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Oct 05 2017

Snowdrift and other stories by Georgette Heyer

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Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2017. ISBN 9781492650461
(Age: 13+) Recommended. Regency romance. Short stories. Originally published as Pistols for two, Snowdrift and other stories contains three brand new stories that previously haven't been in a collection. These three stories, Pursuit, Runaway match and Incident on the Bath Road, make a delightful addition for readers who love the work of Georgette Heyer.
All the stories felt very familiar to me and indeed many could be described as precursors to the full length novels. I have been a fan of the author since the very first time I read a book by her when I was a teen. She is an author that I come back to repeatedly whenever I need a feel-good read because her witty dialogue, sparkling characters and charming atmosphere always lift my spirits.
In this collection, I was happy to be re-united with Pistols for two as Heyer is so able to convey the jealousies and strong friendship of the youths who had suddenly found that the annoying little playmate from their childhood had grown into a beauty. Pursuit, one of the new stories, also was a hit with me, as I enjoyed the romance between the older couple, the Earl of Shane and Mary Fairfax, the governess and have always had a soft spot for the young woman who falls in love with a military man.
I particularly enjoyed the foreword by Heyer's official biographer, Jennifer Kloester, as she describes the importance of the women's magazines as places for authors to be published.
Heyer brings to life all the romance of a bygone era and her wonderful characters will linger in the memory. She is truly the queen of the Regency romance.
Pat Pledger

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