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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, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, 2015 Read or Re-read, 2013 Read or Re-read, Kindle Fiction, Fiction
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, audio also, kindle, romance, Regency romance, Great Britain, Georgette Heyer, humor, narrated by Sian Phillips

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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 |
Overall, it was charming. It wasn't the best of Heyer's books - it was rather aggravating that the main heroine kept saying how dumb she was, when it was obvious that she was quite smart and witty - but all of the other characters in the book made up for it. ( )
  moonsoar | Jan 7, 2016 |
THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK. Sprig Muslin is a delightful Regency era tale that begins with Sir Gareth Ludlow, a widow who lost his beloved wife Clarissa to a tragic accident. Convinced that he will never truly love again, he sets out to marry an amiable and respectable long-time friend, Hester Theale, whom his sister regards as old (at 29) and insipid. En route to propose marriage to Hester, Sir Gareth encounters a young woman unchaperoned at an Inn, Miss Amanda "Smith", a feisty, pretty and high-spirited girl of about 16 who puts him in mind of his young niece. Determined not to allow this spunky but innocent, gentile young lady to fend for herself in a public Inn without an escort, he takes on the role of guardian with the intention of delivering her back to the safety of her grandfather, who Amanda is running away from since he will not permit her to marry her beloved Neal. Amanda's age and Neal's station in life being a major factor in his decision. Reluctantly Amanda accompanies Sir Gareth until she realizes his scheme to return her to her grandfather. From this point a series of blunders, falsehoods and unbelievable situations take the story in directions that excite, shock and ultimately leave you in such a satisfied state of mind that you will no doubt long remember it for many days, weeks or even months to come. This was my first Georgette Heyer book and I am hooked. There was wit, charm and characters of great depth that regaled me from beginning to end. A masterful writer of the Regency period, I will be looking forward to reading more of her books. ( )
  Lauigl | Nov 19, 2015 |
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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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