The Black Moth

The Black Moth[Download] ✤ The Black Moth Author Georgette Heyer – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Georgian England Disgraced Jack Carstares, now rightful Earl of Wyncham, left England seven long years ago, sacrificing his honour for that of his eldest brother when he was accused of cheating at car Georgian England Disgraced Jack Carstares, now rightful Earl of Wyncham, left England seven long years ago, sacrificing his honour for that of his eldest brother when he was accused of cheating at cards But he is determined not to claim his title and The Black Kindle - instead turns highwayman Now he is back, roaming his beloved South Country in the disguise of a highwayman Not long after his return, he encounters The Black Moth, his old adversary, the notorious Lord Tracy Belmanoir, Duke of Andover, just in time to dispute at the point of his sword the attempted abduction of dark haired lovely Diana Beauleigh Once Jack s noble impulse to save the day landed him in trouble, but not before sending the villainous duke scurrying Diana took her gallant rescuer in and nursed his wounds, and soon truer emotions grew between them But Jack couldn t stay, for a lady and an outlaw would make a scandalous pair And the libertine Duke was foiled once, but the society beauty was under siege The Duke of Andover meant to have her if not with her assent, then by force But Diana was not about to surrender her virtue She had already lost her heart to the handsome mysterious highwayman who rescued her from the Duke Torn between his tarnished past and the hope for Diana s hand, Jack had one dangerous chance to reclaim his honor by defeating The Black Moth for good. The Black Moth was Georgette Heyer s first novel, and it shows It s fun, but very lightweight.It s got a HIGHLY melodramatic plot, centering around one Lord John Carstares our hero, Jack who s been accused of cheating at cards the SHAME especially since he only confessed to protect the real cheater, his spineless younger brother and is now a highwayman cheating at cards with your noble friends somehow being farshameful than highway robbery , though he doesn t rob old men or women The Black Moth was Georgette Heyer s first novel, and it shows It s fun, but very lightweight.It s got a HIGHLY melodramatic plot, centering around one Lord John Carstares our hero, Jack who s been accused of cheating at cards the SHAME especially since he only confessed to protect the real cheater, his spineless younger brother and is now a highwayman cheating at cards with your noble friends somehow being farshameful than highway robbery , though he doesn t rob old men or women who are on their own, and he gives most of his ill gotten goods away to the poor SO IT S ALL GOOD Jack is so unbearably self sacrificing that it bugs, but otherwise he s an enjoyable main character There s also a dastardly duke who s a master manipulator, a kidnapping or two, a couple of duels, grave injuries, thwarted love, and all kinds of fun and crazy stuff like that Jack s younger brother Richard has a lovely wife who is the most spoiled rotten lady imaginable and her brother is the cold hearted dastardly duke, so, trouble for the Carstares clan The Duke is also the black moth of the title.Personally I don t find that a particularly compelling simile, but he s also called Devil by both friends and foes, and that, at least, is easy to believe When the Duke and Jack fall for the same lady, the lovely Diana, trouble compounds, with interest.This is Heyer s very first book, published in 1921 when she was only 19 years old So old, it s out of copyright and you can download a free copy on Gutenberg.org or pay99 cents if you prefer Anyway, it shows its age and Heyer s youth and newbie author status Despite the fairly fast pace and all of the action and adventure, Heyer s trademark witty dialogue is pretty much missing in action here, and is sadly missed And the characters are pretty shallow, stock ones in general the lovely and sweet heroine, the social butterfly, the wicked duke, his loyal friend who tries to encourage the good in him, and so on But you can see, in embryo form, the skills that will make Heyer such a popular author later on For a book written by a 17 year old to amuse her brother, it s an admirable achievement.I enjoyed it when I first read it several years ago and, I have to admit, on my second read as well, despite its limitations as a literary work, and despite the fact or maybe because I had forgotten some of the plot twists I swallowed it whole on this second read, reading it in one day and staying up late to finish it, even if I was rolling my eyes pretty hardthan a few times And hey, for a freebie, it s worth a read, at least if you have any fondness for old fashioned historical romances I was very excited to find this book a Georgette Heyer Regency romance which I had never read before Then I discovered it was also her debut novel which made it doubly interesting.I regard this author s