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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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Serena takes a house with her young widowed stepmother, although she is furious that Rotherham, to whom she was once engaged, is her trustee according to her late father's will.

Serena is another outspoken and strong heroine, while Fanny, her stepmother, is sweet and rather naive. There's a typical Heyer resolution to romantic difficulties that seem inextricably knotted at times. Enjoyable Regency story. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I found Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer a slightly different book than her usual light romance. In this story the focus is originally on the social expectations of widows and daughters of upper class. The story opens with the funeral of the Earl of Spenborough. The Earl has left behind a young wife of 20, Fanny, and his daughter Serena, 26. As he had no sons, the title and estate now passes to a distant cousin. Fanny is a docile, shy person and is thankful to have been left a steady income and is more than willing to move to the Dower House. Serena plans to go with her but she has been raised in many ways more like a son and the quiet life does not always suit her. Well used to managing the huge household, hosting parties, accompanying her father on trips she feels trapped by the smallness of her life. Of course, being a unmarried woman, she doesn’t even have control of her money that duty has been turned over to the Marquis of Rotherham.

Eventually the ladies take a house in Bath for a few months, even though they must restrain themselves from society, they are able to have small dinners, go for walks and take the waters. One day Serena bumps into an old flame and before too long she and Hector have made plans to announce their engagement. At this point the story becomes more of the familiar, as various unsuitable couples get together too quickly and then realize their mistake. In those days one didn’t make and break engagements easily but in this case, there truly is a tangle that needs to be sorted.

There were things I really liked about this book, but there were also a few that I didn’t. Heyer’s heroes are often rather brusque and high-handed but Rotherham was the rudest one yet and his treatment of Emily, a young girl that he engaged himself to as a payback to Serena, was cruel. I wasn’t overly fond of Serena either, she tended to run rough-shod over other people, especially Fanny, and seemed to feel that her opinions were the only ones that counted. I much preferred the slower relationship that developed between Fanny and Hector.

Also Bath Tangle was a different perspective from Heyer’s usual, her conversational writing was as always, a delight to read and she added a few colourful side characters that definitely added to the books flavour. Emily’s grandmother, in particular was a stand-out. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jan 24, 2016 |
Not one of Heyer's best regency novels, but entertaining enough. ( )
  cazfrancis | Jan 16, 2016 |
From the start you know how this is going to end, the sparring between Serena and Ivo is too obvious not to flag that they will end up realising they are suited to each other. How you get to that situation is a little more unexpected. As the book starts, Serena's father has died, leaving a second wife younger than his daughter and leaving Serena's inheritance in trust, controlled by Ivo - who she had previously jilted. The cousin who inherits the title and estate means that Serena leaves to spend some time in Bath. Here she meets a man she was forbidden to marry 7 years ago and the acquaintance is resumed. It all gets a bit tangled, with various relationships and engagements, but somehow it all sorts itself out in the end. It is predictable in once sense, in that you know where this is going to end, but getting there is a heap of fun. ( )
  Helenliz | May 31, 2015 |
Will review soon! ( )
  Gorthalon | Dec 6, 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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