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Currently I am rereading and delighting in Patricia Veryan's Nanette.

Patricia Veryan is one of the very few romance authors I like. Mainly because her biggest influence is actually not one of the standard famous romance novelists, but Jeffery Farnol, a turn of the century British author of a bunch of romantic adventure novels (I am especially fond of Amateur Gentleman and Definite Object).

Her novels always have the requisite romance but they have fun, solid adventure plots which have just as much, if not more prominence than romances. PV wrote books set in 1745-1749 era and books set during Regency era (as well, as one non-romance novel, Poor Splendid Wings, about American pilots stationed in England in WWII, which I adore). Nanette, set in Regency England, is part of her 'Sanguinet Series,' a bunch of interconnected novels which have the same cast of core characters and villains (but you can read them separately).

Nanette follows the adventures of the Redmond brothers, Harry and Mitchell. Well, to be honest, Harry is the main character, but Mitchell sort of takes over the book (or does his best to). Harry is a former military officer, who left the Army after being seriously wounded in Spain. Mitchell, who is rathr younger, is the absent-minded, delightfully lunatic Oxford scholar. When the book starts, it turns out that they are penniless as their recently deseased father lost everything he owned in a card game. Harry tries to conceal the truth from the absent-minded Mitchell, sending him back to the University with the last of the money, and sets out to investigate the truth. In his journeys, in addition to a lot of hurt/comfort, he comes across a bizarre peddler named Diccon and an odd young woman known only as 'Nanette.' Both also have something to hide, and then there is also the mystery of the new owner of Harry's property and his connection to a murder a few years ago.

Meanwhile, Mitchell who finds out the truth despite Harry's efforts, sets out to do some investigating of his own, in an inimitable fashion, demonstrating the most matter-of-fact, laid-back ruthless/reckless streak.

Harry is a wonderful hero (so common-sense and good, without being dull) and Nanette is an OK heroine (she is not one I love but I don't dislike her either), but for me, the book is almost stolen by Mitchell. While I like most of Veryan's heroes, Mitchell is the only Regency one I truly adore. I think he sort of ran away with Patricia Veryan too. After all, it's pretty interesting that the very last book in the Sanguinet Saga, the one that resolves the conspiracy, is Mitchell's book, Sanguinet's Crown. I also think, I read it first, which is pretty odd :P Much as I adore Mitchell of SC, I like Mitchell of Nanette even better. In SC, he is all 'I am messed up by the humiliation/torture/whipping in Nanette so I will cover my scholarliness and boyishness with tough veneer and sarcasm' and while this is both understandable and awesome, I adore the 'forget my hat but still take down those threatening my brother' Mitchell of Nanette. Of course, how can I complain when PV seems to have given Mitchell the most h/c of any of her Regency guys. Heh. And the best Regency heroine (while I like Nanette OK, I adore Charity, Mitchell's heroine. Yay).

OK, ramble over...
dangermousie: (Default)
Currently I am rereading and delighting in Patricia Veryan's Nanette.

Patricia Veryan is one of the very few romance authors I like. Mainly because her biggest influence is actually not one of the standard famous romance novelists, but Jeffery Farnol, a turn of the century British author of a bunch of romantic adventure novels (I am especially fond of Amateur Gentleman and Definite Object).

Her novels always have the requisite romance but they have fun, solid adventure plots which have just as much, if not more prominence than romances. PV wrote books set in 1745-1749 era and books set during Regency era (as well, as one non-romance novel, Poor Splendid Wings, about American pilots stationed in England in WWII, which I adore). Nanette, set in Regency England, is part of her 'Sanguinet Series,' a bunch of interconnected novels which have the same cast of core characters and villains (but you can read them separately).

Nanette follows the adventures of the Redmond brothers, Harry and Mitchell. Well, to be honest, Harry is the main character, but Mitchell sort of takes over the book (or does his best to). Harry is a former military officer, who left the Army after being seriously wounded in Spain. Mitchell, who is rathr younger, is the absent-minded, delightfully lunatic Oxford scholar. When the book starts, it turns out that they are penniless as their recently deseased father lost everything he owned in a card game. Harry tries to conceal the truth from the absent-minded Mitchell, sending him back to the University with the last of the money, and sets out to investigate the truth. In his journeys, in addition to a lot of hurt/comfort, he comes across a bizarre peddler named Diccon and an odd young woman known only as 'Nanette.' Both also have something to hide, and then there is also the mystery of the new owner of Harry's property and his connection to a murder a few years ago.

