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In the summer of 1815 beneath the aegis of the Army of Occupation Brussels is the gayest town in Europe And the red haired widow Lady Barbara Childe renowned for being as outrageous as she is beautiful is at the centre of the social whirl and of all that is fashionable and light hearted However the city was a nest of intrigue Napoleon threatened Europe but the talk was only of this dazzling and tempestuous young Every brilliant ball supper and concert in the feverish spring seemed to bring Although I had read three other Georgette Heyer novels before this one those were all detective stories instead of the historical romances that she s well known for I found this one in a bookstore a few weeks ago and thought that it would be a good introduction to Heyer s other body of work although her mysteries aren t the best I ve ever read her characters are always well formed and the writing is witty and clever so I was looking forward to seeing how she applied this skill to another kind of story A uick note although this book is technically part of a series it functions very well as a stand alone novel to the point where I didn t even realize that I was reading a book from a series until I went to write this reviewBrussels 1815 The summer of love While the Congress of Vienna winds down English and French society congregates in Brussels for endless parties balls and general rich people fun times Off in France Napoleon has escaped exile and is gathering an army but no one is overly worried about this because parties The cast of characters is vast and apparently consists almost entirely of real historical figures who were involved in the Battle of Waterloo but our main characters are Barbara Childe and Colonel Charles Audley Barbara is a widow who having been freed early on by her husband s death now has an amount of freedom that most women of the time can only dream of and uses that freedom to the best of her ability Barbara scandalizes the town by wearing revealing clothing painting her toenails gold swearing like a soldier and having a series of very public affairs and generally not giving a single flying fuck what anyone thinks Needless to say I loved her from the get go Enter Colonel Charles Audley an aide de camp to Wellington He falls in love with Barbara and proposes to her and she s like sure this could be fun The way Heyer develops Charles and Barbara s relationship is very nicely done and eual parts delightful and heartbreaking Barbara subconsciously afraid that she doesn t deserve a man as good as Charles tries to sabotage the relationship by behaving badly like she s constantly daring Charles to break up with her For his part Charles handles things beautifully he wants Barbara to be the decent person he knows she s capable of being but in the same breath says that the last thing he wants is to tell Barbara what to do with her life Basically imagine what would happen if Scarlett O Hara and Rhett Butler were actually concealing decent human beings under their protective layers of anger and cynicism instead of just being a borderline sociopath and a smug asshole Barbara and Charles are the best and we get to spend a few hundred pages watching their romance develop before the Battle of Waterloo hits and everything goes to shitThe research that went into this book a seemingly fluffy story of love during war is staggering I know very little of the Napoleonic wars so I can t comment on the accuracy of Heyer s version of the Battle of Waterloo but it certainly felt accurate The battle takes up a significant portion of the story with Heyer giving us an almost blow by blow account of the battle She manages to give us a technical overview of the battle while also showing the horrific reality of war there are several brief scenes and images during the battle that still haunt me as they very well should It s a significant departure from the romantic shenanigans and gossip of the rest of the book and readers can expect some kind of whiplash from the change in tone But if you re reading the book you know that the sudden depictions of war and all its brutality don t come out of nowhere throughout the book the war looms in the background and the approaching battle is always present It starts out subtleThe balls the concerts the theatres continued but picnics were added to the gaieties now charming expeditions with flowering muslins suired by hot scarlet uniforms the ladies in open carriages the gentlemen riding gallantly beside hampers of cold chicken and champagne on the boxes everyone lighthearted flirtation the order of the day There were reviews to watch fetes to attend day after day slid by in the pursuit of pleasure days that were not uite real but belonged to some half realised dream Somewhere to the south was a Corsican ogre who might at any moment break into the dream and shatter it but distance shrouded himand then the war is on people s doorsteps even as they re trying to ignore it and keep having parties and pretending that everything is fineFrom scores of faces the polite company masks seemed to have slipped People had forgotten that at balls they must smile and hide whatever care or grief they owned under bright artificial fronts Some of the senior officers were looking grave here and there a rigid meaningless smile was pinned to a mother s white face or a girl stood with a fallen mouth and blank eyes fixed on a scarlet uniform A ueer almost greedy emotion shone in many countenances Life had become suddenly an urgent business racing towards disaster and the craving for excitement the breathless moment compound of fear and grief and exaltation when the mind sharpened and the senses were stretched as taut as as the strings of a violin surged up under the veneer of good manners and shone behind the dread in shocked young eyes For all the shrinking from tragedy looming ahead there was yet an unacknowledged eagerness to hurry to meet whatever horror lurked in the future if existence were to sink back to the humdrum there would be disappointment behind the relief and a sense of frustrationIt s beautiful and powerful and I loved every single character I definitely need to seek out of Heyer s romances and soon Snakewood is the gayest town 88 Poems in Europe And the red haired widow Lady Barbara Childe renowned for being as outrageous as she The Sea Devil: The Adventures of Count Felix Von Luckner, the Last Raider Under Sail is at the centre of the social whirl and of all that The Ultimate Resource is fashionable and light hearted However the city was a nest of The Chronicles of Little Nicholas intrigue Napoleon threatened Europe but the talk was only of this dazzling and