try Black Moth and for something a historic, try An Infamous Army.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Heyer rehashed Feb. 4 2012
By Paul Magnussen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As far as I can see, no one has mentioned the principal problem with "April Lady": the basic plot is largely a rehash of The Convenient Marriage, with Nell as Horry, Cardross as Rule and Dysart as Pelham.

But the latter, as well as being written first, is a much better book, one of Miss Heyer's finest in fact. And Nell is a drip, which Horry certainly isn't.

Taken by itself on its own merits, of course, "April Lady" is an excellent and entertaining story.
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