April Lady

Dear Reader,

I’m super excited to be able to share my first Net Galley Audiobook review in todays letter!

I was lucky enough to be approved for an audio of April Lady by Georgette Heyer, read by the incredible Tanya Reynolds, through Net Galley. Suffice to say I loved it! Rather excitingly this was also my first Georgette Heyer *gasp* – I know… shocking! I don’t really know why it’s taken me this long to get around to reading some of her work. Especially as I was a huge Austen fan in my teens (and still am) – people have been recommending Heyer’s regency romances to me for years…

Anyway better late then never right?

April Lady by Georgette Heyer, narrated by Tanya Reynolds

General Fiction (Adult) | Historical Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Nell Cardross and her husband are madly in love… 

But they’re very bad at showing it. While Nell believes her new husband, the Earl, married her out of convenience, Giles Cardross worries that his young wife is more interested in his money than his heart. 

And Nell’s secretive and extravagant spending is becoming a problem… 

As she attempts to pay off her brother’s never-ending gambling debts, and prevent the Earl’s half-sister from eloping with a potentially ruinous match, will Nell’s heart of gold lead her – and her marriage – into trouble? 

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What better way to be introduced to the world of Georgette Heyer than by the simply wonderful narration of Tanya Reynolds. Listening to her was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Her interpretation brought the characters to life in such a way that I felt as if I were watching a play. She expertly conveyed the irony, tongue-in-cheek humour and emotional drama of the story – and her accents and voices were superb.

April Lady was a wonderful first glimpse of Heyer’s regency romances – the narrative spirals from seemingly trivial matters into a full blown drama in an engaging whirlwind of mistakes and misunderstandings until all seems utterly lost. But Heyer’s reputation proceeds her, and of course all comes right in the end – though one is left guessing till the final chapters…

A wonderfully warm-hearted story of love, friendship and family – spiced with period gossip and scandal! – set against the backdrop of regency London.

I loved all the characters and found great enjoyment in revelation of thier personalities throughout the story. It was also funny – I caught myself laughing out loud on several occasions! Perfect comfort reading.

I heartily recommend trying Georgette Heyer if like me you’ve never given her a go before and if Tanya Reynolds is reading…well then I can’t praise it enough!

As ever, I love chatting in the comments – do let me know your first experience of Georgette Heyer or any audio narrators you particularly loved.

Thank you to Net Galley and Penguin Random House Audiobooks for my recording of April Lady in exchange for my honest review.

Meg xx

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