3 Georgette Heyer books everyone should read

Why not get into the spirit and read a romance for Valentine’s Day, eh? Especially when you could be reading one of THESE Georgette Heyer books:


Cotillion, my very favorite Heyer (so far), partly because she pulls a fast one re:the hero.

She ALSO manages to always stick some sort of twist in her books. They’re not just “man meets lady and they fall in love the end” books. The romantic leads almost always have to work through a difficult situation to get to their happy ending, and that makes them love each other all the more! And as a reader, I find romances where the characters have to work out something to be together (even if it’s just getting over themselves, for example) much more satisfying than easy-peasy ones.

The Reluctant Widow, one of the wackiest (and gothic) Heyers:

The Reluctant Widow has a completely insane plot. Basically: The hero forces the heroine to marry his terrible brother, who then dies within, like, four chapters. And then the hero romances her! All while dodging house-breakers and spies and whatnot.

It’s hilarious and over-the-top. I loved it! The story only works because the characters are so great, though. If their personalities weren’t so strong that they practically clawed their way off the page, they’d have been lost under the wackadoo plot lines. Elinor, the heroine, is wonderfully brave and practical. Carlyon, the hero, is slightly annoying because he’s always right. Luckily people call him out on that because it’s super frustrating to always have the hero be an almost deus ex machina kind of person.

And finally, The Quiet Gentleman, which has wonderful characters and just a touch of snark:

The second thing I loved was Drusilla, the heroine! She’s probably the most unusual heroine I’ve found in a Georgette Heyer book so far; she’s not conventionally beautiful (her eyes are her best feature), she’s a little overweight, short, and she has a lot more common sense than most everyone else in the book. She was so refreshing and amazing and YAY! Drusilla! 

Her parents are, unsurprisingly, also unusual: her father’s one of those “back to nature” kind of dudes and her mother is a famous author. They show up at the end and have a very funny scene with Gervase’s step-mother– I just loved Drusilla’s whole family

So those are my reading recommendations for this weekend! Though, really, any Georgette Heyer book is sure to be entertaining, and I definitely recommend picking one up if you can!

What’s your favorite kind of romance? I personally love almost anything historical, though I’m also getting more in scifi romances lately. Annnnnd I just realized how OPPOSITE those are! Haha!

4 thoughts on “3 Georgette Heyer books everyone should read”

  1. I love those books! Well, to be honest, I don’t remember a lot of The Reluctant Widow, so I tend to group it with The Convenient Marriage in the “not my cup of tea, but I don’t remember why” category. But COtillion is one of my favorites, and The Quiet Gentleman is excellent!

    A few months ago I spend an entire week with The Unknown Ajax, mostly because I didn’t want it to end. I love how good Georgette Heyer was at reaching a point of complete craziness and then prolonging it for fifty more pages.
    Also, her grumpy old men fill me with joy. They’re vicious, but always bring out the best in the main characters. And the dogs! The dogs are the best! I hate the subplot in Arabella, and her relationship with Mr Beaumaris feels a lot imbalanced, but Ulysses the dog is the reason I reread it every year. So cute!

    1. The grumpy old men are lots of fun, but my personal favorites are the flighty society women with good hearts. They’re silly, but kind, and I love reading about them for some reason.

    1. Does Dust by Elizabeth Bear count as a romance? Because that one was really good, even if the main pairing are technically…sisters? It’s been a while since I read it.

      Also Fortune’s Pawn is a scifi romance! The author even says so, so it totally county.

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