Read Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer Online


"My aunt said in future I should be called Charity," said Cherry Steane pathetically, "to keep me in mind of the fact that that is what I am - a charity girl." Lord Desford's chivalrous instincts are instantly aroused, and, in spite of support from Miss Henrietta Silverdale, his childhood playmate and best of friends, and from his irrepressible younger brother Simon, he fi"My aunt said in future I should be called Charity," said Cherry Steane pathetically, "to keep me in mind of the fact that that is what I am - a charity girl." Lord Desford's chivalrous instincts are instantly aroused, and, in spite of support from Miss Henrietta Silverdale, his childhood playmate and best of friends, and from his irrepressible younger brother Simon, he finds himself in a rare case of pickles, in which he is baulked by Cherry's lickpenny grandfather and her rascally, worthless father, and from which he is finally delivered by the timely intervention of Henrietta's worthy suitor, Cary Nethercott....

Title : Charity Girl
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780525079767
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 253 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Charity Girl Reviews

  • Anne
    2018-12-19 19:09

    Is this even a Heyer novel?!?! What is this??Okay, alright, I know I'm being harsh. The quality is there. The gorgeous writing is there. The delightful slang, elegant turn of phrases and general Heyer-feels are there. BUT. Who on earth are those flat, boring, two-dimensional characters??! What the heck is that plot? Where is all the fun? The humour, the sparkle, the wit???? After having read such masterpieces as These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, Frederica, Cotillion, Friday's Child, and basically every single other Heyer novel (except The Corinthian, of which I also wasn't a huge fan), Charity Girl feels like a fraud. We all know the greatness of which Heyer is capable, yet she wrote this?? If it had been my first ever Heyer novel I think I might have liked it. It's well-written in classical Heyer style and there is enough going on for a newbie to like, but to a seasoned Miss like myself it falls completely flat because we all know this is just not the author at her best. Mind you, if this is her worst it's better than most people's best, but still. Having being spoilt many times before, I just couldn't bring myself to like this on very much.Sure, I like the characters. Miss Silverdale is nice, Viscount Desford is nice, Miss Steane is nice, Mr. Carrington is nice, Lord Wroxton is not so nice, Mr. Steane isn't either, and Lady Bugle and her countless daughters are most definitely not nice. Yay. No one really had any personality, or if they did, we had met them before. They didn't stand out, didn't come alive like in the other Heyer books. They didn't become my friends like they usually do, I didn't cheer for anyone, and didn't care who Viscount Desford was going to end up with, because it seemed so unimportant. The plot was very reminiscent of The Foundling and Sprig Muslin, but at least The Foundling was a wonderful journey of self-realization and Sprig Muslin was hilariously funny. Charity Girl just doesn't cut it. The story was slow, dragged on, and was even sometimes irritating. The romance was unconvincing in the extreme, and although I liked the conclusion, the whole thing had been so bleh that I didn't care much. Already, I have pretty much forgotten everything that happened in this book. And small wonder, because the "Charity girl" mentioned on the cover isn't that present in the story, the hero disappears for a good chunk near the end, and the heroine only puts in a few appearances too.So I'm not even entirely too sure what this whole thing was about!I can't say it was a "bad" book, because it isn't and I still had fun reading it aloud practicing my British accent, but if you're looking to get lost in Regency-land and swoon over a dashing hero and become best friends with the heroine, this one really isn't the book for that. A fluffy and slightly diverting read, but really there are more important Heyers out there that need your attention ;)Buddy-read with Lori :)

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-01-07 16:07

    Not one of Heyer's best, but an enjoyable read. This one is mostly a comedy of manners, and while it's never laugh-out-loud funny, I read it with a smile on my face.The romance is quite weak, although I was glad that the story didn't go in the direction I first expected. These are not modern romances so you must be prepared to enjoy the spectacle of wealthy gentlemen coming to the rescue of hapless females, but Heyer usually comes through with a balanced match.The prose does bog down a little when Charity's father shows up. There are rather too many obnoxious speeches from him and too many indignant explanations on the part of the hero's friends. The book is also jam-packed with the typical Regency slang, enough to be annoying if you were to read two or three of these books in a row. I'm familiar with most of the slang by now, but there are still a few mysterious expressions.

