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The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer (1962)

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Waldo, a philanthropic Corinthian, inherits a run-down house. He moves there temporarily with a young cousin to supervise repairs, and quickly gets to know some of the local folk. The heroine is the rather prudish Ancilla Trent who is companion/governess to the spoilt beauty Tiffany. Ancilla is blessed with great integrity, and also a wonderful sense of humour. The characters are delightful, even if some of the minor ones are rather caricatured. It's cleverly plotted, as always with Heyer; there are several amusing misunderstandings, which actually made me chuckle aloud in the last few pages. I thought it exellent overall - though possibly a bit slow-moving in places - even after the fifth re-read. Recommended. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Charming Heyer regency. Haven't read this one in a long time but it was charming and fun as ever. There's no one who writes quite like Heyer. Some come close but her humor and satire are her own. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jan 12, 2016 |
I don't think I ever read this one 50 years ago when I went through a "Heyer period" of reading. It was interesting and fun, but not as hysterically funny as some she's written. A bit of a different look at the Corinthian set. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Dec 14, 2015 |
Really enjoyed this semi-classic. ( )
  Amelia_Smith | May 2, 2015 |
Georgette Heyer's many fans can attest to the highly addictive quality of her Regency novels, and The Nonesuch is no exception. Despite its highly predictable plot, I couldn't put it down. And now that I've finished it, I want to immediately dip into another of her delectable creations and prolong my stay amidst her amusing characters.

The Nonesuch—thus nicknamed because, as a paragon in all his pursuits, there is "none such" like him—is the quintessential sporting gentleman. Admired by all his male acquaintance (and pursued by all his female), Sir Waldo Hawkridge is a seasoned man of the world who is not easily impressed. So when he crosses paths with the governess-companion Miss Ancilla Trent, he finds himself fascinated by her cool reserve. He also finds himself the object of flirtation of Miss Trent's charge, the utterly beautiful but selfish Miss Tiffany Wield who would like nothing more than to add the Nonesuch to her conquests.

Sir Waldo's character could have been developed a little more; he's almost too perfect both physically (with his shapely hands described more than once) and morally (with a penchant for charity as well as an astonishing lack of conceit). But it's hard to fault a man for being too perfect! The rest of the characters are excellent, from the kindly Mrs. Underhill and tempestuous Miss Wield to the good-natured Lord Lindeth and volatile Laurence Calver. Notable also is the broadminded Rector who is not scandalized by the innovative new dance, the waltz.

The novel does end a bit abruptly and not everyone's problems are wrapped up neatly as is usual in Heyer's plots. Miss Trent and Sir Waldo get over their misunderstanding, of course, but Laurie's horse-dealing dreams aren't resolved, nor is Miss Wield's deplorable behavior given any hope of change. But I suppose a reformation for either of them wouldn't ring true.

Though The Nonesuch isn't a standout amidst Heyer's impressive oeuvre, it is certainly a fun read and I spent several enjoyable hours in its company. ( )
  wisewoman | Aug 24, 2014 |
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“I could not marry a man whose – whose way of life fills me with repugnance.”

At the age of five-and-thirty, Sir Waldo Hawkridge, known as the Nonesuch for his sporting prowess, believed he was past the age of falling in love.

Miss Ancilla Trent, a rather unusual governess, found that instead of regarding him revulsion, she could very easily be beguiled into flirtation. Such a state of affairs would never do…

The consequences of Sir Waldo’s arrival at Broom Hall provide some highly diverting predicaments for both parties, their friends, neighbours, and, more especially, their wards…
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Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love.

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Sir Waldo Hawkridge, confirmed bachelor and one of the wealthiest men in London, comes instantly to the aid of the intrepid Ancilla Trent to stop a young, tempetuous woman's flight, and in the process discovers that it's never too late for the first bloom of love.… (more)

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