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The Unknown Ajax (original 1959; edition 2011)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:The Unknown Ajax
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Cornerstone Digital (2011), Edition: New edition, Kindle Edition, 377 pages
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fabulous pricking of prejudice and family dynamics ( )
  Helenliz | May 30, 2016 |
A grumpy Lord Darracott is forced to acknowledge as his heir his grandson, who was born to his eldest son after he was disinherited. None of the Darracotts are inclined to expect much of the “weaver’s brat” from Yorkshire and Hugo doesn’t do much to try to improve their impressions of him. Of course, he’s not what he seems and heaping helpings of crow are choked down by the end of the book along with the requisite happy-ever-after romantic conclusion. ( )
  rosalita | May 12, 2016 |
Heyer's books are always a good read, and this is one of her best, in my opinion. ( )
  AlisonClifford | Apr 25, 2016 |
This may be one of my favorite Heyers - mostly because while there are pretty much the usual array of characters, none of them were intensely irritating. Hugo, the son of an unacceptable marriage, becomes heir to a peerage, much to his and his grandfather's mutual dismay. I believed his act for quite a while - I didn't catch his slips of the tongue as quickly as his cousin Anthea did. Of course, I wasn't being pressured to marry him, either. I loved the scenes between Hugo and Anthea, where he carefully doesn't quite admit what he's up to... The Corinthian cousin, the gentle (or cowardly, according to some of his relatives) cousin, the ill-handled high-strung youth, and the domineering patriarch of the family are among the males; the females include the sensible girl (Anthea), her addicted-to-drama mother, and the calm, majestic woman that married in to the family, and refuses to succumb to their expectations. All of them had at least one really good scene. Interesting discussions of smuggling and the long-term effects of breaking laws, even greedy and poorly-designed ones. And a lovely climactic - not scene, but series of scenes. I agree with another reviewer, it would make a magnificent play. Poor Ottershaw, he was really out of his depth here. A beautiful set of misdirections and twists. A lot of fun, and it makes me want to read some more Heyer. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Apr 11, 2016 |
Hugo unexpectedly inherits the family estate. He's a large man with a dry sense of humour, who tries to sort out the rest of his family's problems. Light-hearted, set in a smugglers' era, fast-moving, and enjoyable. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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The family of the irascible Lord Darracott are unprepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent to Darracott Place.

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Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver's brat and heir apparent.… (more)

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