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The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer

The Quiet Gentleman (original 1951; edition 2011)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:The Quiet Gentleman
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2011), Paperback, 368 pages
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The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer (1951)



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I think in this novel Ms. Heyer must have been thinking about writing her mysteries because this was far more about "who did it" Then it was about a love story.

Gervase St. Erth has come home a year after his father died making him the Earl. At home is his step-momma and half-brother as well as what seems to be a less well-to-do young woman, a Miss Morville. Of course there Gervase is handsome and of course Miss Morville is smart and wise but not a great Beauty. But truly this romance had so little chemistry between the two if one didn't know better you might question whether this was a romance - almost gothic in nature.

I found myself not really caring if Gervase got the girl. I was far more interested in who was trying to kill him. Entertaining read that shows Ms. Heyer can be versatile. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
Not bad, but not a good Heyer. It's a little too funny to be as deep as it is, and a little too deep to be properly funny. I quite like both Gervase and Drusilla, but their interactions are a little off for me. The mystery is rather neat - it's well-seeded, in the sense that after the revelation I was rethinking quite a few scenes that had made one kind of sense at the time. The usual proportion of idiots that Heyer provides, in pretty much the standard distribution. Not a favorite, but not bad. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jun 10, 2016 |
Didn’t think I was going to like this one at first, owing to the opening being a long-winded explanation of backstory. Even when the characters were introduced the narrative seemed tinged with something mundane. Thankfully this feeling gradually ebbed away, allowing a humorous and mysterious tale to play out.

I like most of the characters, especially Martin, Drusilla, Gervase, and the dowager. Marianne was my favourite – she’s one of Ms Heyer’s classic air-headed yet good-hearted beauties, brightening up every scene she appears in.

An entertaining read. ( )
  PhilSyphe | May 3, 2016 |
I found the beginning of The Quiet Gentleman so slow that I put it down and didn't pick it up again for at least a week. Gervase Frant, the new Earl of St Erth and possessor of some strange names, isn't exactly welcomed home by his stepmother and younger half-brother, and seems set to - predictably - fall in love with the local beauty, but the story didn't seem to be going anywhere.
And I didn't care about enough of the characters enough to be happy meandering around their immediate surrounds with them without much plot.

However, I persevered and I am really glad I did! The tension picked up and The Quiet Gentleman surprised me.

It isn't as humorous as some of Heyer's other novels, because it's a more serious story, but there are still some funny scenes. (Why aren't there any BBC-type adaptations of Heyers novels yet?) And there's character development, and characters showing awareness of Gothic tropes, and a mystery that didn't unfold as I expected. This is the best Heyer I've read in ages!

My favourite character is Miss Drusilla Morville, because she's so level-headed and resourceful, and that was satisfying to read about.

Not even when his lifeless body had been carried into the Castle had she conducted herself like a heroine of romance! Had she fainted at the sight of his blood-soaked raiment? Had she screamed? No! All she had done had been to direct Ulverston to do one thing, Turvey another, Chard to ride for the doctor, while she herself had done what lay within her power to staunch the bleeding.
At this point the prosaic [side of] Miss Morville intervened. "Just as well!" she said.
"He would have liked me better had I fallen into a swoon!" argued Drusilla.
"Nonsense! He would have been dead, for well you know that no one else had the least notion of what to do!"
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  Herenya | Mar 31, 2016 |
My second Heyer book was a bit different because there was a big mystery in it, still it was not one of her true mystery novel. There is romance, mystery and the stillness that is proper manners.

First I was not sure about this one, mostly cos I felt Gervase was going after the wrong woman. Well I feared so. Though that fixes itself because he is a very quiet gentleman. A proper and nice man, a bit too nice actually. But then I do think Heyer seemed to like second chances and being all nice and all.

Back to the story. Gervase comes home. His younger step-brother resents him because he wants to be lord of the manor and get the pretty girl. Soon strange things start to happen. Who wants to kill Gervase? And that is the question. The way she continued to spin things did have me wondering even if I guessed it (ok I did not settle, I had options).

Martin the step-brother was very young and rushed into things. Still I never disliked him. Cousin Theo was all nice and managed things around the place. Miss Morville I liked from the start and hoped Gervase would fall for her. Miss Bolderwood was the beauty everyone fell for but yes just too pretty and nice (not the smartest cookie in the jar). Lucy (not a girl, just a nick-name) was Gervase's friend and fell for the local beauty too. But before you think everyone fell for her, I think I can spoil things and say that Gervase did not. It's not really a spoiler since he kind of realizes it at once. It was a full cast of characters who all brought something to the book.

And again, everyone is just so proper and it is fantastic. The style is truly Austen and the language so too. I can't help to giggle when a certain young woman cries that someone tried to make love to her. Oh the phrasing is just wonderful. She meant kiss, nothing more.

Still I did feel it was a bit slow at times, but I enjoyed it none the less.

Heyer is just fun.

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  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
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In the guide-books it figured as Stanyon Castle; on the tongues of the villagers, it was the Castle; the Polite World spoke of it as Stanyon, as it spoke of Woburn, and of Cheveley.
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"I hate you, St Erth! From the bottom of my heart, I hate you!"

When Gervase Frant, the seventh Earl of St Erth arrived somewhat belatedly at his family seat, he found a family who looked less than kindly on his homecoming...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373836848, Mass Market Paperback)

An unwelcome return . . .

Unscathed from the wars, Gervase Frant finally returns to his father's estate to claim his title as the new Earl of Stanyon. But his stepmother's resentment and his half brother's open disdain put a chill on Gervase's welcome. Now he must establish himself as the new head of the house . . . and ignore his family's rising hostility.

And a resented rival

Then Gervase's eye is caught by a lovely young woman -- the same woman already much in favor with his half brother. Now the brothers face direct competition as they bid for the lady's attentions. But as Gervase struggles to maintain a gentlemanly balance, he begins to find himself the victim of repeatedly cruel accidents. Soon it becomes increasingly clear that someone wants the new Earl of Stanyon dead . . .

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Upon his return from Waterloo, Gervase Frant expected a hero's welcome-instead he's given a frigid cold shoulder. But when he begins to fall for his half-brother's sweetheart, his chilly reception goes from unfriendly to murderous as Gervase finds himself in several life-threatening "accident."… (more)

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