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Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer

Charity Girl (1970)

by Georgette Heyer

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I'll just leave this as an explanation for myself. I cannot believe the same person wrote [b:The Grand Sophy|261689|The Grand Sophy|Georgette Heyer|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1414731822s/261689.jpg|3234291] wrote this.
You never get the feeling of who should be together. One of the positive things in this story is the hero himself. He is rarely with the heroine since he is trying to solve Cherry's problem so that could be the reason.
The rest of them are as annoying as they can get. I neither liked snobbish Henrietta, nor Cherry (one of the dumbest characters I've come across in fiction). Everyone else is either horrible and selfish or simply dumb. Except Desford.

I admit that the beginning of the story is pretty good and funny so there's that. ( )
  Irena. | Nov 3, 2015 |
I had the strongest feeling of déjà vu while reading Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer. I realized quite quickly that this was because this book is remarkably similar to Sprig Muslim which I read about five years ago. Since I read and enjoyed that book first, this one weighs in as the lesser read of the two. Charity Girl was originally published in 1970, while Sprig Muslin debuted in 1956. Why Ms. Heyer chose to repeat one of her plots I don’t know, but I was definitely disappointed.

The plot is of a young runaway girl coming under the protection of Viscount Desford. In order to protect her reputation, he takes her to his lifelong friend, Henrietta Silverdale who takes the young girl under her wing. In the confusion and entanglements, Desford finds he is looking at Henrietta in a new way. As for the young runaway, she too, finds a happy ending.

I have always found Georgette Heyer books to be clever, witty, stylish and romantic, I just wasn’t expecting this one to be recycled from an earlier story. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 22, 2015 |

Ho hum.
I'm doing my best to give Georgette Heyer the benefit of the doubt. So far I've been rather unimpressed. ( )
  Gorthalon | Dec 7, 2014 |
Charity Girl definitely isn't the best Heyer novel I've read. It's rather along the lines of Sprig Muslin, just with slightly different detail. That rather reduces its charms for me, having already read Sprig Muslin, and given that the heroines are either not particularly engaging, or we don't see enough of them.

I think I'd have enjoyed it more if I hadn't already read Sprig Muslin, but it's a mild one really by Heyer's standards. There're some amusing characters, but nothing laugh-out-loud, and there's not really any excitement either. I wouldn't read it for a first Heyer novel, definitely (go for The Talisman Ring, which I adore!), or even if you're only a casual fan.

It's well-written, of course, else I'd give it only two stars. I can't bear to do that with something by Heyer, though. ( )
  shanaqui | Aug 14, 2013 |
The naive and simpleminded 16-year old Charity is living with her wicked aunt and one day have had enough of being treated as a slave - so she runs away - but on her way to London, she meets Ashley Carrington, Viscount Desford, and he pities her destitute situation and decides to help her find a place to stay - and he turns to his old and dear friend Hetta for help - so Charity can stay with Hetta and her family. That decision leads to one misundertanding after another and numerous family entanglements. What are Desfords intentions towards Charity? And Hetta?

The story starts quite well, but then in the second half gets a little too silly and at places rather long-winded. Also the two main characters are left out of the story for a long time in the second half and Ashleys brother are in the forefront - I would have liked a little more time with Charity as she's a funny and endearing girl.

This is my first Heyer, so I can't compare it to her other novels, but I like Heyers style of writing - it reminded me of Wodehouse in it's tone and humor - sparkling and refreshing - and also the very british slang - one sense immediately that nothing can go really wrong - all things will be mended and straightened out and hero and heroine united. It just plain entertaining and well written.

Audiobook. Wonderful narration by Daniel Philpott. ( )
3 vote ctpress | Jul 22, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525079769, Hardcover)

Georgette Heyer, in her inimitable style, explores the lengths to which a gentleman must go to avoid scandal when confronted by a very young runaway lady.

When Viscount Desford encounters Charity Steane walking to London alone, he feels honor bound to assist her. Dashing about the countryside to find Charity's elusive grandfather, the Viscount must somehow prevent his exasperating charge from bringing ruin upon herself-and him.

"This is the most delightful new Georgette Heyer Regency romance in several years. It is witty, full of dashing period slang, and it trifles with the affairs of several maids and men with such style and gentle irony that readers of good 'ton,' as Miss Heyer herself might put it, will find reading it a very 'comfortable cose' indeed." -Publishers Weekly

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Viscount Desford tries to help a very young lady walking to London alone, and finds himself working hard to prevent his young charge from bringing ruin upon herself--and him.

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