The Reluctant Widow

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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download obviously needed no governess Carlyon was seeking a wife not for himself, but for his young cousin, Eustace Cheviot, the dissipated and profligate owner of the ruined estate, who now lay on his deathbed Surprised and repulsed as she was by this strange proposal, Elinor was nevertheless unable to resist Carlyon and his mystifying plans Ned persuades Elinor to marry his cousin as a simple business arrangementA momentous decision And so in the short span of a few hours would be governess became a bride and a widow almost as soon as the ring is on her finger Even as she assumed the duties of mistress of Highnoons, even as she tried to solve the puzzle that placed her in this unusual situation, Elinor found herself inextricably drawn to Ned Carlyon, the aloof, caustic man who treated her with nothing than cousinly respect the last thing that spirited Elinor wanted As partner in a secret conspiracy to save a family s name she finds herself embroiled with uninvited guests, housebreakers, missing government papers, an Napoleonic spy ring, and a shocking murder And mysterious conspirator Lord Carlyon won t let her leave."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 306
  • The Reluctant Widow
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 19 September 2017
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About the Author: Georgette Heyer

The Reluctant Widow ePUB Â The Reluctant PDF/EPUB or reluctant epub, widow pdf, The Reluctant pdf, The Reluctant WidowThe Reluctant Widow PDF/EPUBGeorgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist Her writing career began in , when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black MothIn she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic The Reluctant PDF/EPUB or plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in , Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each yearHeyer 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 wrote one novel using the pseudonym Stella MartinHer Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by Jane Austen While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer s greatest assetHeyer remains a popular and much loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.


The Reluctant WidowThe Reluctant Widow ePUB Â The Reluctant PDF/EPUB or reluctant epub, widow pdf, The Reluctant pdf, The Reluctant WidowThe Reluctant Widow PDF/EPUBA fateful mistake Stepping into the wrong carriage at a Sussex village, Elinor Rochdale is swept up in a thrilling and dangerous adventure Elinor is rather surprised that her prospective employer is quite rich, and so at tile decayed grandeur of the house to which she is transported Elinor thought she The Reluctant PDF/EPUB or was entering Highnoons as a governess, but Eduard Carlyon, the handsomely fashionable gentleman who carefully interviewed her obviously needed no governess Carlyon was seeking a wife not for himself, but for his young cousin, Eustace Cheviot, the dissipated and profligate owner of the ruined estate, who now lay on his deathbed Surprised and repulsed as she was by this strange proposal, Elinor was nevertheless unable to resist Carlyon and his mystifying plans Ned persuades Elinor to marry his cousin as a simple business arrangementA momentous decision And so in the short span of a few hours would be governess became a bride and a widow almost as soon as the ring is on her finger Even as she assumed the duties of mistress of Highnoons, even as she tried to solve the puzzle that placed her in this unusual situation, Elinor found herself inextricably drawn to Ned Carlyon, the aloof, caustic man who treated her with nothing than cousinly respect the last thing that spirited Elinor wanted As partner in a secret conspiracy to save a family s name she finds herself embroiled with uninvited guests, housebreakers, missing government papers, an Napoleonic spy ring, and a shocking murder And mysterious conspirator Lord Carlyon won t let her leave.

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  1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    3.5 stars Elinor, our genteel but fallen on hard times heroine, is on her way to a dubious governessing job when she accidentally gets into the carriage of Lord Carlyon, a man expecting a woman for a very different job to marry his dissolute and dying cousin Eustace His reasons are barely plausible, but this is one of those cases where you just have to roll with it Elinor doesn t think this sounds like a great idea, but when Eustace gets mortally injured in a fight with Carlyon s reckless yo 3.5 stars Elinor, our genteel but fallen on hard times heroine, is on her way to a dubious governessing job when she accidentally gets into the carriage of Lord Carlyon, a man expecting a woman for a very different job to marry his dissolute and dying cousin Eustace His reasons are barely plausible, but this is one of those cases where you just have to roll with it Elinor doesn t think this sounds like a great idea, but when Eustace gets mortally injured in a fight with Carlyon s reckless young brother, Carlyon s timetable for getting Eustace married off is accelerated he needs to get married TONIGHT, before he kicks the bucket and Carlyon sweeps Elinor along with his plans despite her increasingly feeble objections Eustace obligingly marries her and dies a few hours later, but this is only the beginning of Elinor s problems there s a large and rundown estate to try to fix up, a mansion with secret passageways, dislikeable relatives of her late husband showing up to search for something And Carlyon, administering the will of Eustace and smiling and brushing off all of Elinor s concerns and complaints.This is a lightweight mystery that seemed a little scattershot to me, with an improbable setup and a barely there romance But hey, it s Heyer, and it s lively and filled with witty repartee that carried me along effortlessly to the end, and left me smiling And even though Carlyon was a little or a lot too high handed and Elinor spent too much time and breath complaining to and about him with complete justice, I might add I still liked the main characters, and the secondary ones were delightful Especially Bouncer the dog, a hilarious mastiff cross breed Dear old fellow said Miss Beccles, fondly regarding the faithful hound, who had followed her into the room, and now sat on his haunches, with his ears laid flat, and an expression on his face of vacuous amiability I am sure he is not a nasty fierce dog, are you, Bouncer Bouncer at once assumed the mien of a foolishly sentimental spaniel, and began to pant.A fun and light mystery Read for the witty dialogue, not for romance

