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Beauvallet: Gossip, scandal and an unforgettable Regency romance

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Reading Beauvallet is a bit like watching Blackadder the Second for me, from references to men's plate-sized ruffs to sneaky asides about Raleigh and here and there a "beshrew me! This was necessary to provide a reason for Beauvallet to travel into Spain, where certain death awaited him if discovered. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth. A wonderful thing about Beauvallet is that when El Beauvallet falls in love with Dominica, he does not claim her as his “love” or as his “mistress” or, in our culture, his “girlfriend,” he claims her as his bride.

One night they to the local cinema in Kratovo, not to see a movie, but instead to see it burn down after the owner, having insured the building for a handsome sum, announced to the town that he would set it on fire and invited everyone to come and watch. Cue many adventures as Mad Nicholas braves the King of Spain, the Spanish nobility, Dominica's own family and the Inquisition to bring her to England. The hero, Sir Nicholas Beauvallet, is an English seaman who has sailed with Drake and others; he has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

She tries hard to spurn his advances but just can't seem to say no to the English Love Boat Technique. Beauvallet is sailing from the West Indies when he is attacked by a Spanish ship; he defeats them and when he and his men board the Spanish ship, they find a lady, Dona Dominica de Rada y Sylva, and her father, Don Manuel, who is very ill with a fever.

You must remember this was during the Spanish Inquisition, so the stakes are very high if he is caught. Nicholas Beauvallet is a descendant of Simon the Coldheart, also featured in a novel of the same name by Georgette Heyer, and a definite chip off the same block. While Nick Beauvallet and his servant play more prominent roles than the heroine, she holds her own in terms of spirit and intelligence.What she does is always right, always highly flavored of her period, so that in some odd fashion the whole era is actually alive before you, and that with few descriptions. Two other characters that really stand out are Joshua, Beauvallet's valet, and Doña Beatrice, Dominica's aunt. Upper right front fore-edge corner has a 3/8" v-shaped loss with a two adjacent closed tears of 3/8" and 1/2".

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