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Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer

Bath Tangle (1955)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:Bath Tangle
Authors:Georgette Heyer
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Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer (1955)



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After her father's death finds her the ward of her ex-fiance, Serena sets out to make the best of things in Bath Tangle. Life will never be as it once was, but after bumping into an old flame maybe it will be better. That is unless Rotherham insists on being difficult, and considering that that's why Serena broke up with him to begin with, that seems an unlikely situation.

It's a fun story, but something about Rotherham's actions has always sat awkwardly with me. Instead of acting like a normal human being to get back in Serena's good graces, he decides to use someone else as a tool to punish her. If I were Serena I would have made his life much more difficult at the end of the book. ( )
  inge87 | Aug 31, 2014 |
When Serena's father passes away, everyone is astounded to discover that the will stipulates that the Marquis of Rotherham is to control her fortune and give her pin money until she marries. Serena is outraged that even in death her father is still pushing for the marriage from which she cried off over five years ago. But despite their inability to do anything but bicker there may be more in store for these two than anyone expected.

Picking up a Georgette Heyer novel, I always know exactly what I'm going to get and yet it is never not satisfying to read one of her books. This one won't go down as one of my favourites but I did get all the giggles, sighs, and romantic smiles I expect to have whenever I immerse myself in a Heyer novel. ( )
  MickyFine | Aug 13, 2014 |
This is basically the romantic adventures of three women and the complications that occur. The Earl of Spenborough dies and leaves his young second wife, his daughter (older than his wife) and a complicated portion of his will which leaves his daughter's jilted ex in charge of her future. When the man who was her first love turns up she thinks that her future is sure but things get complicated.

Unlike a lot of modern romance novels this explores different kinds of love and how you might think you're in love but there has to be space in both lives for each person to become a whole person.

Loved this story, loved the characters and the fact that they're full people and are trying to find a good future for themselves. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 21, 2014 |
Daughter of the Earl of Spenborough, Serena, and Ivo Barrasford, the Marquis of Rotherham are both incredibly privileged and as a result arrogant, proud and bad tempered. Serena's father has just died, leaving her with a step-mother younger than her and, to her frustration, her fortune in the trusteeship of the Marquis - whom she was once betrothed but jilted years ago. Her home, Milverly house, has been left to her male cousin and she and her stepmother must vacate. Heyer does well to bring how just how little choice women in Regency England actually had (the upper classes only to be precise - too bad about the poor!). To be the widow or daughter of a father who died and having to be shut away in seclusion for the following year, only after which you can possibly start tentatively venturing out into society; young girls enduring forced marriages with men more than twice their age, and women having no control over their own property, money or freedom of movement.

There is much to be skimmed through in this book - with irrelevant name dropping, and discussions of politics and current events, but at the story's heart are engagements between people who are very clearly unmatched and hence the 'tangle' that must be 'untangled'. Average. ( )
  boppisces | Jan 24, 2014 |
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Two ladies were seated in the library at Milverley Park, the younger, whose cap and superabundance of crape proclaimed the widow, beside a table upon which reposed a Prayer Book; the elder, a Titian-haired beauty of some twenty-five summers, in one of the deep window-embrasures that overlooked the park.
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"Do you imagine that I wish for a wife upon such terms? You mistake the matter, my girl, believe me!"

Lady Serena's fury when she found that her father's death had placed her marriage prospects and fortune in the control of Lord Rotherham was more than understandable.

Soon she found herself involved with her lovely young stepmother, her own childhood sweetheart and Lord Rotherham himself in a tangle of marriage and manners the like of which even Regency Bath had rarely seen...
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Lady Serena Carlow is an acknowledged beauty, but she's got a temper as fiery as her head of red hair. When her father dies unexpectedly, Serena discovers to her horror that she has been left a ward of Ivo Barrasford, marquis of Rotherham, a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. With her father's heir eager to take over his inheritance--and Serena's lifelong home--she and her lovely young stepmother, Fanny, decide to move to Bath, where Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby. Before long, Serena, Fanny, Kirkby, and Rotherham are entangled in a welter of misunderstood emotions, mistaken engagements, and misdirected love.

Georgette Heyer's genius has always been in creating memorable characters, then placing them in a comedy of manners that is absolutely true to the Regency period. Bath Tangle is a delightful romp through the haute ton of early-19th-century England, and the battling, passionate, meant-for-each-other Ivo and Serena are one of her most successful romantic duos.

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Lady Serena Carlow's eccentric father has left her guardianship to the Marquis of Rotherham, who has complete control over her. She is displeased to say the least, but when she spends time with the Marquis, she can't help but wonder if her feelings are those of sheer aggravation or if they are of a more tender nature.… (more)

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