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Lady of Quality [Hardcover]

Georgette Heyer
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Oct 1972
A woman of independent means and spirit, stunning Annis Wynchwood has no yearning for wedlock, and has dashed the hopes of many lordly suitors. But never has she encountered such a rakish specimen as notorious Oliver Carleton. And when a femme comes face-to-face with a most incorrigible rogue, there ensues a tug-of-war that only love can overcome.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: E P Dutton; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (Oct 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525142800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525142805
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,878,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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""Sparkling"" (Independent)

""Georgette Heyer is unbeatable"" (India Knight)

""My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours."" (Margaret Drabble)

""Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to."" (Katie Fforde)

""A writer of great wit and style.... I've read her books to ragged shreds."" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A wonderful, thrilling tale of Regency romance by one of the most successful and beloved historical novelist fo all time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Annis Wychwood is a classic late Georgette Heyer heroine - beautiful, independent, and well past marriageable age! And Oliver Carleton (with an e) is one of her best "sardonic" heroes - truly mad, bad and dangerous to know. But of course it is their shared love of the ridiculous that unites them, and sets them apart from the rigid society whose rules he shuns and she longs to. The juveniles' sub-plot is also classic Heyer, and less interesting, although I remember when I was fourteen I preferred their story to that of the aged Annis and Oliver. You'll only read this if you're already a Heyer fan, but if you are, rest assured, it is one of her best. And don't be embarrassed, because there are a lot of us about who admire her wit and style. Certainly escapism, but definitely An Escapism of Quality!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 6 Jan 2003
By A Customer
There are a handful of books on my bookcase which I could stand to read again and again. A Lady of Quality is one of these!
The characters are lively and easy to care about. What's more you really feel that the attraction between the hero and heroine makes sense. So often in 'romance' novels, the hero is so sketchy or cliched that I can't be bothered liking him, or see what on earth the wonderfully characterised heroine sees in the two dimentional man.
Heyer's writing is witty and engaging. I just love it.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fluff! 4 Sep 2004
By A Customer
A Lady Of Quality is (to a hardened Heyer fan anyway!) a fantastic and fun addition to any library. Romantic and optimistic without ever succumbing to being too twee, this book is a favourite of mine and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Annis Wychwood is the kind of heroine every modern woman aspires to being - beautiful, intelligent, articulate and adored by a rake! The relationship between the two main characters is entirely believable, and entirely uplifting in introducing the concept of conversational sparring between prospective partners. The plot is more plausible than some other Heyer novels, however the sparkling dialogue between Annis and Oliver has to be the main reason for reading this book. I defy any woman to read this book and remain unmoved by romanticism and escapism (with a substantial dash of irony) at their best!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed 8 April 2008
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I really enjoyed this book and believed in the attraction as it developed. When Annis is ill and cries out "oh why does he not come!" I felt like crying it out myself! A book I could read again and again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 30 Nov 2007
By C. Rand
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I'm working my way through all Georgette Heyer's historical romances many years after I first read them, and this has got to be one of the best. A beautiful heroine who thinks she is past it at the age of 29, and an overbearing, rude hero who she tames, well just about! Apart from these two there are delightful secondary characters too. I was meant to be writing an essay, but curled up and read this cover to cover - much more fun! Highly recommended,
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 22 Nov 2007
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
After a while it becomes difficult to find new things to say about a review of a Heyer novel. Ostensibly these are all the same. This is the stuff that classic romance novels are made of, appealing woman meets appealing man, they fall in love although neither know it at the time, a series of misunderstandings ensues, they end the book realising how much they love each other and all is well.
This is the formula for every Heyer romance, but don't let this put you off. Her wonderful way with words, her attention to detail, her sense of humour and the ridiculous scrapes she embroils her characters in, makes each book a joy and a delight in its own right. It doesn't matter that you know the plot. It matters that you know that Heyer will weave her uniquely brilliant magic on every page and have you enthralled to the last despite everything.
This is one of the Heyer novels in which we get a feisty, strong heroine to match a rakehell hero whom nobody can tame. Annis is fantastic, and a great, independent woman who despite her fatal weakness for a naughty boy (and who can blame her?!) retains her dignity and loveliness to the last.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 5 July 2007
I really enjoyed the way the book was written, If you like Jane Austen than you must read Georgette Heyer. I have now hunted her books down and am reading them one by one. The main characters- Miss Wychwood and Mr Carleton will not disappoint you. Absolutely a gem of a book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her last book and one of her best 17 Jan 2006
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Lady of Quality is a brilliant book, one of Heyer's best and the last she wrote before her death.
As all Heyer books, this one is chock-ful of fascinating period detail, the language that they use is accurate, and the description of life in Bath in the early 1800s is fascinating.
If you liked "Black Sheep" you will certainly like this book. They are very similar in a lot of ways (heroine's initials are A W in both books, and the hero is Mr C!) but both equally enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Annis Wychwood is Lovely, Independent and More than a Match for the...
When Miss Lucilla Carleton runs away from home, she is befriended by the lovely, independent Annis Wychwood who has her own home and enough of life's experience to stand up to... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Judge Tabor
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Good example of Georgett Heyer and nicely produced.
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Published 14 days ago by Carole Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An enjoyable light read.
Published 18 days ago by Noreen Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of her best. Highly recommend this one to those who are new to this author. A ripping good yarn.
Published 2 months ago by Suzanne Cuthbert
5.0 out of 5 stars A bundle of fun
Bright, pacy story. Full of twists and turns. A delightful story one of my favourite Georgette Heyer stories. Great read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lady of Quality
I love Georgette Heyer and have read most of her Regency Romances, and this is not one of my favourites at all, not particularly funny, and neither the hero or heroine are people... Read more
Published 6 months ago by CATHERINE ROBERTS
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely book
a quality book in good condition. I have read this before but fancied reading it again. Georgette Heyer is my favourite historical romance author.
Published 6 months ago by brian hibbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars feel good read
I love georgette heyer and I think that this is one of my favourites! The only disappointing thing is that I want to see what the characters do next after the end of the book!
Published 9 months ago by littlecatxx
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