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I had this listed as already read, but I have no memory of this, and you d think that I would Tiffany is SO HORRIBLE, and I LOVE the way the reader does her horrible tantrums This story is hilarious, and also rather frustrating, and I hesitate between 4 and 5 stars I rather wanted there to be of a couple of people getting their comeuppance at the end But I love Sir Waldo the titular Nonesuch and the unflappable Miss Trent Real Rating 4.5 of fiveThat was a most satisfying ending indeed The way we went around and about, I wondered how we d ever reach the stables Trust Ma Heyer, whispered the Ghost of Horrible Absent, never would she lead you astrayand leave you there Yes Horrible, yes indeed, you re correct as always A delicious ride A delightful end place A read to be savored as much in memory as in experience Ancilla and Tiffany getting their just deserts makes the fate of the Nonesuch so much appealing COD s head, nodcock , rumgumption, canker, toplofty, coxcomb, chuckle headed, ninnyhammered, fubsy faced, widgeon, fribble , chuck farthing, miff maff, sapskull , baffle headed clunch Who couldn t enjoy a book with such colourful language I really enjoyed this story Tiffany was an absolute pain in the arse Contains spoilers 4.5 starsThings I loved 1 Sir Waldo I mean what s not to like He s handsome, rich, athletic, virtuous, idolized and a PHILANTHROPIST Finally a perfect hero who doesn t cringe at the mere mention of paupers He wants his newly inherited estate, Broom Hall, to become a school for young orphan boys Needless to say he won my deepest respect from the first and managed to keep it.2 Ancilla Trent I LOVED HER She was absolutely amazing She was so genteel, elegant and sensible, and remained so throughout the story, even when she thought that she was being heedless because Sir Waldo had the disconcerting ability to throw her into fluttersShe decide that her wisest course would be to put him out of her mind After reaching this conclusion she lay thinking about him until at last she fell asleepI felt extremely bad for her having to watch over that abominable wild cat, known as Tiffany.3 Their first meeting It was Beau.Ti.Ful Sparks flew all the way You could feel the electricity in the air when they first looked upon each other It was very well doneTheir eyes met, both pairs gray, hers very cool and clear, his faintly smiling 4 Lord Lindeth ending up with Miss Chartley they were both my favourite secondary characters and as soon as it was hinted at that they had the possibility of becoming a couple, I was all Oh please, please Miss Heyer Please have the presence of mind to make them end up together To the devil with Tiffany I was immensely scared that Tiffany would win Lindeth.5 Miss Chartley She was awesome, from the few glimpses we had of her I loved the episode in Leeds Way to go Patience She deserved a lot attention than she got from the characters and from Miss Heyer and should ve been into the spotlight than annoying, vexatious Tiffany 6 Sir Waldo and Miss Trent waltzingWith you or no oneGasp SWOON 7 The simple plot As much as I enjoy Heyer s overpacked plots of cross dressing duels gambling drinking elopements with wealthy handsome noblemen wearing wigs and mincing around on high heels, carrying fans, I really liked the calmer, country feel good atmosphere of a good ol Regency comedy of manners taking place under the oh so hot sun of a Yorkshire summer.8 The Regency slang Heyer went full out in this one Most of the time it was pretty easy to use the context to determine the meaning of words sentences, but I admit that there were a few instances when I didn t particularly understand what was being said But overall I really enjoyed it Heyer sure knew how to write Some of my favourite chuckfarthing fellow , Town Tulip , Top of the Trees , nambypamby nonsense , ninny hammer and my new favourite expression making a cake of oneself Things that annoyed me 1 Tiffany She was just plainly atrociously IN.TO.LE.RA.BLE As much as I appreciate villains and selfish, shallow characters, she was just too much And the fact that she was beautiful only made it worse She didn t deserve it Which brings me to2 Every Single Man dangling around her It was so irritating to hear of so and so going after Miss Wield and so and so being jealous, and then Sir Waldo yes, Sir Waldo giving her encouragement from time to time Of course we know that he is by no means taking in with her, but still I would have loved to hear instead that he was the one man who refrained from flirting with her, even if he wanted to teach her a lesson.3 Speaking of which, she never does learn her lesson She gets what she wants in the end SHE GOES TO LONDON Well, I was only glad for the sake of everyone else, particularly the Staples folk, that they were to be rid of her 4 Miss Trent pretending that she isn t in love with the Nonesuch when he proposes to her, because she thinks he has a bunch of illegitimate children Of all the absurdities And, what was very upsetting, the fact that she WON T ASK HIM POINT BLANK WHAT EXACLTY IT MEANS THAT HE HAD WRETCHED BRATS Ah I know that she was very picky with the proprieties, but come on She could have found a way to ask him tactfully what was up But no Instead he had to be rejected, when it had been so obvious that he