  2. Carol She& says:

    4.5 My original review still stands ll only add that GH created one of her best villains here view spoiler or did she hide spoiler And that the Arrow edition I read with the insipid looking redhead dressed in pink Elinor was a brown haired 26, worked as a governess, then was in mourning no way would she be wearing pink was full of typos especially in the second half Come on Arrow stop being so cheap and hire a proofreader 4.5 My original review still stands ll only add that GH created one of her best villains here view spoiler or did she hide spoiler And that the Arrow edition I read with the insipid looking redhead dressed in pink Elinor was a brown haired 26, worked as a governess, then was in mourning no way would she be wearing pink was full of typos especially in the second half Come on Arrow stop being so cheap and hire a proofreader

  3. Richard Derus says:

    The reason I find Georgette Heyer a pleasure to read is simple Her heroines are fools, her heroes are saturnine, and everyone around them makes me snort with laughter When the leads are on stage alone or, ever so rarely, together, things get tedious fast When the wagtail young male or the mischievous schoolgirl arrive trailing clouds of knowing innocence tinged with bombast, I am a happy man indeed.Recovering from a recent re descent into viral hell, I was so wretched I couldn t keep track of The reason I find Georgette Heyer a pleasure to read is simple Her heroines are fools, her heroes are saturnine, and everyone around them makes me snort with laughter When the leads are on stage alone or, ever so rarely, together, things get tedious fast When the wagtail young male or the mischievous schoolgirl arrive trailing clouds of knowing innocence tinged with bombast, I am a happy man indeed.Recovering from a recent re descent into viral hell, I was so wretched I couldn t keep track of anything with stories in it I was on a 24 7 diet of Sir David Attenborough An estimable man, no one could say otherwise, but there are only so many whale flukes and nematodes and iridescent comb jellies I can look at before a hunger for story kindles I fetched up in front of the tree book TBR because basta with the blue light, scanned a few shelves, turned a corner andLooka tha These decade old trade paper Heyer reissues were a delightful idea on Sourcebooks s part, as they clearly determined to make them aesthetically in tune with the topic of Regency This cover image tugged my sadly disused smile muscles into stiff but sincere action I want to sit next to the lady and listen to what her clear, unsparing eyes have seen in her untrammelable mouth s widest, loudest Pronouncements The gent in the embrasure will, no doubt, perceive that I pose no threat to what he quite clearly regards as His Woman.To page oneand into a gloomy destination where a young governess alights from the stage and is gratefully whisked into a crested doored coach by an attentive coachman, her trunks stowed aloft, and she bowls comfortably swathed in rugs to a scene of the most sparkling wine esque cross purposes mistaken identity repartee deliciousness In four pages, the quite absurd plot is laid out As I am not a Heyer naive reader, I know that the plot will indeed unfold, in a cloud of exclamation marks, exactly following these lines I also know that the ostensible plot will in no way get in the way of Heyer s seeming addiction to hiking her skirts and making an Olympic speed dash into the weeds The heroine, a hard done by daughter to a profligate father, tends towards the dudgeony end of Heyer s ladies Lord Carlyon, her nemesis, tends towards the Mark II or rude because he can be end of her capable, masterful gentlemen They will do swimmingly together.Come now, no one alive is so naive as to not know that the hero and heroine will, in due course, end up together Heyer Regency If Then.It is the supporting characters and theinteresting secondary plots that will make a Heyer reader for life of the casual peruser of this story Or it will so irk and chafe on the unsusceptible to heightened whimsical language as to cause them ever after to shudder and glower at the sound of her name They are equally valid responses, and greatly to be preferred to a bland indifference towards the read Which latter response I am at a loss to conjure a possessor of, in all honesty, as this is a type and a level of prose that can induce panther screeching fury or rapturous coosreadily than the oatmeal farina porridge stuff one finds so readily in all categories of writing.At any rate, I was launched in the proper boat and heading to the destination I was expecting to reach with some alarums and excursions in the middle With a great deal of pleasure I met young Nicholas Carlyon, murderer of intended bridegroom Eustace Cheviot, and his hound Bouncer Why worry about Eustace, he needed killing, and besides it was really an accident mostly and Eustace really did bring the whole miserable incident on himself At any rate, Author Heyer was at the time this book was being written in the middle 1940s was the mother of a teenaged boy, and it shows Nicky is a perfect late adolescent young man of good breeding and simple nobility He despises all that is brummagem, he embraces pashes without exercising his nascent capacity for perspective before acting, he loves easily and fiercelyyou ve met him You re probably related to him or wearing his slightly wrinkled skin yourownself.Nicky s tidings set the marquee