books as comfort reading I can rely on her to provide an enjoyable story and entertaining characters and she did this even in her very first published book It is interesting to note that she wrote The Black Moth when she was only seventeen but she already had the style and format she would us I was very excited to find this book a Georgette Heyer Regency romance which I had never read before Then I discovered it was also her debut novel which made it doubly interesting.I regard this author s books as comfort reading I can rely on her to provide an enjoyable story and entertaining characters and she did this even in her very first published book It is interesting to note that she wrote The Black Moth when she was only seventeen but she already had the style and format she would use in all her later romances.So, lucky me I got to spend a very happy Sunday afternoon reading a new to me Georgette Heyer book Wonderful I love this author, I am ADDICTED to this genre, and am the biggest fan of the language used in the melodramas of the 18th and 19th century, so well done here But I barely got through this bookI disliked it tremendously Than, why am I giving it 2 stars One is for the stylistics of the prose, and one is for giving her kudos for a first novel But there was much wrong with this entry, I am very sad to say I will only point to the most glaring one every character was as flat and shallow as I love this author, I am ADDICTED to this genre, and am the biggest fan of the language used in the melodramas of the 18th and 19th century, so well done here But I barely got through this bookI disliked it tremendously Than, why am I giving it 2 stars One is for the stylistics of the prose, and one is for giving her kudos for a first novel But there was much wrong with this entry, I am very sad to say I will only point to the most glaring one every character was as flat and shallow as they come And I usually deal well with this, since honestly, I do not put very great expectations on my romance novels The story and melodrama, even as formulaic as they were, could have been done so much better But, it was her first novel and she was only a teenager when she wrote it For such, I think she did great Ahhhh, reading my sentimental favourite This is the first of GH s novels I read in it s entirety wasn t I lucky starting with GH s first book, written when she was only seventeen I still have my original copy, although the cover fell off on this reading According to Jane Aiken Hodge, GH said she had two hero types The Mark I hero, who is The brusque, savage sort with a foul temper Vidal from Devils Cub, Max from Faro s Daughter The Mark II hero, who is Suave, well dressed, rich, a Ahhhh, reading my sentimental favourite This is the first of GH s novels I read in it s entirety wasn t I lucky starting with GH s first book, written when she was only seventeen I still have my original copy, although the cover fell off on this reading According to Jane Aiken Hodge, GH said she had two hero types The Mark I hero, who is The brusque, savage sort with a foul temper Vidal from Devils Cub, Max from Faro s Daughter The Mark II hero, who is Suave, well dressed, rich, and a famous whip Robert Beaumaris from Arabella and Lord Alverstoke from Frederica But she had two1 the affable blonde giant Hugo from The Unknown Ajax and Captain Jack Staples from The Unknown Ajax 2 The sweet hero Gilly from The Foundling, Phillip from Powder Patch the quixotic Jack Carstares from this book then there is Freddy Stanton from Cotillion who is impossible to categorise I have to say I do have a fondness for the sweet heroes I like it that nice guys don t always finish last.Diana is also a different heroine I loved the description of her beauty She isn t as resourceful as the usual Heyer heroinea traditional damsel in distress.But this book differs from most Heyer s indeed from most romances Jack Diana are both absent from a good part of the book The villain is the titular character I think Devil Belmanoir would have been a better title and it is also the story of Jack s brother Richard his troubled marriage Richard s weak character passion for the lovely but spoilt Lavinia and her diabolical brother s pulling the strings are important plot points Add GH s gift for creating engaging memorable secondary characters and you have an engaging, fast paced romp.GH herself had a fondness for these characters and many of them are renamed reworked in These Old Shades duh,it was only on this reading that I realised Andrew becomes Rupert in These Old Shades.If you have never read a Heyer,start with this one Lucky you if you can read them in the order written trace this wonderful writer s development.Edit After chatting with GR friend Andrea, I realise I should have said read in order, but skip the titles the formidable GH had suppressed other than maybe Footsteps in the Dark GH hated those books for a reason.You can read it for free online at They re all idiots.Okay, here s the twist and my