The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer

The Nonesuch by Georgette HeyerThe Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca (1962), eBook, 337pg
Source: Bought
Genres: Fiction, Romance

An impetuous flight...
Tiffany Wield's bad behavior is a serious trial to her chaperone. "On the shelf" at twenty-eight, Ancilla Trent strives to be a calming influence on her tempestuous charge, but then Tiffany runs off to London alone and Ancilla is faced with a devastating scandal.

A gallant rescue...
Sir Waldo Hawkridge, confirmed bachelor and one of the wealthiest men in London, comes instantly to the aid of the intrepid Ancilla to stop Tiffany's flight, and in the process discovers that it's never too late for the first bloom of love. (from Goodreads)

So actually I don’t remember all that much about The Nonesuch, despite having apparently liked it so much I rated it 3.5 stars. What I do remember, though, is the characters! Therefor my review shall be mostly about them.

So a nonesuch is basically a perfect dude, excellent in EVERY WAY. The nonesuch in this book is named Waldo, and he is pretty darned perfect. He’s suave and dresses well and always has a snappy reply. He’s friendly to children, loves his family and doesn’t care about class. Perfect hero!

And yet, he was never annoying. Usually when I think of a “perfect” character I get fits of Mary Sue-itis, but Waldo is so likable that I didn’t get any of that vibe here. It helps that he was given his own POV– if the story had remained entirely outside of his head I think he would have been annoying instead of hunky.

Everyone treats him as if he were a god, and that’d be totally boring to read about for 300 pages. By giving him his own space, he becomes merely great instead of god-like. Lovable!

Ancilla, the heroine, is kind of a doormat but in a genteel sort of way. She’s super patient and kind, and she spends a lot of the book pining after Waldo. 1 She’s a governess! Well, more like a companion2 and her family is good, so although lots of people complain about their relationship because they’re jealous haters, her and Waldo don’t have any problems with scandals. Not to say their romance is smooth sailing! More about that later.

So basically this is Waldo and Ancilla if Waldo were a chimney sweep instead and they both lived in the 20th century in London
So basically this is Waldo and Ancilla if Waldo were a chimney sweep and they both lived in 20th century London

Tiffany, on the other hand, is practically scandal incarnate! She’s Ancilla’s governee and she’s horrible. everyone thinks she’s the bomb but SHE ISN’T. She’s the most spoiled person I’ve ever run into in a Georgette Heyer book! She’s obsessed with people loving her, narcissistic, and mean. She probably eats kittens for breakfast.

A visual representation of Tiffany
A visual representation of Tiffany

You can tell she’s terrible because she hates Patience, her supposed friend who spends a lot of time in Tiffany’s shadow. Tiffany treats her kinda like a charity case, until Patience suddenly takes the spotlight for five minutes because she RESCUED a CHILD from DEATH and Tiffany can’t handle it (ugh, Tiffany).

Tiffany then actively works to turn people against Patience and makes up lies about her and OMG, Tiffany! She tries to steal Patience’s boyfriend! UGH, TIFFANY.

Luckily Patience has a hidden spine of steel which comes in very handy against Hurricane Tiffany. She’s also part of the beta couple with Waldo’s nephew, Lindeth, and they are super adorable and I love them.

The plot! Okay, so the plot is kinda boring actually– it’s basically the characters running around causing each other problems through being vague and not speaking clearly.

I intensely dislike drama brought about by misunderstandings, especially when they can be cleared up by asking ONE straight-forward question. I was fairly screaming at my ereader during the last few chapters because OMG how could you do such a stupid thing, Ancilla, when you’re supposed to be intelligent.

JUST ASK A QUESTION. Get clarification! From someone! Anyone! Instead of just assuming the worst about the dude you supposedly love. Bleh, Ancilla.

Jon Stewart annoyed gif

This wasn’t the most wonderful of Georgette Heyer books, I suppose. I loved the characters but they’re embroiled in a silly plot. It kinda balances out, but it depends in what kind of books you like. Good characters are what makes a book for me, so I did enjoy reading The Nonesuch.

Read: December 7-9, 2013

This book is in the 25+ Club! Ancilla is 28 and practically dead according to Regency standards.


  1. Waldo pines after her, too!
  2. less icky? What does GH have against characters working, I’d like to know. None of the alpha couples In her books have jobs (so far that I’ve read, anyway).

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