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- Book 14 of 28 in Regency Romances (28 Book Series)
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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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Publication date : July 1, 2011
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (July 1, 2011)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005343RO4
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #196,898 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The supporting cast is full of weak willed damsels looking for any man to shelter them from the mildest of problems in their lives... It was not at all to my taste to have the two of them bleating at every fierce look and abrupt question because I don't think I could have held onto my temper or good opinion of them for long if I met them in real life.
I liked Ivo tho and the grandmother. Both excellent, colorful characters and the arguments the pair get into constantly are entertaining.
This is no Taming of the Shrew though. Noone is tamed and I'm glad.
Bumping this up to 5 stars. Not my favorite Heyer by any means but very good as always.
Tantrums in children can be handled, if not with pleasure, at least with by an adult equipped with common sense. Tantrums by adults are unbearable and much more difficult, if not impossible to handle. While children's tantrums are short lived (they live in the present), adult tantrums can go on for days, or weeks, or even months. Unbearable!
I shall reread again in 2 years from now and see if my tastes change enough that I don't find it 85% boring. I fear they may not.
The measured way in which we are led to see Serena's change of heart about Rotherham (so gradual that she herself doesn't know it) was very well executed. The poignant relief provided by the subplot of Hector falling in love with Fanny is a perfect complement to the ongoing thunder-and-lightning of Serena and Ivo. I give it four stars instead of the usual five I give to Heyer's books for two reasons -- one, there were numerous passages that were really nothing more than desultory conversation (b.s. about nothing relevant to the story line) and two, I found Serena a bit grating in her lack of self-knowledge and her frequent, self-satisfied and superior rants. But still, a good book.
Although she and Rotherham have remained friends, they cannot long be in a room together without arguing their heads off. Of course the reader immediately sees where all this heat will eventually take us and we eagerly await the fireworks and the romance. But, as usual, Ms. Heyer makes us wait and wait and then wait some more.
In the meantime, Serena and Fanny have decided to set up housekeeping in Bath while they are in their mourning period. In this way, they can be out in society a bit without becoming scandalous. Serena never imagines that she would run into the man she fell in love with when she was a young girl - Hector Kirkby - a man her father wouldn't allow her to marry due to his lack of fortune. For Hector's part, he has never forgotten the beautiful Serena and has kept his heart faithful to her through his years in the military - indeed, he is a sweet, handsome, honorable gentleman.
When Hector's and Serena's hearts re-engage, the reader wonders exactly where all this romance will lead. Rotherham comes in and out of Serena's and Fanny's life and eventually is introduced to Hector and gives his blessing to the marriage, having recently become betrothed himself to a young, fainthearted bubblehead named Emily. But, Serena hears strange things about the happenings between Rotherham and Emily and it's soon apparent that Emily is not happy being engaged to the scary Rotherham.
When Rotherham's young ward, Derek, decides he wants Emily and Fanny finds her heart becoming engaged where she never intended, Serena is determined that Rotherham shall have Emily if he loves her and does everything in her power to make it so - obviously feeling guilty because she jilted him years before. Hector finds himself constantly bewildered by the lovely Serena who will not allow him to guide her and protect her in the manner he feels is right, Rotherham and Serena can hardly be in the same room without going hard at it and shortly it is obvious to the reader how the cards will play out. It's just a matter of the main characters in this farce figuring it out so everyone will be happy.
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By the way, the term 'mother-in-law' etc., is interchangeable with 'stepmother', stepdaughter, etc. You see it in documents sometimes if you are tracing family history.
Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances have long been my literary equivalent of chicken soup, something to turn to when comfort reading is in order. It’s been a long time since I last read this one, and I had unfortunately forgotten that it’s not one of my favourites, though still entertaining. Both Serena and Ivo are bad-tempered, volatile and domineering characters whose behaviour towards the people around them often crosses the line towards outright bullying. It’s a kind of take on The Taming of the Shrew – not one of my favourite plays, either – although in this case, happily, each is both tamer and shrew.
Fortunately there are lots of secondary characters who are much more fun to be around. Fanny was fond of her much older husband, but it’s quite clear she was pressured into marrying him by her parents’ ambition for wealth and a title, while he married her primarily in the hope of getting a son and heir. This hope was unrealised, so that now the entailed property has gone to Serena’s cousin, and the two ladies are living in the Dower House. Bored, partly by the reduction in their circumstances and partly by the tight restrictions on entertaining while in mourning, they soon decide to take themselves off to the delights of Bath, ostensibly so that Fanny can take the waters for her health. There they meet Hector, an old flame of Serena’s, and soon the spark is rekindled. Hector’s lovely – handsome, kind, generous and in every respect so much nicer than Ivo – and he quickly becomes the alternative hero of the book.
There’s also Mrs Floore, the grandmother of an acquaintance of the ladies. Mrs Floore’s wealth came from trade and two deceased husbands, and she makes no pretence of being a fine lady. Her daughter, however, married into the minor aristocracy and has ambitions to shove her own daughter, Emily, further up the aristocratic tree.
All the young people, in the usual way, will first fall in love with entirely unsuitable partners, then have to find some way of escaping from this tangle to finish at last with their true loves. There’s nothing very original about the plot, and it’s fairly obvious from early on who should and will end up with whom, but that doesn’t prevent it from being a lot of fun. Heyer always writes well, and the tone is light and full of humour. She concentrates entirely on the rich and privileged so there’s no depressing realism to lower the spirit. And in the tradition of romances, it all ends when everyone becomes engaged to the right partner, so only those of us who have a tendency to over-analyse everything have to worry about the probable unfortunate offspring of some of the more fiery matches!
Being written back in the mid-’50s, it certainly doesn’t count as a feminist tract – the men are the masters and/or protectors of the women, so if that would annoy you, you should avoid at all costs. Personally, I suspect all the women turn into feminists after the weddings and the husbands are probably all hen-pecked into submission by the end of the first year. Except Hector, because he’s lovely... ;)
Frothy, light-hearted fun – perfect for keeping the blues at bay!
Bored to tears, both ladies hire a house in Bath where they can complete their period of mourning. Once there, Serena is re-united with the man her father (and Ivo) deemed unsuitable for her six years ago.
It’s the usual Heyer with the mix of misunderstandings and unspoken attractions frustrated by the manners of the time.
It is a powerful demonstration of the checks that an intelligent and ambitious woman was subjected to. Her only options were marriage or to be an old maid. In fact the most desirable condition for a woman would seem to be rich widow, like the delightful Mrs Floore.
To be honest I didn’t care much for Serena or Ivo. They are both hot tempered and impatient and exhausting to know I should imagine. They undoubtedly deserve each other.
Three and three quarters since the story is fine.
though if your thinking of reading one I'd start it early in the day for your not going to want to put it down until you have finished it.
of course being kindle the delivery was instantaneous but as to the author in my view, she was the best writer of Regency stories than any
other I have read and I have read quite a few but I always come back to hers.