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The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer

The Corinthian (original 1940; edition 2009)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:The Corinthian
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2009), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:My Library
Tags:Historical Fiction, Regency Period, Money and Manners

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The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (1940)



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Somewhat contrived involvement of an independent young woman escaping boorish (and mercenary) relatives. But great fun and one of my favourite entertaining reads. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jul 1, 2017 |
This one is a lot of fun. Pen is one of my favourite Heyer heroines, in spite of her youth and impetuous nature.

She first encounters Sir Richard while climbing out of a window disguised as a boy, and things continue in a light-hearted vein thereafter.

Sir Richard is fed up of people telling him to get married - if he ever does tie the knot, he'd prefer it to be for love.

Pen has her own fortune - and is also being pushed to marry so that others can benefit from the money.

She wants to escape and have an adventure.

Sir Richard wasn't looking for an adventure, but when he's bored to tears with society and an adventure drops right into his lap - he's game to lend a hand. ( )
  JudithProctor | May 6, 2017 |
Characters drawn a little strongly, and it's hard to really appreciate a romance between a 17 year old who in all ways seems to present more as a 12 year old, and between a 29 year old who has the world-weariness of someone at least his age. I enjoyed Cotillion considerably more. ( )
  lquilter | Jan 12, 2017 |
The ridiculously wealthy Sir Richard Wyndham has just been bullied by his family into proposing to a cold-hearted mercenary woman whom he does not love. They day before his proposal, he goes on a drunken walk through the night-time city, and a boy climbs out of a window into his arms. But the boy turns out to be Penelope Creed, a young heiress who is likewise being pressured by her family to marry someone she doesn't love. Penelope is about to set out on a journey, and Wyndham feels obligated to escort her.

The Corinthian is a fantastic adventure for both the characters and the reader. This is only my second Georgette Heyer book, but it'll probably end up to be my favorite. The characters made lovably silly choices all the way through the book, with humorous outcomes. The book remains light-hearted while sticking to a believable story-line. I can't wait to read another Heyer book - in fact I almost went ahead and picked up another right away. I'll definitely read another within the next few months. ( )
  The_Hibernator | Sep 27, 2016 |
Solid middle-of-the-road. I didn't love either of the protagonists, but neither one drove me nuts either (unlike some of Heyer's characters!). Girl playing boy was amusing; girl coming up with constant clever lies was also amusing, though less so when I've been reading so many Heyers. The girls are all either complete idiots (there's one of those, too, though she has only a bit part) or easy tale-tellers. The last part, with Richard at a (near) standstill, was also amusing, except that it left both Richard and Pen quite thoroughly unhappy. Neat to tie up the loose end of the Bow Street Runner like that, without quite letting him intrude on the main story. And a complete and proper HEA - they are thoroughly suited for one another, and I suspect they'll stay that way. Another Heyer couple I'd love to see later in their lives. Probably will reread, but not for a while. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jul 15, 2016 |
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The company, ushered by a disapproving butler into the yellow saloon of Sir Richard Wyndham's house in St James Square, comprised two ladies and one reluctant gentleman.
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Original title: "Beau Wyndham" reedited as "The Corinthian".
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Original title: "Beau Wyndham" reedited as "The Corinthian"

"I have not the slightest intention of making love to you..."

Sir Richard Wyndham was every inch a man of the Regency, a classic beau of the gaming tables.

Whilst wandering home, just a trifle befuddled, through the London dawn, he pondered with distaste his forthcoming betrothal...

Until a lovely young girl disguised as a boy fell into his arms from an upper window and offered Sir Richard the escape route he was looking for...
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When a man comes across a beautiful young woman climbing out of a window in a bid to escape, he finds the ideal opportunity to realize his own escape in this sparkling Regency romance with a decidedly Shakespearean twist.

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