I am going to review two books in one review here. I just finished Black Sheep and Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer. I really enjoyed Ms. Heyer as a writer. The novels are fast-paced but not too fast. These are Regency romances, and somewhat reminiscent of Jane Austen, but with a modern flair. All the characters are very mannered, but a bit ruder and off the cuff than Austen’s characters ever were.
However, the books do succumb to a common affliction of romance novels. In the end, the guy has to get the girl. Ms. Heyer seems to come to the end of her books with an ending still out of reach of the characters, so she quickly pulls together all the threads and weaves an ending. I think, particularly with Black Sheep, that the plot would benefit greatly from just a little bit more working through of the problems, and just a little less ‘let’s get this over with.’
If you like Regency romances, I highly recommend these books.
Four out of five stars.