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Sprig Muslin (Regency Romances) [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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Book Description

A dashing man of honor...

En route to propose to his sensible acquaintance Lady Hester, Sir Gareth Ludlow finds young, pretty Amanda wandering unattended and knows it is his duty to bring her back to her family. This turns out to be a challenge as Amanda seems to possess an imagination as intriguing as it is dangerous.

A shocking refusal...

Lady Hester stuns both him and her family when she refuses him. At her age, no one would expect her to turn down such an eligible suitor. But Lady Hester has met the indomitable Amanda. How can the quiet, intelligent Hester hope to compete with such a lively young lady?


"Wonderful Heyer! You must read this one, really it's one of her best ... charming and funny."

"Crisp, funny, and wonderful to read."

"The best Regency-era romance novel ever written ... I had exactly the same reaction to Sprig Muslin that I had with Austen's Pride and Prejudice-an overwhelming sense of relief and satisfaction that it had ended in exactly the way I had wanted it to ... So excellently done and such fun!"

"Hilarious. I recommend Georgette Heyer to anyone in need of a bit of cheering up."

Editorial Reviews


"Chock full of sparkling dialogue..." - Dear Author

"One of her most entertaining Regency novels... This novel shows Heyer's skills at the top of her form, with a tight plot, delightful and deftly-drawn characters, plenty of wit and humor, and an ensemble ending second only to those in The Grand Sophy and The Unknown Ajax." - Austenprose

About the Author

Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty novels, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402255497
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZG47IK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The second Georgette Heyer romance novel I read when I first started devouring her novels a few decades ago, (the first was "Black Sheep"), "Sprig Muslin" is, to this day, my favourite Regency-era romance novel of all time. It's novel that can proudly boast of possessing everything from a nice gently paced romance subplot, to an adventure (of a small sort), with some hysterically funny scenes, and written with just the right touch of gentle humour, so that you're left with a satisfied smile (and feeling) on your face long after you've finished the book.
Sir Gareth Ludlow has decided to do his duty and marry. And because he's a much sought after bachelor, and a good-looking and amiable man to boot, finding a wife shouldn't be too difficult a task. But because he is still very much affected by the death, seven years ago, of his true love (the beautiful but headstrong Clarissa) Gareth has decided to marry for suitability and convenience. Not for him some young debutante who would, no doubt, expect him to shower her with affection and dance to her tune; and Gareth has decided to ask his good friend, Lady Hester Theale, to marry him. Labeled an old maid, quiet, self effacing and practical Lady Hester surely would not look to make a love matchat this stage in her life, and would, naturally, see all the advantages of making a marriage based on mutual respect and admiration. Except that along the way to propose to Hester, Gareth meets a very young lady, all alone (no chaperone or servants) who calls herself "Amanda Smith." Beautiful, willful and with a highly imaginative mind, Amanda has runaway from home because she has a PLAN (you'll have to read the book to discover what this PLAN entails).
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer at her funniest (and 'funnest') December 4, 2011
By babel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sprig Muslin has now replaced The Grand Sophy as my favourite Heyer regency. Humour and wit throughout.

The characters are so well-drawn. An ensemble cast, if you will, rather than one prominent main character (like Sophy). We have Sir Gareth Ludlow, a gallant Corinthian, who decides it's his duty to marry. Although there are innumerable eligible females eyeing him, he offers for Lady Hester, a mild, sensible spinster. (Don't you love the descriptor "sensible" -- guaranteed to attract the likes of staid clergymen or widowers with children.) Throw in Amanda, a spirited runaway with a lively imagination, whom, to be honest, I was prepared not to like (I've read too many stories with precocious young ladies who are obnoxious rather than charming), but I found her delightful. Even the secondary characters are funny and have their moments.

A very well-paced, enjoyable, fun story that is more comedy than romance. The whole book had me laughing, and the ending, inexplicably, reminded me of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing November 15, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I discovered this late in my Heyer career, having read almost every Regency she had written. What a delightful discovery! I loved Amanda's incredible, outrageous inventiveness, which keeps the story moving and never lets you guess what's coming next.

Evidently some readers find her hard to take, but I love her ability to get herself out of almost any scrape. Very much the opposite of your demure young lady. I like Lady Hester as well, but I agree that chemistry between her and Gareth is somewhat lacking. I've always wished Heyer would have given her just a bit more "star quality." I feel like I've stabbed poor Hester in the back by saying that...but it's not her fault. She's written that way.

My major disappointment with the new edition of Sprig Muslin is the introduction. The new paperback issues (by Harlequin, I think) all have intros written by current bestselling romance writers. Some are fun to read, others a waste of time, especially if you don't know the author. To my dismay, this one was full of spoilers. The writer reveals almost every plot twist, all the way to the end. Luckily I've read the book before, but after reading the intro I felt like I didn't need to. No fun.

So if by some chance you've never read Sprig Muslin, do NOT read the intro unless you want to know the entire story beforehand. And in Sprig Muslin, it's the story that makes the fun.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun afternoon read December 2, 2011
By Ms. Wiz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me preface the review by saying I am a long-time fan of Georgette Heyer and regency romance. That being said I found this a really fun read. I liked practical and sensible Hester and the handsome dashing hero Gareth Ludlow who has decided to marry Hester in a marriage of convenience. Much to his surprise she turns him down but before he can work on changing her mind he needs to enlist her aid with a beautiful headstrong runaway -- Amanda. The comedy is provided by the escapades of this young lady as she carefully spins her lies and stories as she searches for her true love. As both Hester and Gareth get caught up in her schemes, they find that love can be found in the most surprising ways. If you like an Austen type read with brilliant conversation and happy endings, then you should enjoy this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Georgette Heyer's best January 30, 2007
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I discovered Georgette Heyer when I was in college. Most of her historical romantic novels were out of print at the time so I scoured used books stores to assemble a complete collection. I reread my favorites at least once a year. They are always fresh.

This is one of my favorites. My cat threw up a hairball on my old copy so it now reeks. I HAD to buy a new copy. There are other Heyer novels, which if my cat barfed on my copy of them, I would say "c'est la vie" and not bother to replace them.

The other reviewers have given an excellent summary of the plot. Many of Ms. Heyer's romance novels are humorous. This is one of the most humorous and the plot moves more briskly than in some of her other novels. If you like humor along with romance and the Regency period in England, this is a novel you should not miss.

Both Sir Gareth and Lady Hester are likeable protagonists.

The humor accelerates when Sir Gareth is gravely wounded in a botched fake hold up concocted by the silly young runaway girl he has picked up and feels honor bound to protect until he can return her to her grandfather, a stern military man. (If he can get her to reveal who her grandfather is.)

Lady Hester, a spinster, is beyond her last hopes. Just days before she had turned down Sir Gareth's proposal of marriage because he did not love her (although she has always loved him). This annoyed her family who could use the settlement money her marriage would bring the improvished aristocratic family.

When summoned by the runaway girl to nurse Gareth, Lady Hester rushes away without telling her family where she is going and without a companion to lend her respectability.
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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, "The Black Moth," published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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