In all her twenty-five years, Venetia Lanyon has never been further than Harrogate. Nor has she enjoyed the attentions of any man aside from her two wearisomely persistent suitors. Then, in one extraordinary encounter, she meets a neighbour she only knew by reputation – the infamous Jasper Damerel. Before she realises it, Venetia is encouraging a man whose way of life has scandalised the North Riding for years.
Arabella embarks on her first London season. Armed with beauty, virtue and a benevolent godmother, she quickly runs afoul of Robert Beaumaris, the most eligible Nonpareil of the day. When he accuses her of being yet another pretty female after his wealth, Arabella allows herself to be provoked into a deceitful charade that might have quite unexpected consequences...
The Earl of Spenborough had always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter was one thing ... leaving his fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham, the one man that same daughter had jilted, was quite another!
When Nicholas Beauvallet captures a Spanish Galleon he finds the lovely Dona Dominica aboard. After returning her to Spanish shores, he determines to make her his bride, even if he must land on enemy territory!
THE BLACK MOTH
Jack Carstares left England in disgrace seven years ago, accused of cheating at cards. Now he is back, disguised as a highwayman, and when he encounters the Duke of Andover, his old enemy, he is eager to fight with him over the abduction of a society beauty.
Abigail Wendover tries to stop the liaison between her niece and a fortune hunter, Stacy Calverleigh. The arrival of Stacy's uncle in Bath further complicates Abby's life.
A CIVIL CONTRACT
Adam Deveril, the new Viscount Lynton and a hero at Salamanca, returns from the Peninsula War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. It is Lord Oversley, father of Adam's first love, who tactfully introduces him to Jonathan Chaleigh, a wealthy City man with no social ambitions for himself, but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his only daughter...
William the Bastard, son of the Duke of Normandy, must fight the King of France to regain his Duchy. Spurned in love by the Princess Matilda, the Duke dares to take a whip to her, before making her his bride. Thwarted by the Saxon Earl Harold of a promise of the throne of England, William the Conqueror sails to Hastings to claim the King's crown and sceptre for his own.
THE CONVENIENT MARRIAGE
To save her sister, Horatia Winwood impetuously rushes into marriage with the Earl of Rule. An innocent in society, the naive Horry commits compromising follies from which she must be rescued by her long-suffering husband.
Kitty Charing will inherit a vast fortune from her great -uncle Matthew, if she marries one of her cousins. Her preferred choice is Jack Westruther who has no inclination to marry. So Kitty and another cousin devise a plan, designed to make Jack madly jealous!
When young governess Kate Malvern finds herself unemployed, she is taken in by Minerva Broome, the aunt she has never met, and whisked away to the majestic country home of Staplewood. However, things are not as they seem: strange things start to happen in the manor and Staplewood soon turns from an inviting stately house to a cold and gloomy mansion with a dreadful secret!
When the young Marquis of Vidal is forced to leave the country Mary Challoner discovers that he plans to abduct her sister. To save her sister’s reputation, Mary plans to impersonate her.
It was a real Christmas jollification: a large, rambling house, eight ill-assorted guests and a host who hated both the festivity and his visitors. When a corpse was added to the litter of paper hats and Christmas crackers, the season of goodwill became the setting for the most unseasonable crime of murder!
On leave from the diplomatic service, the Hon Christopher Fancot finds his mother on the brink of financial ruin and his twin brother vanished without trace.
Max Ranenscar, renowned gamester, usually regards all eligible females with indifference but when he meets Dorothy Grantham, the beautiful mistress of a gaming-house he discovers a worthy opponent!
Schoolboy brothers cause complications when Frederica embroils the cynical Marquis of Alverstoke in her scheme for introducing her lovely sister to Regency high society.
In this Regency comedy Young Lord Sherry marries the adorably unsophisticated Hero Wantage who had loved him devotedly since childhood and, after their runaway marriage, he seems to have time to do little except get his wife out of her quaint scrapes.
THE GRAND SOPHY
Sophy Stanton-Lucy has travelled from the Continent to visit her cousins in Berkeley Square. She finds the family in a sad tangle, but the redoubtable Sophy sets out with wit and flair to rearrange her cousins' lives. A Regency comedy.
In an age of dangerous politics, Robin and Prudence Merriot are used to living on their wits so it is nothing for them to rescue a rich heiress from her abductor.
MY LORD JOHN
Henry of Bolingbroke was exiled by his cousin Richard II, whose treachery and violence turned even his own barons against himself. Bolingbroke came back to hold the throne as Henry IV: the mystery of Richard's death, and the struggle with the king's own powerful vassals, are seen through the eyes of his sons John and Harry.
Defeated at the grim Battle of Worcester, the young Charles II is forced to flee for his life. The outlaw king and his tiny party must journey across Cromwell's England to a Channel port, and a ship bound for France. The king though, with his irrepressible humour and unmistakeable looks, is no easy man to hide.
SNOWDRIFT AND OTHER STORIES
Romance, intrigue, escapades and duels at dawn. All the gallantry, villainy and elegance of the age that Georgette Heyer has so triumphantly made her own are exquisitely revived in these wonderfully romantic stories of the Regency period.
Arrogant Sylvester, Duke of Salford, seeks a wife who is worthy of him. However, unbeknown to him, the lady of his choice has written a scandalous novel featuring him as the villain.
THE TALISMAN RING
Lord Lavenham wants to provide for his grand-daughter, Eustacie, but his heir, Ludovic, is a fugitive from justice. It is his dying wish that Eustacie should marry Sir Tristram Shield, but neither party has the inclination to marry.
THESE OLD SHADES
Twenty years after being refused permission to marry the sister of Duc de Saint-Vivre, Justin Alastair is plotting revenge by using his new red-haired page, Leon. But is everything in the Paris of Louis XV as it seems?
Home after Waterloo, Captain John Staple finds peacetime life rather dull, until he finds himself lost in the Pennines where he discovers the adventure, and the romance of a lifetime.