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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402210787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402210785
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hope never dies in a Georgette Heyer novel, and love is always triumphant." - Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society

"This will not be my last Georgette Heyer novel. I look forward to reading some of her other books, but Black Sheep has definitely found its way onto my keeper-shelf." - Queue My Review

" I finished the book feeling the complete satisfaction that only a good read can leave you with." - Once Upon a Bookshelf

"And the end? It's perfect. I don't think that I've enjoyed a Heyer ending more, and that's saying a lot since they're all good. Black Sheep is now one of my all time favorites and even though I've just finished it I think I might have to read it again. It's that good." - Blog Critics

"Black Sheep is a very entertaining and humorous regency romance filled with unique characters and great period flare. Georgette Heyer brings the regency period to life and makes the reader fill as though, she has stepped through time into regency Bath..." - Once Upon a Romance

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Abigail Wendover is adept at managing her silly sister, her lively niece, and a host of admirers, but with the arrival at Bath of Miles Caverleigh, an outrageous cynic with a scandalous past, she has less success at managing her own unruly heart. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is one of my favorites by Georgette Heyer.
As always, Georgette Heyer succeeds in making me laugh our loud at her witty and wonderful prose.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on June 20, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
It's always good to return to Georgette Heyer once in a while. I hadn't read Black Sheep for several years, and it made a delightful read. As I'm getting a little older myself, I'm coming to appreciate, and much prefer, Heyer's older heroines, such as Abby here and Serena in Bath Tangle.
Abby, supposedly on the shelf at 28, is certainly no stereotypical maiden aunt, despite the fact that she has a niece and is unmarried. Having been brought up in a strict family, she finds that propriety irks her; and yet, ironically, she is faced with having to instil a sense of propriety in her impulsive 17-year-old niece.
For Fanny, the niece, has fallen in love with a man everyone - except Fanny and Abby's older sister Selina - can see is no more than a fortune-hunter. But Fanny simply won't listen to reason, and Abby begins to fear that she'll elope with Mr Stacey Calverleigh. But then, a stranger appears on the scene: Mr *Miles* Calverleigh, Stacey's uncle.
Miles Calverleigh is, apparently, the black sheep of the title; having been guilty of too many indiscretions when young - including that of an abortive elopement with the woman who became Fanny's mother! - was sent to the Indies. There, he worked hard and made his fortune, but on his arrival in Bath he does not appear to have lost any of his disregard for convention. He is utterly careless of propriety, and insists that he feels no sense of obligation to family - therefore he refuses to help Abby in any way by warning off his nephew.
Despite his unhelpfulness, and his habit of teasing her outrageously, Abby finds herself drawn to Miles...
Heyer's inimitable witty style is in evidence, as ever, in this book. There is some hilarious dialogue, as well as very acute observations on human nature.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Chapati VINE VOICE on May 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
The first time I read this novel, I wasn't too impressed. It's true that Heyer does use Black Sheep's plot (or one VERY similar to it) in another book, Lady of Quality. However, I think Black Sheep accomplishes much more than Lady of Quality and is one of Heyer's best works, both in terms of romance and in terms of memorable characters. My second reading of the book caused me to fall in love with it. In my opinion, Black Sheep is probably the most romantic of Heyer's novels because the couple falls in love early on in the novel, and you can then see how they progress. Miles Calverleigh is wonderful, and his humor, together with Abigail's, is spot on. If you are a Heyer fan, this is certainly on a Must Read book list, and if you are Regency England fan, then Heyer is a Must Read author list.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Barbara RK on July 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Black Sheep is very likely my favorite of Miss Heyer's remarkable books. Abigail is proper, but not cardboard - responsible, but not hidebound. She is the perfect foil for Miles and his complete disregard for the manners and perceived obligations of his class. They are entirely enchanting in their irresistible attraction to each other; and, of course, Miss Heyer's dialogue is deliciously funny. If you like Heyer, you'll love this one (I enjoy it more each time I read it!).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan Smith on November 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Black Sheep was the book I read on a long haul return flight recently. Exactly what was needed to keep me interested and amused whilst enduring the flight.
I have always had a soft spot for this novel because Miles Calverleigh is someone, when I was 16, I was desparate to find. Yes, and then keep him all to myself. Georgette Heyer does the Rake better than anyone who has ever tried to do it. Although Damerel in Venetia is my all time favourite Rake, Miles Calverleigh, with his sense of humour, his relaxed attitude towards life and his acute insight into human foibles is amusing, admirable and fanciable. The ruthless way he sets up his despicable nephew, Stacy, is hilarious.
Black Sheep is written with Heyer's usual flair and insight, the dialogue is first class and the heroine, Abigail Wendover, is the sort you'd like as a friend.
Read it - read it and see how the regency genre ought to be and realise how few writers since Heyer have managed to achieve it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "chelsea_christenson" on July 6, 2000
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Miles Calverleigh vies with Hugo Darracott (of The Unknown Ajax) for the title of my favorite Heyer hero. The novel takes place in Bath, a spa town. If Regency London is like New York, Bath is like Palm Springs -- lots of retirees of good social standing. The pace is quieter, but hardly rural. So this is hardly the place for a man who snaps his fingers at society's opinions, but that's where Miles winds up. Miss Abigail Wendover is one of the lights of Bath society -- beautiful, well-off and well-bred; her family is very distinguished. She lives with her silly and clinging elder sister and her affectionate niece Fanny. Alas, Fanny has fallen under the spell of a fortune hunter, and Abigail hunts for a way to wean Fanny of the attachment without ruining their good relationship. Meanwhile, Abigail herself is falling under the spell of the fortune hunter's uncle Miles, who appreciates (nay, encourages!) her deplorable tendency to levity. He has no patience with the social restraints that Abigail has accepted, but how can she throw over society's approval without condoning Fanny's determination to do the same?
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