By Georgette Heyer

At the eve of conflict, passions are working high... ''A awesome achievement...vivid, exact, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent.''-DAILY MAIL ''My favourite historic novelist.''-MARGARET DRABBLE in the summertime OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of events, balls and soirees. within the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, not anyone draws extra recognition than the attractive, outrageous younger widow woman Barbara Childe. On their first assembly, speeding Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, yet even their betrothal does not calm her wild habit. eventually, with the conflict of Waterloo raging simply miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring again into the city, woman Barbara discovers the place her middle rather lies, and prefer a real noblewoman, she rises to the get together, and to the calls for of affection, existence and war... ''Wonderful characters, based, witty writing, ideal interval aspect, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the remainder of us simply aspire to.'' -KATIE FFORDE

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Only my laudanum drops,’ replied Barbara, tossing off the mixture. ‘Well, I take them myself, but I have the excuse of nervous headaches. You never had such a thing in your life. If you would be less restless—’ ‘Well, I won’t, I can’t! This is nothing: it helps me to sleep. Who was the demure lass dancing with Harry? ’ ‘Oh, that chit! She’s of no account; I can’t conceive what should possess Lady Worth to take her under her wing. There is an uncle, or some such thing. A very vulgar person, connected with Trade.

No need to ask you how you do: you look famous! ’ ‘How can you be so absurd? ’ ‘He is here too? ’ ‘Why certainly! ’ A tug at his sash recalled his attention to his nephew. ‘Sir! I beg pardon! ’ The boat was soon finished, and put into his lordship’s fat little hand. Prompted by his Mama, he uttered a laconic word of thanks, and was borne off by his nurse. When I last had the pleasure of meeting him, he covered me with confusion by bursting into a howl of dismay. ‘I hope it may be true. Worth, of course, would have you believe quite otherwise.

Said the Colonel. Tell me how you have been going on here! ’ ‘Oh, you’ve seen him already, have you? I suppose you know he is your Quartermaster-General? ’ ‘My dear fellow, it was decided within five minutes of his presenting himself this morning,’ said the Colonel, passing his cup and saucer to Lady Worth. ‘I left him instructing the Beau, and talking about his experience. Old Hookey as stiff as a poker, and glaring at him, with one of his crashing snubs just ripe to be delivered. I slipped away.

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