By Georgette Heyer
At the eve of conflict, passions are operating high... ''A significant achievement...vivid, exact, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent.''-DAILY MAIL ''My favourite old novelist.''-MARGARET DRABBLE in the summertime OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of events, balls and soirees. within the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, not anyone draws extra awareness than the attractive, outrageous younger widow girl Barbara Childe. On their first assembly, speeding Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, yet even their betrothal does not calm her wild habit. eventually, with the conflict of Waterloo raging simply miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring again into town, woman Barbara discovers the place her center relatively lies, and prefer a real noblewoman, she rises to the party, and to the calls for of affection, lifestyles and war... ''Wonderful characters, stylish, witty writing, excellent interval element, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the remainder of us simply aspire to.'' -KATIE FFORDE
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It was easy to see what Brussels would make of him when he did come. ‘The pedestal is ready for the hero,’ said Judith, with rather a provocative smile. ‘And we are all ready to kneel and worship at the base. ’ ‘I have not that pleasure. Pray do not mention it, but I have never so much as laid eyes on him. ’ said the General. ‘What am I to understand by that, if you please? Shall I be disappointed? ’ InfamousArmy Internals 2 8 7/20/07 G E O R G E T T E 3:18 PM Page 28 H E Y E R ‘Demi-god,’ repeated the General, stroking one beautiful whisker.
Barbara seemed to be so genuinely delighted by this piece of news that Lady Vidal thought it wiser to leave the subject. What is more important is what you mean to do with your future. ’ ‘True. ’ said Augusta tartly. ‘Very well! Let us look about us! Shall I set my cap at dear Gordon? ’ ‘Sir Alexander? Don’t be absurd! ’ Barbara had taken a medicine bottle from the cupboard and was measuring some of its contents into a glass. She paused, and wrinkled her brow. ‘General Maitland? ’ ‘That’s no objection—if I want him.
Thank you, sir,’ said Colonel Colborne in his slow deep voice. A smile crept into his eyes. ‘You are entirely right! Charles, my hôtel is in the Rue de Brabant! I charge you, don’t forget! I will go and do my duty, and dance with all the ugly old women. Would you like to be presented to a fat Frau? No? ’ said Colonel Audley suddenly. ’ The Prince paused in the doorway, looking back with a laugh in his eyes. ’ Audley reddened, but only said:‘I am perfectly serious. I have been trying for the past hour to get an introduction, but there’s no coming near her for the crown round her.
An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and War by Georgette Heyer