SEVENTH HEAVEN
by Elizabeth Bailey

1994
ISBN: 0-733-52749-3
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I must admit that I was a bit worried when I first came across this book. The title did tend to put me off a bit - so clichéd!


However - within the first few pages I was hooked. The characters are well drawn - and the heroine, Lady Louisa Shittlehope (unfortunate, but there you go) is a very capable and rather managing female, but is not obnoxious about it.


The Hero, Septimus Berowne, is a poet - with a difference (and I'm not going to spoil the difference for you - suffice it to say that you will be amused), and beneath the poetic exterior lays a gentleman who is Louisa's match.


The Hero, Septimus Berowne, is a poet - with a difference (and I'm not going to spoil the difference for you - suffice it to say that you will be amused), and beneath the poetic exterior lays a gentleman who is Louisa's match.


Added to this mixture are Louisa's ward, her aunt and cousin, and Septimus' numerous (and numbered) brothers and sisters and you have the makings of a romp through pre-Regency London.


This book put me very strongly in mind of Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy, however Elizabeth Bailey has managed to take her similar characters and give them a unique life of their own that easily puts this book on a par with The Grand Sophy - which until now has been one of my favorites.


Some of the writing is irritating (the constant shortening of names - even when they could not logically be shortened - is the main culprit here), but on the whole this book is a great read and definitely a keeper.


Spending an evening with the Berownes will leave you breathless, but happy.


Reviewed in July 2001 by Megan.

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