The Quiet Gentleman

The Quiet Gentleman Returning to his family seat from Waterloo Gervase Frant seventh Earl of St Erth could have expected enthusiasm for his homecoming His quiet cousin stepmother and young half brother seem openly d

  • Title: The Quiet Gentleman
  • Author: Georgette Heyer
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  • Page: 481
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  • Returning to his family seat from Waterloo, Gervase Frant, seventh Earl of St Erth, could have expected enthusiasm for his homecoming His quiet cousin, stepmother, and young half brother seem openly disappointed that he survived the wars.And when he begins to fall for his half brother s sweetheart, his chilly reception goes from unfriendly to positively murderous.

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    1. Georgette Heyer

      Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer s greatest asset.Heyer remains a popular and much loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.

    410 thoughts on “The Quiet Gentleman”

    1. 3.5 stars, rounding up. Gervase Frant returns home in 1816 from the Napoleanic wars to assume his role as the Earl of St Erth. Trouble and resentment await him in the form of his imperious stepmother and his spoiled and truculent younger half-brother Martin, who were rather hoping Gervase would die in the war so that Martin could inherit. But do they resent him enough to actually kill him? Because some very odd (not)accidents are starting to happen to Gervase. This is one of Heyer's Regency myst [...]

    2. Georgette Heyer novels should be printed with a warning. I have to be careful when reading her novels in public. This is because they inevitably cause a goofy smile to be pasted on my face, and I'll start giggling loudly at random times for no apparent reason to the poor, unsuspecting public around me. The Quiet Gentleman is no exception to this rule. Absolutely nothing beats a Heyer Regency romance for the sheer enjoyment factor and witty, intelligent humor. She truly is the closest thing to re [...]

    3. I was all set to read my Arrow copy - until I took a good look at the picture.Apparently St Erth returned from the Napoleonic Wars in 1816 & decided to dress in his late father's clothes. As Lady Caroline Bingley would say, I was all astonishment! So I pulled out my old Pan instead.Pretty decent shot of Gervase & Marianne, I thought.This book is a little too Austenesque & not Heyerish enough for me. Don't get me wrong I love Austen - when Jane herself writes it! For example, (& a [...]

    4. 3* for The Quiet Gentleman.I have read a great many Georgette Heyer books and am a die hard fan of her works, but sadly The Quiet Gentleman did not live upto my expectations.Though the writing itself is unquestionably signature GH, the overall story failed to keep me intrigued. And the more is the pity because more than romance this is a kind of suspense or mystery novel and a grounding mystery was sadly absent.The story is about Lord Gervase St Erth of Stanyon who has been alienated by his fath [...]

    5. I wish I knew what to rate this, but for the life of me I can't! Never mind, 3 1/2Gervase Frant, comes home after years in the army. He never expected his family to greet him with open arms, but he didn't expect hostility either! The whole castle seems to be brooding over some dark secret (Bodiam Castle) Martin his half brother plainly declares war on Gervase who he views as a usurper. Worse, Martin feels that if it hadn't been for Gervase, his lady love wouldn't have spurned him. It's just too [...]

    6. Gervase Frant is now the Earl of St. Erth. He did not have a close relationship with his father, mostly because he resembles his beautiful mother who left the late Earl to be with her lover and died a few years later. Gervase has been an army officer and only sold his commission recently, a year after his father's death.Now he has finally returned to the main family estate, Stanyon. His younger half-brother, Martin, very much resents his bad taste in surviving campaigns in both France and Spain. [...]

    7. On her worst day, Georgette Heyer is better than any other writer of Regency romance I have read. She invented the genre, and it’s possible that nobody should have tried to follow in her footsteps. Within the canon of Georgette Heyer novels, however, there are some that succeed better than others. For me, The Quiet Gentleman is not one of the more successful. Perhaps the problem is that she is trying to combine forms that sit uneasily with one another. This book doesn’t know whether it wants [...]

    8. Georgette Heyer group BOTM December 2015.This was my second read of this title and I have more of an appreciation of the H/h this time around.A couple of years ago, I had just descovered GH and I want on a bender with her romances and this book and the H/h did not compare favorably when read back to back with favorites such as Devil's Cub and The Grand Sophy and others MCs with smore forceful personalities.A common complaint among the casual reader of a GH romance is well How little romance ther [...]

