meilufay’s #CBR4 review #92 Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer
Although Georgette Heyer is most famous as THE Regency romance novelist, she did not write her first Regency romance until she was ten years into her career. Up until that point she played around with several different types of historical novels and mysteries. As a teenager, Baroness Orczy (of Scarlet Pimpernel fame) was one of her favorite novelists and so quite a few of Heyer’s earlier romantic comedies are set in the 18th century and are very much in that adventurous, swashbuckling mode. Powder and Patch is a straight up romantic comedy (almost no swashbuckling, though there is a duel) set in the 18th century and it is probably my least favorite of her romantic comedies. It’s only her second novel, and she still hadn’t found her voice as a writer. Unless you’re a completionist and want to read all the Heyers, I’d say give this one a pass.