A Civil Contract

A Civil Contract Adam Deveril a hero of Salamanca returns from the Peninsula War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt He is now Viscount Lynton with the responsibilit

  • Title: A Civil Contract
  • Author: Georgette Heyer
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  • Page: 227
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  • Adam Deveril, a hero of Salamanca, returns from the Peninsula War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt He is now Viscount Lynton, with the responsibility of saving the estate, and the only way to do so is to marry an heiress He is introduced to Mr Jonathan Chawleigh, a City man of apparently unlimited wealth and no socialAdam Deveril, a hero of Salamanca, returns from the Peninsula War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt He is now Viscount Lynton, with the responsibility of saving the estate, and the only way to do so is to marry an heiress He is introduced to Mr Jonathan Chawleigh, a City man of apparently unlimited wealth and no social ambitions for himself but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his only daughter, the quiet and decidedly plain Jenny Chawleigh.

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    1. Georgette Heyer

      Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer s greatest asset.Heyer remains a popular and much loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.

    709 thoughts on “A Civil Contract”

    1. This review contains some spoilersI know from reading Jennifer Kloester’s excellent biography of Georgette Heyer* that A Civil Contract was not an easy novel for Heyer to write. Before starting work on it, Heyer wrote to a friend that she wanted to write a new kind of novel that would be “neither farcical nor adventurous”. Heyer wrote that the novel would depend for its success on whether she could make the hero as charming as she believed him to be and also on whether she “could make a [...]

    2. This is the fifth Heyer I've read, and it's my favorite to date. Given that Georgette Heyer wrote dozens of books, I still have a way to go before I can claim it as my favorite of all, but I think I've sampled enough to get a feel for the type of books she wrote and the character styles she favorited.A Civil Contract is a departure from the Heyer romantic plotlines. Although marriages of convenience are standard regency romance fare, Heyer takes this and stands it on its head by keeping the hero [...]

    3. Having just read a god awful Pride and Prejudice ‘sequel’, I wanted to read a bona fide Regency romance, and picked one by no one less than Georgette Heyer, the originator of the genre, and perhaps the only romance novelist who comes with glowing recommendations from A.S. Byatt. Not being a romance reader, I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought that this book is one decidedly odd romance. Imagine pitching it as a rom com/costume drama script to a Hollywood studio executive:Studio Exec [...]

    4. 3.5 stars, rounding up: this is a story that has grown on me. A Civil Contract is a marriage of convenience tale, very different from Georgette Heyer's other Regency novels that I've read. There is a romance at the heart of it, as usual, but it's a little bit practical-minded and a little bit heartbreaking, as well as heartwarming. Captain Adam Deveril, now Lord Lynton, returns to his ancestral home from the Napoleonic wars when his father unexpectedly dies. Unfortunately, he also returns home t [...]

    5. GH's most unromantic romance. But does romantic love last anyway or does it change to comfortable companionship?GH explores this theme with (as usual for her) a rich cast of colourful characters & she deftly weaves some real life history into the plot. She handles several romantic plots with considerable aplomb. Like many of her later romances, Adam isn't an idle aristocrat - he is originally a soldier, then becomes a gentleman farmer - & he is called home to England when his recently de [...]

    6. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]I've read quite a few of Heyer's novels and this one struck me as particularly interesting. Heyer is a legend among romance readers--her characters have depth, the events make sense, and while these are books with more talk than action, that talk is lively and always well written. Heyer's novels fall into a few categories: silly, young heroine marries worldly hero and the two agree to a "French" marriage, only to discover they are in love; older, independent, sophi [...]

    7. I am going to gush.I've read a lot of Georgette Heyer - as the originator of the regency romance, she is a hugely influential author. She is a talented, careful writer with a flair for comedy, and some of her best books are also some of her funniest.A Civil Contract is a departure from her usual formula, and it knocked my socks off. It begins with Adam Deveril being forced to return home from his position in the Army, as his spendthrift father has unexpectedly died in a riding accident, and he h [...]

    8. A Georgette Heyer Regency Romance unlike any other she wrote. It's one of the most hotly debated about Heyer stories because it is hate and loved in equal turns. She, herself, hated it at least in the middle of writing it. Personally, I think it is one of her best and delves deep into the unromantic side of romance, unrequited love, secret love, friendship, class differences, and marriages of convenience all in one.The characters are still colorful and sparkling. There are the witty dialogues if [...]