conundrum in rating this book A good part of this just reads as melodramatic Georgian period llama drama Overblown On the other hand, there are parts of this where the absurdity of it is evident it s mocking the behavior in a Much Ado About Nothing kinda way So, reader mood when approaching this really affects how it is received Oddly enough, I went back and forth between the two and it seemed to drag on a bit in places therefore, I m not e They re all idiots.Okay, here s the twist and my conundrum in rating this book A good part of this just reads as melodramatic Georgian period llama drama Overblown On the other hand, there are parts of this where the absurdity of it is evident it s mocking the behavior in a Much Ado About Nothing kinda way So, reader mood when approaching this really affects how it is received Oddly enough, I went back and forth between the two and it seemed to drag on a bit in places therefore, I m not entirely displeased, but it s not a bell ringer either Parts of it were 2 stars, a few sparkling moments of humor really shining to 4 stars, but plodding along just under 3 stars for most of it It really isn t 2 stars, but my rating is a generous farce appreciating one, even if I didn t for large portions of it So, Georgette Heyer s brother was sick, so she cheered him up bywriting this complex swashbuckling romanceas a teenagerand then beginning her prolific career What an icon I love her, I love her books This one was great, not as frothy as some of her later romances, but actuallyromantic in its way The whole premise of it hangs on a rather flimsy hookwhich several of the characters acknowledge It s quite good, and I am very pleased with my sudden impulse to re So, Georgette Heyer s brother was sick, so she cheered him up bywriting this complex swashbuckling romanceas a teenagerand then beginning her prolific career What an icon I love her, I love her books This one was great, not as frothy as some of her later romances, but actuallyromantic in its way The whole premise of it hangs on a rather flimsy hookwhich several of the characters acknowledge It s quite good, and I am very pleased with my sudden impulse to read listen to her entire oeuvre This is Georgette Heyer s first pancake She wrote it as a teen It s a cliche later silver fork novel with an adventure overlay, showing heavy influence of Orczy and Jeffrey Farnol in particular but she seems to have discovered that she really liked writing the rakish villain Because, though this one has the proper ending, the villain is the best character, and she knows itso she rewrote it with the very same sort of villain, but makes him the hero, in These Old Shades She had also di This is Georgette Heyer s first pancake She wrote it as a teen It s a cliche later silver fork novel with an adventure overlay, showing heavy influence of Orczy and Jeffrey Farnol in particular but she seems to have discovered that she really liked writing the rakish villain Because, though this one has the proper ending, the villain is the best character, and she knows itso she rewrote it with the very same sort of villain, but makes him the hero, in These Old Shades She had also discovered humor and wit by then This one is really only worth reading as a curiosity, imo I love Heyer but not this I enjoyed the historical details, the fashion, etc I think it s impressive that she wrote this at such a tender age It was on target for 3 stars but I found the second half really quite tedious.. Oh novel, how do I object to thee Let me count the ways1 The title is a phrase that refers to the villian that is mentioned ONLY ONCE over the course of the novel And it has something to do with the way he dresses Really, guys Can t we come up with something , you know, related to the story 2 The villian is a jerk who tries to kidnap and ravish our poor heroine twice and receives absolutely no punishment at the end, unless you count the fact that the hero gets the girl and not hi Oh novel, how do I object to thee Let me count the ways1 The title is a phrase that refers to the villian that is mentioned ONLY ONCE over the course of the novel And it has something to do with the way he dresses Really, guys Can t we come up with something , you know, related to the story 2 The villian is a jerk who tries to kidnap and ravish our poor heroine twice and receives absolutely no punishment at the end, unless you count the fact that the hero gets the girl and not him Everyone just stands around in his house and shakes their heads at him, but there are no repercussions, legal or social Seriously 3 Our hero lets his slimy little weakling of a brother foist the blame of a crooked card game onto his shoulders and justs accepts it, flees the country for a while, and then becomes a highwayman sigh Protecting your siblings is all well and good, but this is taking nobility to a ridiculous degree Not impressive 4 The slimy little weakling of a brother is married to perhaps the most annoying woman ever And he s totally in love with