by Georgette Heyer
(Audiobook read by Richard Armitage)
In her trademark buoyant and exuberant style, Heyer tells the story of an unconventional romance, which is full of riveting dialogue and loveable, very human characters. Quick-witted, self-assured, funny and beautiful, "Venetia" is one of Georgette Heyer's most popular heroines. When the dashing Lord Damerel intrudes upon a quiet provincial community in the North of England, news of his scandalous past soon sets tongues wagging. In spite her of sheltered upbringing, though, Venetia is singularly unfazed by the rakish Damerel, and proves to be more than a match for him.
This audiobook is abridged, and I don't normally like to read/listen to abridged books (because I don't want to miss things!), but with Richard Armitage reading, especially this type of novel, this was the best way to experience it. :) I wonder how it was decided a male actor should read the book when it is from a predominantly female point of view, but in this case, I am not complaining! The story was delightful, whimsical and light; a great wish fulfillment read for the romantics at heart. And the banter between Venetia and Lord Damerel is fun to listen to. Venetia's younger brother, Aubrey is also a hoot. Likable and/or interesting characters all around. I love audiobooks/books like this, where you can just dip into a fantasy world where nothing terribly bad happens, but the characters you come to care about end up happily.