Nick Beauvallet is a privateer during the time period of Elizabeth I who is surprised when the Spanish ship that attacks his vessel is holding the recently retired Governer of Santiago and the Governer’s daughter, Dona Dominica. Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer begins with Beauvallet defeating the Spanish ship and then, if a spur of the moment decision, promising to deliver the Governer and his daughter safely to Spanish soil. As they travel to Spain, Dona and Nick’s relationship starts to turn into something more.
Dona must stay with her ailing father in Spain but Nick promises to come to her within the year and bring her back to England. But Nick, known as El Beauvallet to the Spanish, is the most wanted man in Spain and traveling into the heart of Spain seems the most foolish and dangerous thing he can do. Dona hopes that Nick will come but as pressure is put upon her to marry her cousin (for her wealth) she starts to wonder if he does show up he may be too late.
It has been years since I originally read Beauvallet but I thoroughly enjoyed my reread. Think Errol Flynn swashbuckingly adventure from the high seas to the streets of Madrid. Beauvallet is a great larger than life character with a witty and entertaining servant who is very dedicated to him. I would love to see Beauvallet made into a movie, I think the action, adventure, scenery, sword fights and romantic interest would make this a fabulous story to see on the big screen. Georgette Heyer’s attention to detail and descriptions are amazing and add greatly to the fabulous story line. I also enjoyed visiting a time period that isn’t always written about but has some great events that changed the shape of the world. I highly recommend Beauvallet.
You can read an excerpt here.
Author: Georgette Heyer
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 304
Release Date: Reprint January 2010
Reviewer: Jessica Hampus Lindholm Jersey