Though she frankly admits that April Lady is not her favorite Regency by Georgette Heyer, romance author, Ella Quinn, does still enjoy reading this novel of a recently married couple who have yet to admit their love for one another. As Ella explains, there are other aspects of the story which will enlighten and inform those interested in the Regency period, even if the tale of romance itself is not quite their cup of tea. And yet, how many readers will be able to help but root for this couple whose path to true love is strewn with various obstacles in the shape of silly, dim, oblivious and downright selfish family and friends?
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Let me begin by saying this is not one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books, but I have read it more than once, and still enjoy it. For those of who believe communication is the key to any relationship, you will be completely frustrated by the story of Giles, Earl and Nell, Countess of Cardrosss! If you have not read the book, this is a spoiler alert. But as very little of the action occurs between the hero and heroine, it shouldn’t matter.
They have been married for a year. He loves her. She loves him, but due to the interference of her mother before the marriage, is unable to tell him. He, because of his pride, is unable to tell her.
Unused to managing her funds, and giving money to her scape brother, has put Nell under the hatches. Giles starts to believe that she only married him for his money, which she really knows nothing about. When he orders her to give him all her bills, she misses a big one. The story is actually a comedy of friends attempting to help Nell pay a bill she over looked so that she can tell Giles she loves him, but this happens only after her brother tells her that her husband is crazy about her. One of the things I love about this book is wonderful insight into sporting cant, as oppose to thieves cant, and the glimpse into the lives of unmarried gentlemen of the ton. And poor Giles? He has to be told Nell loves him, by the self-same brother.