The Reluctant Widow

The Reluctant Widow

Gossip, scandal and an unforgettable Regency romance


If you love Bridgerton, you'll love Georgette Heyer!

'The greatest writer who ever lived' Antonia Fraser
'Brims with elegance, wit and historical accuracy' Daily Mail
'Heyer's books are as incisively witty and quietly subversive as any of Jane Austen's' Joanne Harris

When she steps inside the wrong carriage in a Sussex village, Elinor Rochdale little knows that she is about to embark on a thrilling and dangerous adventure.

Overnight the would-be governess becomes the mistress of a ruined estate and partner in a secret conspiracy to save a family's name.

By midnight she is a bride; by dawn a widow.

Readers love The Reluctant Widow ...

***** 'I love Georgette Heyer - fun plots, fun characters,good dialogue. This is one of my favourites.'
***** '[The Reluctant Widow] made such an impression on me that I still remember it after all these years.'
***** 'This was an absolute delight.'
***** 'Fun, unexpected plot that continues through the whole book.'
***** 'Georgette Heyer is still the best; this has a real plot, an unusual one at that, characters that are interesting as individuals, and is still a really good read.'

About the author

Georgette Heyer

Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, who made the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.
Learn More

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more