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"Stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty."—Margaret Drabble
A disgraced lord, a notorious highwayman
Jack Carstares, the disgraced Earl of Wyndam, left England seven long years ago, sacrificing his honor for that of his brother when he was accused of cheating at cards. Now Jack is back, roaming his beloved South Country in the disguise of a highwayman.
And the beauty who would steal his heart
Not long after Jack's return, he encounters his old adversary, the libertine Duke of Andover, attempting the abduction of the beautiful Diana Beauleigh. At the point of Jack's sword, the duke is vanquished, but foiled once, the "Black Moth" has no intention of failing again...
This is Georgette Heyer's first novel—a favorite of readers and a stirring tale to be enjoyed again and again.
PRAISE FOR GEORGETTE HEYER:
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen."
"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to."
New York Times Book Review
I have been reading Heyer since my school days 30 years ago. I didn't realise this was her first book and I read it with all the joy of finding her again as a young girl. It's a style that you either love or you can't relate to. If you love it then you will enjoy this book a lot. You will see the repeated formula she uses at it's infancy and you will grow to love the characters and their silliness. The pace is always good. It's my first read on iPad and I found it great on a long plane ride.