Georgette Heyer, Black Sheep

Posted March 18, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

Black SheepBlack Sheep by Georgette Heyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very enjoyable Regency romance which takes place in Bath. Abigail Wendover finally returns to the home she shares with her older sister, Selina, and their niece, Fanny, after an exhausting five weeks of helping their sister, Jane, care for her brood of measled children with Jane expecting hourly to add another to the group—and Nurse with a broken leg! Abby has treated herself to a week of shopping in London with another sister, Mary, but is so looking forward to the peace and quiet of her own home. Alas, it is not to be, as it seems there is a fortune hunter after the heiress, Fanny. Those in Bath who don’t know Stacy Calverleigh’s reputation consider him a charming, well-mannered young man. Those who do know his reputation, well…

Selina has fallen for his charm but when Abby meets him, she sees the calculation underlying his exterior poise and is at her wit’s end trying to figure out how to detach him when she meets his uncle, Miles Calverleigh, the black sheep of the Calverleigh family. Unfortunately for Abby, Miles has absolutely no thought of interfering—he does have some very interesting ideas on family loyalty; very sensible ones too! What Miles does think of is seducing Abby, an event which brother James is absolutely horrified by as it is just a little too close to Wendover history.

It’s a bit of a trip to the circus watching everyone perform while attempting to persuade interested parties to their way of thinking. A lovely bit of insight to Regency mores, culture, and attitudes.

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