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  1. says:

    What a little treasure I ve found Lydia, or Love in Town has proved to be a wholly endearing Traditional Regency, fitting the truest definition of the label to perfection.The 1973 edition I ve read touts it as the best next thing to Heyer one could get and, even if it doesn t reach the exquisitely filigreed prose and dialogues of such a unique wordsmith, it gets pretty close, while maintaining a good dose of distinctiveness, than any other descendant I ve ever encountered And this is not a small feat for a book belonging to one of those few genres that draw their strength in being stylistically formulaic and where consequently all the winning odds rely on the execution rather than the invention The author has won her risky bet though, achieving to infuse freshness and vitality to the narration, making her book a pleasant and personal exercise in and not a merely unoriginal and uninspired imitation of Navigating through the insidious waters of the Ton, Lydia, an American young woman down on her financial luck, must find a wealthy husband in a very short time, she s not an ambitious fortune hunter, but the family s future is really at stake And fretting butlers, besotted brothers, compulsive gambler grandmothers, smarmy suitors, clumsy suitors, contented inheritances and elopements are not likely to facilitate the task Let alone that handsome young devil of a viscount, Northover, who has the good sense to abominate missish females and the indecency to look at her and at the world with a constant sardonic light in his dark eyes You ll find the quirky jargon, the imagery, the fashion, the s, the society rituals, the banters, all the right ingredients focused in conveying that perfect union between a farce and I intend the term in a positive acceptation here and a comedy of manners the genre is supposed to bring on the fictional stage to fully succeed, where the plot in itself takes secondary importance and the characters are witty templates, almost fixed theatrical masks, making the comedic mechanism engage and tick The story and the love story may seem reduced to mere pretexts in such a literary construction, and it is in part true, but only to a certain point as one should rather regard them as the essential linchpins around which the author finely and deftly weaves the threads eventually forming the choral tapestry, allowing the genre s authentic vocation to emerge precisely by rendering the atmosphere permeating the setting the absolute and undisputed protagonist of the show.For the sub genre aficionados, well worth the tracking down efforts or, on the contrary, a captivating point from which to start if you ve never read a real old fashioned Regency before and, why not, to give yourself a chance to fall in love with the entire category.Buddy read with Anne


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    What Regency Romance Has Taught Me I m afraid this is Part 1 of many 1 If you meet a man and immediately dislike him, thinking him the most arrogant toad alive, chances are he s in fact your soulmate.2 A gentleman s library Please help yourself to any books you like Said gentleman, a.k.a the hero, will in all likeliness pop in while you re perusing, and find you extremely hot 3 Heaven forbid you waltz without first having being presented at Almack s Capital offence 4.Driving a high perch phaeton at top speed in the middle of Hyde Park will not impress the hero, but make him secretly sick with fear 5 If one has resolution, one can accomplish anything.6 Chances are though, the hero will try to help Even if he says he is by no means lifting as much as a finger to help, he will help They can t help it hahaha pun not even intended 7 Elopements For heaven s sake, give them up, they NEVER work 8 And if you are rescuing someone from an elopement, DO NOT write a silly letter mentioning that you are gone without telling why and DO NOT mention the man who is accompanying you without telling why s he with you Everyone will think that they now a double elopement to deal with, and the hero will likely be seized of a fit of rage when he learns that you ran off with someone else 9 Big hats with an overdose of ostrich feathers are NOT all the crack 10 Last but not least, most rakes are really, really, really hot We all know Wentworth s not a rake, but I needed a hot man to illustrate my point Besides on this photo he looks a tad rakish Oh, and yes, I did like this book a lot, and strongly recommend it to all Regency romance lovers it was funny, witty, entertaining and very Heyerish Clare Darcy was very talented and she s the first Regency author that I ve come across whose style so resembles Georgette Heyer s.


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    Yesthis was genuinely decent and better than the worst Heyers It s a bit of a Grand Sophy Frederica mashup, but not entirely It s in the vein of smart managing female manages things There s an unexpected annnnnd kind of undesired twist that the heroine and her family are from America.I m so much happier with this one because the characters especially Lydia are well drawn and interesting The pace is lively, there s a fair amount of plot, and it wasn t short.3.5 ambitious stars.


