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An Infamous Army PDF/EPUB Õ An Infamous  Kindle - IN THE SUMMER OF , with Napoleon Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of parties, balls and soireesIn the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, no one attracts attention than the beautiful, outrageous young widow Lady Barbara ChildeOn their first meeting, dashing Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, but even their betrothal doesn t calm her wild behaviorFinally, 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 This was the first book I have ever read that was written by Georgette Heyer I can see why her work is so loved It was very well written and much attention was given to detail, which I always enjoy She put much work it into it while still allowing me to use my imagination to a point that was satisfactory for me While I m far from an expert on the Duke of Wellington or Waterloo, I still think the military aspects of the story were very well written and appreciate the research Heyer put into i This was the first book I have ever read that was written by Georgette Heyer I can see why her work is so loved It was very well written and much attention was given to detail, which I always enjoy She put much work it into it while still allowing me to use my imagination to a point that was satisfactory for me While I m far from an expert on the Duke of Wellington or Waterloo, I still think the military aspects of the story were very well written and appreciate the research Heyer put into it all My favorite characters were probably Colonel Audley himself, the Duke of course , and Barbara s brother Lord George view spoiler When George was brought in, something in my mind hoped he would get some attention in the book as it went on and I was actually happy to find he and Lucy were married For some reason, I love the idea of opposite sorts of people getting together I ll admit, I was almost as worried as Lucy was in hoping he d be safe through the battle Very relieved when he was hide spoiler I very much enjoyed this read, of course I will now refrain from being silly and will eventually read the rest of the series in order Silly me had gotten this one from the library without realizing it was the last in a series of four Ah well, still loved it Warning there may be spoilers for Regency Buck Devil s Cub in this review,as GH uses characters from both in this book.My good GR friend Hana has covered the historical side of reviewing the book, I don t feel I can better her comments This is her review linked to with her permission I will mention that GH was meticulous in her research at the back of the book is what she calls the short bibliography that runs to two a half pages I wasn t Warning there may be spoilers for Regency Buck Devil s Cub in this review,as GH uses characters from both in this book.My good GR friend Hana has covered the historical side of reviewing the book, I don t feel I can better her comments This is her review linked to with her permission I will mention that GH was meticulous in her research at the back of the book is what she calls the short bibliography that runs to two a half pages I wasn t so keen on this book in my younger days if GR had been around then I would have given it a solid 3.5 , as in found the history a bit indigestible I loved the romance, but on subsequent readings I just skimmed through the history reread Bab s Charles love story That s right folks I breezed through the Battle of Waterloo I thought there was evenhistory than there was On this reading, I would put romance, Regency life at around 75%, war story 25%.This read, I simply accepted that I wasn t going to remember every real life character just went with the flow I m not a big war story reader at any time, but GH s description of soot blackened faces horses being shot under riders ring true Anyone thinking that the name Grouchy must be a typo anyone who reads the Arrow editions of GH s books can certainly be forgiven for that It isn t Real life person Here he is I was always glad to see one of my favourite secondary GH characters, Charles Audley, given his own romance, but on my first reading I wasn t that keen on Barbara Each reading I have come to love Barbaraview spoiler After a deeply unhappy first marriage we are never told explicitly what exactly Jasper Childe did any suggestions or guidance madden her make her plunge into evenoutrageous behaviour In our times her actions would, at worst, look like attention seeking behaviour In the early 19th century scandalous Barbara is given some of GH s best lines LikeThe devil you have There, it is off at last You may have perceived that I have been tugging at your ring for the last ten minutes It should, of course, have been cast at your feet some time ago, but the confounded thing was always too tight Take it I think the instant love rings true My Kiwi dad Canadian Mum met during WW2 really only knew each other for 2 weeks before they married I think GH captures very well that spirit of recklessness, that feeling you may only have now.Other than Charles, does introducing characters from previous books work Judith on this reading yes, although when I was younger I found her middle aged dull This time I find her well meaning valiant in caring for the wounded Flawed of course as she is also very judgemental.Worth a pass although he isa spectator I don t like seeing my heroes become that Perry Harriet yes I think marrying them so young in Regency Buck, that GH decided to continue their story what was likely to happen in such a young marriage when one partner was so immature.Dominic Mary Mary was fine but because of the way GH