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I read. A lot.

Currently reading

Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President
Robert Dallek
The Death House
Sarah Pinborough
Riding North One Summer
Bettina Selby
The Shining Girls
Lauren Beukes
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Tom Holland

Historical novel rather than romance

A Civil Contract - Georgette Heyer

This is marketed the same way as Heyer's romances but be warned: while it has her trademark sparkle, it's explicitly a more serious historical novel, and may disappoint you if you pick this up thinking of Venetia, Frederica or any of Heyer's other classic romances.


I wasn't; I think it's one of her best novels.  I like the story's intersection with real-life events, and the explicit discussion of class themes is interesting, although somewhat limited.  


Jenny is neither pretty nor clever, but her loyalty, sensitivity (which she tries to hide behind a gruff, matter-of-fact exterior) and staunch common sense make her a compelling heroine.  It's sad to think that she's still a somewhat unusual heroine today.