  • Kelly
    2019-01-15 21:01

    Wow. The first Heyer I geniunely, completely disliked. The plot has been done much better before. By Heyer. Many times. There were no hijinx. Just an annoying search for equally annoying, selfish, awful people who weren't even amusing to hear about. The characters were barely people, and when they were, they were terrible or irritating, with the possible exception of the hero, and that's only because he's off-stage or being perfect the whole book. I didn't want to spend time with any of these people. The heroine is a priggish, narrow-minded snob, as is everyone else in the book. It's incredibly classist for a book about "Charity," and the characters spend most of their conversation talking about which family is better than that family, selfish feuds from twenty years ago, and "bad blood." I have no idea why the hero would care for the heroine. Its never really explained to us, and its certainly not shown, which makes the happy ending somewhat out of left field. The stock supporting characters, who are usually the comic relief... were not at all funny. In the least. The pairings were contrived, the plot progression a yawn, and I have no idea how she filled 300 pages with the vicious nothingness that was this book.All in all, I've probably read 20-something Heyers. I suppose its a good average that it took me this long for me to really dislike one of her books.

  • Lori
    2019-01-15 20:07

    I enjoyed reading Charity Girl very much but this is the first Heyer book I have read that slogged through the middle before bringing me to a delightful conclusion. I am a true fan of Georgette Heyer's clean romances and even though this is not her best offering, I still crossed the finish line with a smile!More a comedy of manners than a romance, Charity Girl has a buffet of regency slang terms that kept me in good humor throughout the entire narrative. That said, many things crossed my mind while I was reading this book. One of them was that the hero is almost too nice and too absent for much of the book. No, really, he's a great guy and that's a good thing. It's just that in other Heyer romances, the reformed rakes have been much more entertaining. Maybe it's just more satisfying to read about a hero that is willing to mend his ways for the sake of love?The bottom line is, many readers will be tempted to set this book aside when they get toward the middle and they are nodding off due to the leisurely pace and the characters seem to be going around in circles. Do not be fooled by this! Heyer is shamming you! The ending is not to be missed and by the way, everyone gets what they want in the end! I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood to read a regency romp. Is that a thing? This is a very delightful regency romp!!! Someone stop me!! Buddy read with my friend, Anne.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-01-10 19:17

    1.5I'll just leave this as an explanation for myself. I cannot believe the same person wrote The Grand Sophy wrote this. You never get the feeling of who should be together. One of the positive things in this story is the hero himself. He is rarely with the heroine since he is trying to solve Cherry's problem so that could be the reason. The rest of them are as annoying as they can get. I neither liked snobbish Henrietta, nor Cherry (one of the dumbest characters I've come across in fiction). Everyone else is either horrible and selfish or simply dumb. Except Desford.I admit that the beginning of the story is pretty good and funny so there's that.

  • Carol Clouds ꧁꧂
    2019-01-05 14:10

    After rereading The Foundling & Cousin Kate & having an improved opinion of both, I did hope my assessment of Charity Girl would improve. I didn't expect to like this novel, mind, but hoped to find it an average read. Wrong. Charity Girl is still terrible & owes a lot to The Foundling & Sprig Muslim - both far better books. Reading Koestler's biography it sounds like GH wasn't well when she wrote this & genuinely thought she had written a good book. To be honest I had hoped on her usual diet of dexdrine, gin & cigarettes, she had phoned this one in. That at least would have been an excuse!Not much actually happens in this book, the hero & heroine spend very little time together & the ending feels rushed. & I have read enough times in GH's works about inn servants not being allowed to handle a hero's boots, in case they put a thumb mark on them! I did like some of the minor characters (most notably Simon) & (view spoiler)[ & Wilfred Steane's first scene, while laboured, gave me a chuckle!(hide spoiler)]Now to proofreading criticisms of this particular publication. (Arrow) Page 164, Peccavi is not in italics, but it is in my old Pan copy. The italics make it clear it's a foreign word. When I first read it I thought it was a typo. Worse, they talk about a bumblebroth in the book, but it's called a humblebroth on the back cover. Very sloppy.The other GH regency I didn't think much of was Lady of Quality. I may put off that reread for a while.

