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Arabella Paperback – 7 Oct 2004
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"Triumphantly good... Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight Sunday Telegraph)
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"A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)
Impetuosity is Arabella's only fault. An enchanting d?A?butante and the eldest daughter of a country parson, she should know better than to allow herself to be provoked by Mr. Beaumaris, the most eligible Nonpareil of the day.See all Product description
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My real complaint with this book has nothing to do with the author, but the publisher which allowed innumerable printing errors in the last third of the book. There were missing words, typo's, and poor formatting throughout the final chapters which were a massive distraction. Shame on whoever proof-read before this was printed.
Her reaction to the overheard comment stores up trouble for herself as she suggests that she is an heiress. As a result she is a huge success in London and Mr Beaumaris goes out of his way to make her popular. I loved both Arabella and Robert and actually had a lot of sympathy for her much tried Godmother. The dialogue - especially between Robert and Arabella is marvellously done being both amusing and natural.
One of my favourite characters is Ulysses, the mongrel dog - but to explain how he comes into the story would spoil the plot. I think `Arabella' is one of my favourite Heyer romances and Arabella herself one of my favourites among her younger heroines. She knows her own mind and has very definite principles which she will not go against. But she is not put off by society's conventions and doesn't believe any of Robert's deliberate flattery. If you have not tried Georgette Heyer before then this book would be a good one to start with.
The merits of this book is the entirely understandable claim of the heroine to be fabulously rich to put down the hero, which results in a disastrous inability to admit her poverty to him and the entertainment is in the stratagems to conceal the truth and the gradual realisation that they are both attracted to the other coupled with her determination to do right by the less fortunate. I never tire of reading this book for the humour and the romance.
It's high time that the purveyors of such electronic goodies learned that a rip-off is a rip-off, be it on paper or on electric media.
Apart from that, a good read.
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