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Bath Tangle (Regency Romances) [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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Book Description

"Witty, humorous, a well-constructed plot."-Candace Camp, New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly

A Delightful Tangle of Affairs...
The Earl of Spenborough had always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena was one thing, but leaving his fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham ? the one man the same daughter had jilted ? was quite another.

When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love. Before long, they're all entangled in a clutter of marriage and manners the likes of which even Regency Bath has rarely seen.

What Readers Say:

"Bath Tangle has all the fun and frolic that has delighted Ms. Heyer's fans for years"

"Brilliant character portrayals, wity dialogue, vivid imagery, and smooth pacing...a novel not to be missed!"

"Romance, history, nastalgia-who could ask for more? The story is...full of humorous suspense.

Editorial Reviews Review

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.

Georgette Heyer's genius has always been in creating memorable characters, then placing them in a comedy of manners that is absolutely true to the Regency period. Bath Tangle is a delightful romp through the haute ton of early-19th-century England, and the battling, passionate, meant-for-each-other Ivo and Serena are one of her most successful romantic duos.


"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" -- India Knight Sunday Telegraph "Sparkling" Independent on Sunday "A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds." -- Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph

Product Details

  • File Size: 1242 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402238797
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005343RO4
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GH has done it with great humor January 29, 2003
In spite of the negative reviews posted prior to this one, I must give this book a thumbs up. I've read this story several times, and each time I gathered new details and discovered a funny line I didn't remember from the previous reading.
Heyer's style of writing, as usual, is sophisticated and informative. The details in any of her books make you inquire more deeply into the period of which she writes.
Personally, I LOVED Rotherham and Serena -- perhaps it's because I'm a bit tempermental myself. The clash between them and eventual realization of their respect and love is amusing. The twist in plot by the end makes for an endearing read. The reader does feel a sort of short-circuited denoument to the story by the time Rotherham and Serena realize their love - one awaits more - though it's not necessarily a drawback (Austen's own writings reflect similar tendencies).
It is not a fast-paced story, but watching the love develop in this story makes me think of a dawn. The sun rising over the horizon has never been a quick event, though it is always a beautiful setting with incredible shades of color to add the most intriguing character to our day.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading May 24, 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Serena Carlow is beside herself with anger when she discovers that her late father (the Earl of Spenborough) has placed her squarely under the Marquess of Rotherham's thumb. For the late earl has made Rotherham the sole trustee of his only daughter's wealth, and Lady Serena will have to gain Rotherham's approval for everything from frivolous purchases to permission to marry. For most young women of sense, such a will would be trying, but for the passionate and fiery tempered Lady Serena, the state of affairs is truly intolerable, esp since she and Rotherham were once engaged to be married before she broke off the engagement in a fit of anger. Soon, however, even the indignity of having to cope with Rotherham as a guardian is nothing compared to having to watch her cousin assume her dead father's place. Hoping to seek some relief from the fit of doldrums that she's sunk into, Lady Serena proposes that she and her young stepmother, Fanny, go to Bath. Hopefully a change of scene and new friends and divertments will restore both their flagging spirits. What neither lady counted on was how the reappearance of one lady's old beau would so entangle things...
Truth to tell, "Bath Tangle" may not be everyone's cup of tea. Lady Serena's quick and fiery temper and her high-handed ways could really set one's back up -- and Rotherham is no different! Certainly, Lady Serena is the type of heroine I usually have very little empathy for -- all that emotion and high drama! And yet, who else but Georgette Heyer could pen a romance novel about a high-handed and stubborn heroine and her equally autocratic swain, and still make us care and root for them to achieve their happily ever-after ending? And as usual, one can count on Heyer's wonderful prose style, together with her brilliant character portrayals, witty dialogue, vivid imagery and smooth pacing to be sure of a memorable and worthwhile read. All in all, a novel not to be missed!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable December 23, 2002
