I couldn't find any children's fiction audio books that I wanted to listen to last week, so I indulged in another Georgette Heyer. In this one Venetia is a 26 year old daughter of a country gentleman. Her father is very protective and has not allowed Venetia to travel more than just a few miles from their estate. All the neighbors believe Venetia will marry another local gentleman who is very respectable and has been a friend of the family for years. Venetia has more exotic tastes, and when she meets the neighborhood bad-boy rake, it doesn't take long for her to fall sincerely in love. He falls for her too, but knows that if he marries her, he will ruin her reputation and any chance she might have had of moving in respectable society. He tries to put her off for her own good, but he has underestimated his beautiful neighbor.
This was cotton candy fun. Venetia was an endearing heroine, not as extreme as Sophie in The Grand Sophie, but delightful in her own quiet way. Lord Damerel is just like all of Heyer's charming rakes. I liked the fact that once he met Venetia, his interest never wandered. Anyway, it was a pleasure, and clean enough that I wouldn't hesitate to give it to a teenage daughter. (355 p.)