Blurb from Goodreads
Previously titled Pistols for Two, this collection includes three of Heyer’s earliest short stories, published together in book form for the very first time. A treat for all fans of Georgette Heyer, and for those who love stories full of romance and intrigue.
Affairs of honour between bucks and blades, rakes and rascals; affairs of the heart between heirs and orphans, beauties and bachelors; romance, intrigue, escapades and duels at dawn. All the gallantry, villainy and elegance of the age that Georgette Heyer has so triumphantly made her own are exquisitely revived in these wonderfully romantic stories of the Regency period.
I reading this as part of the 2019 AtoZ challenge with my book group. This corresponds to the E prompt to push the envelope and to read a book outside of my comfort zone. For this I’ve chosen regency romance….
I CAN HEAR YOU ARGUE THAT AUSTEN IS REGENCY BUT NO!!
When Austen wrote her books were contemporary. She wrote what she was familiar with. Plus to me her plots are more than simply romance. Her writing was witty and incisive, she was a wonderful creator of fascinating characters and her books are a mine of information about customs of the time etc. so I’ve never thought of her works as purely romance.
NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH READING AND / OR WRITING ROMANCE because ughhhh I swear…. Pretentious knobs get so up their butts about romance novels. As if there’s something wrong with reading romance??? TOSS OFF YOU SNOBS! Who doesn’t want to read about love in its most ideological of forms??? Cranks the lot of them. And anyway I reckon the bulk of romance novels have fabulous characters in them too with lots of interesting aspects to their lives as well as being part of swoon-worthy romantic plot lines.
BUT I HAVE DIGRESSED!!!!
I’m reading Georgette Heyer because apparently she’s the queen of traditional style historical regency romance and thusly she seems like a fabulous way to start my journey into this area of literature. And this book of some of her short stories was readily available in my local library so here we go…
STORY ONE: Snowdrift
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA This was utterly batshit but I loved it. Hilarious banter, an utterly too-stupid-to-live heroine with a good heart and a dashing Sir all set to swoop in and save the day…. Entirely far fetched but enjoyable AF because the writing was incredibly engaging.
STORY TWO: Full Moon
Oh my god this one is even more ridiculous. I’m thoroughly entertained. The characters are rather one dimensional (which is sad as I do love my stories to be character driven rather than plot) but that is somewhat forgivable as these are short stories but the writing truly sparkles. It is what lifts quite predictable plot lines from something entirely mundane to a delightful treat.
STORY THREE: Pistols For Two
Hmm… The overtly jovial style of writing in this is beginning to get on my wick….
STORY FOUR: A Clandestine Affair
I wonder if it’s the short story style is really bothering me now?? I’m craving something a little more filling than these frothy pastiches. Not enough time to develop the characters and concordantly the relationships between the characters.
STORY FIVE: Bath Miss
Oh dear… I’m bored to tears. This whole pushing the envelope experiment has truly not worked for me. Don’t have it in me to bother to write any more individual thoughts about the stories. Instead I’ll simply list them..
STORY SIX: Pink Domino STORY SEVEN: A Husband for Fanny
…such an unfortunate name these days isn’t it
STORY EIGHT: To Have the Honour
STORY NINE: Night at the Inn
STORY TEN: The Duel
Am I nearly finished yet?????
STORY ELEVEN: Hazard
…seriously can’t cope with these heroines… They are doing my head in
STORY TWELVE: Pursuit
Somebody help me escape the monotony!!!
STORY THIRTEEN: Runaway Match
WHEN WILL IT END???????????
STORY FOURTEEN: Incident on the Bath Road
Would definitely have DNFd this if it were not for the challenge. Somehow don’t think I’ll be reading anymore Georgette Heyer in future. I can see the appeal. She has her moments with incredibly witty banter but it’s all just too dull for my taste. I need more of a cutting sense of humour which in my opinion this collection painfully lacked.
I enjoyed two stories out of fourteen….
Not exactly great and I don’t think can encourage me to award this any more than one star.
Sadly not for me at all.