  • Miranda Davis
    2018-12-22 16:16

    Like Sprigged Muslin, which has GH's wit and carefully crafted characters but little romance, this story involved the hero, a viscount and heir to a title, becoming entangled with a secondary character, the charity girl of the title, who is not his love interest. He spends much of his time apart from the one with whom he belongs in his effort to help the young girl who was cursed with a louse of a father who's absconded to the continent years ago and is presumed dead. He feels honor bound to help her escape being a drudge for no pay in her tightwad, disapproving aunt's house to a suitable situation. In doing this, he is embroiled in the circumstances, relies on his dear friend next door, but spends most of his time away from her. It's a well-crafted story but, like Sprigged Muslin, isn't much of a romance. It's more a comedy of errors, with intrigues, lost relatives returning to raise a ruckus over Cherry (Charity), and the viscount finally realizing that he loves his neighbor and loyal friend after a lot of roundaboutations. I listened to the audiobook of this simply because Daniel Philpott read it, he of the extraordinarily wonderful reading of The Unknown Ajax. He does an admirable job here, too, though there are fewer opportunities to bring diverse characters to life as in TUA. Sadly, it was the story itself that fell flat for me. At least with Sprigged Muslin, the secondary character is very funny while stealing the show. Here, Charity is always on the verge of tears and a semi-ninny.

  • Mela
    2018-12-30 18:16

    A fine, good Heyer's Regency novel. One of shorter. One of her last and I could have seen her professional pen here. One may say: Good job.Yes, I have noticed many similarities with her other stories, e.g. 'The Foundling', but it didn't bother me because I found here engaging characters (Simon was like some splendid heroes from her other romances, Lady and Lord Wroxton had an interesting own story I am sure) and so beloved Heyer's language/dialogues.In my opinion, this book had also something important to tell. Reading it I was thinking about 'charity girls'. All those girls/women of those times. Girls which hadn't the meaning. As a rule, women had less possibilities than today, but 'charity girls' had even less. I suspect, that many of them would have had better (happier) life if they had lowered their status (getting married with a farmer or a clerk or even working some lighter physical work). But they were slaves of their class.So, because it was good written (with a deeper level), pure Heyer and I have a nice time - I am giving it 4 stars.But I have to admit it hadn't a spark. This spark which made some of Heyer's stories simply marvelous, genial. For example: an adventure in The Foundling, Dominic in Devil's Cub, banter in Faro's Daughter, Sophy in The Grand Sophy. This sparkle, which makes that I want to read it again, even before I finish the book.

  • May Grider
    2019-01-13 14:05

    The question has been raised in other reviews, "What is this book really about?" Because it doesn't seem to be about romance. I think it could be about "Sons and Brothers", or perhaps "lord Desmond grows up". The relationship between the H and his father and brother is quite lovely. Charity's father Mr. Steane is a very good character, alarming and funny. And there is a beautiful quote toward the beginning of the book about the H's father, who is afflicted by gout and very testy:"I am concerned for you, Mama, far more than I am for him! I don't know how you are able to bear your life! I could not!''No, I don't suppose you could,' she responded, looking at him in tolerant amusement. 'You weren't acquainted with him when he was young, and naturally you were never in love with him. But I was, and I remember how gay, and handsome, and dashing he used to be, and how very happy we were. And we still love one another, Ashley."Upon reading that quote, many many years ago, it became a goal of mine to have someone whose youth I could remember, and who would remember mine, when we were both old. I know that it is easy to go astray when relating fiction to an author's real life, but considering GH wrote this when she was older, and her husband was older than she, it seems that it might be a bit autobiographical. There are things that don't work in the book, particularly a long scene with H, Charity's grandfather and his new wife. GH has to tell us that it was supposed to be funny by having the H/h laugh about it later. Unfortunately, it's not actually funny. And the quick resolve of the H/h relationship is not credible. It does seem that the book reached an appropriate length and was submitted for publication, and I understand the comments that this book should perhaps be only for GH completists. However, I guess I count in that group. I had to read it, and I still enjoy it.

  • Andrea
    2018-12-20 21:03

    Not one of the more successful Heyers, this starts out with the introduction of a billion characters we never meet again, and then involves a lot of travelling in hunt of people, a too-large late appearance of a Falstaff, and very little chance to see the main couple even in the same room. There's not even a powerful trigger for the change of heart, since the couple appear to see each other regularly, and aren't at any real emotional extremis during the story.Reread notes: liked this more on this re-read, although my note above still stands. I like Hetta rather a lot - she's very capable - and her partner avoiding any hint of the rake, and instead getting along well with practically everyone and being rather nicer than most Heyer heroes. One thing that really stands out in this book is the overuse of period expressions. Heyer uses them a lot in all her regencies, but this one felt like no character could say anything without ladening on some period colour.