was as virtuous and straitlaced as she was, and so profoundly in love with her Poor Sir Waldo 5 As much as I love the Regency and its customs and manners, I can t help but being a trifle annoyed at the exaggeration as to what is sometimes considered an impropriety No lady can do anything by herself, but God forbid she asks the help of any gentleman for she is sure then of being reproached of setting her cap at him, which would be even worse That part when some of the old matrons are gossiping about how Miss Trent is trying to catch Sir Waldo was too much to bear All because they danced twice Oh, my Lord How improper , and he lead her on his arm to supper, and then later in the evening wrapped a shawl around her It wasn t as though they were seen making out on the terrace And besides, as it never occurred to them, that hum, hello, maybe the reason for Sir Waldo s singling Miss Trent out might be that he is IN LOVE WITH HER Why else would he flirt with the governess 6 The word lief It was decidedly over used I don t mind the abuse of devil or devilish or damn or dash , but if I come across lief again Argh 7 The fact that we are never given any insight into Sir Waldo s developing passion for Miss Trent We all know he s falling for her, and as much as I appreciate Heyer s show don t tell , I would have liked a tad bit of what was going on inside his head We read about Miss Trent s developing feelings, so why not his I wanted to know from his perspective why he had fallen in love with Ancilla We got what Laurie thought on the matter Like, who cared about Laurie, right 8 The ending If I can even call it that I know Heyer loves to wrap things up pretty quickly, as though she thinks that after the hero and heroine have kissed it s time to end the story as quickly as she can, lest she should be tempted to get them into bed action LOL I don t think so I m kidding she wouldn t , but really That was exaggerated A little bitinteraction between the two lovers after they are agreed to get married I am reviewing the book right now, but I still feel like I haven t finished it When all s said and done, however, my annoyances weren t so profound as to out weigh my overall enjoyment of The Nonesuch The book was a marvel Whatever I m going to read next might seem pretty poor after this Many people couldn t stand Tiffany She s hands down the most nasty female character I ve read in Heyer s universe Maybe because I d been prepared by people s irritation of her, I found Tiffany s absolute self absorption and selfishness very entertaining Every scene with her, whether it s throwing temper tantrum or merely opening her mouth, gave me a good laugh Reading men of quality falling prey to her beauty until they were hit by her nasty temper and came out of the stupor was fun than reading the subdued romance between Sir Waldo and Miss Trent, and it didn t help that the misunderstanding between them toward the end seemed a bit forced to me What did irritate me a little was Miss Trent s ever present impulse to feel sorry and to patch things up for this heartless Tiffany With her constant thinking she s just a child , you d think Tiffany was a 6 year old instead of a young woman ready for the marriage market That s why it s so satisfying in the end when Miss Trent tried but FAILED to stop Sir Waldo from giving Tiffany a long overdue stern set down But this ending Ugh It s better than Heyer s Black Sheep, but not by much It kills me that I ll never know how Tiffany reacted to Sir Waldo s brilliant, crushing words With Laurence cheering Sir Waldo on, that would ve been such a delicious read To me the story could ve been tighter More than once, I found myself skimming through lengthy thoughts of some minor characters 3.5 stars The Nonesuch is a reread for me It has long been a favorite with its comedy of errors, Regency era country setting, colorful characters, and even colorful use of Regency Cant The Nonesuch defies convention and provides a nearly perfect hero to entice and beguile the reader Waldo is perfection, but he is engaging and wins hearts by his very nature He is all that and at the top of his game, but he is kind and giving as well as shrewd and worldly wise He guides his two younger relations and even a few others while attempting his first real courtship He s the cool guy and the alpha male without all the draw backs.Meanwhile, the lady Waldo chooses to favor, Ancilla, is in great doubt of his perfections and manages to disbelieve or misrepresent him due to her own self doubt Ancilla is a superior lady, but she has fallen on hard times and must be employed as a spoilt young beauty s companion It is the difference in their status and wealth that make her doubt the most and believe the worst And, I get it, reputation is of great importance when you work for a living and are at the mercy of others.Heyer fills the story with a series of sparkling wit, laugh out loud comedic moments, but spares the reader some of the dashing about that can appear Her focus is on a mature couple finding love, but also a gaggle of young people coming of age who need to be steered right On the side, there is the story of a second cousin of Waldo s who is on the brink of ruin and must decide on which side he ll land.Side note, a second reading did not render little spoilt Tiffany any less noisome She really did need a comeuppance and I had no sympathy for her poor little rich girl only child no one to guide her when she was young issues.I love this story, but if it has a fault, it s the abrupt ending It literally just stops The reader is left in no doubt about the main plot threads, but there is no denouement to appreciate it.But, as always, I come away with a smile and a happy sigh for another of the author s queenish works. 