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Sprig Muslin (original 1956; edition 2011)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:Sprig Muslin
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2011), Edition: Reprint, Kindle Edition, 306 pages
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"Deceit & Dishonesty" may have been a better title for this Heyer classic, as the main characters are all professional liars.

The lies are, however, all relatively harmless and produce many hilarious moments. I laughed out loud many times thanks to the brilliant humour that runs all the way through this entertaining novel.

I would’ve rated this five stars but owing to the occasional lull here and there I feel four stars is more apt.

As for the characters, I loved Amanda, around whom the main story revolves. Ms Heyer was brilliant at creating this type of heroine.

Hester is the complete opposite to Amanda but still very likeable.

Gareth makes a good hero, while the younger Hildebrand is far from shabby.

Being a cat lover I must state that I would’ve loved for Joseph the kitten to have featured in more scenes!

A really good-fun read. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jul 4, 2016 |
Not bad. In terms of the romance, better than A Civil Contract - he does realize what he's got by the end of the book. The main adventure, though, is mostly very annoying - Amanda is an idiot, and insists on embroiling everyone else in her schemes. On the other hand, she did manage to shake things loose. Hester is way too dutiful at the beginning, I liked her much better by the end. The coincidences that brought everyone there at once are...not entirely ridiculous, only nearly. Amazing numbers of idiotic men here - from the farmboy and Hildebrand to the various male relations. It's not entirely annoying, though - better than almost all of the mysteries. I'll probably reread, at some point. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | May 10, 2016 |
Though not a standout among her highly entertaining repertoire, Georgette Heyer's Sprig Muslin is effervescent fun with a bit of a twist. ( )
  wisewoman | Apr 17, 2016 |
This book starts badly, with an introduction of Sir Gareth Ludlow and a rapid info dump of what rich, smart, respected, tasteful man he is, what an excellent boxer and uncle, and how he is still haunted by the death of his lady love many years ago. Oh the secret pain! It’s his duty to marry, though, so off he goes to propose to his old friend, the spinster Lady Hester. Along the way he saves the spirited Amanda (in a dress of the aforementioned sprig muslim) from disgrace after she runs away from home. Unfortunately for him, Amanda is a pathological liar who has read far too many gothic novels, which gets both her and Sir Gareth into all sorts of “amusing” scrapes. It’s an enjoyable book, but I mostly read it for Lady Hester, who is so quiet, self-effacing and sensible that one cannot help but like her. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Sir Gareth Ludlow, a delightful (if dull) hero, is about to propose marriage to his old friend Hester when he meets the beautiful Amanda who is seventeen, and running away from home. As a gentleman, he cannot abandon her to her fate so he takes her to Hester's house.

Set in Regency England, as are all my favourite books by Georgette Heyer, this plot is rather similar to that of 'Charity Girl' but I still found it a very enjoyable and refreshing afternoon's read. The romance is low-key, the characters brilliantly written so that we sympathise with the least glamorous, and root for those who seem to have little to recommend them other than a deep integrity.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a cleverly written novel with realistic people and just enough plot to give it added interest. While some of the ending was inevitably predictable, it wasn't entirely so - there are some clever twists. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore so young and pretty a girl as Amanda, wandering unattended, to her family. But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian.

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Sir Gareth Ludlow is just about ready to settle for marriage with Lady Hester, a plain woman who falls below his standards (according to his sister). Despite her protests, however, Gareth sets out to propose marriage. Along the way, he encounters young Amanda wandering unattended. Honor-bound to restore her to her family, the gallant Sir Ludlow finds he has more than he bargained for with his young charge and her runaway imagination.… (more)

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