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Arabella Well this book was just so much fun to read I really enjoyed this book from start to finish It is well paced and ridiculously diverting Of course it has a lot of the ingredients found in Georgette Heyer's brain candy regencies such as a debutante seeking an advantageous marriage a swoon worthy hero trials and tribulations and a misguided sibling Blend well and you have a very appealing regency novel Arabella Tallant arrives in London fresh from a country vicarage and is shocked by the selfishness of the rich and fashionable Arabella also referred to as the little Tallant draws our swoon worthy hero into the rescue of than one unfortunate creature and this is exactly what makes her so engaging Mr Beaumaris the devilishly handsome Nonpareil agrees to assist her and bears the resulting disruptions in his life very well May I just say here that should a film adaptation of Arabella be in the works Richard Armitage would make an excellent Robert Beaumaris Having said that I adored Arabella who is not a milksop but rather a kindhearted soul with enough gumption to tackle any injustice she might encounter Mr Beaumaris is a trendsetter with pleasing address who I believe loved the ethereal Arabella from the start Yes this novel has a hint of Austen's Pride and Prejudice but not enough to diminish my pleasure in reading it It will be difficult to find a hero I can like better than Robert Beaumaris in Georgette Heyer's novels but I will keep reading them to find out This story captured my heart because I really liked both hero and heroine for their abundant redeeming ualities A very worthwhile read March 31 2016 rereadGeorgette Heyer's wit is dazzling This is just as yummy the second time around Buddy read with my friend Anne What can I say about this wonderful little darling book that hasn't already been said? Arabella is charming It's a true Regency romance classic the epitome of the perfect comedy of manners set in London and features all your favourite Regency uirks mannerisms glittering balls and shocking crushes And naturally there is an enterprising heroine and a dashing hero who meet uite by chance and fall uite madly in love amidst a set of funny and delightful adventures Ah to have a London Season and go shopping in Bond Street entertain callers all morning and be sought after by all the gazetted fortune hunters for miles around Such is the lot of our dear heroine Arabella in this story but mind you she brought it all upon herself because of Mr Beaumaris of course as you will seeOnce upon a time in a sheltered and remote Yorkshire village there lived the Tallant family of which Arabella was the eldest and prettiest daughter The Tallants lived a uiet and peaceful existence until the day Arabella’s godmother Lady Bridlington had the brilliant idea aided with a few not so subtle hints from Mrs Tallant to invite her to London for the upcoming social season Arabella who had been poring over fashion magazines with her sisters and dazed by the prevailing fashion of satin bodices and diamond fastenings was naturally delighted and looked upon the season as her Only Hope to form an eligible connection to aid her family and bring her sisters in the way of meeting other eligible young men If she were to make a splendid match how beneficial it would be for everyoneAfter many preparations most of which included exclaiming over Mama’s old clothes from the old trunk the making of new gowns by the nearest town’s modiste and shopping for such indispensible accessories as hats bonnets gloves fans and silk stockings Arabella was finally ready to depart and after tearful goodbyes she got into her uncle’s old carriage and left for London Meanwhile enjoying a respite from the humdrum of the metropolis and the conniving schemes of unscrupulous females too numerous to number Mr Robert Beaumaris was intending to spend a very relaxing evening in his Leicestershire hunting box with his dear friend Lord Fleetwood who was definitely hoping for than good food and wine as his only distractions of the evening Alas that his peace should be shatteredLord Fleetwood So Rob what are we doing tonight?Mr Beaumaris I told you Eat Drink Relax Fleetwood Yeah but what else?? Seriously what are we going to DO?Beaumaris I just told you EAT AND DRINK AND RELAX You will not be disappointed in my cook let me tell youFleetwood Look I realize than anyone else would be happy just being invited to your hunting box but I AM NOT ANYONE ELSE Now seriously Rob entertainment?? Don’t you have a few pretty women hidden somewhere??Beaumaris Yeahhhhhh Because I just casually have women hiding around in my houses in the hope of pleasing youFleetwood Come on man I was expecting some wild orgies and drinking wine out of skulls Guys ^^ that’s actually in the bookBeaumaris GTFO Lord Byron Because IF and I say IF I had any do you imagine I would just show you them and run the risk that they would prefer you to me?Fleetwood Oh stop that BS If there are to be no women Beaumaris No clue why you would THINK there would be Brough enters Excuse me sir a couple of women