Well, it took me three months to read this book, which tells you a lot right there about whether or not I liked it.
I didn't hate it, truly I didn't. I just didn't like it all that well. Actually, I very much liked one character, and if we'd just stuck with him, I'd have polished off the book in a couple of days. But we had to keep bobbing off to spend time with characters I either disdained or positively loathed, as the case may be, and that got tiresome.
Set in Georgian England, it's about this guy who took the blame for cheating at cards years ago, even though it was his brother who did it. He's been on the lam ever since, and lately he's been amusing himself by playing highwayman. One day he saves a sweet young woman from being abducted by this Perfectly Loathsome Other Guy, who happens to be the brother of the woman who married this guy's brother -- the one who cheated at cards and let him take the rap. Yeeeeeeeees, it's kind of convoluted. If only we could've stuck with Mr. Highwayman, because he was simply delicious. And really, the Perfectly Loathsome Other Guy was quite fascinating in his own way. Amusingly enough, I kept imagining Richard Chamberlain as both of those fellows, and he worked equally well in both roles. I had great fun with that. But the cheater brother and his awful wife... blech, I had a terrible time slogging through their sections.
However! I've since learned from Wikipedia that this was Georgette Heyer's debut novel, published when she was only nineteen, which makes me forgive a lot. I will not hesitate to try another of her books.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13. There are oblique references to a man ruining the character of several women, and one scene where he tries to force himself on a virtuous woman. Also an abduction, some sword fights, and a few mild curses.
This is my 36th book read and reviewed for the Classics Club, and my sixth for the Women's Classic Literature Event.