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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099476355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099476351
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,819 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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"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)

"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)

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A delightful, witty Regency romance by the creator - and the finest proponant - of te genre.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on 16 Jun. 2005
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The second Georgette Heyer romance novel I read when I first started devouring her novels a few decades ago, (the first was "Black Sheep"), "Sprig Muslin" is, to this day, my favourite Regency-era romance novel of all time. It's novel that can proudly boast of possessing everything from a nice, gently paced romance subplot, to an adventure (of a small sort), with some hysterically funny scenes, and written with just the right touch of gentle humour, so that you're left with a satisfied smile (and feeling) on your face long after you've finished the book.
Sir Gareth Ludlow has decided to do his duty and marry. And because he's a much sought after bachelor, and a good-looking and amiable man to boot, finding a wife shouldn't be too difficult a task. But because he is still very much affected by the death, seven years ago, of his true love (the beautiful but headstrong Clarissa) Gareth has decided to marry for suitability and convenience. Not for him some young debutante who would, no doubt, expect him to shower her with affection and dance to her tune; and Gareth has decided to ask his good friend, Lady Hester Theale, to marry him. Labeled an old maid, quiet, self effacing and practical Lady Hester surely would not look to make a love matchat this stage in her life, and would, naturally, see all the advantages of making a marriage based on mutual respect and admiration. Except that along the way to propose to Hester, Gareth meets a very young lady, all alone (no chaperone or servants) who calls herself "Amanda Smith." Beautiful, willful and with a highly imaginative mind, Amanda has runaway from home because she has a PLAN (you'll have to read the book to discover what this PLAN entails). Naturally Gareth cannot leave such a young girl by herself, and he decides to rescue Amanda for her own good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Trigg on 16 Nov. 2007
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Having given up hope of ever finding a lady to replace his lost love, Clarissa, Gareth has resigned himself to a marriage of convenience. He plans a union based on mutual liking certainly, but nothing more as he is unable to offer love. He has decided to ask his old friend Lady Hesther to marry him, as he likes her and knows that her family do not value her as they should. Hesther is gentle, quiet, shy, myopic, and every day of 29!!! Her father is stunned by this unlooked-for good fortune as she has been on the shelf for years. But after hearing the news, Hesther cries herself to sleep. Why would she do that? Then Amanda bursts onto the scene. In many ways she resembles the lovely Clarissa in her impulsiveness, independence and beauty. She proceeds to wreak havoc in Sir Gareth's plans, and is she the new love he is looking for? Gareth certainly comes to see things rather more clearly by the end of this charming and funny story. I promise you wil love this novel, really it is one of her very best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2007
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This is the usual Heyer fare, yet saying that does her no disservice. Heyer's writing is consistently the best historical romance on offer and all her books are top notch. They are reliable, wonderful and a total pleasure to read. They are for romance what P.G. Wodehouse and Jeeves do for comic writing. You truly can do no better.
Here Gareth Ludlow needs a wife to take his mind off the loss of his true love. He knows he is never going to match the feelings he has for Clarissa, so he decides to settle for an old family friend, Hesther. Hesther seems less than enthusiastic, and things are not going well when a gorgeous young woman bursts upon the scene to stir up endless mischief. Gareth and Hesther become entangled in her affairs and it is sure that the path of true love does not run smooth. It is always delightful nevertheless.
The characters are finely drawn, lovingly brought to life and sympathetic. The dialogue is great and the story, though much the same as every other book by Heyer, is still crisp, funny and wonderful to read.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2001
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In Sprig Muslin, Georgette Heyer stands romantic convention on its ear. The true heroine of the piece is NOT the beautiful, tempestuous young ingenue, but instead a shy, quiet "spinster" whose humor and courage gradually emerge as the ingenious plot unfolds. Sprig Muslin was not one of my favorite Heyer novels the first time I read it, but I have come to treasure it more with each reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Harrison-bryant on 8 April 2008
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As I read this book on more than one occasion laughed out loud. It is funny, without being silly. Lady Hestor only plays quite a small part, but at the end I liked her character as much as any heroine. Sir Gareth was brilliant. Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AnetteF on 24 Feb. 2010
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The other reviews give a pretty good idea as to what this book is all about so let me just take the opportunity to tell you why I am happy to second this book as a great read. My third excursion into the world of Georgette Heyer, it did not excite me that much over the first chapter or two, but increased in pace again and again until the ending seemed a whirlwind. The story became more and more hilarious and it was great to read about main characters able to take themselves not too serious. Though the reader hopes to know where it all will lead, plenty of things don't quite develop as anticipated, they turn out even better!

I think I will start recommending Georgette Heyer to anyone in need of a bit of cheering up.
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