Member Profile: Charlotte Brothers

In which we get to know our members a little better…

Name: Charlotte Brothers
Nationality: American

How old were you when you read your first Georgette Heyer novel?


What was it?

This I do know. It was Cotillion.

How did you discover her work?

My mother and I have similar taste, and I was at her house and she had amassed STACKS of the Sourcebooks/Casablanca series covers of Heyer books and I was stunned, my mom isn’t usually one for going all in on anything that I don’t know about. She tends to reread classics rather than explore “new” books. She sunnily announced that she loved Heyer, a friend had given her one to try, and she told me to start with Cotillion and loaned it to me.

Did Heyer lead you to read other authors in similar genres?

Yes! Oddly enough, I started reading more broadly in historical romance in general, and I intend to read an author recommended by Susannah Fullerton. The name escapes me, but I know where to find it.

Which of her books have you read the most often?

The Grand Sophy, Regency Buck, Arabella, Frederica, Venetia (if listening to abridged read by Richard Armitage counts).

Which, if any, would you never read again?

I didn’t care much for The Corinthian (entertaining but the age and power difference was a bit much for me), and couldn’t finish Sprig Muslin. I was bored by it, but I might have another go, so I suppose that doesn’t count. My mom recommends my skipping either Cousin Kate or Charity Girl — can’t recall which. You see I haven’t read ALL.

If you could be a Heyer heroine, which would you choose?

Hmmm. I suppose Annis Wychwood as she has more agency, is older and wiser, and has less pressure than most heroines. She also chooses a man that she shares humor and can intelligently spar with- very important!

Which Heyer hero (or heroine) would make the best husband/wife/partner?

I think Sylvester, as he at core respects and loves the women and children in his life. I do like Alverstoke and Beaumaris. It’s been too long since I read The Toll-Gate and The Unknown Ajax — both nice guys as I recall, but don’t remember more.

How has Georgette Heyer influenced your life?

I had always been a classics reader, but stopped virtually all reading for a big part of my life, thinking I didn’t have time. Heyer books helped change that. Certainly, her stories inspired me to write my own stories, and has brought me into social circles like this one, with fun and interesting people, (who might become friends) and learning experiences ahead.