I am not a big fan of historical romance novels, but I have heard so many raves about Georgette Heyer’s books that I had to read at least one. It wasn’t easy to decide which one though cos this lady has written over 50 novels! In the end, I picked Venetia and I’m glad I did cos the book is not only highly enjoyable, but a great introduction to Heyer. Set in Regency England (like most of her historical romances), it tells the story of Venetia, a 25 year old girl, who has led a secluded life with her brother. Then, one day she meets the infamous Lord Damerel and, shocking all their friends and neighbours, starts hanging out with him. The ending is obvious but the plot is well-written and the characters witty.
What I love about Heyer is that it is obvious she has done extensive research about the Regency era because her books perfectly recreate the period in the smallest details of social code, dress, food and even language. Her characters talk just like people used to talk in nineteenth century England, using words and expressions that were common at the time but not used anymore, which can be difficult for new readers to understand at first. I just loved it though cos it makes the story more real. I also love that the story isn’t pulled along by sex. No bodice-ripping scenes, but wit, humour and an enjoyable storyline. If you’re interested in reading Georgette Heyer books, Venetia is a great place to start. Or you can read The Black Moth, instead, which is available for free online.
And now, here are this week’s beauty reads:
Skin Deco has found the best gel eyeliner ever.
Beauty Banter shares how to make your own perfume.
Out In A Pout shares a quick tip on how to disinfect makeup brushes with alcohol.
Nouveau Cheap shares a clever nail sticker storage solution.
Viva Woman shares how to take proper care of your hands.