plot, marrying Miss Elinor Rochdale to Mr Eustace Cheviot to cause the latter s estate entire to pass away from sorely overtaxed Lord Carlyon s unwilling grasp, into high gear There is no time for frail sensibilities to quail at the mercenary nature of this cold blooded scheme that verges on the disreputable Miss Rochdale, having been diverted all unknowing from the grasp of a dreadful fate in the household of one Mrs Macclesfield, really has no realistic option but to fall in with this bizarre proposal and submit to her fate She puts up a vigorous rear guard action, it is true, but one isn t entirely persuaded that she isn t in fact a smidgin relieved to allow Carlyon to take the reins of her future in his capable hands You must not think that you will be lonely f or we shall come and visit you She thanked Nicky , but turned onceto Carlyon And what is to be done about Mrs Macclesfield she asked It is very uncivil of us, no doubt, but I am inclined to think that we shall do best to let Mrs Macclesfield pass out of our lives without embarking on explanations which cannot be other than awkward, he replied.Soon enough the Widow Cheviot and her eager young protector Nicky, together with Bouncer, are up to silliness and goofiness and there s a so totally filmable drawing room farce among the three of them that had me in stitches andnot one word I can say will convince you to sign on for this somewhat creaky ride if you don t like the quote above, or get all riled up at the abominable gender politics If you do like the quote and accept that gender politics was utterly abominable 200 years ago, get the book.That creakiness, let me say, is largely in the odd choice Author Heyer made of keeping the hero and heroine out of each other s company for most of the book They speakabout than to each other Also the inevitable heartfelt nuptials are barely even hinted at, with the most halfhearted proposal scene I ve ever read I was very not amused with the revolting dandyish behavior of Francis Cheviot, cousin to the Carlyons on one side of the family and to the late Eustace Cheviot on the other At first I suspected Author Heyer was coding homophobia, and almost certainly she was on some level, but I realized quite quickly that the character s Exquisiteness was utterly period and I am projecting back onto his mannerisms a meaning they didn t convey to Regency people The Carlyon men did not like Francis s foppishness because they do not share his interest in appearances, manners, etc etc The 1940s audience would likely have read Author Heyer s words as properly homophobic, I am persuaded, but I know nothing of the lady s opinions about the subject and do know she was a meticulous researcher, so I ll go with her creating the disagreeable Exquisite without a double entendre.I was very pleased as well with Author Heyer s resolution to the strange and sad espionage plot On every front, this secondary to the love story aspect was entertaining and energetic The resolution she crafted gave each character touched by it a believable reaction to and benefit from it.I mentioned a filmable drawing room farce scene I was astounded to learn that only TWO of Heyer s novels were filmed This one, made in 1950 as The Inheritance in the USA , waswellnot great Not awful, just not great It needed a lead couple with chemistry and the one in the film gave every appearance of having met while quarreling over a parking space at the studio What a sparkling thing a good film of this would be

  4. Hannah says:

    An absolutely charming Heyer regency romance, and now my personal favorite of those I ve read even better then The Corinthian and

  5. Kelly says:

    The pairing Older Supposedly Sensible Heroine Masterful All Knowing Calm As You Please HeroSupporting Cast High Spirited Younger Brother, The Deceptively Weak Dandy that one cannot quite like , Romantic Older Friend of Heroine, Motivationlessly Evil Relative, Exposition Providing BrotherThe Plot Supposedly Sensible Heroine marries Motivationlessly Evil Relative on his death bed which he s brought to after an accidental wound in a fight with High Spirited Young Relative because All Knowing The pairing Older Supposedly Sensible Heroine Masterful All Knowing Calm As You Please HeroSupporting Cast High Spirited Younger Brother, The Deceptively Weak Dandy that one cannot quite like , Romantic Older Friend of Heroine, Motivationlessly Evil Relative, Exposition Providing BrotherThe Plot Supposedly Sensible Heroine marries Motivationlessly Evil Relative on his death bed which he s brought to after an accidental wound in a fight with High Spirited Young Relative because All Knowing Hero does not want to be suspected of wanting to inherit his estate It turns out Motivationlessly Evil Relative was involved with French spies A missing document brought up by Exposition Providing Brother was thought to be in his hands when he died Housebreakers Secret passageways But where is that document it falls out pretty much as you would imagine.I found the heroine s endless whining about the outrageous situations she finds herself in really annoying especially as it seems that that is 90% of her lines, and therefore found it really unbelievable that the hero would fall for her The only person I liked was the High Spirited Younger Brother, and I ve seen Heyer write that character better elsewhere I ve also seen her do the gothic esque mystery thing better elsewhere.Give this one a pass Read The Talisman Ring instead