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On the whole I enjoy this story, although I can see why some readers have a hard time with Serena and Rotherham. I can take them because they are both decent people at heart, in spite of their faults. And their clashes of temper can be fun to watch! The one thing I find really unacceptable is the scene where Serena berates Emily. If you've read the book, you know the scene I mean. (Rotherham also berates Gerard, but he has a purpose. Serena means it.)
I also like the romance that blossoms between Fanny and the man she least expects.
Heyer makes one of her favorite points with both couples, one that is probably snobbish but has some truth to it, about the importance of similar "background" (class).
Serena and Rotherham were both born to the ruling class. Through the story the reader sees that Serena will never be happy outside that world. It's too much a part of who she is.
Hector, Serena's old flame, was born to the more modest rank of "landed gentry" and doesn't want her life. Neither does Fanny, Serena's friend. The life Hector can give her is exactly the kind that makes her happy.
In Heyer's eyes, it is this clash of background and values that makes Hector and Serena wrong for each other. It is the similarity of background/ values that makes both couples right for each other.
The study of Regency manners here is rewarding if you pay attention.
Serena and her Aunt Teresa are a portrait of aristocratic ladies: how they spoke, thought, and gossiped, and what they gossiped about. Fanny, Hector and his mother show the manners and values of the landed middle class, Jane Austen's level of society. Mrs. Floore and Ned Goring represent the up-and-coming merchant class (though Mrs. Floore is really more caricature.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I love Bath Tangle! Heyer writes a hero and heroine who are both strong-willed and impatient, and who have been indulged for most of their lives. As such, it's only natural that they should behave like an irresistable force meeting an immovable object.
Serena and Rotherham had once been engaged to be married, but she called off the engagement within a month of the wedding. Since then, they'd barely been able to meet without arguing. But then her father died and left Rotherham trustee of all her income, and with the power to veto any potential husband. Thus the scene is set for yet more sparks....
Rotherham and Serena are a wonderful couple: even from the time we first meet them it's obvious they were meant for each other. It's there in the way they can't keep their eyes off each other, the way she's bored when he's not around, the way they can't stop interfering in each other's affairs. Yes, they are both rude - to each other, and occasionally to others - but that's true to the period, at least in Rotherham's case. I can't see how the other reviewer could have missed the attraction between them.
The dialogue is fast-paced and sparkling, with great fights and some wonderful making-up scenes. In all, it's another immensely readable Heyer, although I would have liked to know more about the circumstances surrounding the original engagement. Still - can't have it all!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances! They're always delightful, no matter how many times I reread them.
Published 15 days ago by WLL
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Flawed Characters
This one is turning out to be one of my favorite Heyer novels. For the first time the main characters are truly flawed. Read more
Published 24 days ago by forster
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Heyer's Better Bath (the Town) Romances
This is not one of my top 5 Heyer romances, but I think it is still one of the better ones. Certainly, I think it is the best of the ones set in Bath that I have read. Read more
Published 29 days ago by FrG
5.0 out of 5 stars this one is rather nice for the contrast between the two heros and...
this one is rather nice for the contrast between the two heros and heroines - tempermental active fighters vs more passive quiet homelovers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Yonge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You know you just can't beat Georgette Heyer for Regency Romance. She is the queen.
Published 1 month ago by BB
5.0 out of 5 stars not her best but still well worth reading
I have been reading her books since middle school age in the mid sixties and loved many of them. My very favorite was Fredericka. Read more
Published 3 months ago by goodperson
3.0 out of 5 stars Bath Tangle
One of her lesser designed novels. Both of her leading protagonists are fairly unlovable. The secondary characters are very good and well developed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by raypal45
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite among so many wonderful Georgette Heyer books
I am a long time Georgette Heyer reader and a fan. This is one of my favorites so I wanted it on my e-reader also!
Published 5 months ago by Carol F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Georgette Heyer!
I have read and reread almost all her books. I certainly enjoyed this one.
It was great fun with all the character types I like so well.
Published 6 months ago by Tooey Durning
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful entertainment
Heyer ALWAYS has clever plots, witty dialogues, and characters to love and hate in her stories. Delightful entertainment. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ranch Lady
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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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