her and makes excuses for her terrible behavior and just lets her get away with it.5 Our heroine is unmemorable I m sure there was some reason that everyone wanted her, but I certainly can t remember what it was He drew Diana s attention from the first moment that he entered the Pump Room a black moth amongst the gaily hued butterflies edited 4 23 18 to add info about swearingedited 4 24 18 to change my TBR plan The Black Moth 1921, Heinmann by Georgette Heyer, is a standalone adventure with a bit of romance set around 1751, during the Georgian period I originally started reading Heyer when I ran out of Jane Austen books, and was trying to find a suitable replacement Rating 4 stars Is that sacrHe drew Diana s attention from the first moment that he entered the Pump Room a black moth amongst the gaily hued butterflies edited 4 23 18 to add info about swearingedited 4 24 18 to change my TBR plan The Black Moth 1921, Heinmann by Georgette Heyer, is a standalone adventure with a bit of romance set around 1751, during the Georgian period I originally started reading Heyer when I ran out of Jane Austen books, and was trying to find a suitable replacement Rating 4 stars Is that sacreligious Narration 4 1 2 stars by Julian Rhind Tutt The plot This is a very entertaining story, but I think the prologue could have been less confusing I want to explain one thing right now to prevent confusion to the reader I hope that it isn t a spoiler, but really, the beginning bugged me until I figured out that tidbit I would have actually appreciated knowing the following spoiler tagged information ahead of time view spoilerHugh Tracy Clare Belmanoir, Duke of Andoveris the villain of the story The prologue consists of a letter from the duke to his friend, who doesn t show up until much later in the story in a minor role Belmanoir is the titular black moth hide spoiler The heroine Diana Beauleigh,notthan nineteen or twenty,is a kind young lady that the reader doesn t see much of.The hero Sir Anthony Ferndale, who is really John Carstares, 30, is now the Earl of Wyncham Carstares left home years ago after angering his father, and has been living a solitary life with only a valet as a gambler in Europe, and now as a highwayman in England Don t worry, though He is a likable hero Christian elements I wasn t thrilled with the following quotesWhat Is she then religieuse I cannot but think that Hester has altered sadly since last I saw her She is always talking of sermons and good works Is it clean chaste Yes All of Heyer s books are There is some swearing The D word and God s name is used in a variety of ways, including OMG Some instances of God s name, such asThank Goddon t seem to be swears, but there are definitely some that are What I liked I feel smart every time I read one of Heyer s books and become acclimated to the language D Heyer takes what seems to be an impossible dilemma and finds a solution at the end of the story I loved the adventure portion of the story I didn t even mind the lack of romance and that it took a backseat.What I didn t like Instalove, as far as I could see If there was anything else to explain the fondness the hero and heroine develop for each other, it occurs off screen The confusing prologue Both the villain and the hero have pseudonyms, various ways of addressing them, as well as nicknames It will be clear, but pay close attention I think Heyer could have toned down the variations on the At least one person wore patches on the face, after the Georgian fashion Even though it s historically authentic, this always kicks me out of Heyer s Georgian books However, when I looked up face patches, I found that my own visualization of them was grossly exaggerated They re quite small, often made of black silk, and often look like a beauty mark sometimes stars, etc All the pictures I could find showed only one Marilyn Monroe esque patch Not at all the stamp sized square things I was picturing Also of note men did this also, though I didn t find any images of men wearing patches I also found the use of whitening makeup and the practice of sniffing snuff distracting Thankfully, these were not very prevalent in the book, but they were present.Link to a short article with an explanation of the purposes of beauty patches and a couple of picturesAudiobook The audiobook was quite good However, I did not like the voice of Lavinia I suppose perhaps the reader listener is not supposed to See the quote belowHer voice was rather high pitched and childish, and she had a curious way of ending each sentence with an upward lilt and a long drawn out accent, very fascinating to listen toThe bottom line This is an adventuresome Georgian romance I recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen looking to branch out, as well as to fans of historical fiction I look forward to readingby Georgette Heyer Since I started with her first book, I think I ll continue with her second, Powder and Patch, originally titled The Transformation of Philip Jettan.