  6. Jessica says:

    Listen, I know that Georgette Heyer wrote dozens of books So it s not like, upon first learning of her, I would instantly know which ones would rock my world But I still think it s rather too bad of my fellow Heyer fans that it has been over 20 years since I discovered her books and I just now, NOW discovered this one existed Why are people always talking about The Grand Sophy and The Corinthian, but failing to mention that she wrote a book with a death bed wedding, French spies, and secret p Listen, I know that Georgette Heyer wrote dozens of books So it s not like, upon first learning of her, I would instantly know which ones would rock my world But I still think it s rather too bad of my fellow Heyer fans that it has been over 20 years since I discovered her books and I just now, NOW discovered this one existed Why are people always talking about The Grand Sophy and The Corinthian, but failing to mention that she wrote a book with a death bed wedding, French spies, and secret passages I mean, HONESTLY, people

  7. Carol She& says:

    4.5 This fast paced yarn full of wonderfully engaging characters only just fell short of 5 stars, because the original premise was so unlikely But once you get over that the story moves along at a cracking pace, with GH s trademark witty dialogue another dog as an entertaining minor character Why are her dogs dull in her mysteries but full of life in her historicals I love young Nicky so much As usual, highly recommended 4.5 This fast paced yarn full of wonderfully engaging characters only just fell short of 5 stars, because the original premise was so unlikely But once you get over that the story moves along at a cracking pace, with GH s trademark witty dialogue another dog as an entertaining minor character Why are her dogs dull in her mysteries but full of life in her historicals I love young Nicky so much As usual, highly recommended

  8. Sophia says:

    This was my second time through this story and I have to say this author s work stands the test of time and re reading I appreciated itthan I did in the first place.I sawhumor and wit than I did the first time around I saw the subtle hints of romance where I didn t see the evidence of it before and I was most struck by one of thedubious characters in the story, Frances Cheviot.The story is most definitely old school Regency Romance at its best with a tinge of the Gothic to it This was my second time through this story and I have to say this author s work stands the test of time and re reading I appreciated itthan I did in the first place.I sawhumor and wit than I did the first time around I saw the subtle hints of romance where I didn t see the evidence of it before and I was most struck by one of thedubious characters in the story, Frances Cheviot.The story is most definitely old school Regency Romance at its best with a tinge of the Gothic to it I wasn t that into the heroine the first time around, but found herthan tolerable this time She has a stinging tongue, but I could see how the hero s laid back cool attitude in the face of the mayhem going on would drive her to it They are quite the pair and I enjoyed their sparring.The narrator did a fantastic job capturing the tone, pacing, and characters.In summation, I was delighted by this re read in the form of an audio version

  9. Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder says:

    This was probably a 3 star read and not comparable those of Georgette Heyer s romances that are now among my favorites such as Sylvester, Cotillion, or

  10. Andrea says:

    This is one of the Heyers that both works and doesn t work for me I like the story I think Heyer is _trying_ to convey, but think that her intention and what appears on the page doesn t quite match up Elinor is clearly meant to be frequently sarcastic, and equal to the challenges that come her way, but she is so tangled up in how she is expected to behave proper and full of sensibility and completely unable to show any hint of self worth that she comes across a good dealflustered than This is one of the Heyers that both works and doesn t work for me I like the story I think Heyer is _trying_ to convey, but think that her intention and what appears on the page doesn t quite match up Elinor is clearly meant to be frequently sarcastic, and equal to the challenges that come her way, but she is so tangled up in how she is expected to behave proper and full of sensibility and completely unable to show any hint of self worth that she comes across a good dealflustered than she perhaps really is.This is exacerbated by the narrator of this particular audiobook who like many men attempting a female voice produces something rather affected and hen like for Elinor.The result, at any point, is someone constantly anxious and upset, and then facing Carlyon s almost Gaslighting tendency to play down everything that s happening, and having forever perfectly good reasons not to tell her important bits of information.There are some very funny bits, though particularly the first conversation with Elinor and Carlyon , and if only Elinor had come across as a bitredoubtable I would like the book thoroughly for its almost farce like silliness