portrays Dominic this time as a querulous rather ridiculous old man I rather wish Heyer hadn t brought them back I don t think they were necessary to the story at all I nearly knocked half a star off my ranking for what GH did to one of my favourite leading men.Overall I m thankful these are the only characters that GH reused in her romance historicals Any time I ever wish Thomas Sylvester Jessamy Fredrica or above all, Gideon The Foundling had been given their own story I will reread Dominic s role in this book Worth who GH portrays as omniscient is discouraging about the chances of his brother Bab being happy together, but he also was unsurprised that a crisis brought out the best in her After the war Charles will need her Will they be happy I certainly wouldn t describe my parent s union as a fairy tale, but they remained together hide spoiler artistic shudder now for the Arrow Looking at some of their covers I wondered if anyone from Arrow had even read a paragraph of the books With this one, did anyone even read the titleThe insipid looking young woman on the cover certainly isn t Bab or Judith Is it Harriet Miss Devenish Who knows This book has never had a realistic cover that I m aware of, but this stylised one from Heinmann is certainly pretty The 200 year anniversary of Waterloo is coming up Read this book to mark it Reread Feb 2018Reread with The Georgette Heyer Fans GroupI haven t much to add to my conclusions above other than the history romance split feltlike 50 50.Barbara Childe supposedly based loosely on Lady Caroline Lamb if so, it was an audacious move to have Caroline also appear briefly in this novel is GH s most complex heroine The romance isn t a traditional HEA, which may leave some Heyer fans feeling a little cheated.More than a romance,than a vivid retelling of history this book is also a look at three different relationships, once the romance has faded.Last time I was probably a little harsh about GH s depiction of Dominic but I still think the book didn t need him or Mary view spoiler Harry s death absolutely moved me to tears Handled very realistically I thought hide spoiler This was a bit of a mash up part romance with an unpleasantly self absorbed heroine, part history lesson, meticulously researched and well told The story opens in Brussels on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo as British and allied European forces prepare to confront a resurgent Napoleon The Duke of Wellington is in command of the British troops, who are too few and unseasoned Heyer captures the sense of feverish gaiety that grips this city on the brink of war Wellington s staff work madly t This was a bit of a mash up part romance with an unpleasantly self absorbed heroine, part history lesson, meticulously researched and well told The story opens in Brussels on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo as British and allied European forces prepare to confront a resurgent Napoleon The Duke of Wellington is in command of the British troops, who are too few and unseasoned Heyer captures the sense of feverish gaiety that grips this city on the brink of war Wellington s staff work madly to assemble troops and equipment by day then dance til dawn at glittering parties At the Duchess of Richmond s ball, held the night of 15 June 1815, the 42nd Royal Highlanders and the 92nd Foot danced reels and strathspeys to the music of their own pipes.the weird sound of the pipes began and the Highlanders came marching in with their kilts swinging, tartans swept over their left shoulders, huge white sporrans bobbing, and the red chequered patterns of their stockings twinkling in the quick steps of the reel A message arrives for Wellington, who plans the next day s stand at Quatre Bras and the men take their leave The Highland Brigade came marching through the Place in the first rays of sunlight In just a few hours those Highlanders would face the French in a battle that would cost the lives of over 8,000 men.That was only the beginning and two days later the British and their allies would fight Napoleon s finest in the rain soaked fields outside a small village called Waterloo Heyer s descriptions of Waterloo are moving the glory, the desperate courage, the chaos, the hideous pain of the injured both men and horses It s all there and very real and it was, as Wellington would say later the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life I also learned a great deal about the way war was fought in those days For example, infantry squares like these were remarkably effective defenses against cavalry charges.As for the romanceI think the book would have been better off without it Lady Barbara Child was so selfish and reckless that even her bravery helping with the wounded could not reconcile me to her Sadly many of the characters seem rather dull, including some old friends from earlier Alastair Audley books Not my favorite Heyer, but an interesting read for fans of military history.Content rating PG for mature themes and graphic descriptions of war.June 2015 Georgette Heyer group read Although I had read three other Georgette Heyer novels before this one, those were all detective stories, instead of the historical romances that she swell known for I found this one in a bookstore a few weeks ago and thought that it would be a good introduction to Heyer s other body of work although her mysteries aren t the best I ve ever read, her characters are always well formed and the writing is witty and clever, so I was looking forward to seeing how she applied this skill to ano Although I had read three other Georgette Heyer novels before this one, those were all detective stories, instead of the historical romances