  • Nikki
    2019-01-14 19:19

    Charity Girl definitely isn't the best Heyer novel I've read. It's rather along the lines of Sprig Muslin, just with slightly different detail. That rather reduces its charms for me, having already read Sprig Muslin, and given that the heroines are either not particularly engaging, or we don't see enough of them.I think I'd have enjoyed it more if I hadn't already read Sprig Muslin, but it's a mild one really by Heyer's standards. There're some amusing characters, but nothing laugh-out-loud, and there's not really any excitement either. I wouldn't read it for a first Heyer novel, definitely (go for The Talisman Ring, which I adore!), or even if you're only a casual fan.It's well-written, of course, else I'd give it only two stars. I can't bear to do that with something by Heyer, though.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2018-12-31 18:11

    My 30th Georgette HeyerWhen Viscount Ashley Desford finds Cherry Steane running away from a life of drudgery with her uncaring relatives, he is determined to escort her to her grandfather in London. But upon arriving to an empty house, Desford places the girl in the care of Henrietta Silverdale, his neighbour and childhood friend.The book had a promising start. I liked both Desford and Henrietta, but the search for Cherry's grandfather and the appearance of her father were dull events. Cherry and Nethercott's relationship was hammed in so as to make for a perfectly wrapped up ending, but I needed more time with the main couple. Sigh!

  • Michelle
    2019-01-03 16:01

    Apparently I have this little problem when it comes to choosing books from a genre. I find myself choosing the one book that is not representative of the group. Like that time I picked up an Orson Scott Card novel with the intention of giving science fiction a try. I've NEVER read science fiction, and guess what? I still haven't ever read science fiction because I just happened to choose the one Orson Scott Card book that is NOT science fiction. And I've done it again! My mother is a huge fan of Regency Romances, so I was looking through her shelf of old books, and found Charity Girl. I figured, since it is Georgette Heyer and Georgette Heyer is the queen of the Regencies, this would be the perfect book. (BTW...I have read one contemporary Regency recently, Seeking Persephone, which I did sort of adore. But I wanted an "original" example of the genre, I guess...and now I'm rambling, so moving on.) The problem is, I didn't pick the prototypical Regency. I picked the one wherein Miss Heyer seemed to be experimenting...maybe? I don't know. But it didn't have the sweet and lovely heroine versus the mean and brooding hero. You know how the story goes down. These two folks are completely incompatible with each other, but for some reason, they are thrust together due to some impossible circumstance. A marriage of convenience takes place early on, and then we wait and see how the two work their differences out. In the mean time, there is a lot of romantic tension because they both like each other and have lots of chemistry, but they are afraid or can't get over their pride, and so you get a glance here or a touch there, and maybe one or two small kisses. But just as in real life, you like the anticipation of the budding romance. None of that happened here. It wasn't a bad thing, I suppose, and I liked it enough to finish it, but I was hoping for the formula. So maybe two stars is more how I feel about the fact that it was not the book I was expecting, but I gave it three because I honestly did like it. But it really stops at like for me. But then again, the story did ramble on a bit. Here is a run down of the basic plot: girl runs away from her adopted home; girl is found by a wealthy aristocratic gentleman; gentleman must not break propriety by being seen to have seduced said girl; BUT gentleman cannot leave said girl by the wayside with out assistance; gentleman takes girl to friend and goes in search of girl's grandfather and/or other possible friends to aid in girl's rescue. And really, the part about searching and searching for the grandfather/friends went on for quite some time, and I was a bit bored with it. There was no real romantic tension between any of the characters. UnlikeSeeking Persephone, I didn't find myself screaming inside at the characters to just kiss already. And then (spoiler alert...kind of but not really) the romance wasn't even between this girl and her gentleman rescuer. Ugh. Isn't that all part of the convention? Not here, I guess, because gentleman loves the woman with whom he is completely and totally compatible. That's all fine and well in real life, where people should marry those with whom they are compatible, of course, but this isn't real life, now is it? But then I didn't want him to be with the rescued heroine, either, because Heyer didn't build any romantic tension between those two characters, either. Do you see what I am saying here??? Stick with the formula, I beg of you!!!Oh and then the ending, well, wow, it just sped right up and all of a sudden the pickle that these characters are in got actually sort of fun and exciting, and so I would say that the last forty pages or so were a bit redemptive of the drag that was going on there in the middle of the story. Summary...this isn't a glowing review, but it wasn't a bad book. Just didn't find what I was expecting/wanted.