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    Kit, Viscount Northover returns to England after the war to take up his title and his country seat Great Hayland only to discover his house is occupied by people unknown to him Lydia Leyland, her brother and her grandmother have come to Grandmama s native England from their home in New Orleans to try to repair the family fortunes Lydia declares to Northover that she s going to marry a fortune no matter who or what tries to stand in her way She ll do whatever it takes to rescue her family from ruin Northover, amused by the outspoken young American, introduces the Leylands to the ton where Lydia quickly finds herself the object of attention Her brother hopes to inherit his great aunt s husband s fortune but Sir Basil s first wife s nephew, Mr Pentony, also has designs on the fortune and he will stop at nothing to get it Lydia has her hands full trying to keep her relatives out of trouble and avoid the nasty Mr Pentony and the odiously rude Northover Desperate to prove to Northover she can and will marry a fortune, she sets about to find suitors causing mayhem and mischief wherever she goes.This is a traditional Clare Darcy novel written in the tradition of Georgette Heyer It does not copy one of Heyer s plots though Lydia is a bit reminiscent of Sophy in The Grand Sophy I really liked Lydia though at times she was a bit cold and unlikeable and other times was completely crazy I felt bad for her that she was the only sensible member of the family Her antics made me giggle The romance hardly develops at all Most of the interactions between the hero and heroine consist of arguments which conclude in Lydia running off We re supposed to assume they fall in love based on mutual admiration of spirited personalities The middle drags out a lot before picking up with a hackneyed plot towards the end and culminating in a slightly rushed romantic scene Even though it is not the best Clare Darcy novel I enjoyed it.


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    In this one a young woman, her brother and their grandmother arrive in England for the purpose of improving their financial condition, through marriage or rich relatives, the method doesn t really matter Lydia, beautiful and fiesty, is linked romantically with various wealthy suitors but falls for the one person she swears she could never be interested in These novels all end the same so it s not really a spoiler to say that all the main characters end up with true love, great wealth and enviable social standing No surprises, no sadness that s why we read these books, right I like this time period in any novel, but I like those better that were actually written in that time I know the authors of the newer ones do lots of research to make sure the fashion, manners, morals and language are authentic, but I sometimes feel like they re trying too hard I thought in this one there were too many details brought to the reader s attention that didn t advance the story in any way, and so much Regency slang used that it became tedious to read This one is for when you want something you don t have to think about, a harmless distraction from real life and weightier books Very light reading.


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    I first discovered Clare Darcy in junior high My mother deemed her appropriate for me to read because there was no sex in her books Through Clare, I met Georgette Heyer and began a lifetime of trashy novel reading Years later, when I happen across either Georgette or Clare s books at Half Price books, I have a hard time resisting them.Although Lydia or Love in Town was not the first of Clare s books I read, it was in those critical first stacks of books I d pick up at our library Even back then, they were light reads, to be accomplished in about 2 hours I always find them perfect for those days when I just want to relax.After reading trashy novels for a while, it s easy to figure out the storyline Eventually they begin to blur I remember Lydia because the storyline is a rare one of an American breaking into the Upper Ten Thousand through family connections.I recommend both Georgette Heyer and Clare Darcy for anyone in need of light reading and a giggle or two at the wit.


  7. says:

    One of Clare Darcy s most entertaining Regency romances which tells the story of lively Lydia Leyland, recently arrived from America Accompanied by her brother and grandmother, she stays uninvited in the house that her grandmother grew up in, but which now belongs to Lord Northover He, of course, arrives unexpectedly and, unabashed, Lydia confesses that she is on the lookout for a rich husband.Being a managing sort of female, Lydia seems perfectly capable of achieving her ambition, particularly as Lord Northover is on hand to help when things get out of hand But will she really manoeuvre Lord Harlbury into offering for her and be able to prevent the unscrupulous Michael Pentony from inheriting Sir Basil s fortune rather than her brother A traditional Regency romance with lively dialogue, plenty of action and, of course, the obligatory happy ending.