    9. Adam Deveril of the Duke of Wellington's 52nd Regiment has only recently returned to active combat duty after being wounded when he learns of the tragic death of his father, Viscount, Lord Lynton of Lincolnshire. He is more shocked to learn that his father died in massive debt and their estate, Fontley Priory is mortgaged to the hilt. Adam has only one choice: sell. How can he sell his family home? Should he? He has a mother and two younger sisters to support. Even if Charlotte accepts her belov [...]

    10. I hate to confess this, but I am really not a GH fan. I have read them all, but srsly, I just don't feel the love. Probably because the very first GH I ever read was this one, and it damn near ruined my appreciation for historicals for life.All I can say is thank goodness I soon ran into Candace Camp and Marion Chesney and most especially Loretta Chase and Elizabeth Neff Walker's The Loving Seasons pretty much saved the entire Regency Genre for me. This is an excellently written novel, unfortuna [...]

    11. Aww, Georgette Heyer. How come I never review her books? I became a huge Heyer fan in my romantic teens, and I have to say, her books never pall; if anything I enjoy them even more now that I am wallowing in my middle years. I remember being disappointed when I read this book first: it's about Adam, whose profligate father dies, leaving him penniless and unable to marry the beautiful and romantic Julia. Julia's father, sympathetic to Adam's dire financial straits, puts him in the way of marrying [...]

    12. Settling for someone you don’t love, and then finding value, and it’s good. And your life is better.Readers in the mood for “true love” with passion and seduction, will not want this. Some find it sad. Although I wasn’t sad. I felt calm and pleased at the endE STORY:Adam’s father dies leaving huge debts. Adam needs to sell the family’s London house and possibly the ancestral home. A friend arranges a meeting between Adam and Jonathan a wealthy business man. Jonathan wants a title f [...]

    13. This is a book that is hard to love as an impressionable adolescent but is highly valued by more mature fans of GH and gains appeal with every reread. Yet it has a tinge of melancholy throughout due to the fact that Adam sacrifices himself for his family/estate by marrying Jenny for her money, and he (at least initially) believes she is marrying him for his title, whereas in fact, although she is in some way willing to please her father (who wants her to marry into the aristocracy) she secretly [...]

    14. This is one of the late books of Heyer and one can see this novel is thoughtful.Yes, it isn't a witty Regency romance. I would not say it is a sad story but it isn't Cotillion nor Sprig Muslin (the fans of Heyer will know what I mean).This piece is something between a historical romance and a historical fiction. You can see how much did Heyer know about Regency era. Everyday life (mostly) of nobility. I don't recall that in any other book of Heyer there is so much about agriculture in those time [...]

    15. I have a friend who, when darkness comes and pain is all around, resorts to re-reading her collection of Georgette Heyer novels. I did not really understand what she saw in these, the best of the Regency romances (unless you count Jane Austen's novels, which of course were also Regency romances) until a couple of years ago when I read some of the best-known of them, The Corinthian, The Nonesuch, and Charity Girl. These books sparkle. Forget Harlequin. These are first-rate novels.So when someone [...]

    16. A Civil Contract is quite unlike Heyer’s other novels, because the romance is understated and, indeed, there isn’t much romance at all, at least not in the same sense. It’s a much more practical novel, dealing with the realities of life: more or less arranged marriages, marriages of convenience, unsuitable matches… The most entertaining thing about it is the clash between the aristocratic main character and his father-in-law, Mr Chawleigh. In fact, Mr Chawleigh quite steals the show on a [...]

    17. A masterful job by Georgette Heyer that deserves to be liberated from the "Regency romance" ghetto and considered as serious fiction. It's not really even a romance, given that the main characters marry for money and nothing else. We watch them grow, however, into a sort of love based upon their strong commitment and sense of honor. Very touching, with a dose of humor delivered by the bride's impressively vulgar father.

    18. This is a different sort of Georgette Heyer novel. It's almost an anti-romance, where instead of falling deeply in love, our hero and heroine settle for good enough. It's an interesting plot variation.We have a heroine who isn't a beauty, and whose many self-deprecating comments are not contradicted by her friends, who perhaps see no reason to deny an obvious lack of advantage. We have a hero who is infuriating not because he's an arrogant ass in the mold of Mr. Darcy, but because he is kind and [...]

