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Arabella by Georgette Heyer (1949)

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First I thought that there were so many tropes of Regency Romance in this story and then I realised that this is the source of several of them. The rescued pet, the little lie that grows beyond all recognition, the slow growing romance between the two main characters where they suddenly look up and realise that romance has blossomed despite the two leads trying to resist. Overall it's a sweet story of the daughter of an impoverished parson, Arabella and Robert Beaumaris, the most eligible man about town.

It did take me a while to get into it but once I got in I found it hard to put it down. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 26, 2016 |
One of Heyer's best. Full of period detail,especially of the London fashions, but also really funny. It's rare that a book makes me laugh out loud, but this one did.

The thing I like best about Heyer's characters is their lack of self-deception. In so many romance novels, there are endless variations of characters who fail to spot the obvious: namely that they love the other person and that the other person loves them.

Heyer sensibly uses other means to keep her potential lovers separated. A tall story of wealth, created on the spur of the moment to insult a rich man who is well used to women using all kinds of fake accidents and excuses to make his acquaintance, comes back to haunt Arabella when she realises that she could love this man, but will have to confess to her lack of money after the 'heiress' story has spread all around London.

The real joy of this tale lies in the fact that Mr Beaumaris spots the lie right from the start, but enjoys playing along with it.

It's Araballa's principles, a result of her upbringing in a vicarage that really draw her to Beaumaris's attention. If she believes something to be right, she will do it regardless of what society thinks. To a man who is so rich that he can ignore society himself, but also suffers from everyone always trying to imitate and flatter him, this is entertaining and a big point in her favour. ( )
  JudithProctor | Jul 4, 2016 |
Arabella is a high-spirited beauty who has been kept in the country thanks to her family’s poverty. When she suddenly gets the chance for a Season in London, she is thrilled. But an early encounter with Mr. Beaumaris, an arrogant leader of fashion in London, leads her to proclaim herself a heiress. She is swamped with suitors who want her money, but Arabella is miserable, knowing that she herself must marry money. She also begins to realize that she has far too kind a heart and thrifty a spirit to fit in with London Society. Beaumaris realizes this as well, and is captivated. Beaumaris is one of my favorite Heyer love interests, particularly after he starts confiding, in highly sardonic tones, to the mangy mutt Arabella foists upon him. Heyer runs out of plot half-way through and pops in Arabella’s scapegrace older brother to complicate matters, but all is right in the end. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
The eldest daughter of a vicar goes to London, after hinting (in anger) that she is someone other than she really is. A delightful story about a strongly humanitarian and intelligent heroine who shocks some of the prim dowagers of Regency days, and charms others. An excellent story, one of the best in my view by my favourite historical fiction author. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Reread of an old favourite.
Arabellla, the oldest in a large family, sets off to London to find and marry an eligible man.
On the way there, she is led to exaggerate the extent of her fortune, which leads to her being courted by all the eligible and ineligible suitors in the city.
A young woman of a warm heart and strong convictions, she attracts someone who has been immune to all the match-makers for years, as these Regency heroes always are.
Fun, light read. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
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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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