The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby. Before long, Serena, Fanny, Kirkby, and Rotherham are entangled in a welter of marriage and manners the like of which even Regency Bath has rarely seen.
Dashing, funny, romantic - a novel by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists who has captured a whole new generation's heart.
©2009 Georgette Heyer; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"Lady Serena Carlow is an acknowledged beauty, but she's got a temper as fiery as her head of red hair. When her father dies unexpectedly, Serena discovers to her horror that she has been left a ward of Ivo Barrasford, marquis of Rotherham, a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. With her father's heir eager to take over his inheritance--and Serena's lifelong home--she and her lovely young stepmother, Fanny, decide to move to Bath, where Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby. Before long, Serena, Fanny, Kirkby, and Rotherham are entangled in a welter of misunderstood emotions, mistaken engagements, and misdirected love." (Amazon.com review)
I collect Heyer's books and have reread them many times. This isn't my favorite Heyer and wouldn't recommend it as the first Heyer to read. Serena and Rotherham are almost unlikeable, as if the author wanted to see if she could make us care about them in spite of ourselves. Some reviews said he was missing in too much of the book; however, when he does appear, attention must be paid as we learn important things about him. I enjoyed Sian's reading, because when I read the book I skip a lot. She makes every scene count and brings all the characters to life. As others have said, I couldn't stop listening until the tangle was un-tangled. This is a different kind of heroine and there's much to love for a Heyer fan.
Just when I think I have listened to my favorite Heyer audio book along comes another title to takes its place! This story certainly reminded me of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued lovers Benedick and Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing." I absolutely loved it! The narrator put on a truly marvelous performance. Very entertaining, well-written, with vivid characters and outstanding conversation. Great stuff!
An enjoyable listen although this story is not quite as well suited to an auditory format as some of Heyer's other romances - some of the dialogue in this story consists of characters discussing regency politics and gossip which can be skipped if reading from a book but is not so easily skipped when listening to an audio recording. That having been said however, the second half of the recording is a pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed Sian Phillips reading which did not surprise me when I remember her performance on the television series 'I, Claudius'.
So, this being one of my all-time favorite Heyer novels, I was super excited about the audiobook. It's funny and cute and witty. I had one problem and it was a teensy one, but an important one, I think. Now, I love the way the narrator does everybody except Rotherham. I don't know why. And not even in general, just at the end. But its an important scene at the end! But otherwise it's great.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Very shallow chick lit, read previous reviews that made me think this was more Austen that Harlequin, but alas that is not the case. I listened to three Heyer books and find them to be formulaic, but an fair listen while sunning myself on the beach.
all the books I have read by this author are missing something. I like them for the most part, they are easy listening, but a little more developing with the romance would have been nice. It always hits you like a truck at the end, you know they are going to get together from common sense, but there is no romance before they do - I am talking of smut..just not even a glance.
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