tempestuous young Every brilliant ball supper and concert El enigma del laberinto perdido in the feverish spring seemed to bring Although I had read three other Georgette Heyer novels before this one those were all detective stories Josef Muller-Brockmann instead of the historical romances 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T It isn't until Charles marches off to fight Napoleon that Barbara discovers where her heart lies Now she can do nothing but wait as the battle rages praying for the safety of the one man who can set her free from her wild impulses But as the clouds of war gathered he turned from her in a sudden mysterious indifference Stunned bewildered Barbara wondered what secret she must fathom what new seduction must she devise to regain the one man who she ruefully realized had truly claimed her hear Heyer s forte was historical research and it really shines through in this book The last 13 of the novel consists of a detailed play by play description of the Battle of Waterloo complete with troop movements and every gory death exactly as it occurred What happens to the characters during the battle is blended in with the real life events and will keep the reader turning pages until the fictional history is resolved Lady Barbara is entirely unlikeable in most of the novel She s the feminine version of her grandfather and instead of shooting people she breaks hearts and causes young men to kill themselves Lovely We re told she s spoiled and didn t have a soft feminine influence to curb her wild nature but that doesn t excuse her bad behavior because she s perfectly aware of what she s doing She has a slow revelation and improves upon acuaintance We re told Charles is the best brother and he s so good and kind but his characterization is rather passive in this book He falls in love at first set and lets the lady walk all over him That doesn t make for a very good romance but by the end of the book I felt for the characters and wanted them to be together I skimmed most of the battle action It s very very detailed and extremely gory I mainly wanted to know what happened to Charles A minor subplot involving Lucy Devenish is also worked into this history of Waterloo I liked the fictional parts of the book better than the real life depiction of the battle I had a hard time keeping track of the real people that figured into the story but remembered the other characters from Regency Buck and Devil s Club so I felt invested in their story Different people have different reactions to this book so I won t say if I would recommend it or not but if you read Regency Buck and Devil s Club and want to know what happens next then I would read the first half of the novel and skim the battle parts Do not skip the battle parts all together because there are some scenes with fictional characters that are important to the story Mama Glow isn't until Charles marches off to fight Napoleon that Barbara discovers where her heart lies Now she can do nothing but wait as the battle rages praying for the safety of the one man who can set her free from her wild Fire in the Sky impulses But as the clouds of war gathered he turned from her olga spessivtzeva in a sudden mysterious ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! 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Her a new conuest by storm She is the talk of the ton She flirts shamelessly dresses outrageously and scandalizes polite society That doesn't stop one of her adorers the dashing Colonel Charles Audley an aide de camp to the Duke of Wellington from falling madly in love with the beautiful young widow and proposing marriage Threatened by the growing tide of scandal she allowed Colonel Charles Audley to claim her for his brideThe eve of the fateful Battle of Waterloo their betrothal falls apar This is exactly the bracing kind of story I needed Jolly good fun as the general population of characters in this book would say Georgette Heyer has always been good at adventure stories set amongst the British upper class but in this she has far outdone herself Her research is astounding The second half of the book largely consists of an enormously through about 150 pages long play by play account of the battle of Waterloo and its immediate lead up and aftermath Heyer seems to know every small action every commander each failed and successful strategy on both sides not to mention her unbelievable knowledge of 19th century warfare and British army cant of the time This part of the novel reads like something between a history tome and the narrative novel that its supposed to be I certainly didn t know about 34 of any of the stuff in there I think her main character Charles Audley one of the aides de camp to Wellington was about the only person who was invented In further praise I think Charles and Barbara are one of the realistic couples she s created and each of them three dimensional and changing throughout the course of the story Their love is somewhat unmotivated at first but if you just accept it there s no fault to be found thereafter with it The first half of the novel is wonderful in the fact that it combines the farcical romance stories that she does so well and weaves in hints of the military drama to come over the course of it It really creates a sense of the hysteria and surreality of being in society in Brussels before the battle of Waterloo one second at balls the next wondering when the cannons will fire on you I wouldn t think of this as a romance novel whatever it may say on the back of the book Romance novels don t discuss battles and histories for 150 pages and hint at it for the rest Also The character of Wellington is wonderful well researched and not idealized in the slightest She used many of his dispatches from the battle to make him even realistic The only thing I would comment on as a problem is that the romance and the description of Waterloo don t uite go together It s like one story ends and entirely different one begins when the second half starts with some of the same characters Then for the last 30 pages the first one starts up again wrapping up all the storylines from the first part of the novel affected by the outcome of Waterloo Were it not for Audley the two would seem to have no connection at all It did need to flow better and perhaps not have uite so serious a shift in tone It was a little extreme I was jolted and I had to step back and take a breath before resuming after being plunged headfirst into 19th century military strategy PS For you fans of Heyer s These Old Shades one of my favorites and Devil s Cub Barbara is Dominic and Mary s granddaughter the couple from Devil s Cub and they make an appearance Bonus


