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Arabella (original 1949; edition 2009)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0373835558, Mass Market Paperback)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?
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