The Talisman Ring is a historical mystery by Georgette Heyer set in the Regency period of the late 1700s.
Eustacie de Vauban, a refugee from France, becomes engaged to a man she hardly knows in order to fulfill the wishes of her dying benefactor. She runs away in the middle of a snowy night and runs right into a band of smugglers led by none other than her long-lost cousin. Game for adventure, she throws her lot in with his and assists him in his escape from the authorities.
What follows is a comedic adventure of deceit, disguises, mistaken identities and true love found in unlikely places. Every member of the ensemble cast has their shining moments and the witty plot is deeply satisfying.
I get the same pleasure in reading Ms. Heyer's books as I do when I read Jane Austen. Wonderful period detail and amusing drawing-room manners. Completely escapist books. I notice that many of the Kindle editions of her books are currently priced under $2, so if you have a Kindle, you might want to pick up at least one to try out. There are several different covers for this book, which has been reprinted numerous times since its release in the 1930s. I like the cover above because it has a harp.
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