Meanwhile, Mitchell who finds out the truth despite Harry's efforts, sets out to do some investigating of his own, in an inimitable fashion, demonstrating the most matter-of-fact, laid-back ruthless/reckless streak.

Harry is a wonderful hero (so common-sense and good, without being dull) and Nanette is an OK heroine (she is not one I love but I don't dislike her either), but for me, the book is almost stolen by Mitchell. While I like most of Veryan's heroes, Mitchell is the only Regency one I truly adore. I think he sort of ran away with Patricia Veryan too. After all, it's pretty interesting that the very last book in the Sanguinet Saga, the one that resolves the conspiracy, is Mitchell's book, Sanguinet's Crown. I also think, I read it first, which is pretty odd :P Much as I adore Mitchell of SC, I like Mitchell of Nanette even better. In SC, he is all 'I am messed up by the humiliation/torture/whipping in Nanette so I will cover my scholarliness and boyishness with tough veneer and sarcasm' and while this is both understandable and awesome, I adore the 'forget my hat but still take down those threatening my brother' Mitchell of Nanette. Of course, how can I complain when PV seems to have given Mitchell the most h/c of any of her Regency guys. Heh. And the best Regency heroine (while I like Nanette OK, I adore Charity, Mitchell's heroine. Yay).

OK, ramble over...
dangermousie: (Default)
Currently I am rereading and delighting in Patricia Veryan's Nanette.

Patricia Veryan is one of the very few romance authors I like. Mainly because her biggest influence is actually not one of the standard famous romance novelists, but Jeffery Farnol, a turn of the century British author of a bunch of romantic adventure novels (I am especially fond of Amateur Gentleman and Definite Object).

Her novels always have the requisite romance but they have fun, solid adventure plots which have just as much, if not more prominence than romances. PV wrote books set in 1745-1749 era and books set during Regency era (as well, as one non-romance novel, Poor Splendid Wings, about American pilots stationed in England in WWII, which I adore). Nanette, set in Regency England, is part of her 'Sanguinet Series,' a bunch of interconnected novels which have the same cast of core characters and villains (but you can read them separately).

Nanette follows the adventures of the Redmond brothers, Harry and Mitchell. Well, to be honest, Harry is the main character, but Mitchell sort of takes over the book (or does his best to). Harry is a former military officer, who left the Army after being seriously wounded in Spain. Mitchell, who is rathr younger, is the absent-minded, delightfully lunatic Oxford scholar. When the book starts, it turns out that they are penniless as their recently deseased father lost everything he owned in a card game. Harry tries to conceal the truth from the absent-minded Mitchell, sending him back to the University with the last of the money, and sets out to investigate the truth. In his journeys, in addition to a lot of hurt/comfort, he comes across a bizarre peddler named Diccon and an odd young woman known only as 'Nanette.' Both also have something to hide, and then there is also the mystery of the new owner of Harry's property and his connection to a murder a few years ago.

Meanwhile, Mitchell who finds out the truth despite Harry's efforts, sets out to do some investigating of his own, in an inimitable fashion, demonstrating the most matter-of-fact, laid-back ruthless/reckless streak.

Harry is a wonderful hero (so common-sense and good, without being dull) and Nanette is an OK heroine (she is not one I love but I don't dislike her either), but for me, the book is almost stolen by Mitchell. While I like most of Veryan's heroes, Mitchell is the only Regency one I truly adore. I think he sort of ran away with Patricia Veryan too. After all, it's pretty interesting that the very last book in the Sanguinet Saga, the one that resolves the conspiracy, is Mitchell's book, Sanguinet's Crown. I also think, I read it first, which is pretty odd :P Much as I adore Mitchell of SC, I like Mitchell of Nanette even better. In SC, he is all 'I am messed up by the humiliation/torture/whipping in Nanette so I will cover my scholarliness and boyishness with tough veneer and sarcasm' and while this is both understandable and awesome, I adore the 'forget my hat but still take down those threatening my brother' Mitchell of Nanette. Of course, how can I complain when PV seems to have given Mitchell the most h/c of any of her Regency guys. Heh. And the best Regency heroine (while I like Nanette OK, I adore Charity, Mitchell's heroine. Yay).

OK, ramble over...

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