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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
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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.
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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!
19 of 20 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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best romantic COMEDIES of the Regency period April 14 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once again, Georgette Heyer takes the reader on a rambuncious ride with laughs and surpises at every twist and turn and doesn't stop until the very last page. This is a great novel for first-time readers of Regency stories, as the plot and character descriptions sweep you away even as you acclimate yourself to the idioms, mannerisms and delightful dialogue of the English Ton. One of Heyer's more outlandishly comedic novels, you will find yourself laughing at Nell's antics as she tries to settle her debts, which in and of themselves do not seem terribly outrageous but taken in the context of the time period are undoubtably hilarious. I challenge you to be able to put this one down once you realize Nell's predictament -- and wonder how it will resolve.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming and romantic May 2 2012
By soraki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of my absolute favorite Georgette Heyer books, April Lady is charming, funny, and at one part, heart-wringing.
A year into their marriage, both Nell and Giles are deeply in love with each other but assumes that the other had only entered into a marriage of convenience. Misunderstandings between the two are exacerbated by the unwitting actions of Giles's spoiled, willful sister Letty, who's determined to marry a poor diplomat and Nell's brother Dysart, who's always in debt and borrowing from Nell.
My favorite moment is when Giles is under the mistaken impression that Nell had sold the family jewels he gave her but he still forgives her and calls for her to come back to him.
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