    9. Am I the only one who didn't see through the mystery?!?!?!? I did not think it was predictable at all!!! But, oh!!!! So frustrating!! I loved this book, but it did not end the way I wanted it too didn't feel concluded. How I wish we could have been given more insight into the romance! It only unfolds in the last pages, which makes it come out as really unexpected and random. I wanted to read about the change of opinion Gervase had of Drusilla, Because at the beginning he finds her boring and una [...]

    10. A mystery rather than a romance. In fact, the romance was pretty understated and was only developed at the end, along with the solution. The Earl of St Erth returns from the wars to succeed his father's title and discovers that his family resents him. But who would go as far as to murder him? The story takes a long time to get interesting and the beginning is very slow. I almost gave up after a few chapters, but glad I stuck with it as halfway through the book, it really picks up and suddenly ev [...]

    11. I don't know how Georgette Heyer manages to send me into flutters with each new (to me) book of hers I read. This one kept me occupied with a murder mystery as well, which I always like (though strange to say, I don't enjoy Heyer's non-Regency mysteries). It's an interesting set of characters, and an interesting choice of romance -- Heyer really wasn't locked in to any stereotypes of romance, but picked characters that were different enough in each book to avoid too much repetition. I love the e [...]

    12. Excellent Heyer romance, with a bit of mystery thrown in. Who is trying to kill Gervase Frant, Earl of St Erth? Napoleon's army couldn't do it, but are his spiteful half-brother and stepmother planning to finish the job? And will Gervase steal his brother's sweetheart, the beautiful Marianne, or fall for the less lovely but smart Drusilla? I've enjoyed almost all of Heyer's books, and this one is no exception. The excellent review at audiogirls inspired me to add it to my to-listen list.

    13. Despite the clumsy murder thread running through this story, it's one of my favorites. It succeeds where I think A Civil Contract failed--it gives us the best of Heyer's "plain but kind" heroines, one with a decided sense of humor, who achieves romance on her own power, and without melodramatic suffering, like the supposedly "realistic" A Civil Contract. The heroine's parents are a total delight--part of the Lake Poets, having raised their daughter to be practical and republican. The characters [...]

    14. Gervase, the Seventh Earl of St. Erth returns to his ancestral home after successfully surviving the wars much to the dismay of his ambitious step-mother and spoiled half-brother Martin. His cousin and agent, Theo, is pleased to see Ger as is Druscilla Morville, a neighbor and sometimes companion to Ger's step-mother. Ger is quiet and doesn't fight back, therefore his step-mother thinks she can continue to rule the household with an iron fist and send the Earl running for one of his other proper [...]

    15. The romance here is happening in the background, while the foreground is taken up more by a mystery.Drusilla is a very non-traditional romantic heroine, being described as a 'squab' (her figure has a touch of pigeon) and her primary positive attributes being practical calm and quiet honesty. We definitely see Gervase come to appreciate her composure, and to no longer think her dull, though any attraction he feels for her isn't as easily detected. She was very well done, with her worn and not eve [...]

    16. Gervase carried this book, front to back, and more than made up for its weaknesses. I don't know how many times I laughed out loud at his understated sarcasm and witticisms and in how he dealt with his family, particularly Martin and the dowager. He really shone. I enjoyed the story as a whole. I've noticed, though, that when Heyer turns her Regencies into thrillers, the character relationships suffer, and it was so in this. While I enjoyed reading it, there was almost no development of the rela [...]

    17. Love, love, love! Ahhh, Heyer does it again. This book was wonderful! First, see Sherwood Smith's great review. Second, I acknowledge this book probably deserves 4 stars, because the mystery is clunky and obvious, but I loved the proposal scene so I pushed it up to five stars. Miss Morville was wonderful. I love Heyer's charming, prosaic heroines. We need more of them these days! If you like Heyer's The Talisman Ring, you will like this one. I definitely need to buy this book and read it again!

    18. The main character evolves from an uncaring, uptight man into someone who goes out of his way to preserve the family name and the honor of his cousin, who has done nothing to deserve it. Miss Morville is an excellent character: strong, intelligent, and resourceful, yet still very much within the traditional role of women in this era.

    19. My second Heyer book was a bit different because there was a big mystery in it, still it was not one of her true mystery novel. There is romance, mystery and the stillness that is proper manners.First I was not sure about this one, mostly cos I felt Gervase was going after the wrong woman. Well I feared so. Though that fixes itself because he is a very quiet gentleman. A proper and nice man, a bit too nice actually. But then I do think Heyer seemed to like second chances and being all nice and a [...]

