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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402219466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402219467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"My favorite Heyer yet." - Library Queue

"Compulsively readable Regency romance." - HistoricalNovels.info

"Engaging... the romance was delightful." - Genre Reviews

"I was completely wrapped up in the story from the very beginning as I was sucked in by Heyer's seemingly unending witty and charming writing style. " - The Burton Review

"Heyer fans will definitely enjoy this Regency romance. " - Drey's Library

"Wickedly entertaining; a superb comedy of manners! " - Love Romance Passion

"Recommend it to Austen fans, to anyone new to Heyer (I think it would be a great starter book for a Heyer reader), or the general historical romance fan. I don't know how you could be disappointed in it!" - The Courtier's Book

"I enjoyed spending time in this one... Heyer books feel like good friends" - Becky's Book Reviews

"Arabella is simply a not-to-be-missed story that I can't say enough about." - Cafe of Dreams

"Sweet, funny and entertaining. " - The Bookworm

"A nice diversion from real-life... Highly recommended. " - Once Upon a Bookshelf

"Lighthearted and a pleasure to read." - Historically Obsessed

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The characters are very well developed and interesting.
E&M
The story is full of the usual quirkiness of Miss Heyers characters and is a sheer delight as a light and funny read.
Beverley Strong
This is a very enjoyable book to read, it had me smiling from first page to last.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Layla Halabi on February 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the best Cinderella-type regency that I have EVER read. Heyer has a wonderful gift and a unique sense of humor that is unequalled.
Arabella is the eldest daughter of a poor vicar and his wife who has pinned all her hopes on her eldest, most beautiful offspring marrying a rich man in order to help the family. The mother engineers a season in London for Arabella and while she was on the way, Arabella meets the wealthy, handsome Mr. Robert Beaumaris. They clash, he is entranced, she is in love and Arabella's season is unlike any other you'll ever read.
Mongrel dogs, chimney sweeps and limping prostitutes, not to mention gin-drinking babies are but a taste of what you might encounter in this wonderful romantic tale of love winning against all the odds.
Prepare to laugh out loud and long many times throughout the book!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on January 9, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Arabella is one of my favourite Heyer books and part of its charm are the amusing conversations that Beaumaris has with the little dog Ulysses. The central idea that because Arabella isn't interested in Beaumaris, that piques his interest and makes him pursue her, works quite well except it's never entirely clear what it is about her that DOES attract him. Yes, she's pretty - although younger than his usual lady, but she is also innocent and unworldly and therefore makes mistakes that he appears (rather surprisingly) to find charming; she foists young orphans, mongrel dogs and penniless brothers on him (not usually guaranteed to snare your man) and she withholds the truth of her fortune from him - not knowing that he already knows it.

Beaumaris starts the book seeming jaded, bored - the typical rich Heyer hero (although untitled this time), but he seems to become more and more amiable as the book goes on, going against his better judgement in order to humour her in many areas (such as Jemmy the Climbing Boy that he takes in). His conversations with the dog are fantastic though - Heyer occasionally includes dogs in her books and she always gives a wonderfully affectionate and amusing portrait, such as Lufra in the book Frederica and Bouncer in The Reluctant Widow.

The book is a great fun read, with lots of interesting characters well-drawn. For me the only real disappointment is that we never really know quite why Beaumaris falls in love with Arabella, apart from her innocence and freshness, and also why he is so sure that she does really like him when she has given him so little encouragement.

Despite these negative comments, read it and enjoy it. It's well worth it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Heyer book I read. It was given to me by my aunt who suggested it to me as similar to Pride and Prejudice, one of my very favorites. It is the best type of charming, lighthearted, and entertaining novel one could ever want to read. Its endearing characters won't let you stop till you have read it to its end. Being a girl, I naturally focus on the male lead and this one is incredible. His appeal is so obvious and yet Heyer, even in her most devestating heros, stays cleanly away from degrading sexual banter. The humor in this book made me laugh out loud...Heyer has a talent for instilling in her characters a dry and ready wit that makes for the most entertaining dialogues. Arabella, the lead female is clever, coniving, sweet, endearing, and a bit of a rascle. Pleanty of fire and spice in all the right places. Really an excellent read, especially for ladies, young and old who long for romance yet don't want to fill their minds with trash.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled across this book in a pile of bargain books and bought it, not expecting too much from it. I was delighted to be proven wrong. Georgette Heyer is an absolute gem. The personalities are vivid, the details of Regency life impeccable and the story absolutely delightful. Anyone who enjoys her books might also enjoy a series of mysteries by Kate Ross, also set in the same period and with the same authentic voice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Don't be fooled; these stories are not merely romances. Georgette Heyer is a great writer; she takes what might be construed as hackneyed material and makes it sing. I own a tattered paperback of Arabella and I think it may well be my favorite; I know that when I need a laugh and a cry and to be absorbed by witty sparring that leads to a happy ending, I reach for this book time after time. The draw is not only the charming romance between the main characters, but her fastidious eye for detail and ear for dialogue. I hope that these books never go out of print for long.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Y. Hirata on October 23, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
While I have a paper version of this book that I greatly enjoy -- the story is charming and clever, with entertaining characters and relationships -- the Kindle version of the same book has obviously not gone through the kind of copyediting and quality control that was evident in the paper version. Formatting is rife with errors, with words combined into one, missing spaces between periods and new sentences, missing hyphens, mistaken words and the like. The entire first page of the 3rd chapter, where I have stopped out of sheer annoyance, is center-justified.

I am all for publishers making books more accessible (and making more money) by converting paper books to Kindle format. But when that effort is blatantly for the quick buck and the publisher can't be bothered to put in the work to produce a quality product, the only reasonable response is to ask for my money back.

My recommendation: don't get the Kindle version. Buy the hard copy. It's a great story and a good read, and at least the publisher bothered to read those proofs before sending it to print.
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