Have you ever sat down with THAT friend, the one who tells mile-long yarns embellished with lots of “and this happened and then this happened and then oh my goodness this, this and this, and then this and this happened” and the story takes on a life of it’s own and doesn’t end for like 273 pages and you find you’ve been snuggled down on the couch ALL DAY LONG and you’re all warm and toasty and melty inside from the long visit with your friend and the laughs you two have shared?
That’s sort of like what reading a Georgette Heyer book is like for me.
The Corinthian marks my third trip into the world of Heyer and while not as *quite* as funny as The Convenient Marriage, it’s still pretty high up there for me. This time, the main eligible bachelor is Sir Richard Wyndham, 29, member of the elite society of Corinthians, which, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means:
Main Entry: Co·rin·thi·an
1 : a native or resident of Corinth, Greece
2 : a merry profligate man
For our purposes here, we’ll go with definition number two. To be blunt, Sir Richard is a dandy, a metrosexual, a man who cares overmuch for how he looks and isn’t afraid to spend quite a bit of money to look the best that he can. He’s still a nice many however, and so when our damsel in distress, one seventeen-year-old, barely out of the school room, wild child Penelope Creed. Or Pen Creed when she’s feeling masculine. For you see, after Sir Richard literally catches Pen sneaking out of her aunt’s house by the window, she disguises herself as a young man to escape a dreaded marriage to “her fish-lipped cousin.” Since Sir Richard is drunk and very well can’t let her go gallivanting off around the countryside by herself, he becomes her “tutor” and escorts her on a fine adventure. After their stagecoach overturns they find themselves falling into dilemma after dilemma, all the while bringing them closer together than they ever dreamed.
If you can’t tell from the tone of my review, I adored this book. I adore Heyer. I want to go out and gobble up everything she ever wrote and I will. Slowly and deliciously. If you are in need of a lighthearted farce of a tale that leaves you feeling happy and content; Heyer is your girl.
Thank you Danielle at Sourcebooks for supplying this delightful read!
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