by Georgette Heyer
Mass Market Paperback:
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Released: 1940; July 1, 2000
Source: Bought from Half.com.
Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
When Sir Richard Wyndham, an accomplished Corinthian, comes across a beautiful young woman climbing out of a window in a bid to escape, he finds the ideal opportunity to realize his own escape. His family is pressuring him to marry a women that he doesn't like and who doesn't like him. But he hasn't met any woman he could love, until now.
Penelope Creed is an heiress pressured by relatives to marry to a man she loathes. She's returning in disguise to her country home to contact a man she hasn't seen for years--a childhood friend that she promised to marry. Surely he's still waiting...
Richard and Pen become friends through danger and adventure. Only Pen's uncertain young heart will tell where their destiny lies.
The Corinthian is a Regency romance with a grand adventure. A diamond necklace has been stolen, and the police are searching suspicious-looking people. Pen is worried they'll uncover her disguise and send her home to her relatives. After several twists and turns, one of thieves end up dead, and it's up to our hero (and heroine) to set everything straight.
The characters were all enjoyable, and the main romantic couple was well suited to each other. The story was very funny with the many scrapes that the various characters got into. As is fairly typical for Heyer, the novel ended abruptly. However, it was still clear how everything would resolve itself. This is one of my favorite Heyer romantic adventures.
There were no sex scenes. There was some explicit bad language (mostly swearing using "God"). Overall, I'd highly recommend this hilarious romp.
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