The Toll-gate

The Toll-gate

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"Witty...a cheerful extravaganza."--The New Yorker

His exploits were legendary...

Captain John Staple, back from the battlefront, is already bored with his quiet civilian life in the country. When he stumbles upon a mystery involving a disappearing toll-gate keeper, nothing could keep the adventure-loving captain from investigating.

But winning her will be his greatest yet...

The plot thickens when John encounters the enigmatic Lady Nell Stornaway and soon learns that rescuing her from her unsavory relatives makes even the most ferocious cavalry charge look like a particularly tame hand of loo. Between hiding his true identity from Nell and the arrival in the neighborhood of some distinctly shady characters, Captain Staple finds himself embarked on the adventure-and romance-of a lifetime.

"Spritely and good fun."-New York Herald Tribune

"Once again Georgette Heyer has directed her comic genius along the fictional highway of early nineteenth-century England, but this time...cleaves with refreshing persistence to the commoner levels of life."-Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Told in elegant prose with exceptionally humorous dialogue by the Queen of Regency romance."-Good Book Guide

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2011.
Copyright Date: ©1954
ISBN: 9781402238819
Branch Call Number: FIC Heyer
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Tollgate


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Aug 24, 2018

It was time for Georgette Heyer again ... and it didn't disappoint, although this one is a bit different than her others. For one thing, there's not a whole lot of romance, although the small parts that were there were really cute. It's more like a mystery. There's a lot of walking in caves and even some deaths. Still, it was a nice and breezy read.

I really liked Captain John Staple, the hero of the story. He was refreshing because he's charming and polite but very straightforward and confident. He also doesn't let anyone tell him what to do. Also, Nell was nice and different than most heroines as well - she's hugely tall, loves to ride horses, and is not afraid to speak her mind to unwanted suitors. I wish we saw more of her in the book.

Jul 10, 2015

I loved this book because it was a combination romance/mystery. Another well written story by Georgette Heyer!

Aug 14, 2010

Wonderful, as Heyer almost always is. Interestingly, The Toll Gate seems to live in a middle ground between the author's romances and her mysteries, with both themes strongly represented. If the moment when the girl is won seems more abrupt than usual, it's becaue this is not the only moment of triumph. The story is a mountain with two peaks.

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