Monday, July 23, 2012

Georgette Heyer: A Civil Contract

A Civil Contract is a Berkley paperback dated June 1974 and written by Georgette Heyer.

Adam Deveril has inherited Fontley Priory after the death of his wastrel father. He decides that his only hope of keeping the priory is to wed an heiress, Jenny Chawleigh, a wealthy financier's daughter. This is one of Heyer's quiet stories, quite heart wrenching at times. I must admit that it's one of my favorites!

Allan Kass's cover, while beautiful, isn't suited to this story. I like the idea of Jenny and Adam taking a picnic lunch to a lake, but unless they went on their honeymoon, this isn't a good representation of the story.

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