that she swell known for I found this one in a bookstore a few weeks ago and thought that it would be a good introduction to Heyer s other body of work although her mysteries aren t the best I ve ever read, her characters are always well formed and the writing is witty and clever, so I was looking forward to seeing how she applied this skill to another kind of story A quick note although this book is technically part of a series, it functions very well as a stand alone novel, to the point where I didn t even realize that I was reading a book from a series until I went to write this review Brussels, 1815 The summer of love While the Congress of Vienna winds down, English and French society congregates in Brussels for endless parties, balls, and general rich people fun times Off in France, Napoleon has escaped exile and is gathering an army, but no one is overly worried about this, because parties The cast of characters is vast and apparently consists almost entirely of real historical figures who were involved in the Battle of Waterloo , but our main characters are Barbara Childe and Colonel Charles Audley Barbara is a widow who, having been freed early on by her husband s death, now has an amount of freedom that most women of the time can only dream of, and uses that freedom to the best of her ability Barbara scandalizes the town by wearing revealing clothing, painting her toenails gold, swearing like a soldier, and having a series of very public affairs and generally not giving a single flying fuck what anyone thinks Needless to say, I loved her from the get go Enter Colonel Charles Audley, an aide de camp to Wellington He falls in love with Barbara and proposes to her, and she s like, sure, this could be fun The way Heyer develops Charles and Barbara s relationship is very nicely done, and equal parts delightful and heartbreaking Barbara, subconsciously afraid that she doesn t deserve a man as good as Charles, tries to sabotage the relationship by behaving badly, like she s constantly daring Charles to break up with her For his part, Charles handles things beautifully he wants Barbara to be the decent person he knows she s capable of being, but in the same breath says that the last thing he wants is to tell Barbara what to do with her life Basically imagine what would happen if Scarlett O Hara and Rhett Butler were actually concealing decent human beings under their protective layers of anger and cynicism, instead of just being a borderline sociopath and a smug asshole Barbara and Charles are the best, and we get to spend a few hundred pages watching their romance develop before the Battle of Waterloo hits, and everything goes to shit.The research that went into this book, a seemingly fluffy story of love during war, is staggering I know very little of the Napoleonic wars, so I can t comment on the accuracy of Heyer s version of the Battle of Waterloo, but it certainly felt accurate The battle takes up a significant portion of the story, with Heyer giving us an almost blow by blow account of the battle She manages to give us a technical overview of the battle, while also showing the horrific reality of war there are several brief scenes and images during the battle that still haunt me, as they very well should It s a significant departure from the romantic shenanigans and gossip of the rest of the book, and readers can expect some kind of whiplash from the change in tone But if you re reading the book, you know that the sudden depictions of war and all its brutality don t come out of nowhere throughout the book, the war looms in the background, and the approaching battle is always present It starts out subtle The balls, the concerts, the theatres continued, but picnics were added to the gaieties now, charming expeditions, with flowering muslins squired by hot scarlet uniforms the ladies in open carriages the gentlemen riding gallantly beside hampers of cold chicken and champagne on the boxes everyone lighthearted flirtation the order of the day There were reviews to watch, fetes to attend day after day slid by in the pursuit of pleasure days that were not quite real, but belonged to some half realised dream Somewhere to the south was a Corsican ogre, who might at any moment break into the dream and shatter it, but distance shrouded him and then the war is on people s doorsteps, even as they re trying to ignore it and keep having parties and pretending that everything is fine From scores of faces the polite company masks seemed to have slipped People had forgotten that at balls they must smile, and hide whatever care or grief they owned under bright, artificial fronts Some of the senior officers were looking grave here and there a rigid, meaningless smile was pinned to a mother s white face, or a girl stood with a fallen mouth, and blank eyes fixed on a scarlet uniform A queer, almost greedy emotion shone in many countenances Life had become suddenly an urgent business, racing towards disaster, and the craving for excitement, the breathless moment compound of fear, and grief, and exaltation, when the mind sharpened, and the senses were stretched as taut as as the strings of a violin, surged up under the veneer of good manners, and shone behind the dread in shocked young eyes For all the shrinking from tragedy looming ahead, there was yet an unacknowledged eagerness to hurry to meet whatever horror lurked in the future if existence were to sink back to the humdrum, there would be disappointment behind the relief, and a sense of frustration It s beautiful and powerful and I loved every single character I definitely need to seek outof Heyer s romances, and soon

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