A Civil Contract

Written by:
Georgette Heyer
Narrated by:
Dominic Thorburn

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2021
14 hours 8 minutes
Brought to you by Penguin.

Adam Deveril, the new Viscount Lynton and a hero at Salamanca, returns from the Peninsula War to find his family on the brink of ruin and the broad acres of his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. It is Lord Oversley, father of Adam's first love, who tactfully introduces him to Mr Jonathan Chaleigh, a City man of apparently unlimited wealth with no social ambitions for himself, but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his one and only daughter.

For more than fifty years Georgette Heyer brought romance and adventure to a wordwide readership and Civil Contract shows how she continues to be loved today.

© Georgette Heyer 1961 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
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Anna M.

This book is different from ever other Heyer tale, it has a lot more realism than many. There are insights into human dynamics that are very accurate and subtly represented, as the proud (but kind) main character has to marry the daughter of a wealthy man of finance in order to save his family's estate.. I enjoy this Heyer as a change of pace...a good dose of realism, without veering into too much negativity.

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Christine P.

This is one of Jane Austen’s more serious Regency novels - not quite so much wit and humour as she writes of a marriage of convenience, and movingly of how love and kindness in this case win over passion. Unfortunately the narrator didn’t give each character a different voice except for Mr Chorley, which sometimes made the narrative a bit flat. Not my favourite novel or recording.

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