    20. Gervase returns home one year after his father's death having inherited the title. Estranged from his father because of his mother's behavior, he has spent his adult life in service in the cavalry and survived Waterloo. It's not a happy homecoming. He encounters his stepmother's (mother-in-law throughout the book) suspicion and his younger half-brother's resentment. Martin has grown up with his father's affection and indulgence and with shadowy expectations of inheriting. With the shadowI wonder [...]

    21. My 22nd Georgette HeyerGervase returns home from the war to assume his role as the Earl of St Erth to the displeasure of his step-mother and half-brother Martin. Cousin Theo and lady Marianne get on great with him, but when strange things start to happen, it becomes clear that foul play is at hand.The book is filled with witty dialogue and humor, but there are a number of slow parts and for the life of me I could not like Martin, especially since he forced his attentions on Marianne two times an [...]

    22. I've been rereading Georgette Heyer's romances lately, sandwiching them between heavier reading in order to provide myself with some light entertainment. It's always a pleasure to rediscover an author whom I haven't read lately and to discover that I have forgotten enough to make them fresh again. Although her books are classified as romances, they go far beyond the contemporary definition --because of the wit and humour, and the excellent writing. This wasn't my favourite Heyer novel, but it pr [...]

    23. I read this based on a friend's recommendation, and I'm so glad I did! The plotline flowed nicely and the characters were well-defined. The mysterious accidents kept me on my toes, and the ending left me quite happy. Gervase and Miss Morville quickly became my favorite characters, simply because they are so different - he is not afraid to take risks, while she leans on the side of a little too practical.

    24. Another one of Heyer's Regency/mysteries/romances, with a murder plot, a practical daughter of romantics, a charming heiress, and an overbearing mother, among the other elements she blends so well. Not one of my A list favorites, but fun to read in one of those intervals when I don't want one of the books I've practically memorized!

    25. 3 ½ stars. Good regency mystery. Enjoyable collection of characters. A small amount of romance is secondary to the mysteryORY BRIEF:Gervase (Ger) is the heir. His mother ran off with a lover which caused Ger’s father to hate Ger. The father remarried and had a second son Martin. Ger has been away for a long time. The Earl died. Ger now returns to his inherited entailed estate. Martin inherited everything else. Ger’s cousin Theo is living there and has been an excellent manager of the estate [...]

    26. One of Georgette Heyer's Regency era that is mystery/detective genre, and yet there is romance as well. This delightful read took me some time off and on, setting it aside for quicker and non-fiction fare that had to be returned.And yet it was just as lovely read and felt that way, as this is a much older and infinitely more complex English. Mostly of the higher classes, there still is detail and lengthy passage of servant and idiomatic period banter. Some of which definitely is archaic.How abou [...]

    27. The one where Gervase returns from the army to discover that his stepmother and half-brother resent him and someone is apparently trying to kill him.Not really one of my favorite Heyers. I don't enjoy mysteries, so the murder angle didn't add much for me. Plus, once you dismiss one possible culprit because he's too obvious for good fiction, you know who the actual culprit is, because everyone else joins the party too late. Drusilla is like Jenny inA Civil Contract, in that she's praiseworthy for [...]

    28. I realized a little way into this book that I had read it before, but that was at first unclear because the audiobook I was listening to was appallingly distracting. I hated the reader, but since I don't have a hard copy of the book, I muscled my way through to the end, because I love the story: it has all the elements that I love most in a Heyer novel - an element of mystery, a likable and capable and humorous hero, an unlikely heroine, great description and atmosphere, laugh-out-loud moments - [...]

    29. 3.5 StarsThis was the first book I've read by Heyer and it might not have been the best one to begin with because I don't think it's one of her more romantic books. I went in thinking that it would be a regency romance, but there was more emphasis on the brothers' quarrelling and the mystery.I did enjoy the mannerly dialogue and writing. It was quick, witty, and Austen-esque. I can see how Heyer has such a large following.I actually liked Gervase, the quiet gentleman, a lot. I found myself sayin [...]

    30. The beginning was extremely well-done, fast-pace with regular introduction of key characters that were fastly depicted through a few lines of dialogues or anecdotes. When all characters are there, the story took a slower pace which was not exactly as compelling. However the ending accelerates everything once more and the dialogues pick up accordingly. The dialogues between the characters, one of Heyer's strength, are among some of the best - the waspish mother-in-law, the jealous younger brother [...]

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