  • Andrea
    2019-01-13 13:05

    I must say, I am a bit disappointed. I pick out Georgette Heyer’s books at random, trying to read them all. Some I LOVE (Venetia, The Unknown Ajax, Arabella), some I absolutely hate (Sprig Muslin, Regency Buck), and some are somewhere in the middle. Those don’t feature characters I loathe and would love to slap some sense into, but they also don’t make me care in the least about the characters’ fates. This is one of these books for me. The story is almost exactly the same as that of Sprig Muslin (only with a much less despicable girl at the center of the story): pretty, but foolish girl, runs away from the family that took her in (in this case because she was treated as a charity case (hence the title “Charity Girl”) and expected to be almost a servant to the girls), is found by slightly bored, but honorable and faultless aristocrat, who gets himself entangled in her mess –because, well, honestly, as was the case in Sprig Muslin, I have no idea why. Some misguided sense of honor, most likely- , who ends up realizing he has been in love with his best friend –who is always happy to be burdened with the runaway in question and take care of her while the hero sorts out the girl’s mess- all along. I thought Ashley, Viscount Desford, was slightly boring and uninteresting. He was so nice, so understanding, so perfect, it was sickening. Heyer has written the bored aristocrat who finds and helps a runaway so much better in my opinion (The Corinthian). Cherry was not particularly irritating, but very insipid and easy to be taken advantage of. I wished she would grow a backbone and stand up for herself, but that didn’t happen. I also didn’t care much for Henrietta, Desford’s best friend, who just took in a total stranger, no questions asked, while the hero left to find someone willing to take her off her hands. The love story between Deford and Henrietta also fell much to short, to the point where it made very little sense to me that in the end both proclaimed they had loved each other all along.To make things worse, this book featured some of the worst names I have yet come across (and having read almost all of Heyers books by now, that is saying something): Lady Sophronia Emborough, Charity “Cherry” Steane, Hephzibah Cardle, and Lucasta, Oenone, Perenna, and Dianeme Bugle. Some of these made me wonder how you would pronounce them that I sometimes forgot to concentrate on what I was reading. It’s a short, light read that I would only recommend to the most dedicated Heyer fans, because I feel that if you pick this up at random without having read some of her other, more brilliant books, you could get the impression all her books are like this, which is definitely not the case. The second star is purely for the quality of the writing and some funny scenes (which still lacked the sparkling humor found, for example, in The Talisman Ring).

  • Kate
    2018-12-31 14:57

    In more weird mid-century marketing news (did they think women only read books about women, or could Heyer not come up with a cute double meaning title?), the real protagonist of Charity Girl is not the C.G. Cherry, who clearly annoyed Ms. Heyer before she'd been writing about her for thirty seconds, but instead the sensible but not un-dashing Viscount Desford. Large quantities of silly Regency slang ("Turkish treatment" "mifty" and more!) make this a fun read, even though the conclusion is apparent half-a-page in. Heyer may be uneven, but there's no one else to match her style. I wish she came in a format to appeal to middle-schoolers because the friendliness of these love stories is so nice, non-threatening and bizarrely more realistic than most current teeny love fare.

  • kris
    2019-01-04 18:12

    Ashley Carrington, Viscount Desford, stumbles across Miss Charity "Cherry" Steane on his way back to London. After discovering that Cherry's grandpa is not at home, he takes her to his long-time bff, Henrietta "Hetta" Silverdale. Cue some cross-country adventures, the blackmailing con man father, and a pinch of romance!1. This was tolerable but not my particular cup of tea. It's very muchSprig Muslin but without the idyll in the countryside. Everyone is more isolated and it feels a bit more of a character study. 2. Cherry's papa was so goddamned slimy that I skimmed his chapters because UGH. SO GROSS. 3. The major romance was underbaked. Raw in the middle. Completely doughy.

  • LaFleurBleue
    2019-01-13 20:55

    A nice romance from Georgette Heyer, with what some might consider as rather nondescript characters and a rather bland plot. For sure, the plot is rather simple with few twists and turns. And the characters are not completely extraordinary or outrageous. But that's part of the charm of that specific book. A story and characters to which everyone can easily relateI enjoyed the read which felt shorter than other of her books and didn't deserve more pages. There were a few times when I deeply smiled. Not the bundle of fun that some of her other romances are but not as bad as I was lead to believe by reading other reviews.

