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Arabella by Georgette Heyer (1949)

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Ahh, Arabella is a girl after my own heart. She's outspoken, hot headed, not always wise in the way of others. She gets sent to London for a season, sponsored by her godmother. She's a country lass, from somewhere in the vicinity of Knaresborough & Harrogate - which was where I was while reading this! It didn't take us a week to get down the Great North Road (we came down the A1 in a few hours), and we didn't have our carriage break north of Grantham. At that point she meets Robert Beaumaris, who will play an important role in her story. She overhears him sets her down and she takes umbrage. This causes an unwise boast that she spends the rest of the book trying to sort out. Her heart and her loyalty to her family come into conflict and it nearly ends in tears - but not quite. Thoroughly satisfying. ( )
  Helenliz | Jul 21, 2015 |
One of the funnier Georgette Heyers. Listened to the Audible version, which was well done. ( )
  pgchuis | Oct 10, 2014 |
This is a charming book. While a bit slow in the beginning, once it gets going, it introduces utterly fascinating characters and a lively and engaging plot. Arabella is a wonderful heroine - very much a lady, but not so held down by the dictates of society that she is afraid to stand up to society's dictates. Robert is a fantastic character as well - some of my favorite scenes in the book were the ones with him and Ulysses. I really enjoyed this book! ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
Arabella Tallant is a parson's daughter who is invited to London by her godmother in hope of securing a suitable marriage. Early on Arabella encounters her ideal man, however, as they don't quite hit it off immediately, she lies about her status, claiming to be an heiress. At the time this untruth means little, until word spreads throughout London that the new girl in town is vastly wealthy, when this is far from the case.

At times Ms Heyer comes up with some entertaining scenes, but there is also a lot of tedious digression, including over-long descriptions of clothing. For me, this author is at her best when creating character interaction, as her dialogue is sublime, especially from her female characters. She also does a good job in describing a canine character, who is one of the strongest members of the cast. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jul 13, 2014 |
Perfect comfort reading when ill. Arabella is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer Regency Romances - the story plays nicely with the standard romantic formula but Georgette Heyer's knowledge of the Regency world provides a great deal of the charm of this book - try Googling bit-players such as "Poodle" Byng - and much of the rest of the charm comes from the heroine's family background. If you haven't read any Georgette Heyer I'd recommend Arabella as a lovely place to begin. ( )
  Figgles | May 13, 2014 |
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The schoolroom in the Parsonage at Heythram was not a large apartment, but on a bleak January day, in a household where the consumption of coals was a consideration, this was not felt by its occupants to be a disadvantage.
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The prolific Georgette Heyer--author of more than 70 novels--is perhaps best known for her Regency romances. A consummate storyteller, Heyer was also an astute historian of the times she wrote about; every detail of the language, dress, and customs rings with authenticity. Arabella is one of Heyer's most charming Regency novels. In it, young Arabella Tallant, the beautiful daughter of an impoverished clergyman, comes to London for her social debut and almost immediately runs afoul of Robert Beaumaris, a wealthy, eligible aristocrat. Beaumaris suspects that Arabella engineered a carriage accident in order to meet him; Arabella, in a rage, leads him to believe that she is the heiress to a massive fortune and thus quite uninterested in his own riches.

Having set the stage for inevitable misunderstandings between this arrogant Romeo and hotheaded Juliet, Heyer then peoples it with unforgettable secondary characters. Arabella's warm heart and strong principles lead her to befriend such unsavory types as an abused apprentice to a chimney sweep, a stray dog, and a fallen woman happily known as "Leaky Peg"--all of whom she foists on the reluctant but gallant Mr. Beaumaris. Arabella is an intelligent, witty romp--both a romance with a hearty sense of humor and a historical novel that remains true to the times it depicts.

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When Arabella Tallant meets Robert Beaumaris, an arrogant bachelor, she is horrified when he accuses her of being just another in a long line of women who are interested in him only for his money. Determined to save face, Arabella tells a lie--declaring that the last thing she needs is a rich husband because she happens to be an heiress herself. When word of Arabella's "wealth" leaks out, she finds herself pursued by every fortune hunter in London--but has Arabella's lie cost her her one chance at true love?… (more)

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