    19. Heyer's other masterpiece (I've already called An Infamous Army Heyer's masterpiece, but I hadn't re-read this one in several decades when I said that). Amazingly good characters, lots of interior dialogue and character development, lots of humour (and the Dowager character totally reminded me of my mother). Probably her most "realistic" book in that many of the scenes are not just from an imaginary Regency England fairyland.

    20. This was a weird book to read. I knew going in that this was the "controversial" Heyer, where you either really like it or you don't, and I think I ended up somewhere in the middle.I liked Jenny. I mostly liked Adam. The side characters are glorious, even Julia who is really well drawn despite the fact that I loathe her. I only mostly liked Adam, because I thought he spent too much time feeling sorry for himself and he REALLY took his wife for granted, and was far too often casually cruel to her [...]

    21. The realness of some of the bursts of negative emotions experienced by the characters, the bile sometimes expressed, made me somewhat uncomfortable at times while reading this. This is why it is not my favorite Heyer. It's slightly dark overtones means it really isn't a relaxing read. Love the historical details. As always I learnt something new about the period. The glimpse into the life of a cit was intriguing. And she somehow managed to make a completely vulgar character affable and charming [...]

    22. Georgette Heyer wrote two types of romance novels. One type was lighter, often verging on farce or containing large doses of adventure, such as Faro's Daughter or The Talisman Ring. The other type was more serious such as These Old Shades or this book, A Civil Contract. We hear a lot in romances about couples who married for money but they tend to be couples on the periphery of the main action. In this book, Heyer took the bold action of making a distinctly unromantic match the main story. Adam [...]

    23. This is the first time that I've read a Georgette Heyer novel and I loved it. It was like stepping back in time to live with real people. The way Heyer supplied so many small details that give you such a complete picture of what life must have been like in the Regency period in England.The romantic plot centres on a Viscount who reluctantly enters into a marriage of convenience with a wealthy commoner's daughter due to his father's death and substantial family debt he has inherited.For much of t [...]

    24. OMG I read this because the heroine's name was Jenny and I was all "but my name is Jenny! Huzzah!" well GUESS THE FUCK WHAT this was not as successful a strategy as when I used the same strategy to start reading romance novels for the first time (Proof by Seduction what what). Jenny's nouveau riche father organizes for her to marry this snooty noble whose heart belongs to another, and he spends most of the book being snooty to her while she does infinity emotional labor and, you know, ACTUAL LAB [...]

    25. Excellent characterization. Not exactly a romance, this is heartwarming fiction set in the Regency period in England. An admirable nobleman returns from the Peninsular Wars to find that his father drained the estates. Deadbeat dad is dead, and Adam is desperate. He marries for financial gain, setting his chin to treat his borgeous wife with kind respect. But Adam grows to truly regard Jenny. Together, they slowly realize that life is good. No Byronic passions, no soul bonds, but these good frien [...]

    26. A gentle romance about an impoverished young gentleman who is encouraged to marry a rich heiress who though not beautiful is eminently sensible, and who happens to be the former best friend of his beautiful first love. I'm always impressed that Heyer's good characters constantly struggle to improve their virtue, overcoming anger and pride and trying to be of service and to make life pleasant for others. This is contrasted with the self-centred, subtly petulant attitude of the social belle who al [...]

    27. The one where financial ruin forces Lord Lynton to marry rich merchant's daughter Jenny instead of his true love Julia.This is the first time I've read a Heyer book -- or for that matter any Regency -- that was about marriage rather than about courtship. I liked it very much. Adam is both warm and good, but immature -- another thing that I haven't seen in other Heyer books -- and so he has a lot of changes to go through over the course of the book. It was a pleasure to see him find a good balanc [...]

    28. My 26th Georgette HeyerFormer Captain Lynton, now Viscount, comes home to find himself the heir to debts after the death of his father. With a mother and two sisters to support, and lacking any means of restoring his family's wealth, he is facing disaster, Lynton reluctantly agrees to marry plain and shy Jenny Chawleigh, a common born heiress. This is the slowest of slow burn, but the payoff is worth it. If you like your romance stormy and passionate this book is not for you. No romantic kisses, [...]

    29. The plot line of this book attracted me, when I read Hana's review, and I'm glad that I took the plunge. Heyer's writing is so engaging that if I were given the opportunity, I would have read this without stopping. Her historical research on the events surrounding the narrative, as well as the language and slang of the Regency period, is very impressive. She conveys the tension and excitement in London as everyone awaited news of the result of the Battle of Waterloo. She's a very good writer who [...]

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