10 thoughts on “An Infamous Army

  1. says:

    Warning; there may be spoilers for Regency Buck Devil's Cub in this reviewas GH uses characters from both in this bookMy good GR friend Hana has covered the historical side of reviewing the book I don't feel I can better her comments This is her review linked to with her permission I will mention that GH was meti

  2. says:

    This was a bit of a mash up part romance with an unpleasantly self absorbed heroine part history lesson meticulously researched and well told The story opens in Brussels on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo as British and allied Eu

  3. says:

    Although I had read three other Georgette Heyer novels before this one those were all detective stories instead of the historical romances tha

  4. says:

    This is exactly the bracing kind of story I needed Jolly good fun as the general population of characters in this book would say Geo

  5. says:

    I'm not sure this novel worked particularly well The divide between the ball room romances and the military mane

  6. says:

    I read Heyer for romance This book was not what I expected Too much military and hard to understandREVIEWER’S OPINIONI think it might be better to READ this book rather than LISTEN to it as an audiobook It was hard to understand all the military planning and battle action I needed to see diagrams and pictures

  7. says:

    Heyer's forte was historical research and it really shines through in this book The last 13 of the novel consis

  8. says:

    What did I know about the battle of Waterloo prior to reading this novel Nothing Nothing at all I didn't even know who the Duke of Wellington w

  9. says:

    This book has two sides In other words you will find two books inside1 It is definitely a tribute to Duke of Wellington and his army

  10. says:

    This was the first book I have ever read that was written by Georgette Heyer I can see why her work is so loved It was very well wri

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