have had a carriage accident right outside your door and are asking if they can wait here until it the damage is fixed?Beaumaris Meh Bring them to the salon Fleetwood Wait whoa waiiiiiit Are they young old pretty what?Brough Uuuhhone of them is young and –I think very prettyFleetwood Then what the hell Robert? Bring them here Brough Ahhh women after allBeaumaris facepalm FML And so it is that the beautiful Miss Tallant and her traveling companion Miss Blackburn are ushered into the presence of the two aforementioned gentlemen It should also be said in favour of the gentlemen Mr Beaumaris in particular that they appeared rather to advantage in their state of ease and good humour and that Mr Beaumaris just happened to be charmingly smiling as Miss Tallant entered the room Naturally sparks fly and the electricity will remain in the air between them for the rest of the story even though the majority of them are fuelled by anger and provocation on Arabella’s part While ascending the stairs she overhears with dreadful clarity Mr Beaumaris telling Lord Fleetwood that she has set up the carriage accident on purpose to throw herself at him Our dear heroine becomes so incensed that she decides then and there to embark on a dangerous game She will prove to that arrogant no doubt good for nothing darling of society that she can have no use at all for his money and position Behold the Miss Arabella Tallant heiress to a vast fortune and travelling incognito to LondonYay Brilliant Of course this is going to workExcept about the part where that snarky Mr Beaumaris sees right through the charade and decides to play fire with fireLike “you want to be an heiress?” OK FINE HEIRESS IT IS But don’t come cryin’ to me laterUnfortunately for him he has no idea what kind of “heiress” he’s just agreed to launch into society Arabella is first and foremost a country clergyman’s daughter bent on helping others in need whether she’s a lady of uality or not Before long she has foisted a dirty climbing boy and an abused mongrel dog onto poor unsuspecting Mr Beaumaris and has him completely twisted round her little finger whether he wants to or not Dang it she wasn’t supposed to be that charming And while he tries in vain to capture her attention he manages to win the complete and utter adoration of a totally unexpected party the mongrel dog which he names Ulysses This book is FAMOUS for the conversations Mr Beaumaris entertains with his dog Seriously It is too good Ulysses just freakin’ LOOOOVES Mr Beaumaris and can’t bear to be away from himAnd he knows that Mr Beaumaris knows that Arabella loves him tooEven though his manners leave a lot to be desired as Beaumaris reminds him continuouslyAnd his eating habits are uestionableHonestly that dog is just priceless whether Beaumaris agrees or not It was a really uniue element to an otherwise slightly déjà vu story and it was really fun Next throw in Arabella’s young hothead brother Bertram bent on having a taste of Town and running into one scrape after another a merry chase about the place with everyone trying to rescue each other and a very wise Dowager Duchess Highly Advising Matrimony for her favourite grandson and you have yourself a delightful classic comedy of manners full of laughs and mishaps And another one of those hilarious but completely random valet scenes stopping all action at a very crucial point because we need to know what will happen to Mr Beaumaris’ clothes while he travels Beaumaris Alright Painswick I need to leave and it’s pretty urgent so just pack up shirts and neckcloths and you know simple sutff because you’re not coming with me Painswick so shocked he remains speechless for a full minute Beaumaris Yeah and tell them to have the carriage ready for six and – Painswick B but d d did you s say I wasn’t going with you???? Beaumaris Yeah I did I’m going alone dude HURRY UP I NEED TO GO Painswick But sir Who is going to dress you? Wait upon you? Take care of you??? YOU NEED ME Beaumaris I’ll be fine I can dress myself Painswick But your coat sir WHO WILL PRESS YOUR COAT?? Beaumaris Sigh I’m sure they can do that at the posting house Painswick NO THEY CAN’T THEY’LL RUIN IT Beaumaris I honestly don’t really care about my coat right now Painswick alright that settles it he’s nuts SIR gulps Please let me come with you Beaumaris Ugh I’ll be fine I tell you Take a holiday go have fun Painswick Take A HOLIDAY when I know you’ll be all alone having to dress yourself??? Beaumaris I CAN dress myself Painswick And what about your boots? Will they be nicely polished?? Shirt collars starched enough? WHAT IF YOU GET MUD ON YOUR BREECHES??? I NEED TO COME WITH YOU Beaumaris I already told you I WILL NOT BE REUIRING YOUR SERVICES FOR THIS JOURNEY Painswick II think I’m going to die Funny witty charming and wholly entertaining Arabella is a wonderful Heyer romance you don’t want to miss I was tempted to lower my rating a bit because at times the story seemed to drag and I wasn’t that interested in Bertram’s antics which took up uite a lot of the last half of the book but it’s just such a brilliant classic and so very Heyer that I