|This book is an interesting mix of Heyer’s usual Regency-era romance, but it is also a detailed historical recreation of the days up to and including the battle of Waterloo. The level of detail is astounding, to the point where I had to stop reading and pull out a map to see visually where all the key players were and refresh my dim memories about the battle. Of course when Heyer wrote this in 1937 in England, her readers had the battle much more in their national memory, and she brings all the glory and the horror of it resoundingly to life.|
This is a wonderful romance written in the 1920s. Heyer’s style combines Jane Austen with chase scenes and intrigue. Moving from Louis XV’s France to England and back, the story has a terrific, sparkling heroine, an unlikely hero, and memorable characters. A joy to read.