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Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer

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, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, 2013 Read or Re-read, Fiction, Kindle Fiction
Tags:fiction, kindle, romance, Regency romance, Great Britain, Georgette Heyer, humor

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Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer (1956)



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How fun was that? Very fun! Heyer is not very good at beginnings (at least, I usually find them a bit stilted) but she's brilliant at madcap conclusions.
  rmaitzen | Feb 7, 2014 |
Fairly delightful at points--quite funny, with charming characters.

3.5 stars, really, and could easily have been 4. My only reservation is that we didn't get to see enough of Hester and Gareth interacting after he was shot. I would have enjoyed the book more if I'd witnessed their relationship blossoming instead of having to imagine it. I have nothing against Amanda, but would happily have traded her for more Hester. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
Sir Gareth Ludlow has no illusions about ever finding love again after losing his fiancee seven years previously. But knowing his obligation to continue the family line, he decides to propose to his old friend, Hester Brancaster. On the way to the Brancaster estate he encounters a girl calling herself Amanda Smith who will pull Gareth and Hester into levels of mischief they never could have imagined.

One of the more comedic of Heyer's novels that I've read, this novel had me chuckling out loud (and occasionally in inopportune places like the bus). Amanda is a naive girl with her plots to get her own way and an ability to tell such ridiculous tall tales that it's impossible not to find her amusing. Sir Gareth is exactly the strong, mature hero that Heyer is so adept at creating and Hester is a lovely female lead with a hidden steel core in amongst her surface vagueness. This is the first Heyer novel I've read where I haven't been positive where the romance plot was headed but not once did I doubt that all would turn out for the best. A funny and lovely read, as I've come to expect from this mistress of Regency romance. ( )
  MickyFine | Nov 16, 2013 |
A solid, but unexceptional Heyer novel that is still better than 99% of the regency romances published today. I wouldn't recommend this one to someone who had never read Heyer, but for vets like me, it gets the job down.

Gareth Ludlow has never fallen in love since his fiance died years ago. Proposing marriage to the dependable but boring Hester seems to be the best solution, but en route to her home, he picks up young hellion Amanda "Smith", an aristocratic runaway with looks, determination, and a ridiculous story.

Sprig Muslin is weakened somewhat by its relatively boring romantic protagonists. The supporting cast is lively and ridiculous - and Heyer conjures up some typically farcical scenes - but the central spark is lacking compared to The Grand Sophy, for instance.

This isn't a mortal wound; Heyer wisely spends most of the book's time with what works, but with a fairly foregone conclusion, she didn't invest the romantic relationship in the way I would like.

Nonetheless, it's fast, funny, and peppered with Heyer's wonderful turn of phrase and dialogue. There's not very much to complain about, really. ( )
  patrickgarson | Oct 26, 2013 |
This was a fun but middling Heyer, with an annoying young woman but a bang-up last third. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
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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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