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Bath Tangle

Bath Tangle [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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"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

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Dashing, funny, romantic - a novel by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists who has captured a whole new generation's heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (28 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZG4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mature romance 18 Mar 2001
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This is a slight oddity amongst Georgette Heyer's books, in that the hero isn't 'on stage' much, and at the end of it (though it's very satisfying) one has some doubts that he and the heroine can possibly manage to stop fighting long enough to settle down to married life! However, the heroine is a terrific character, and the basic premise of the book, i.e. what happens when a peer dies without a male heir and his family are shoe-horned out of their stately home by a distant and far less worthy relative, is a fascinating one, handled with great insight and sympathy. One of the things I love about Heyer is the skill with which she fleshes out her characters, giving them faults along with their good qualities and developing her plots from their foibles with perfect logic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Heyer book 10 May 2014
I was disappointed in this book. The hero and heroine bicker constantly and at length. I often found that I skipped these fights as they went on and on in some detail and with a lack of care for others around them, which for me, just diverted us from the main story which had a number of twists and turns and could have been quite engrossing. Unlike other reviewers I also felt that there was no real fondness between them which might have made their relationship more interesting. Serena talks of Rotherham as being a passionate man - but there is no feeling that, even when engaged, this passion alleviated their quarrelling. On the other hand Fanny and Major Kirby were both attractive personalities and I could have wished that they had been the main characters
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fireworks Between Serena and Rotherham 20 Aug 2014
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Serena Spenborough is a lovely young lady, a bruising rider, a noted whip and protective of her step-mama, Fanny, who is several years younger than her. When Serena's father passes away, he leaves Serena with a respectable fortune but, to her surprise, he puts stipulations upon her fortune which she finds maddening. He leaves her funds in trust until she marries and has the gall to name the argumentative, rough mannered, Marquis of Rotherham the Trustee of her funds. Further, any man Serena considers marrying will have to have the approval of Rotherham. This might not be considered out of the ordinary, except Serena was once betrothed to Rotherham and she jilted him.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look beneath the surface! 17 Feb 2008
Lady Serena Carlow has just lost her father, to whom she was a companion as well as a daughter, her mother having died when she was a child. To her astonishment and annoyance her fortune is left in the hands of Lord Rotherham, whom she previously jilted and with whom she enjoys a stormy relationship. Meanwhile her cousin inherits her large family home. So, at the age of 25, the feisty, but kind-hearted, Lady Serena moves to the Dower House with her step-mother, Fanny, who is younger and gentler than she.

The two very different ladies get on well enough, but life is dull for them, so after a few months they move to Bath and here the Tangle of the title begins. New characters appear and what follows is an interesting interweaving of different personalities. Lord Rotherham forms part of this, and although he and Serena rarely meet without arguing there is a depth and understanding to their relationship which I found moving.

In some ways the characters dance around each other as they do in Cotillion, (which is my favourite GH novel). The flavour is different though. Cotillion is a nice cake; its sweetness to be enjoyed. Bath Tangle is a curry: pungent, aromatic, sometimes sharp, sometimes sweet but always satisfying. Yes, Serena and Rotherham are feisty, and I don't like quarrelling, but there is much more to the story than that: the way they understand each other, Serena's grief for her father, the ladies' loss of their home and Fanny having been married to a much older man. Georgette Heyer deals with these issues with sensitivity and maturity. Then there are the other characters: an endearing elderly lady with an innocent grand-daughter, a gentlemanly army officer, a sensitive boy and a socially-ambitious woman. It makes a good mix.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typically Feisty 15 Nov 2007
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Heyer specialises in historical romance, but what I like most about her work is that her heroines are never really milksops. They all have spine, and in this book there is spine aplenty! The heroine dominates here, so much so that there is at times little room for a hero. Having said that, it is delightful. Set in Bath, an epicentre of Regency Britain, it combines all the lovely detail of Jane Austen with all the fierceness of a Bronte heroine, written with the humour and brio of a twentieth century woman. She never makes you feel that her characters are out of place, rather that you have been allowed a sneaky look into the lives of real people with tempers and problems and dilemmas. This book also deals with the tricky issue of what to do with an older heroine, no longer of marriageable age, who clearly knows her own mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Regency froth!
Another lovely story from the wonderful Georgette Heyer, a true tangle of emotions brought to a satisfactory conclusion on the last page. Pure escapism. Recommended.
Published 13 days ago by Janie S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great will buy again from is seller
Published 1 month ago by Miss Emma Hiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Typical GH read
Published 1 month ago by thoughtsjm
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
What's not to like? Used to wish she wasn't so descriptive but recently read a book where the Author went straight into two men arriving at a ball, looking for wives - it was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 3 months ago by Belden M Menkus
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
I decided to read this novel after reading 'The Black Moth' which was excellent. I was extremely disappointed with the story line and the verbal repartee. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Heyer story.
Published 3 months ago by R Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Heyer Regency Romance
Serena takes a house with her young widowed stepmother, although she is furious that Rotherham, to whom she was once engaged, is her trustee according to her late father’s... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars books are great
my favourite author of the Georgian era the touch of humour makes it even better
her knowledge of that time was unbeatable
Published 7 months ago by nora
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, light, funny
Georgette Heyer Regency - always a delight, witty, clever characterisation, silly plots, good writing. A great escape and much loved.
Published 9 months ago by bella
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