can’t bring myself to give it less than a 5 I would strongly recommend starting with this one as a first Heyer read especially as I had the feeling I’d already met a few of the characters in some other of her novels and that feeling of déjà vu sometimes slightly spoiled the fun I would otherwise have had meeting them for the first time Also I was disappointed that although Arabella’s family is strongly featured in the first few chapters we never see them again after she leaves for London I was really hoping for a reunion scene with them and Mr BeaumarisBut anyways those are only slight complaints I really did love this novel and would definitely read it again And this is a Heyer Regency romance so you know thatthey lived happily after after 3Buddy read with Lori D I apologize for the SUPER LATE COMPLETELY OVERDUE REVIEW We read it AGES ago This isn't the book cover I have the copy I read was by Mandarin Publishing in the 1990s Arabella looks nothing like I envisage her but this is my favourite Heyer cover ever so I'm using this oneIn spite of some stiff competition from Fridays Child Cotillion this is my favourite Heyer Regency I am still a little in love with Robert Beaumaris Ulysses is my favourite minor GH character ; I love the way that Arabella has other motivations character in her life other than finding a rich husband the book does contain many insights into what life was like for the less fortunate in Regency timesEdit; 2718 This time this is the edition I read I still love this cover even though Arabella is a brunetteThis is still a 5★ read for me but it is no longer my favourite Heyer Regency In fact it may have slipped out of my top 5 of Heyer's romances The main reason is the amount of time Arabella's tiresome brother Bertram receives I appreciate GH's realistic portrayal of view spoiler a naive young man living beyond his means hide spoiler Enjoyed this book so much I read it again It think I enjoyed it the second time around Great ending Seriously swoon worthy And read it a 3rd timeContent CleanSource AudibleOriginally read in October 2015 Reread in March 2016 again in June 2016 Arabella has been waiting for me to get to it for uite some time I don’t know if I should be kicking myself for not reading it earlier or be happy for enjoying it this much now If there ever was a book whose blurb doesn’t do its job then Arabella is that bookI loved the way Heyer introduced Arabella Tallant’s lovely family the way they live how much her parents love each other and their children the way the impoverished Vicar educated his sons and daughters and so much but I didn’t like knowing that she will do something 'impetuos' The moment she says she is an heiress she knows she made a mistake but the story went too fast for her to do anything about it It is hilarious to see how all those fortune hunting families are devastated when the Nonpareil gives all his attention to ArabellaI loved both protagonists Robert Beaumaris’s way of dealing with Arabella is lovely The flow of the story is perfect When the realization hits you are neither surprised nor angry for waiting too long It is simply perfect They actually spend enough time together getting to know each other better with a lot of surprises along the wayI was afraid her brother will hijack the story at one point but although he did get than enough pages of his own in the end it all flawlessly connected with the main story and made senseThere are so many things I loved in this bookArabella is even comforted by an urchin Now that encounter is one of the best moments in the story Up until that moment Robert Beaumaris was amusing himself and falling in love without noticing but this gave him the perfect opportunity to really see how extraordinarily unbent Arabella is when it comes to justice And to make it even better there is Ulysses The way the dog and Robert Beaumaris adopted each other and the way Robert consulted the animal was beyond lovely Until the ending seuence the book was 4 stars for me So many bits and pieces of the book reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in a good way I was delighted to relive the joy of reading PP I love a damsel that's not easily taken in by the hero or faints at the first sight of him Arabella though inexperienced and uite innocent had a sharp mind and acute self awareness She guarded her heart well for good reasons against the hero's advances On the other hand the hero Mr Beaumaris was the most swoon worthy character I've read in a long time He had first rate mind and taste a sharp tongue and elegant address and superior ability to manipulate the fashionable crowd Of course his prominent family and wealth also helped to sustain his healthy ego He's like a playful version of Mr Darcy smoother and a little less responsible but underneath the proud person was the same heart of gold He and Arabella made a good match in the game of courtship Watching them out maneuver and second guess each other was the most entertaining part of the book Then came the event toward the end It totally ruined it for me Arabella collected and sensible throughout the whole book suddenly