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Arabella (Regency Romances) Paperback – August 1, 2009
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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.
"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
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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!
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!
Arabella is one of eight children in a large family living in a country parish. Her father, the Vicar, is a strict man who raises his children to love, respect and care for all of their fellow creatures. She is from a respectable family, but her fortune is very, very small. Through a happy circumstance her godmother writes and says that she is willing to bring Arabella under her wing in London and sponsor her for a London Season!
On her way to London, traveling with a family friend, her carriage breaks down and she goes to a near by house seeking shelter. The man inside, Robert Beaumaris, is at first unwilling to entertain her and finally admits to his friend, inadvertently in her hearing, that he assumes that she was a fortune hunter and, hearing that he was home, made up this story to throw herself in his way. Arabella's impetuosity comes to life and she immediately puts on airs that in fact she is a "great heiress" of "large fortune" and attempts to put Mr. Beaumaris in his place. Soon this news is all over London, and Arabella finds herself the target of every fortune hunter of the Season. Now she somehow has to contrive finding a man that will love her for herself and not her money, and manage to avoid the biggest scandal of the Season on top of it!
This book reminded me a lot of the story Cinderella.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great novel from Heyer. She is a master at writing Regency that draws me in. Great ending!!
This was my first Georgette Heyer story, and I'm still so very fond of it. Wit and character and fun. Read it and enjoy.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
It took a while to get into this book, slow to start and it took several chapters until the pace picked up enough that I was genuinely interested. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Marie-Josee Herard
Innocent and more full of story and witticisms -- not to mention romance. -- than any 21st century romance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by linda valine
Arabella was my first Georgette Heyer book, given to me by my mother when I was a teen! Marvelous, witty, great descriptions and attention to the historical time period, as well as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike and Lucy McDougle
I don't read romances very often. I much prefer sci-fi and mysteries.
But Miss Heyer's recency novels are so charming, and the dialogue so sparkling that they are absolutely... Read more
I liked this book but it feels like a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Regency romance, large, financially-challenged family, rich suitor, family member in distress, meddling... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kristine
This was a great read. Wonderful character description. Story line was an interesting, humorous romance which showed just how a fabrication could develop into a full blown... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barb