By Georgette Heyer
At the eve of conflict, passions are operating high... ''A impressive achievement...vivid, actual, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent.''-DAILY MAIL ''My favourite ancient 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, nobody draws extra awareness than the gorgeous, outrageous younger widow woman Barbara Childe. On their first assembly, rushing 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, woman Barbara discovers the place her center relatively lies, and prefer a real noblewoman, she rises to the get together, and to the calls for of affection, lifestyles and war... ''Wonderful characters, based, witty writing, excellent interval aspect, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the remainder of us simply aspire to.'' -KATIE FFORDE
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He likes it. ’ She was quite dumbfounded by this unexpected light cast upon the proceedings at Vienna, but before she could express her astonishment her husband came into the room, and the subject was forgotten in the greeting between the brothers, and the exchange of questions. ‘You have been travelling fast,’ the Earl said, as he presently took his seat at the table. ’ ‘Yes, shockingly fast. We even had to stop for lard to grease the wheels. ’ said the Colonel, with a twinkle. ’ ‘Oh, all of us old hands remain, except perhaps March, who will probably stay with the Prince of Orange.
They were both married, the younger, Catharine, being one of the season’s brides, with a most unexceptionable young husband to her credit, Lord John Somerset, temporarily attached to the Prince of the Orange’s personal staff. It was strange that Catharine, decidedly her sister’s inferior in beauty and brain, should have done so much better for herself in the marriage market. You could hardly blame her for having fallen so deeply in love with Lord Byron. Quite an affaire that had been, while it lasted.
Both, I daresay. I have no notion of staying here if Bonaparte does march on Brussels, as they all say he will. ‘Don’t think it! I shall stay. A war will be exciting. ‘Who lives will see! ‘Dearest Gussie! ’ Barbara murmured. A cocked hat had been tossed on to a chair, and a gentleman in the white net pantaloons and blue frock-coat of a staff officer was sitting on the floor, busily engaged in making paper boats for Lord Temperley. Lord Temperley was standing beside him, a stern frown on his countenance betokening the rapt interest of a young gentleman just two years old.
An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and War by Georgette Heyer