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    The Black Moth PDF/EPUB Ñ The Black Kindle - his wounds, and soon truer emotions grew between them But Jack couldn t stay, for a lady and an outlaw would make a scandalous pair And the libertine Duke was foiled once, but the society beauty was under siege The Duke of Andover meant to have her if not with her assent, then by force But Diana was not about to surrender her virtue She had already lost her heart to the handsome mysterious highwayman who rescued her from the Duke Torn between his tarnished past and the hope for Diana s hand, Jack had one dangerous chance to reclaim his honor by defeating The Black Moth for good. The Black Moth was Georgette Heyer s first novel, and it shows It s fun, but very lightweight.It s got a HIGHLY melodramatic plot, centering around one Lord John Carstares our hero, Jack who s been accused of cheating at cards the SHAME especially since he only confessed to protect the real cheater, his spineless younger brother and is now a highwayman cheating at cards with your noble friends somehow being farshameful than highway robbery , though he doesn t rob old men or women The Black Moth was Georgette Heyer s first novel, and it shows It s fun, but very lightweight.It s got a HIGHLY melodramatic plot, centering around one Lord John Carstares our hero, Jack who s been accused of cheating at cards the SHAME especially since he only confessed to protect the real cheater, his spineless younger brother and is now a highwayman cheating at cards with your noble friends somehow being farshameful than highway robbery , though he doesn t rob old men or women who are on their own, and he gives most of his ill gotten goods away to the poor SO IT S ALL GOOD Jack is so unbearably self sacrificing that it bugs, but otherwise he s an enjoyable main character There s also a dastardly duke who s a master manipulator, a kidnapping or two, a couple of duels, grave injuries, thwarted love, and all kinds of fun and crazy stuff like that Jack s younger brother Richard has a lovely wife who is the most spoiled rotten lady imaginable and her brother is the cold hearted dastardly duke, so, trouble for the Carstares clan The Duke is also the black moth of the title.Personally I don t find that a particularly compelling simile, but he s also called Devil by both friends and foes, and that, at least, is easy to believe When the Duke and Jack fall for the same lady, the lovely Diana, trouble compounds, with interest.This is Heyer s very first book, published in 1921 when she was only 19 years old So old, it s out of copyright and you can download a free copy on Gutenberg.org or pay99 cents if you prefer Anyway, it shows its age and Heyer s youth and newbie author status Despite the fairly fast pace and all of the action and adventure, Heyer s trademark witty dialogue is pretty much missing in action here, and is sadly missed And the characters are pretty shallow, stock ones in general the lovely and sweet heroine, the social butterfly, the wicked duke, his loyal friend who tries to encourage the good in him, and so on But you can see, in embryo form, the skills that will make Heyer such a popular author later on For a book written by a 17 year old to amuse her brother, it s an admirable achievement.I enjoyed it when I first read it several years ago and, I have to admit, on my second read as well, despite its limitations as a literary work, and despite the fact or maybe because I had forgotten some of the plot twists I swallowed it whole on this second read, reading it in one day and staying up late to finish it, even if I was rolling my eyes pretty hardthan a few times And hey, for a freebie, it s worth a read, at least if you have any fondness for old fashioned historical romances I was very excited to find this book a Georgette Heyer Regency romance which I had never read before Then I discovered it was also her debut novel which made it doubly interesting.I regard this author s books as comfort reading I can rely on her to provide an enjoyable story and entertaining characters and she did this even in her very first published book It is interesting to note that she wrote The Black Moth when she was only seventeen but she already had the style and format she would us I was very excited to find this book a Georgette Heyer Regency romance which I had never read before Then I discovered it was also her debut novel which made it doubly interesting.I regard this author s books as comfort reading I can rely on her to provide an enjoyable story and entertaining characters and she did this even in her very first published book It is interesting to note that she wrote The Black Moth when she was only seventeen but she already had the style and format she would use in all her later