When the new Lady Cardross begins to fill her days with fashion and frivolity, the Earl has to wonder whether she did really only marry him for his money, as his family so helpfully suggests. And now Nell doesn't dare tell him the truth...What with the concern over his wife's heart and pocket, sorting out her brother's scrapes and trying to prevent his own half sister from eloping, it is no wonder that the much-tried Earl almost misses the opportunity to smooth the path of true love in his marriage...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 02/06/2005
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099476344
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Review by countrylife
Perhaps this wasn’t the best choice for a first try at Georgette Heyer. This one was a bit of a comedy of errors regarding a new wife’s monetary troubles, with misunderstandings between husband and wife, and the whole thing felt rather farcical. I’m not giving up on you, Georgette!
Review by thatotter
Surprisingly touching, quintessentially Heyerish. Wasn't expecting to be so into this one, as I'd read that it was a rehash of <i>The Convenient Marriage</i>, my least favorite Heyer thus far. But while there are superficial similarities between the books, I really thought this one was much better. The characters are much more finely drawn and sympathetic. I felt for them. 3.5 stars.
Review by gogglemiss
I haven't read GH in a long while after reading modern fiction, it did take a while to get used to the writing.. But I was soon sucked in and was charmed.
Review by Irena.
The plot of April Lady comes down to an unpaid bill that the heroine forgot to tell her husband.
But that and everything else that comes out of it has its root in a 'lovely' advice the young bride got from her mother. She was informed that Giles married her because it was convenient, that he would always have a mistress and that she has to go with it and never show what she feels. The fact that she was welcomed by his younger sister saying that she is 'prettier by far than Giles's mistress'. How's that for a nice warm welcome!
The thing is, they do love each other but all the miscommunication or the lack of it only managed to make more problems.
So Nell tells one lie, then she has to cover it up with another and so on, and her behaviour that is actually embarrassment is seen as coldness and proof that she doesn't love him.
There is a sub-plot with Giles's younger sister Letty which was used to show how naive Nell actually is. Letty is a horrible character.
The character that made it up for me was Nell's brother Dysart. He is a rake and a gambler. He is definitely not flawless, but unlike Letty he is not selfish. He is the one that made this book interesting.
I realized what my issue with Heyer's characters is. It is completely personal and it's not a writing flaw. I need more passionate ones. At least in a romance, I need them to do more than intone a line of text when they think it is necessary. I might try Arabella later or I just might like her crime mysteries more.