An Infamous Army
A Novel of Love, War, Wellington and Waterloo
By Georgette Heyer
(Sourcebooks Landmark, Paperback, 9781402210075, 492pp.)
Publication Date: September 2007
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IN THE SUMMER OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of parties, balls and soirees. In the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, no one attracts more attention than the beautiful, outrageous young widow Lady Barbara Childe. On their first meeting, dashing Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, but even their betrothal doesn't calm her wild behavior. Finally, with the Battle of Waterloo raging just miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring back into the town, Lady Barbara discovers where her heart really lies, and like a true noblewoman, she rises to the occasion, and to the demands of love, life and war...
?A brilliant achievement?vivid, accurate, dramatic?
the description of Waterloo is magnificent.?
?Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect
period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer
achieves what the rest of us only aspire to.?
Author Helen Simonson risks her literary pretensions to admit a lifelong secret attraction to the Regency romance novels of Georgette Heyer. The dampened muslin dresses, the highly polished boots -- for her, nothing beats these tales of heroines who require a man with a firm hand on the bridle. More at NPR.org
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