romances.So, lucky me I got to spend a very happy Sunday afternoon reading a new to me Georgette Heyer book Wonderful I love this author, I am ADDICTED to this genre, and am the biggest fan of the language used in the melodramas of the 18th and 19th century, so well done here But I barely got through this bookI disliked it tremendously Than, why am I giving it 2 stars One is for the stylistics of the prose, and one is for giving her kudos for a first novel But there was much wrong with this entry, I am very sad to say I will only point to the most glaring one every character was as flat and shallow as I love this author, I am ADDICTED to this genre, and am the biggest fan of the language used in the melodramas of the 18th and 19th century, so well done here But I barely got through this bookI disliked it tremendously Than, why am I giving it 2 stars One is for the stylistics of the prose, and one is for giving her kudos for a first novel But there was much wrong with this entry, I am very sad to say I will only point to the most glaring one every character was as flat and shallow as they come And I usually deal well with this, since honestly, I do not put very great expectations on my romance novels The story and melodrama, even as formulaic as they were, could have been done so much better But, it was her first novel and she was only a teenager when she wrote it For such, I think she did great Ahhhh, reading my sentimental favourite This is the first of GH s novels I read in it s entirety wasn t I lucky starting with GH s first book, written when she was only seventeen I still have my original copy, although the cover fell off on this reading According to Jane Aiken Hodge, GH said she had two hero types The Mark I hero, who is The brusque, savage sort with a foul temper Vidal from Devils Cub, Max from Faro s Daughter The Mark II hero, who is Suave, well dressed, rich, a Ahhhh, reading my sentimental favourite This is the first of GH s novels I read in it s entirety wasn t I lucky starting with GH s first book, written when she was only seventeen I still have my original copy, although the cover fell off on this reading According to Jane Aiken Hodge, GH said she had two hero types The Mark I hero, who is The brusque, savage sort with a foul temper Vidal from Devils Cub, Max from Faro s Daughter The Mark II hero, who is Suave, well dressed, rich, and a famous whip Robert Beaumaris from Arabella and Lord Alverstoke from Frederica But she had two1 the affable blonde giant Hugo from The Unknown Ajax and Captain Jack Staples from The Unknown Ajax 2 The sweet hero Gilly from The Foundling, Phillip from Powder Patch the quixotic Jack Carstares from this book then there is Freddy Stanton from Cotillion who is impossible to categorise I have to say I do have a fondness for the sweet heroes I like it that nice guys don t always finish last.Diana is also a different heroine I loved the description of her beauty She isn t as resourceful as the usual Heyer heroinea traditional damsel in distress.But this book differs from most Heyer s indeed from most romances Jack Diana are both absent from a good part of the book The villain is the titular character I think Devil Belmanoir would have been a better title and it is also the story of Jack s brother Richard his troubled marriage Richard s weak character passion for the lovely but spoilt Lavinia and her diabolical brother s pulling the strings are important plot points Add GH s gift for creating engaging memorable secondary characters and you have an engaging, fast paced romp.GH herself had a fondness for these characters and many of them are renamed reworked in These Old Shades duh,it was only on this reading that I realised Andrew becomes Rupert in These Old Shades.If you have never read a Heyer,start with this one Lucky you if you can read them in the order written trace this wonderful writer s development.Edit After chatting with GR friend Andrea, I realise I should have said read in order, but skip the titles the formidable GH had suppressed other than maybe Footsteps in the Dark GH hated those books for a reason.You can read it for free online at They re all idiots.Okay, here s the twist and my conundrum in rating this book A good part of this just reads as melodramatic Georgian period llama drama Overblown On the other hand, there are parts of this where the absurdity of it is evident it s mocking the behavior in a Much Ado About Nothing kinda way So, reader mood when approaching this really affects how it is received Oddly enough, I went back and forth between the two and it seemed to drag on a bit in places therefore, I m not e They re all idiots.Okay, here s the twist and my conundrum in rating this book A good part of this just reads as melodramatic Georgian period llama drama