Title: Snowdrift and Other Stories
Author: Georgette Heyer
Genre/Themes: Short Stories, Historical Romance, Regency Era
Blurb from Goodreads
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.
Historical and/or Regency romance is a genre I’ve read very little of. I don’t consider Austen authored works to be regency romance because at the time of their writing they were very squarely in the contemporary genre.
So I decided to read 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. What follows are “notes” I made as I was reading each of the short stories. I really don’t think I can get away with calling this a review….
Let’s get going.
STORY ONE: Snowdrift
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 rather enjoyable because the writing was incredibly engaging.
STORY TWO: Full Moon
Oh my gosh this one is even more ridiculous. I’m thoroughly entertained.
The characters are rather one dimensional though, which is sad as I do love my stories to be character driven rather than plot, but that is somewhat forgivable perhaps as these are short stories.
However, 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
Perhaps I spoke too soon about the writing as now its overtly jovial style in every single story is now beginning to get on my wick….
It’s just very samey!
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. There simply isn’t enough time given to develop the characters, and concordantly the relationships between the characters. Everything just feels quite hollow.
STORY FIVE: Bath Miss
I’m now pretty much bored to tears.
This whole trying-a-new-genre doesn’t seem to have worked for me.
I now just don’t have it in me to attempt 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
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
YAY I’m freeeeeeeeeeee!!!
I should have DNFd this but I was being stubborn!
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 I’d recommend this collection to anyone else.