became silly beyond measure The scheme she cooked up in her head was so against commonsense and inconsistent with her intellectual level that I found the whole thing uite idiotic I can't help but feeling disappointed since there are Georgette Heyer books with much better crafted ending like The Grand Sophy Venetia and Frederica 35 stars It was nice to read about Arabella after reading about Judith Taverner in The Regency Buck I could not help contrasting the two heroines especially since they were both country bred and were off to London for the first time to make a splash But whereas Judith comes off as childish and impetuous Arabella has a mature personality Mr Beaumaris is also a much pleasant hero than the Earl of Worth So the story goes like this Arabella is the daughter of a country vicar and brought up to be interested in erudition and kindness than in gossip or fashion When the time came for her to marry she was sent off to London to a rich godmother to net a rich man so she could help her brothers and sisters En route she is forced to take refuge at a house when her carriage breaks down and she meets two men one of them Mr Beaumaris who was convinced that Arabella is pursuing him for his wealth She overhears him saying so to his friend and immediately convinces them that she is wealthy beyond belief This uickly spreads all over London and our heroine has to face the repercussions while falling in love with Beaumaris for real I really enjoyed this novel Arabella is innocent but no fool She refuses to take advantage of her pretensions Beaumaris is not the 'bored of life' man that is such a cliché in these novels He is a trendsetter and is enchanted by Arabella's kindness to everyone irrespective of their circumstances The two become friends and gradually fall in love with each other It was very believable too The supporting characters were interesting as well Overall a great fun read There was a big joke played on me by the powers above I think because I picked up this novel without having the slightest of clues that this was Heyer's homage to Pride and Prejudice And it wasn't until I was about 70% into the story that I stopped giggling at Beaumaris' amusing conversations with the mongrel Ulysses long enough for the déjà vu to sink in Wait a tad I have read this before haven't I? But by then it was too late I had already been rereading Austen PP in parallel for daysI liked the calm very simple plotline at the start of the book that brought in the small town atmosphere of Austen's plots away from the ton setting that seems like a rule for Regencies I liked how the Tallant family had a we're a clan and we support each other even if one amongst us isn't especially sharp mentality and act like a real family that's not either dysfunctional or comically messed up for the sake of the leading member who then gets to be the sensible head amongst them For Arabella Tallant our heroine is not exactly like thatIt's when the plot moved to London that I started to lose interest at first because of the implausibilities Heyer uses to cause the hero and heroine to meet and later because of the turns towards the silly that the plot took Like when Beaumaris and she meet it's in a circumstance that frankly is way too convenient and so contrived that one is tempted to excuse Beaumaris' conviction that the accident was staged outside his door in order for the hopeful chit to ensnare him for a husband Yes in short the man is justified in his belief seeing how the accident's circumstances are too convenient to have been a product of chance and is therefore justified in thinking her a gold digger And she makes things worse by lying that no she isn't one au contraire m'sieur it is she the one sought after by fortune hunters I can understand she did it out of pride but it was nonetheless immensurably stupid for she didn't even stop to think she was going to be presented in society so whatever false image she created of herself was bound to explode in her face and besides if she was wounded by such a remark could she not have explained her circumstances and even called the man out on his poor manners? That's what Lizzy did with Darcy who wasn't remotely as justified in his prejudiced first assessment of her like Beaumaris was in his of Arabella Instead she has to complicate things by becoming a fraud and it's only because Beaumaris finds it amusing and decides to play the Big Joke of the Decade on the foolish aristocrats and fops of the ton by lending credibility to her lies thus protecting her with his reputation that she's not exposed or ridiculed or humiliated She got off easy if you ask me And her brother as well thanks to Beaumaris acting the chevalier and paying off the boy's gambling debts and rescuing the silly chitI realise this was meant as a comedy but the easy way all is solved the lack of conseuences and his flippant attitude about the situation weren't making a positive impression on me And I'm starting to suspect that such immature lassies appear with freuency in Heyer's novels particularly because she seems to repeat the formula of sensible and hot older male