Overblown On the other hand, there are parts of this where the absurdity of it is evident it s mocking the behavior in a Much Ado About Nothing kinda way So, reader mood when approaching this really affects how it is received Oddly enough, I went back and forth between the two and it seemed to drag on a bit in places therefore, I m not entirely displeased, but it s not a bell ringer either Parts of it were 2 stars, a few sparkling moments of humor really shining to 4 stars, but plodding along just under 3 stars for most of it It really isn t 2 stars, but my rating is a generous farce appreciating one, even if I didn t for large portions of it So, Georgette Heyer s brother was sick, so she cheered him up bywriting this complex swashbuckling romanceas a teenagerand then beginning her prolific career What an icon I love her, I love her books This one was great, not as frothy as some of her later romances, but actuallyromantic in its way The whole premise of it hangs on a rather flimsy hookwhich several of the characters acknowledge It s quite good, and I am very pleased with my sudden impulse to re So, Georgette Heyer s brother was sick, so she cheered him up bywriting this complex swashbuckling romanceas a teenagerand then beginning her prolific career What an icon I love her, I love her books This one was great, not as frothy as some of her later romances, but actuallyromantic in its way The whole premise of it hangs on a rather flimsy hookwhich several of the characters acknowledge It s quite good, and I am very pleased with my sudden impulse to read listen to her entire oeuvre This is Georgette Heyer s first pancake She wrote it as a teen It s a cliche later silver fork novel with an adventure overlay, showing heavy influence of Orczy and Jeffrey Farnol in particular but she seems to have discovered that she really liked writing the rakish villain Because, though this one has the proper ending, the villain is the best character, and she knows itso she rewrote it with the very same sort of villain, but makes him the hero, in These Old Shades She had also di This is Georgette Heyer s first pancake She wrote it as a teen It s a cliche later silver fork novel with an adventure overlay, showing heavy influence of Orczy and Jeffrey Farnol in particular but she seems to have discovered that she really liked writing the rakish villain Because, though this one has the proper ending, the villain is the best character, and she knows itso she rewrote it with the very same sort of villain, but makes him the hero, in These Old Shades She had also discovered humor and wit by then This one is really only worth reading as a curiosity, imo I love Heyer but not this I enjoyed the historical details, the fashion, etc I think it s impressive that she wrote this at such a tender age It was on target for 3 stars but I found the second half really quite tedious.. Oh novel, how do I object to thee Let me count the ways1 The title is a phrase that refers to the villian that is mentioned ONLY ONCE over the course of the novel And it has something to do with the way he dresses Really, guys Can t we come up with something , you know, related to the story 2 The villian is a jerk who tries to kidnap and ravish our poor heroine twice and receives absolutely no punishment at the end, unless you count the fact that the hero gets the girl and not hi Oh novel, how do I object to thee Let me count the ways1 The title is a phrase that refers to the villian that is mentioned ONLY ONCE over the course of the novel And it has something to do with the way he dresses Really, guys Can t we come up with something , you know, related to the story 2 The villian is a jerk who tries to kidnap and ravish our poor heroine twice and receives absolutely no punishment at the end, unless you count the fact that the hero gets the girl and not him Everyone just stands around in his house and shakes their heads at him, but there are no repercussions, legal or social Seriously 3 Our hero lets his slimy little weakling of a brother foist the blame of a crooked card game onto his shoulders and justs accepts it, flees the country for a while, and then becomes a highwayman sigh Protecting your siblings is all well and good, but this is taking nobility to a ridiculous degree Not impressive 4 The slimy little weakling of a brother is married to perhaps the most annoying woman ever And he s totally in love with her and makes excuses for her terrible behavior and just lets her get away with it.5 Our heroine is unmemorable I m sure there was some reason that everyone wanted her, but I certainly can t remember what it was He drew Diana s attention from the first moment that he entered the Pump Room a black moth amongst the gaily hued butterflies edited 4 23 18 to add info about swearingedited 4 24 