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Georgette Heyer , June Barrie
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July 2001
<p> <I>An altogether unsatisfactory arrangement</I> </P> <p>After their father's death, Miss Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine travel to London to meet their guardian, Lord Worth, expecting an elderly gentleman. To their surprise and utter disgust, their guardian is not much older than they are, doesn't want the office of guardian any more than they want him, and is determined to thwart all their interests and return them to the country.</P> <p> <I>With altogether too many complications</I> </P> <p>But when Miss Taverner and Peregrine begin to move in the highest social circles, Lord Worth cannot help but entangle himself with his adventuresome wards... </P> <p> WHAT REVIEWERS SAY ABOUT REGENCY BUCK: </P> <p>'Clever!'<br> Library Journal </P> <p>'Georgette Heyer is unbeatable.'<br> Sunday Telegraph </P> <p>'Light and frothy, in the vein of the author's other Regency novels, this follows the fortunes of Miss Judith Taverner and her brother, Sir Peregrine. A good introduction to Heyer's period stories... ' <br> The Booklist </P> <p>'Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen.'<br> Publishers Weekly </P> <p> WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT REGENCY BUCK </P> <p>'A writer of great wit and style... I've read her books to ragged shreds'<br> Katie Fenton, Daily Telegraph </P> <p>'The conversation sparkles, the characters are real, and the descriptions stand before you. Can't miss it.'</P> <p>'It makes you believe in love all over again.'</P> <p>'Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire too.'<br>Katie Fforde </P> <p>'Wholly captivating!'</P> <p>'I have read all of Georgette Heyer's books, and Regency Buck remains my favorite - after a few dozen readings! The mysterious plot, the wonderful dialogue, the splendid Regency settings, the chemistry between the impulsive heroine and the sardonic hero - all these add up to a Regency masterpiece and the ultimate rainy night comfort read!'</P> <p>'Georgette Heyer has no equal when it comes to that wonderful brand of Regency fun and laughter. Her research is so true to that age I feel as though I am riding in Hyde Park with the characters, or on the battlefield at Waterloo, Regency Buck lead me to read An Infamous Army and many of her other wonderful books.'</P>
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Judith Taverner and her brother, Peregrine, are orphans. The death of their eccentric father left them well provided for but consigned to the guardianship of a man they have never met, Julian St. John Audley, Lord Worth. When repeated requests for an introduction to him go unanswered, they set off to London to force a meeting. En route, they spend the night in the village of Grantham, where they make the acquaintance of their Uncle Bernard. Judith and Perry, knowing that their father had disowned his brother many years ago are reluctant to acknowledge the relationship, but Bernard proves to be polite and charming. They also run afoul of an arrogant aristocrat when Perry mishandles a borrowed gig on the road and causes a near-accident. On reaching London, Judith and Perry are amazed and horrified to discover that the insufferable nobleman who made their lives a misery in Grantham is none other than Lord Worth himself. The plot is sufficiently clever and complicated to keep the listener guessing, but the characters are not as appealing as those in some of Heyer's other Regencies. Worth never really becomes human; he is annoyingly arrogant and omniscient, keeping his feelings, as well as a couple of vital facts, hidden from the heroine and the listener alike. Judith, not allowed to overcome the conventions of her romance heroine role, never becomes a decisive character. June Barrie handles the various voices and accents well but unremarkably. A secondary purchase in libraries where Heyer's works (e.g., Cotillion) are popular and the budget allows. Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland

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This is a perfect read for a cold and rainy day--a romance with a little mystery thrown in... I thoroughly enjoyed this and can't wait to read more of Heyer's works. (Patricia Seguine Library Queue 20081117)

[A]s always, somehow Heyer's heroine manages to time and again smash those pre-conceived notions and blaze a unique trail of her own. This is, by far, my favorite part of her books. Judith's character is one of the best representations of this Heyer trait. (Rashmi A Book Blogger's Diary 20081120)

