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In the summer of beneath the aegis of the An Infamous PDF or Army of Occupation Brussels is the gayest town in Europe And the red haired widow Lady Barbara Childe renowned for being as outrageous as she is beautiful is at the centre of the social whirl and of all that is fashionable and light hearted However the city was a nest of intrigue Napoleon threatened Europe but the talk was only of this dazzling and tempestuous young Every brilliant ball supper and concert in the feverish spring seemed. Although I had read three other Georgette Heyer novels before this one those were all detective stories instead of the historical romances that she s well known for I found this one in a bookstore a few weeks ago and thought that it would be a good introduction to Heyer s other body of work although her mysteries aren t the best I ve ever read her characters are always well formed and the writing is witty and clever so I was looking forward to seeing how she applied this skill to another kind of story A uick note although this book is technically part of a series it functions very well as a stand alone novel to the point where I didn t even realize that I was reading a book from a series until I went to write this reviewBrussels 1815 The summer of love While the Congress of Vienna winds down English and French society congregates in Brussels for endless parties balls and general rich people fun times Off in France Napoleon has escaped exile and is gathering an army but no one is overly worried about this because parties The cast of characters is vast and apparently consists almost entirely of real historical figures who were involved in the Battle of Waterloo but our main characters are Barbara Childe and Colonel Charles Audley Barbara is a widow who having been freed early on by her husband s death now has an amount of freedom that most women of the time can only dream of and uses that freedom to the best of her ability Barbara scandalizes the town by wearing revealing clothing painting her toenails gold swearing like a soldier and having a series of very public affairs and generally not giving a single flying fuck what anyone thinks Needless to say I loved her from the get go Enter Colonel Charles Audley an aide de camp to Wellington He falls in love with Barbara and proposes to her and she s like sure this could be fun The way Heyer develops Charles and Barbara s relationship is very nicely done and eual parts delightful and heartbreaking Barbara subconsciously afraid that she doesn t deserve a man as good as Charles tries to sabotage the relationship by behaving badly like she s constantly daring Charles to break up with her For his part Charles handles things beautifully he wants Barbara to be the decent person he knows she s capable of being but in the same breath says that the last thing he wants is to tell Barbara what to do with her life Basically imagine what would happen if Scarlett O Hara and Rhett Butler were actually concealing decent human beings under their protective layers of anger and cynicism instead of just being a borderline sociopath and a smug asshole Barbara and Charles are the best and we get to spend a few hundred pages watching their romance develop before the Battle of Waterloo hits and everything goes to shitThe research that went into this book a seemingly fluffy story of love during war is staggering I know very little of the Napoleonic wars so I can t comment on the accuracy of Heyer s version of the Battle of Waterloo but it certainly felt accurate The battle takes up a significant portion of the story with Heyer giving us an almost blow by blow account of the battle She manages to give us a technical overview of the battle while also showing the horrific reality of war there are several brief scenes and images during the battle that still haunt me as they very well should It s a significant departure from the romantic shenanigans and gossip of the rest of the book and readers can expect some kind of whiplash from the change in tone But if you re reading the book you know that the sudden depictions of war and all its brutality don t come out of nowhere throughout the book the war looms in the background and the approaching battle is always present It starts out subtleThe balls the concerts the theatres continued but picnics were added to the gaieties now charming expeditions with flowering muslins suired by hot scarlet uniforms the ladies in open carriages the gentlemen riding gallantly beside hampers of cold chicken and champagne on the boxes everyone lighthearted flirtation the order of the day There were reviews to watch fetes to attend day after day slid by in the pursuit of pleasure days that were not uite real but belonged to some half realised dream Somewhere to the south was a Corsican ogre who might at any moment break into the dream and shatter it but distance shrouded himand then the war is on people s doorsteps even as they re trying to ignore it and keep having parties and pretending that everything is fineFrom scores of faces the polite company masks seemed to have slipped People had forgotten that at balls they must smile and hide whatever care or grief they owned under bright artificial fronts Some of the senior officers were looking grave here and there a rigid meaningless smile was pinned to a mother s white face or a girl stood with a fallen mouth and blank eyes fixed on a scarlet uniform A ueer almost greedy emotion shone in many countenances Life had become suddenly an urgent business racing towards disaster and the craving for excitement the breathless moment compound of fear and grief and exaltation when the mind sharpened and the senses were stretched as taut as as the strings of a violin surged up under the veneer of good manners and shone behind the dread in shocked young eyes For all the shrinking from tragedy looming ahead there was yet an unacknowledged eagerness to hurry to meet whatever horror lurked in the future if existence were to sink back to the humdrum there would be disappointment behind the relief and a sense of frustrationIt s beautiful and powerful and I loved every single character I definitely need to seek out of Heyer s romances and soon