silly chit Regency romance plot a time too many I barely read 4 or 5 of her novels and the pattern is already very evidentThe subplot with the stray dog was a funny addition but I am not sure it was enough to compensate for the plot's deficiencies With this novel I came to the conclusion that Heyer's greatest weakness is in characterisation which is shallow in general but is keenly noticeable in her women She also plays fast and loose with plausibility and believability but that doesn't always bother me because by the very nature and style of her writing that is comedic generally the story depends on those twists and turns and coincidences at precise points to work and move forward WOW what an absolutely fantastic read Arabella wasThis Heyer combines all that's best about regency romances starting with a well crafted hero 'Cause let's face it ladies we all like a swoon worthy book man And I'm here to tell you that Robert Beaumaris has got it in spadesHe's charming but not overbearing He's slightly jaded but not an out an out rake he's a bit world weary but not cynical and most important of all he's got a dry sense of humor especially when it comes to his fashion sense in dandelion boutineers and conversations with canine mutts just read the book and you'll see what I mean about the last two He channels a little Mr Darcy a little Captain Wentworth and surprisingly enough to me a little Rory Frost from my favorite book of all time Trade Wind Not many readers are going to understand that last reference at all because these two books have absolutely nothing in common in style content or plotline However one of the best moments in both these books comes when the jaded hero steps up and takes on a problem because he knows it will help the heroine yet cause countless difficulties for himself The best part about this plot device is that no one is surprised then the hero himself that he makes this offer It's as if he can't help himself and it's at that moment he knows his heart is irrevocably lost to the heroine IMELTEVERYTIMEThe heroine Arabella is also a good character She's young and naive but she's not overtly silly and helpless although Heyer overdoes it with all her blushing She cares for defenseless things is willing to fight for what she believes in and plays the older worldly wise Beaumaris with a surprisingly deft hand in the game of love These two you feel will have a very good life together because they bring out the better elements in each other's character In a word they are believableIt goes without saying that this is a clean read but it's not an easy one with all the cant speak and idioms Heyer uses It gives the novel a very authentic voice but it's not always easy for modern readers to follow Heyer was a prodigious researcher and I'd be willing to bet there's not many people who have or had a better grasp of Regency England then she did It shows and it makes for a rich and detailed read that goes beyond the romanceUntil a future Heyer read challenges my vote Arabella is now my favorite Heyer romance If another can top it then I'm excited to find it since I faced the exuisite uandry of wanting to find out what happened at the end and conversely never wanting it to endWell done Georgette Well done To Arabella Tallant the eldest daughter of a penniless country clergyman the invitation to stay with her London godmother was like the key to heaven for in addition to living in the glamorous city Arabella might even find a suitable husband there Armed with beauty virtue and a benevolent godmother the impetuous but impoverished Arabella embarked on her first London season with her mother's wish in mind snare a rich husband On her way to London Arabella's carriage breaks down outside the hunting lodge of the wealthy and socially prominent Robert Beaumaris fate cast her in his path Arabella's only fault is impetuosity and her pride stung when she overhears a remark of her path of arrogant host who accused her of being another petty female after his wealth the proud headstrong ingenue made a most startling claim she was an heiress A pretense that deeply amuses the jaded Beau To counter her white lie Beaumaris launches her into high society and thereby subjects her to all kinds of amorous fortune hunters in London and other embarrassmentsSuddenly Arabella found herself the talk of the ton and pursued by some of the most eligible young men of the day But only one caught Arabella's fancy Beaumaris the handsome and dedicated bachelor She should know better than to allow herself to be provoked by nonpareil Beau But would her deceitful charade destroy her one chance for true loveBeaumaris however although a most artful matrimonial dodger badly underestimated his seemingly naive adversary When compassionate Arabella rescues such unfortunate creatures as a mistreated chimney sweep and a mixed breed mongrel she foists them upon Beaumaris who finds he rather enjoys the role of rescuer and is soon given the opportunity to prove his worth in the person of Bertram Tallant the also impetuous young brother of Arabella

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