  • Sherwood Smith
    2018-12-29 14:19

    This a late novel, featuring one of Heyer's plain but kind heroines who has long been in love with the hero, as a younger woman comes along. It reads to me like it was phoned in.Really only for completists, or for the Heyer fan who loves everything she did, without reserve.

  • Jannah (Cloud Child)
    2019-01-18 13:57

    Read this a few years ago, it was hard to get through from what I remember. The romance was a bit confusing and the jargon too. I think it was funny though. Seeing reviews for Heyers other books, I see this wasnt her best so Ill have to give her a chance.

  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    2018-12-21 20:55

    This one...this one I did not love. And there were probably several reasons for that, namely that Richard Armitage did not narrate it. Also, that it was much longer than the others I've read thus far. And it was not a romance. Not to me, anyway. I honestly knew who the intended love interest for Desford was from the beginning, but they've been lifelong friends and he spends so little time in her company for much of the book that I wasn't sure it would actually come to pass. I'm glad I listened to the others first or this novel surely would have put me off them.

  • Elinor
    2018-12-20 20:58

    A refreshing break from heavier reading, Heyer never fails to satisfy. I wish that the two main love interests would have spent more time together engaging in the banter for which the author is famous, but there were plenty of other interesting characters and a very diverting plot.

  • Cathie Stumpenhaus
    2019-01-03 19:08

    Delightful as ever!

  • Darla
    2019-01-02 19:02

    (Genre:Regency Romance) An okay Georgette Heyer book, but not one of her best, in my opinion. I liked it (especially the ending, for multiple reasons), but found it incredibly easy to put down. So this would be a low three stars for me or maybe even a 2.5 star book.The story centers on the handsome & very eligible Viscount Desford who comes across "Cherry" (real name Charity) who is living on her aunt's charity because she has no other family member willing to take responsibility for her. Her father was the ne'er-do-well, younger son of a titled lord, but was disinherited when he married someone his father did not approve of. When her mother died, Charity's father put her in a boarding school and had nothing more to do with her beyond sending in yearly payments for her upkeep. When payment for her room and board stopped coming to the school, Charity is forced to go live with whatever extended family member will take her in, which lands her with her maternal aunt. Her aunt has several daughters of a similar age and has no need of another young lady to launch into society, especially one that is not recognized by her paternal grandfather and has no dowry. So Charity is treat more like a "free" servant rather than a beloved family member. Desford meets Cherry when he is at a ball hosted by her aunt. Cherry has not been included in the event, but rather is watching from a staircase. Desford spies her and strikes up a conversation with her and finds her much more interesting than her beautiful cousin & belle of the ball, Lucasta. The next day, on his way to London, he comes across Cherry running away unaccompanied, lugging her heavy suitcase along the side of the road. Desford feels honor bound to help her, but is also aware of the problems that helping her could cause him and his reputation.

  • Becky
    2019-01-04 14:08

    Charity Girl is an enjoyable Regency Romance by Georgette Heyer. It is one of her later novels, and it perhaps loses a little of the charm that made her books sparkle in previous years. But it is an enjoyable read nonetheless. Charity Girl is similar in plotting-but-not-pacing to an earlier novel, Sprig Muslin which Heyer wrote in 1956. Both books feature gentleman rescuing damsels-in-distresses. Both women, I believe, were running away. Both, I believe, were heading from the country to the city. Both gentlemen find the situation frustrating. Both gentlemen take the "damsels" to their old-maid best friends to watch after. Both gentlemen end up with the "old maids" friends. Both men actually have the situation work to their advantage in the romance department strangely enough. But the books are different in many ways.Viscount Desford is our hero who rescues the young Charity, "Cherry." Cherry is running away from her aunt's house. She's tired of being Cinderella-without-a-prince. She's hoping that her grandfather will take her in. He lives in London. She doesn't. She needs a way to get there...and Des comes through. But when the girl's grandfather isn't home...Desford delivers the girl to the care of Miss Henrietta Silverdale and her mother, Lady Silverdale. Cherry is content to stay there and make the most of her time--helping Lady Silverdale even though she's a bit cranky and becoming good friends with Henrietta. Desford is off on his own to try to track down this grandfather. He tries place after place, city after city, following clue after clue.There are plenty of twists in this one--to the girl, to her family--and this one really begins to sparkle there in the end. (But it has a slower beginning.) Some memorable characters. Some clever conversations. Enjoyable enough.© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  • Katie
    2019-01-04 17:24