  8. says:

    Too often American authors write regency romances set in England where their heroines show complete disregard for custom, tradition, rules, or the rest of society, and the hero is supposed to be attracted to them and find the character speaking their mind with zero manners refreshing Lydia starts off this way The Leyland family emigrate to England and force themselves into a grand old house that used to belong to their ancestors by bullying the poor old butler When the owner of the residence returns to town and finds them situated in his house, not a single member of the family finds it necessary to apologise for barging in and making themselves comfortable Their manners are entirely lacking, but rather than making Lord Northover understandably angry, he is apparently diverted He finds Lydia unique I found her obnoxious.Later her behaviour improves a little, although the way she talks to people would realistically have led to her being shunned by the ton, not considered all the rage Speaking fluent French to the patronesses of Almack s would hardly have been likely to make those ladies forgive flagrant rule breaking being carried on right in front of their noses, as most wealthy ladies in those days would have spoken French thanks to governesses and it being considered a necessary accomplishment for ladies It felt far too showy, as though the American author wasn t fully understanding the attitudes and ideas of England during the regency period she was writing about.I felt society in general was far too forgiving of the Leyland siblings and their grandmother, and of the many scrapes they found themselves in Lord Northover s character I enjoyed however, despite his inexplicable attraction to LydiaNot my favourite Clare Darcy book, but a quick, mildly entertaining read.


  9. says:

    My favorite type of Regency romances With a headstrong hero and heroine who quarrel and fight with each other repeatedly There were fun and witty dialogues As Christina Brunette Reader wrote we had here fretting butlers, besotted brothers, compulsive gambler grandmothers, smarmy suitors, clumsy suitors But main plot was about Lydia who gradually made quite a mess, with herself in the middle And the moment, when Northover sorted all out at the end, was this precious moment of this kind of romance I am sure you know what I mean I really, really love to end reading with a big smile And I really, really love rakes Am I hopeless This novel made my weekend really enjoyable.If you want information I recommend Anne and Christina Brunette Reader reviews.


  10. says:

    I liked this much better than Cecily, actually, not only because I liked Lydia the character much than Cecily the character There is far, far too much of a tell tale muscle near so and so s mouth giving a hint that so and so is amused and too much use of the word odious Also, the main couple, which the reader knew would end up together because it is obvious in this genre, doesn t really have any reason to get together other than they re supposed to be the smartest people in the book.I guess that counts for a lot, now that I think of it.There are three eligible ladies and four eligible gentlemen in this book, so it isn t exactly obvious how everything will fall out, but the main points are a giveaway Of course, that s to be expected in this type of book, so I don t count that against it However, the very smart characters are not as smart as they think and not as smart, it appears, as the author thinks, either, which i certainly do count against the book.In all, this book was fairly entertaining, with some satisfying fisticuffs, some amusing cutting dead, a little scheming, and a pleasing lack of mooning by principal characters There is some mooning, but it is mostly off screen.


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Lydia or Love in Town summary pdf Lydia or Love in Town, summary chapter 2 Lydia or Love in Town, sparknotes Lydia or Love in Town, Lydia or Love in Town ac5be75 A Most Shocking Young Lady Who But A Young Lady From America Would Dare Arrive In Regency London At The Height Of The Season And Promptly Announce Her Express Intention Of Marrying Wealth And Position Who But This Outrageous Beauty Could Keep Two Of The Most Eligible Bachelors In The Realm On Tenterhooks, While Defying The Wishes Of The Arrogant, Incomparably Attractive, Immensely Rich Lord Northover Himself Who Is Quite The Most Captivating Heroine Of This Or Any Other Season Who Else, But Lydia Leyland

  • Paperback
  • 253 pages
  • Lydia or Love in Town
  • Clare Darcy
  • English
  • 24 April 2018
  • 9780451060594

About the Author: Clare Darcy

Widely considered the best of those inspired by Georgette Heyer, Darcy wrote a number of regency romances with intelligent, sparkling heroines.A pseudonym for