18 to change my TBR plan The Black Moth 1921, Heinmann by Georgette Heyer, is a standalone adventure with a bit of romance set around 1751, during the Georgian period I originally started reading Heyer when I ran out of Jane Austen books, and was trying to find a suitable replacement Rating 4 stars Is that sacrHe drew Diana s attention from the first moment that he entered the Pump Room a black moth amongst the gaily hued butterflies edited 4 23 18 to add info about swearingedited 4 24 18 to change my TBR plan The Black Moth 1921, Heinmann by Georgette Heyer, is a standalone adventure with a bit of romance set around 1751, during the Georgian period I originally started reading Heyer when I ran out of Jane Austen books, and was trying to find a suitable replacement Rating 4 stars Is that sacreligious Narration 4 1 2 stars by Julian Rhind Tutt The plot This is a very entertaining story, but I think the prologue could have been less confusing I want to explain one thing right now to prevent confusion to the reader I hope that it isn t a spoiler, but really, the beginning bugged me until I figured out that tidbit I would have actually appreciated knowing the following spoiler tagged information ahead of time view spoilerHugh Tracy Clare Belmanoir, Duke of Andoveris the villain of the story The prologue consists of a letter from the duke to his friend, who doesn t show up until much later in the story in a minor role Belmanoir is the titular black moth hide spoiler The heroine Diana Beauleigh,notthan nineteen or twenty,is a kind young lady that the reader doesn t see much of.The hero Sir Anthony Ferndale, who is really John Carstares, 30, is now the Earl of Wyncham Carstares left home years ago after angering his father, and has been living a solitary life with only a valet as a gambler in Europe, and now as a highwayman in England Don t worry, though He is a likable hero Christian elements I wasn t thrilled with the following quotesWhat Is she then religieuse I cannot but think that Hester has altered sadly since last I saw her She is always talking of sermons and good works Is it clean chaste Yes All of Heyer s books are There is some swearing The D word and God s name is used in a variety of ways, including OMG Some instances of God s name, such asThank Goddon t seem to be swears, but there are definitely some that are What I liked I feel smart every time I read one of Heyer s books and become acclimated to the language D Heyer takes what seems to be an impossible dilemma and finds a solution at the end of the story I loved the adventure portion of the story I didn t even mind the lack of romance and that it took a backseat.What I didn t like Instalove, as far as I could see If there was anything else to explain the fondness the hero and heroine develop for each other, it occurs off screen The confusing prologue Both the villain and the hero have pseudonyms, various ways of addressing them, as well as nicknames It will be clear, but pay close attention I think Heyer could have toned down the variations on the At least one person wore patches on the face, after the Georgian fashion Even though it s historically authentic, this always kicks me out of Heyer s Georgian books However, when I looked up face patches, I found that my own visualization of them was grossly exaggerated They re quite small, often made of black silk, and often look like a beauty mark sometimes stars, etc All the pictures I could find showed only one Marilyn Monroe esque patch Not at all the stamp sized square things I was picturing Also of note men did this also, though I didn t find any images of men wearing patches I also found the use of whitening makeup and the practice of sniffing snuff distracting Thankfully, these were not very prevalent in the book, but they were present.Link to a short article with an explanation of the purposes of beauty patches and a couple of picturesAudiobook The audiobook was quite good However, I did not like the voice of Lavinia I suppose perhaps the reader listener is not supposed to See the quote belowHer voice was rather high pitched and childish, and she had a curious way of ending each sentence with an upward lilt and a long drawn out accent, very fascinating to listen toThe bottom line This is an adventuresome Georgian romance I recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen looking to branch out, as well as to fans of historical fiction I look forward to readingby Georgette Heyer Since I started with her first book, I think I ll continue with her second, Powder and Patch, originally titled The Transformation of Philip Jettan. 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  • Paperback
  • 274 pages
  • The Black Moth
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 09 December 2019
  • 0553132393