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To bring her a new conuest by storm She is the talk of the ton She flirts shamelessly dresses outrageously and scandalizes polite society That doesn't stop one of her adorers the dashing Colonel Charles Audley an aide de camp to the Duke of Wellington from falling madly in love with the beautiful young widow and proposing marriage Threatened by the growing tide of scandal she allowed Colonel Charles Audley to claim her for his brideThe eve of the fateful Battle of Waterloo their betrothal falls. I read Heyer for romance This book was not what I expected Too much military and hard to understandREVIEWER S OPINIONI think it might be better to READ this book rather than LISTEN to it as an audiobook It was hard to understand all the military planning and battle action I needed to see diagrams and pictures It was also hard to follow the various officers names by listening as opposed to reading I understand the author did a lot of research in order to be accurate about the Battle of Waterloo The narrator spoke too fast for me which did not helpI may be off on my percentages but it feels like half the book is about a relationship between an army officer and a widow The other half is about military planning and fighting the Battle of Waterloo This is NOT for someone wanting interesting and fully developed romantic relationships I never understood what they saw in each other It was just instant attraction at first sightTwo characters in this story Barbara and George are the grandchildren of characters in Devil s Cub You do NOT need to read that book in advance This is definitely a stand alone bookThere is a mystery about Lucy and her love interest a minor third story I can t remember how that was resolved or even if it was It needed explanation or it could be my own bad memorySTORY BRIEFColonel Audley sees Barbara at a ball and falls in love at first sight Barbara is a notorious widow who is unlikeable mean vain and spoiled She is beautiful and loves to flirt She falls for the Colonel as well but her bad behavior causes problems Lucy is sad and we don t know why until much later in the book The Battle of Waterloo is the second story Colonel Audley is part of the actionDATAUnabridged audiobook length 14 hours Narrator Claire Higgins Swearing language none Sexual content none Setting 1815 Brussels and Waterloo Belgium Book Published 1937 Genre historical military fiction with a side of romance

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Apart It isn't until Charles marches off to fight Napoleon that Barbara discovers where her heart lies Now she can do nothing but wait as the battle rages praying for the safety of the one man who can set her free from her wild impulses But as the clouds of war gathered he turned from her in a sudden mysterious indifference Stunned bewildered Barbara wondered what secret she must fathom what new seduction must she devise to regain the one man who she ruefully realized had truly claimed her hear. Heyer s forte was historical research and it really shines through in this book The last 13 of the novel consists of a detailed play by play description of the Battle of Waterloo complete with troop movements and every gory death exactly as it occurred What happens to the characters during the battle is blended in with the real life events and will keep the reader turning pages until the fictional history is resolved Lady Barbara is entirely unlikeable in most of the novel She s the feminine version of her grandfather and instead of shooting people she breaks hearts and causes young men to kill themselves Lovely We re told she s spoiled and didn t have a soft feminine influence to curb her wild nature but that doesn t excuse her bad behavior because she s perfectly aware of what she s doing She has a slow revelation and improves upon acuaintance We re told Charles is the best brother and he s so good and kind but his characterization is rather passive in this book He falls in love at first set and lets the lady walk all over him That doesn t make for a very good romance but by the end of the book I felt for the characters and wanted them to be together I skimmed most of the battle action It s very very detailed and extremely gory I mainly wanted to know what happened to Charles A minor subplot involving Lucy Devenish is also worked into this history of Waterloo I liked the fictional parts of the book better than the real life depiction of the battle I had a hard time keeping track of the real people that figured into the story but remembered the other characters from Regency Buck and Devil s Club so I felt invested in their story Different people have different reactions to this book so I won t say if I would recommend it or not but if you read Regency Buck and Devil s Club and want to know what happens next then I would read the first half of the novel and skim the battle parts Do not skip the battle parts all together because there are some scenes with fictional characters that are important to the story


10 thoughts on “An Infamous Army

  1. says:

    Warning; there may be spoilers for Regency Buck Devil's Cub in this reviewas GH uses characters from both in this bookMy good GR friend Hana has covered the historical side of reviewing the book I don't feel I can better her comments This is her review linked to with her permission I will mention that GH was meticulous in her research at the back of the book is what she calls the short bibliography that runs to two a half pagesI

  2. says:

    This was a bit of a mash up part romance with an unpleasantly self absorbed heroine part history lesson meticulously researched and well told The story opens in Brussels on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo as British and allied European forces prepare to confront a resurgent Napoleon The Duke of Wellington is in command

  3. says:

    Although I had read three other Georgette Heyer novels before this one those were all detective stories instead of the historical romances that she's well known for I found this one in a bookstore a few weeks ago and thought that it would be a

  4. says:

    This is exactly the bracing kind of story I needed Jolly good fun as the general population of characters in this book would say Georgette Heyer

  5. says:

    I'm not sure this novel worked particularly well The divide between the ball room romances and the military mane

  6. says:

    I read Heyer for romance This book was not what I expected Too much military and hard to understandREVIEWER’S OPINIONI think it might be better to READ this book rather than LISTEN to it as an audiobook It was hard to understand all the military planning and battle action I needed to see diagrams and pictures It was also hard to follow the various officers’ names by listening as opposed to reading I understand the author did a

  7. says:

    Heyer's forte was historical research and it really shines through in this book The last 13 of the novel consists of a detailed play by play description of the Battle of Waterloo complete with troop movements and every gory death exactly as it occurred What happens to the characters during the battle is blended in with the real life events and will keep the reader turning pages until the fictional history is resolved Lady Barbara is entire

  8. says:

    What did I know about the battle of Waterloo prior to reading this novel? Nothing Nothing at all I didn't even know who the Duke of Wellington was But thanks to this wonderful masterpiece by Heyer I now feel a l

  9. says:

    This book has two sides In other words you will find two books inside1 It is definitely a tribute to Duke of Wellington and his arm

  10. says:

    This was the first book I have ever read that was written by Georgette Heyer I can see why her work is so loved It was very well written and much attention was given to detail which I always enjoy She put much work it into it while still allowing me to use my imagination to a point that was satisfactory for me While I'm far from an expert o