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This is book number 9 in the Historical Romances series.
Romance, war, intrigue, romance. What more could you ask of the premier romance writer of the early 20th century!? The story is set in Brussels in the months preceding the famous Battle of Waterloo and is really a novel of that battle with romance attached. An Infamous Army is used by Sandhurst, the British War Academy, to teach about the battle. It has amazing fidelity to formations, movements, and men in all sorts of armies. And, you get to see British high society at their best and worst. Read and come back for more Heyer!
On the eve of battle, passions are running high...IN THE SUMMER OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of parties, balls and soirees. In the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, no one attracts more attention than the beautiful, outrageous young widow Lady Barbara Childe. On their first meeting, dashing Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, but even their betrothal doesn't calm her wild behavior. Finally, with the Battle of Waterloo raging just miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring back into the town, Lady Barbara discovers where her heart really lies, and like a true noblewoman, she rises to the occasion, and to the demands of love, life and war... Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer
A brilliant achievement...vivid, accurate, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent.--Daily MailMy favorite historical novelist.--Margaret Drabble