The Nonesuch
The Nonesuch
The Nonesuch
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At the age of 35, Sir Waldo Hawkridge, known as The Nonesuch for his sporting prowess, believed he was past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to unforeseen ramifications.


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| 5 out of 5 Stars!


I'm currently going through a phase of reading Georgette Heyer novels (great fun) and of the fifteen or so that I've read to date, this is definitely my favourite.

Once again, Heyer provides a quiet heroine who wins the hero through her intelligence and manner, rather than astonishing beauty. In this book, the Astonishing Beauty gets her come-uppance.

Waldo Hawkridge is perhaps rather less flawed than most human beings, but the gentle romance between him and Ancilla Trent is lovely to read.

The usual cast of amusing characters, great language and amusing escapades makes this book well worth reading. I heartily recommend it.

| 3 out of 5 Stars!


something reader." (Long Island, NY)-This is the story of Sir Waldo Hawkridge, known in social circles as "The Nonesuch" for his unparalleled skill as a sportsman. Sir Waldo has just inherited a country estate from a distant relative, and shocks his family when it's learned that he plans to turn the country estate into a home for impoverished orphans. He leaves London for the countryside to inspect the estate, causing quite a buzz amongst the villagers. He's accompanied prone cousin, Laurence Calver. Needless to say, every matchmaking mama and young lady is out to snare them for their very own. One of these young ladies is the beautiful Tiffany Wield, newly emerged from the schoolroom. Although her physical appearance is without fault, her personality leaves a lot to be desired; she's selfish, stuck-up, and narcissistic. She's determined to marry into the Peerage, and Lord Lindeth is her target. There to curb the foolhardy and hasty actions of her ward is Ancilla Trent, the genteel governess-companion of Tiffany. Ancilla Trent has resigned herself to shepherding young misses, and spinsterhood, but could there be love in store for her?

This is not one of the stand-out Heyer romances, in my opinion. I felt that there was too much of a focus on Tiffany's tempestuous behavior, and not enough focus on the relationship between Ancilla and Waldo. I've read a lot of Heyer novels and, I must say, Tiffany has got to be the most spoiled and aggravating character in any of Georgette Heyer's novels. At least the characters Leonie (from "These Old Shades") and Amanda Smith (from "Sprig Muslin"), who were also young and impetuous, possessed a speck of human decency and remorse for their hasty actions. Tiffany exhibited no sense of empathy, and was only concerned with her own self-interest. She continually throws a tantrum when she doesn't get her way, and doesn't seem to have grown emotionally by the end of the book. I think it could have possibly been a better book if Heyer had edited out some of Tiffany's exploits. I kept expecting Ancilla Trent to pack up her bags and leave; it would have been the smart thing to do. Ancilla deserves sainthood. In the Heyer tradition, the actual romance between Ancilla and Waldo is wonderful, but it stalls halfway through the book in order to concentrate on Tiffany. The romance picks up again in the last two chapters, but it felt too rushed as a result. A good book, but not one of my favorites.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


What follows is not a review - just a few thoughts about The Nonesuch.I would think anyone looking at the reviews here probably knows the plot anyway!

I really think that the whole of my adult reading life has been spent looking for something to fill in the gap left on Georgette Heyer's death.I first read Austen in high school and discovered Heyer in my freshman year at university when someone suggested to me that she was "the next best thing to Austen".I guess that was a truth self-evident.

I've read thousands of romances, sandwiched in between the serious history and biography I adore, on buses, trains, in the car, in waiting rooms, during hurried lunch hours and in bed at night to relax after another stressful, hectic day.But, really, if I am honest with myself, there are just a very, very few authors that are on my keeper shelf.Hundreds of authors have come and gone for me.Some I have dismissed after reading a chapter as too puerile, too facetious, too ill-researched, too derelict in the simple use of the English language.

Heyer, however, rarely disappointed.I adore her later books, filled with characters of great wit, insight, morality and self-knowledge who mature and come together through real life experiences - all conveyed in prose of the very highest standard.I guess that's it - Heyer's exquisitely wrought prose telling stories of genuine human emotional experience, all carefully and perfectly set in the Regency world - immaculately researched and painted for the eager reader.

The Nonesuch is, of course, one of my favourites - and I expect I would say that about most of her works.But Sir Waldo and Ancilla so perfectly epitomise adult love, good works and social constraints and decent moral standards that you have to love them.Village life is portrayed beautifully - so much remains the same!

Rant, rant, rant.Every time I go back to Heyer, I am demoralised when I pick up a modern "wanna be".What to do about that?

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


I love this book!This is my favorite Heyer novelone you really can root for.Her counterpart Waldo is everything you would want him to be.I once read that Georgette Heyer actually didn't like this book.I'm not sure if that is true, but if it is I can't understand why.Perhaps some people prefer a more stormyheroine like Sophy in Heyer's "The Grand Sophy", but that kind of obnoxiously outgoing character gets old.And the scene where Sophy is nursing her young relative in the presence of the hero and it dawns on him that he is in love with her is so cheesy.The Nonesuch has no chessy, contrived scenes because the attraction is totally natural and believable.

daughter read!

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


uk" (Canada)-Instead of her more usual London or Bath settings, in this delightful novel - which is a comedy of manners every bit as much as a romance - Heyer takes her characters to the village of Oversett, in Yorkshire, close to Harrogate and Leeds. Sir Waldo Hawkridge has just inherited the run-down and ramshackle estate of Joseph Calver, purely on the basis that Sir Waldo was the only relative 'who paid as little notice of me as I did of him'. Naturally, there are relatives who are unhappy about this bequest, and these add a further element of humour to the tale, especially when one - Laurence Calver - follows Waldo to Oversett.

Society in Oversett may not be what Sir Waldo is accustomed to, but the local residents are very quick to include him in their activities: balls, routs, simple country dinners, the ridotto that no-one came to, and quiet evening entertainments. It helps that Sir Waldo is known in London circles as 'The Nonesuch', a great Corinthian admired centred young woman, and Waldo and Ancilla frequently join forces in a hilarious manner in order to make her see the error of her ways - not to criticise her, for she would refuse to listen, but to persuade her that such behaviour would cause her to lose her looks, or to make the mythical Marquis she wishes to marry to have a disgust of her.

Ancilla certainly finds Waldo's company congenial - and more than that, he makes her laugh. But it never occurs to her that his interest in her is any greater than the fact that she is intelligent and can actually make conversation - after all, one of these days he will return to London and forget all about the governess he knew briefly. However, she doesn't know Waldo...

This is a lovely, entertaining read, full of deliciously entertaining character studies (Tiffany, Mrs Underhill, the Squire, Mrs Chartley, Laurie Calver and many more), witty dialogue, a gentle secondary romance and, of course, the main love story, between Ancilla and Waldo. This is another of Heyer's 'older heroine' novels, subtle, romantic and very enjoyable. Highly recommended!

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels.I read it first as ateenager and it went completely over my head-the people involved seemed tooold and too careful.but as I grew up I appreciated the subtle nature ofthe attraction between the dashing but cynical Sir Waldo and the ever soproper Miss Trent.Maybe it helps to remember the English obsession withclass and position (much discussed by Jane Austen) to understand thedifficult position our heroine is put in and how the story is resolved.It's not your standard regency romance but I've always preferred Heyer'slater more intriguing novels (Venetia, A Civil Contract, an Infamous Army)I love Tiffany's shallowness and Miss Trent's way of managing her, I lovethe dialogue and I just love this book!

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