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.
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"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 love Georgette Heyer books. This story and the characters were so-so. It doesn't have as much of the usual humor of many of her books.
Longtime fan of Miss Heyer, terrific to have audio versions. Excellent performance across the board.
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 am gradually working my way through the Georgette Heyer books and this reading by Sian Phillips is lovely. She brings the characters to life delightfully, and once again I am transported to another period. A dashing heroine, strong hero - what more could I want as I tackle the ironing!!
"Enjoyable, but an 'almost but not quite'"
Having found on several of Ms. Heyer's books I've enjoyed the spoken version even more than the original written one, I'm not quite sure why this is the other way around. The book I've always liked - it has all the usual Heyer elements, Serena the main female character is mature, determined and headstrong, Ivo Rotherham is autocratic, Fanny is sweet and gentle, Emily naive and her mother Lady Laleham a beautifully drawn social-climbing horror. The obligatory 'character' is the glorious Mrs Floore, and it's her, in this version, that comes over as the most sympathetic. I heard Sian Phillips read Sprig Muslin wonderfully, so don't know why this one never really comes alight. It may be because the voices aren't always clearly defined and Ms. Phillips uses her own voice for both the narration (obviously) but also for Selina, which can be confusing. Not bad, it's a good book and I wouldn't want to return it, but I don't think it's the best.
"Some of the narration surprisingly disappointed me"
Heyer's usual humour is everywhere
I have listened to Sian Phillips before and loved her (I always check out the narrator before buying a book). She is terrific, really good, on most of the characters, but amazingly she falls down on both Serena and Rotherham's voices. Too much 'smiling' in the voice when she is 'being' Serena, and then carrying it on with the narration between the conversation.With Rotherham, she didn't seem to give him a lot of humour. Very difficult when you know the story and I suppose have already decided how things should be said.
A lot of laugh out loud bits!!
The book is still very good...
"A True Tangle of mistaken love"
This is one of Georgette Heyer's light Regency romances but with slightly older characters. Serena Carlow is in her late 20's and has jilted the sardonic, bad tempered Marquis of Rotheram. She lives with her step mother, a beautiful young widow who had been married to her father for only a few years before his unexpected death.
They move to Bath together and Serena meets her long lost love, the handsome and charming Major Kirby, who has recently inherited a respectable fortune.
There is also a pair of star-crossed young lovers and a host of minor characters to add to the mix in this entertaining and satisfying story.
shame as this could of been a good story.
very disappointed in the narration unable to finish this book because
I found the narrator hard to understand.
"A most enjoyable listen. Perfect English, good story line."
Excellent book for anybody who appreciates period English. Perfectly read, enjoyable tone, no slang, no swearing, well modulated tones, perfect for period.
"A very pleasant G Heyer but not a great one"
Very pleasant little canter with some charming characters and as always well read by Sian Phillips, Worth downloading for a few pleasant hours listening as a break from thrillers but not one of Heyers best.
"A book of two halves"
At the start of the book I swiftly grew to dislike BOTH lead characters. All the unnecessary shouting and arguing for hardly any reason at all I found very trying. I could not like or sympathise with either of them. I would heartily have liked someone to have told Serena that her attitude and behavior was unacceptable and for them to "cut off" her acquaintance. She came across as a 25 year old selfish madam! HE was no better. I almost put the book down! However, just over half way through I found I didn't want to put it down and was eager to find out what happens next. I listened to the last two hours in one sitting and found it very enjoyable. The narrator makes such a good job of Mrs Floore that I was smiling all the time and wishing she was in it more. The narration as a whole is very good and she puts feeling into all the supporting characters. In my opinion this is not one of G.Heyers better novels. You don't get much information on what it going through the minds of the main characters, which is the part I like most in her other romantic novels. e.g. there is no reason behind Serena marrying him in the end. It is, however the only book in which she deals with a the death of the head of a titled family and the impact it can have on other family members. I am glad I don't live in those times!
Unlike some reviewers, I didn't find difficulty distinguishing between narration and Serena's speech; all in all a quite delightful listen; Sian Phillips's narration is spot on, perfect.
"Delightful Regency romance"
Near the top - I've already listened to it twice. I love Georgette Heyer, and the interlocking storylines make this book a fun listen.
I really liked both Serena and Fanny - partly because they were so different, so provided relief to each other, but you could also understand the genuine affection between them.
The narration was very clear and she used a good range of voices. She didn't hold back in the emotional scenes and showed the characters' motivations through her delivery of their dialogue.
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