Sweet Delight: Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer

Sweet Delight: Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette HeyerSnowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer

Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 3, 2017
Pages: 305
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Delightful, glittering, timeless romance for your holiday season.

The Queen of Regency Romance, Georgette Heyer, shines in this sparkling collection of fourteen short stories brimming with romance, intrigue, villainy, gallant heroes, compelling heroines, and, of course, the dazzling world of the Regency period.

Additional content in this re-issue of the Pistols for Two collection includes three of Heyer's earliest short stories, rarely seen since their original publication in the 1930s, as well as a Foreword by Heyer's official biographer, Jennifer Kloester.

Revel in a Regency world so intricately researched and charmingly realized, you'll want to escape there again and again in Heyer stories new and old.

 

The Delight

The Queen of Regency Romance wrote so many delightful tales and I was in high anticipation when I saw the release of this short story collection featuring all the stories released in the Pistols for Two anthology and three brand new short story releases.  A young lady anticipating her first ball could not have been in a bigger fervor than me.  I enjoyed my re-acquaintance with the Pistols for Two stories and these other sparkling new ones.

Review

Twelve stories in all, Snowdrift and Other Stories delivered Heyer’s signature wit and shine, engaging characters, and people who are not exactly as they seem.  Poised and clever older heroines or coming of age and a little absurd younger ones.  Hopeful heroes to cynics who lead London Society.  The variety and stylings of the characters, the town and country settings and the elegant yet comedic plot make anything the author writes something I will snatch up.

This collection produced many stories of elopement and journeys it seemed and the age-old misunderstanding to further the twist that comes when all is made known.  Some stories were moderately enjoyable, but there were a few fasts favorites that I know I will want to sample again and again.  I loved seeing in these shorter pieces some of the bones for fully developed novels that came later.  The intro by Jennifer Kloester who has written two wonderful books about the author was a great bit of extra.

My favorite stories were Snowdrift, the first entry about a shining young lady set out to visit a misery grandfather and ends up stuck in the snow until a debonair rescuer comes and finds himself captivated by his traveling companion, and A Husband For Fanny in which a middle-aged widower finds that love and romance are not only for the young.  Hazard, when an aristocrat wins a lady at a card game and then Incident on the Bath Road when a bored earl gets an adventure.

So, the reunion with several familiar stories and a few new ones reminded me once again why I adore this author’s work.  Fans of Heyer must pick this latest collection up for themselves and its a good place for new readers to encounter the author’s work.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

 Romance Roundabout #396 HR
New Release #175
Oldie but a Goodie #9
#HoHoHoRAT 6

Recommendations

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I only tried one book by her but I should read more!

    • Some are so-so, but others are so much fun. Hope you get the chance, Melliane. 🙂

  • Can you believe that I have never read Heyer? I have a couple of her books on my kindle and should probably think about sitting down with one at some point. Glad you enjoyed this one.

    • LOL! I was late to the party, too, Carole. I only discovered her writing when Sourcebooks started reprinting her books and I spotted them at Sam’s Club. My favorites are Frederica, Venetia, and The Unknown Ajax.

  • Ohhhhh, I’ve never heard of Georgette Heyer! This anthology seems really cute and fun. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • She’s an oldie, but a goodie. The witty dialogue is her gift.

      You have a great week, too, Alyssa! 🙂

  • Love this cover. Have yet to read my first Georgette Heyer. I have a couple of her books waiting in the wings.

    • Her books are sparkling classics. Looking forward to seeing what you think when you try your first one, Velvet. 🙂

  • I love Regency era London especially at the holidays. This sounds great for the weeks before Christmas, when you want to read but time is tight. You could read a story every night.

    • Yes, exactly! I’ve read more anthologies these last few weeks and months than ever and I think it’s because of that- a story a night when I’m too busy for something longer.

  • Oooh I have this on my TBR! I should read this for one of my Challenges next year! Love Anthologies! 🙂

    • Love it! This would be an easy peasy one to do for a challenge. 🙂

  • Oh I think I’d like Snowdrift. That’s my kind of set up! I’m going to try and read Heyer this year. I know you enjoy her. I can’t believe I’ve not tried her yet.

    • Oh splendid! I can’t wait to see what you think and no worries if you don’t adore her books. 😉 Let me recommend Venetia for your first go. It is one of my favorites. 🙂