    This is the first Heyer novel that I've read quickly not because I loved it, but because I kept thinking, "this can't be it, there has to be more."Part of the reason it was simply no good was that too much was grabbed from other Heyer novels - novels that did it better.A young girl runs away from home! And is rescued on the road by a noble lord who promptly regrets his decision to rescue her! In Sprig Muslim this set up is so hilariously put together that everything seems perfect. The girl running away is doing it to show her grandfather she's serious about marrying her sweetheart. The hero regrets it because she is continually running away from HIM as he tries to save her. In Charity Girl she is running away from being treated as a servant, and the hero starts regretting it because it's kind of a pain? I don't know. It didn't have the same vibrancy.The hero drops the debutante off with a well-known female friend! Again, the comparison to Sprig Muslim is here, but whereas in Sprig Muslim, this leads to a hilarious comedy of errors resulting in everyone! trapped! in a hotel! In Charity Girl it kind of resulted in... nothing? She hangs out there for the whole book, and nothing really happens.The father shows up at the last minute and is fairly ridiculous. Whereas in The Masqueraders, this resulted in some really, truly hilarious dialogue, in Charity Girl it fell flat. Everything about the father was malicious rather than just silly.I can't help but feel like this was a book someone else wrote saying, "I will write a Georgette Heyer novel!" but it doesn't have the heart of her usual novels.

  • Pauline Montagna
    2019-01-04 21:13

    I've always loved Georgette Heyer and I picked up this book from the library recently on a day I just needed something light and sweet, though I think this might be the only Georgette Heyer my library has, since I'm sure I've read this twice before. But not to worry. One reads a Georgette Heyer for the experince rather than the story. In this case, while at a country ball, our hero meets the hostess's poor and put upon young cousin. The next day he finds her attempting to walk to London. In a moment of chivalry he picks her up and having taken responsibility for her, must negotiate with her lickpenny grandfather and reprobate father to secure her future. In the process he discovers where his heart lies. Though as light and sweet as I needed it to be, this is not one of Heyer's best books, and slight even for her. One gets the feeling in the last third of the book that Heyer became aware that she didn't have enough material to reach her word target so padded it out a bit, with one conversation in particular making the same point at least three times over.An enjoyable enough read, but Ms Heyer could do better.

  • Kelli
    2019-01-11 13:03

    The copy that I have is so classic and 50's. I absolutely love it. I love Heyer any way, but for some reason this book cover is the best. I won't say I love the storyline. Heyer's older heroines being sisterly with the younger heroines are never my favorite. SPOILER -- My favourite moments are when Desford meets Cherry on the stairs and on the road when she tries to run away. Heyer's writing was so good there. Maybe I just really loved her earlier novels (Regency Buck, The Corinthian, These old Shades) where the young girl falls in love with the male lead. I do not like the old maid, best friend roles that Heyer writes. I really loved the camaraderie between Des and Charity more than what he had with Hetta.

  • Emilia Barnes
    2019-01-09 21:12

    Not Georgette Heyer's best effort, but by no means poor. I liked the friendship into romance aspect of it, and I genuinely liked the hero. As usual, there was humour, clothes and some further exploration of Heyer's regency world. It is to Sprig Muslin what Lady Of Quality is to Black Sheep, I suppose, but that doesn't stop it being an enjoyable sort of romp.

  • Cecily
    2019-01-10 14:07

    This reminded me of The Foundling, though I didn't find it quite as hilarious. Dippy girl with no connections gets into scrape and chivalrous man jumps in to save her. Chivalrous man doesn't end up with dippy girl (no of course not!) He ends up with who you want him to end up with and dippy girl gets another appropriate offer. Hijinks ensue, of course. What I enjoyed most about this book was the family relationships. The conversations between Des and his parents and his brother Simon were some of the best I've read in a Heyer novel. The OTHER family relationships were also rather amusing, though not quite as comfortable.

  • Kathy
    2018-12-23 20:13

    Re-read. May be unfair to call this a romance, since it's really a mild comedy of manners, but, hey. It has been more than thirty years since I originally read this, and I had no remembrance of the plot or characters. My memory was that it was ok, but not one of my favorites. I would have to say that that is still my opinion. It's an enjoyable read, but won't stay with you, probably.Cherry, as she prefers to be called, is in the care of her aunt, who treats her very unkindly, even though she is well fed and has a place to stay. In a fit of despair, she runs away, only to be overtaken on her escape, by Lord Desford. Humorous complications abound. Have fun.