3.5I feel cheated by the abrupt ending It doesn t even end with the two main characters That being said, it surprised me how much I enjoyed this book There is no real plot one could point out The Nonesuch s strength are its characters.Some of them are adorably lovely I loved Julian , some hilariously childish and greedy Laurie , gossipy and mean some of the village matrons , goodhearted Mrs Underhill, Miss Trent s employer and some will drive you crazy Tiffany I don t even want to give her attention than she deserves most characters gave her than enough attention in the book As for the love story, it kind of feels as if Heyer forgot to explain or at least show why would Sir Waldo fall for Ancilla Trent I liked her, but I got to read her thoughts He didn t have that.Still, even with the flaws I had lots of fun with these characters. I just love Georgette Heyer This is a 5 star book of hers for completely different reasons then Arabella , Frederica or The Grand Sophie all favorite Heyer books , yet it s not quite the same as These Old Shades or Devil s Cub My two other favorites The first three and several others of hers always have me laughing out loud when I read The last two, are romances that make my heart beat just a little faster along with wonderful adventures The Nonesuch isn t quite the same as any of these It has some very funny parts, but every day life kind of funny then Saturday Night Live kind of funny It s the two main characters that really sells this book for me The Nonesuch himself is such a good man He seems almost too good to be true, but really, it s a romance so why can t he be Miss Trent is not so young as some of Heyer s heroines she s one of the older types that Heyer occasionally writes so well She s smart, and elegant, yet she has a sense of humor Really what I like about this book is the romance that blooms so naturally It makes total sense and it evolves very naturally The obstacles all come from outside sources with only very little misunderstanding between the two that is completely understandable So often romances get caught up in the they love each other and have to completely misunderstand each other to make it interesting plot line I get frustrated when the characters make their own troubles and just end up frustrating me This book was satisfying romance that was also interesting through and through I would recommend this to anyone who likes romance Especially to those who are interested in trying Heyer again. Georgette Heyer, the lady whose impeccable writing skill was is still second to none.I m torn about rating this one on one hand the main couple was terrific and I loved them to bits but on the other hand, this book has THE most annoying character I ve ever met in Regency novels And I m talking as someone who have endured Lydia Bennet in Pride Prejudice many times over Lydia doesn t hold a candle to Miss Tiffany I m too beautiful for this world Wield I wouldn t have minded it her so much except that she was featured quite prominently throughout the story and with 3xx pages, it got to the point where I had to skim her parts just to keep my will to finish Because like I said, I wanted to finish, Ancilla and Waldo deserved at least that from me Oh they were wonderful both as a couple and also as individuals.rating `DOWNLOAD PDF ☞ The Nonesuch ⇲ At The Age Of Five And Thirty, Sir Waldo Hawkridge, Wealthy, Handsome, Eligible, Illustrious, And Known As The Nonesuch For His Athletic Prowess, And When He Comes North To Inspect His Unusual Inheritance At Broom Hall In The West Riding, His Arrival Leads To The Most Entertaining Of Ramifications When They Learned That Sir Waldo Hawkridge Was Coming, The Village Gentry Were Thrown Into A Flurry The Famed Sportsman Himself Heir To An Uncounted Fortune, And A Leader Of London Society The Local Youths Idolized The Nonesuch The Fathers Disapproved And The Mothers And Daughters Saw Him As The Most Eligible And Elusive Man In The KingdomBut One Person Remained Calm When She Became A Governess, Twenty Eight Years Old Ancilla Trent Had Put Away Romance, And At First She Could Only Be Amused At The Fuss Over Sir Waldo, Who Ignored The Well Born Beauties Of The District But She Found That Instead Of Regarding Him Revulsion, She Could Very Easily Be Beguiled Into Flirtation Such A State Of Affairs Would Never Do To Be Tiffany Wield S Chaperone Is A Serious Trial To Ancilla Because Her Pupil S Bad Behavior Ancilla Strives To Be A Calming Influence On Her Tempestuous Charge, But Then Tiffany Runs Off To London Alone And Ancilla Is Faced With A Devastating Scandal Sir Waldo Hawkridge, A Confirmed Bachelor Who Believes He Is Past The Age Of Falling In Love, Comes Instantly To The Aid Of The Intrepid Ancilla To Stop Tiffany S Flight, And In The Process Discovers That It S Never Too Late For The First Bloom Of Love And A Shocking Question Began To Form Could The Celebrated Gentleman Be Courting Her