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Discovering Georgette Heyer and Giveaway

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.

Giveaway

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!

26 Comments

  • At 2012.08.13 07:16, Janet said:

    I’ve heard of and been curious about Georgette Heyer but never read any of her work. Your review has me definitely wanting to try her work. Thanks! Looks like I need to ebook shop this week : )

    • At 2012.08.13 08:17, Ashley said:

      Would love to read her books. I haven’t read anything by her yet

      • At 2012.08.13 08:36, Melanie said:

        I read every Georgette Heyer I could find during high school and college. I am so happy Sourceebooks has been reprinting them so I can buy them for my library patrons who have also fallen in love.

        • At 2012.08.13 09:18, Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said:

          I’m itching to try her. Especially her mysteries.
          (not an entry)

          • At 2012.08.13 09:24, anne said:

            I have heard of Georgette Heyer and this was years ago. I have read a few but not the mysteries which look wonderful and appealing.

            • At 2012.08.13 09:55, Mary said:

              I haven’t had the pleasure of reading a Georgette Heyer book yet but I’d certainly love to! Thanks for the chance to win.

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              • At 2012.08.13 11:36, Lauren Guilbeau said:

                Would love to read this, I’ve read a few of her books and really enjoyed them.

                • At 2012.08.13 12:47, Farin said:

                  Oh, I adore Georgette Heyer. My favorite is These Old Shades. It’s the perfect mix of history, mystery, and romance.

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                  • At 2012.08.13 12:49, MelissaW said:

                    I just started reading Georgette Heyer this year – I started with These Old Shades (the Devil’s Cub and Regency Buck; I’m working on An Infamous Army and just finished Venetia on audio).

                    What a treat – 2.99$ ebooks! I’ll have to pick up a few.

                    • At 2012.08.13 13:42, Laura Hartness said:

                      I discovered Georgette Heyer through these great re-issues that Sourcebooks has been putting out recently. I read my first of her work last year, and I was hooked! Her style really reminds me of Jane Austen– so classy. I haven’t read any of her “modern” books yet, and I’m looking forward to it.

                      Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

                      Laura
                      CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

                      • At 2012.09.06 20:48, Jennifer said:

                        Congratulations, Laura! You’re the lucky winner! I’m sending you an email!

                      • At 2012.08.13 16:06, bn100 said:

                        I haven’t read any of her books yet, but would like because the stories sound good.

                        • At 2012.08.13 20:13, Susie said:

                          I’ve been meaning to give her a try great review i think this has pushed me into giving it a try as i was scared off by the “romance” too.

                          • At 2012.08.13 20:14, rhonda said:

                            Have heard. So much about her but somehow. Haven’t read any of miss Heyers books.

                            • At 2012.08.13 21:25, Mandie said:

                              Georgette Heyer has not quite been forgotten but is not read or celebrated so much as she once was. She writes really well and superbly captures the language of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England.

                              • At 2012.08.13 21:26, Carole said:

                                Hi there, would you like to link in to “Books You Loved”. Here is the link Books You Loved August Edition Cheers

                                • At 2012.08.14 08:30, Janet S. said:

                                  I have one of her books in my TBR pile and from your (and other reviews), I know she is right up my alley and would love to win this prize pack so I could could go on a very self directed Georgette Heyer reading retreat.

                                  • At 2012.08.14 09:38, ellie said:

                                    Georgette Heyer and her writing, classics, and unique books interested me An old friend introduced me to her books and I was hooked. I have read a few but would enjoy even more.

                                    • At 2012.08.14 21:35, Cathie said:

                                      I absolutely love Georgette Heyer! 🙂 Her books helped me through a difficult time in my life… and made me smile.

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                                      • At 2012.08.15 18:23, Janet said:

                                        Your recommendation Cathie, makes me want to read her even more. I need a smile and try to find books that will do that after recent death of my dad.

                                        • At 2012.08.17 12:36, Cathie said:

                                          I’m sorry your dad passed away, Janet. Mine did last year, too… and yes, Georgette’s novels –to a degree — helped me come to peace.

                                          • At 2012.08.18 10:02, Janet said:

                                            Thanks, Cathie. I’m sorry for you loss. It’s nice when books can help take us away.

                                            • At 2012.08.19 08:39, Jennifer said:

                                              I am sorry for your loss, too.

                                            • At 2012.08.19 08:38, Jennifer said:

                                              I am so sorry for your loss.

                                          • At 2012.08.16 14:53, Suzanne H said:

                                            I love Georgette Heyer. I don’t remember how I found her, but my favorites are Talisman Ring, Black Moth (who doesn’t love a dashing highwayman), and Footsteps in Dark (her mysteries are excellent).

                                            • At 2012.08.16 23:21, mep said:

                                              I read my first Georgette Heyer last year — The Grand Sophy! I was completely delighted, and it’s the best feeling to know there are many more to be enjoyed! Can’t wait to cozy up with a Heyer and a cup of tea this fall. I’m using the comments on this post to help me choose my next Heyer!

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