It wasn’t long after I started blogging that I discovered my love for historical fiction. This lead me to learn about Sourcebooks, a publisher that not only showcases new historical fiction, but reprints older work as well. Had I not come into contact with my friends at Sourcebooks, I am not sure if I would have ever encountered the work ofread Georgette Heyer. Danielle (love her!) offered me a couple of Heyer titles for review and I was a little uncertain. They were billed as Historical Romance. I was more than happy to do the Historical. The Romance part? I didn’t see that as being my thing. When the ARCs arrived, I remember being taken aback by the gorgeous cover. I know that books shouldn’t be judged by their cover, or at least not with that as the only criteria, but I got very excited. Checking back though my emails, I even wrote to Danielle to let her know just how happy I was.
I often find that the first book I read by an author I love also holds the honor of being my favorite. This has thus far proved true with Georgette Heyer. The Reluctant Widow is still my favorite (that doesn’t mean I’m not going to keep reading!):
The title along with the cover captured my imagination from the moment I saw it. I absolutely loved this book. Over the course of the five and a half years I’ve been blogging, the experience of reading this book still stands out in my memory. I cannot remember how many times I’ve suggested and recommended this book. It opened my eyes to what Historical Romance and Regency Romance really can be. The closing paragraph of my review says it all:
This is the first novel I have read outside of Jane Austen taking place in England’s Regency period and I absolutely loved it. It would be the perfect book to get lost in while curled up in bed or on the couch. I thought I was taking a chance on this book because I’m not one who normally reads books classified as historical romance. I’m afraid I may have underestimated the genre. Not all romances are equal and this is far from the a Harlequin title and more engaging to me than something by Danielle Steel. After just one novel, I can see her quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. I am very excited that SourceBooks is reissuing many of Georgette Heyer’s 50+ novels. If you haven’t read Georgette Heyer or would not normally pick up a historical romance, I strongly encourage you to give The Reluctant Widow a try.
Now discovering Georgette Heyer through a review request may not be the sexiest “how we met” story, but I’m just as grateful today for the introduction as I was back in 2008. I’ve since read five of her books and have 13 more waiting in the wings. I wish I were a better photographer, because the following picture doesn’t do justice to the Heyer novels near the top of my TBR pile:
How did you discover Georgette Heyer? What is your favorite book? I would love to hear your story.
If you haven’t yet discovered Georgette Heyer for yourself, there isn’t a better time than the present! Sourcebooks has now reprinted each of Heyer’s 52 novels, so you have her entire collection to choose from. You can get more information and even more recommendations on Sourcebooks’ Georgette Heyer Facebook Fan page. To celebrate what would have been Heyer’s 110th birthday this month, Sourcebooks is holding a marvelous sale!
- Print: During the entire month of August, print copies of all Heyer’s novels are 30% off when purchased directly from Sourcebooks. Enter the coupon code HEYER at checkout to get your discount.
- eBooks: Between August 14th and August 20th, all eBook retailers will have the complete eBook collection on sale for $2.99.
I am so glad that Sourcebooks invited me to take part in their Discover Georgette Heyer campaign. To spread the Georgette Heyer love, Sourcebooks has a special surprise giveaway for one of my lucky readers. For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by Friday, August 17th. Good luck!