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198. Arabella by Georgette Heyer...

November 7, 2009
arabellaAbout the book:
Impetuosity is Arabella's only fault...
An enchanting debutante and the eldest daughter of an impoverished country parson, Arabella Tallant embarks on her first London season. Armed with beauty, virtue, and a benevolent godmother, Arabella is sure to be a success, as long as her notoriously impetuous temper does not interfere.

His arrogance proves too much for her to bear...
But when Robert Beaumaris, the most eligible Nonpareil of the day, accuses her of being just yet another pretty female after his wealth, Arabella allows herself to be provoked--into a deceitful charade that might have unexpected consequences.

drey's thoughts:
Arabella is my first Georgette Heyer novel. And while it was a pretty enjoyable read, I felt that there could have been just a little bit more. I'm not sure of what, but it's like that brownie that you're chomping down while thinking a hint of raspberries would have added just that last little taste...

Maybe it's the fact that Arabella and her sisters are poor, and so much rides on her "getting" a good marriage as a result of her sojourn in London. Yes, I have slightly feminist tendencies, if you haven't noticed... And I will admit that those tendencies probably colored my enjoyment of Arabella a bit. Lest you think I didn't like it at all, I did. I liked that Arabella had spirit. I liked that she found most of the fops in London, well, foppish. I liked that she cared enough about her family to ask for help from what seemed to be an unlikely source. And, of course (this being romance!), I liked that she came to her senses (and him, too!).

Heyer fans will definitely enjoy this Regency romance. And if you're a fan of the genre, you most likely will, too.

Title: Arabella
Author: Georgette Heyer
ISBN-10: 1402219466
ISBN-13: 9781402219467
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks, 2009

Challenges: 100+

Disclosure: My copy of Arabella was provided by Sourcebooks for this review.


Astaryth said...

I adore Georgette Heyer, which is a little strange since I usually read sci-fi/fantasy LOL! Don't judge her on this book. Although it isn't a bad one, it isn't the best. Before you decide if you like her, be sure to read the These Old Shades, Masqueraders, Venetia,and The Grand Sophy.

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

I've heard Heyer is a lovely writer and I might pick up something by her some day soon. I do really enjoy the cover to Arabella though =)

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