Black Sheep Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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It is into this situation that Miles Calverleigh steps, having finally returned from India. The first scene between him and Abby, a case of mistaken identity, is a wonderful example of Heyer's skill in writing two spirited and interesting characters. Abigail tries to get Miles to help separate his nephew from her niece but she finds herself thwarted by his apparent lack of interest in the cares of others and his apparent wish to thwart her own strict views on being a support to her own sister which may prevent her from following her heart.
There are some similarities between this book and 'Lady of Quality', also written late in Heyer's career, not least in the age of the heroes and heroines who aren't the youngsters of 'Friday's Child' or 'Cotillion' but are mature people who may perhaps feel that the opportunities in life have passed them by. As usual the side characters are excellent in this story, including the very amusing Mrs Clapham and even the straighlaced James Wendover.Read more ›
On my list of GH favourites, Black Sheep has to rate fairly high. Not only does it capture the feeling of beautiful Regency Bath so well that I feel I am taking a turn about the famous Pump Room and elegant streets myself, but it brings together two infectious characters that I immediately warmed to. Abby the heroine, described by herself as a 'staid old aunt' when in fact she is a stylish witty woman in her late twenties, has never been attracted to any man enough to relinquish her single status. Until, that is, the arrival of the indolent, rakish Miles, the 'Black Sheep' of the noble Calverleigh family banished to hot climates years before for his wild ways. The tale centres on the love story of these two whilst Abby struggles with the guardianship of her wilful, pretty niece, who is heiress to a tidy fortune and being pursued by the slimy if artful Stacy Calverleigh, Miles's impoverished nephew.
A wonderful story with a good mix of humour and some nice little twists provided by cheeky Miles. Get comfortable, open the book and enjoy!
Unfortunately while Abby was away from Bath visiting one of her other sisters, Fanny has become the object of a fortune hunter - Stacy Calverleigh. Stacy's estranged Uncle Miles Calverleigh returns unexpectedly from India and becomes acquainted with Abby who hopes to involve him in her plan to detach Stacy from her niece.
What follows is a lively fast paced plot with some truly memorable characters - Miles Calverleigh himself, the delightful Fanny, hypochondriac Selina and the outrageous Mrs Clapham who plays a small but important part in the story. As ever the plot is intriguing and characters realistic and Bath society is well portrayed. The dialogue is witty and entertaining and many of the incidents are really funny. This is a feel good story ideal for these winter evenings. It would be a good introduction to Georgette Heyer's work for anyone who has not read any of her books before as I think it is possibly one of her best.
It seemed to be the way with films made during and just after WWII that as long as the couple got together it was all right to end. Nowadays the loose ends are tied up much better, as did Austen in her books come to think of it.
Other than that, a good read again.
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Great book full of chuckles last read 50 years ago so enjoyed all over again.Published 5 months ago by Lisa Wright
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