I love Worth and Judith. I love the rich-layers of Regency Buck... (Rebecca Laney Becky's Book Blog 20081125)

Regency Buck is certainly worth adding to your Heyer library. (Helen Hancox Curled Up With a Good Book 20081215)

I love it for its amazingly accurate historical detail and for its hero and heroine. I love Worth and Judith both. (DearAuthor.com 20110512) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Dec 1 2008
Format:Paperback
Heyer's novels are great - they're all wonderfully researched romps in the 19th century, full of love and adventure. This book however spends too little time on the characters you want to know more of (i.e. Lord Worth) and too much time on detailed explanations of boxing, gambling and cock fighting scenarios. A slight disappointment.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My very favorite Heyer Regency! May 20 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Georgette Heyer's books, and Regency Buck remains my favorite -- after a few dozen readings! The mysterious plot, the wonderful dialogue, the splendid Regency settings, the chemistry between the impulsive heroine and the sardonic hero -- all these add up to a Regency masterpiece and the ultimate rainy night comfort read! (I did not, however, enjoy the audio-book version read by Flo Gibson; she makes all the characters -- even the magnificent Lord Worth -- sound odiously prissy).
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Heyer's best March 10 2008
By im2157 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is nowhere near as good as the other Heyer regency romances I've read. Part of Heyer's charm and strength lies in her characters, but in this novel the characters were entirely lacking in sympathetic characteristics. Lord Worth is irritating and completely without humility to the very end, despite the fact that his overbearing and arrogant behavior throughout the novel seems to demand some sort of conciliation on his part in order to endear him to the reader. Judith, who I liked at first, also quickly grated on my nerves (mainly because the novel provided no clear reason for her growing affection for Lord Worth, who is -- as I've already stated -- a toerag). The romance between the two quickly became tiresome and even aggravating. The mystery aspect of the book was also lacking; by the time Lord Worth (who was annoyingly styled as the detective-figure in the mystery of who was targeting Judith's brother Perry) figured it out, I was two steps ahead of him, and I hated him too much to be impressed in any case. Don't bother to pick this one up -- go for "The Grand Sophy," "Cotillion," or "Friday's Child" instead.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wholly captivating!! Dec 27 2000
By "storynut" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm an avid Georgette Heyer fan, & I'll say this of her-among all the Regency authors, she's the best!! With her its not just romance alone, but humour,sarcasm,wit all get combined to produce a novel to captivate the reader. This book tells about the vivacious heroine Judith Taverner & her battle(of wits)against Lord Worth. It also has a little pinch of mystery- who wants Peregrine dead? But if i tell u the answer to that, u won't read it, will you? so i'll keep mum, & go ahead, buy this book. You won't regret it!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Heyer books i've read so far.... March 24 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm not much of a fan of romance novels, but i must say that Georgette Heyer's books are pretty good. Regency Buck is certainly one of her best. Judith is a strong willed, stubborn girl who's come out for the season with her brother against the judgement of her profoundly disliked, but actually never met, guardian. The very first time she meets him is when her carriage got stuck in a ditch or something while she was on her way to london. They both seem to dislike each other from the moment they meet, although Judith has no idea who he is at first. Regency Buck has lots of fun and humorous scenes that would make you laugh. As always from what i've seen of Heyer's books, the ending is a pleasant surprise and a happy one. It makes you believe in love all over again.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Regency Humor April 24 2000
By "yettaloyd" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Georgette Heyer has no equal when it comes to that wonderful brand of regency fun and laughter. Her research is so true to that age I feel as though I am riding in Hyde Park with the characters, or on the battlefield at Waterloo, Regency Buck lead me to read "An Infamous Army" And many of her other wonderful books. I have had to hunt in second hand book shops, and garage sales for the books I now have. Most are really dogged eared, and faded, and have pages falling out. I can"t tell you how happy, I am to be able to buy NEW - UNREAD - copies..where I am the first reader to leaf thru the pages of these wonderful stories. I hope to be able to purchase all of her works. She was one in a million.
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