By Georgette Heyer
At the eve of conflict, passions are operating high... ''A wonderful achievement...vivid, actual, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent.''-DAILY MAIL ''My favourite historic novelist.''-MARGARET DRABBLE in the summertime OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of events, balls and soirees. within the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, not anyone draws extra cognizance than the attractive, outrageous younger widow girl Barbara Childe. On their first assembly, speeding Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, yet even their betrothal does not calm her wild habit. eventually, with the conflict of Waterloo raging simply miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring again into town, girl Barbara discovers the place her center rather lies, and prefer a real noblewoman, she rises to the party, and to the calls for of affection, lifestyles and war... ''Wonderful characters, stylish, witty writing, ideal interval aspect, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the remainder of us purely aspire to.'' -KATIE FFORDE
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Do you make a long stay in Brussels? Eh? Yes? That’s capital! ’ Judith said something graceful, and as his Grace seemed inclined to linger, presented her husband. A brief How-de-do? was exchanged; other people pressed forward to claim the Duke’s attention; and he passed on, bowing to one person, shaking hands with another, calling out: ‘Hallo, how are you? ’ to a third. Unlike the figure of her imagination, he seemed very much at home in a ballroom, quite accessible, cheerful to the verge of jocularity, and ready to be pleased.
A shade of admiration came into her eyes; she said appreciatively: ‘The deuce take it! I believe—yes, I believe that was a snub! ’ He turned towards her, and took both hands in a strong clasp. ‘Don’t speak ill of yourself, and I won’t. ‘That was to be expected.
Repeated the Colonel. ’ Prejudiced as Judith was in Miss Devenish’s favour, this encomium seemed to be to her somewhat exaggerated. Charles sounded quite serious too: in fact, oddly serious. She turned her head, and found to her surprise that he was not looking in Miss Devenish’s direction, but towards the big double doorway. ’ she began, but broke off as her gaze followed his. It was quite obvious whom Colonel Audley was staring at. He was staring at a vision in palest green satin draped in a cloud of silver net.