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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099474468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099474463
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A wonderful, thrilling tale of Regency romance by one of the most successful and beloved historical novelist fo all time.

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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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By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2004
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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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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2003
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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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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2007
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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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Tippet, pellise, Abigail, muff,
Butler, Sedan chair, cit.

Regent, pump-room, hartshorn, linkboy,
Marquis, high-stepper, reticule, Tiger.

Curricle, waterfall, Hessian, postchaise.

High perch phaeton, Sally Jersey.

Love it!
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Another classic Heyer Romance. The difference here is that the Hero is very blunt and antagonistic, and the Heroine is a mature lady very confident and very beautiful. Lively scenes evolve! The added "chatterbox" character of Maria (the live in poor relation) gives them all reason to wish her elsewhere! Good, easy reading with the necessary happy ending.
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Another well written and enjoyable tale of Regency England, set in Bath, beginning with a runaway heiress, and ending with a romance maturing between the rude mannered but rich Oliver Tarleton and the lovely, wealthy young woman Annis Wychwood. Although a bit heyer-formulaic, it is an enjoyable read.
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Old review for this book that I've had as a paperback for ages. Original Review on my Blog Post #137 in July 2011.

I've had this book of my book shelf since I was really very wet behind the ears, and it comes out every now and again for an airing - always delightful and easy to read - a 3.5 star read (or a 4 on Amazon or Good Reads).

In case you don't know vastly independent and spirited spinster, Miss Annis Wychwood (in her late 20's and almost considered an ape-leader now) sets up her own establishment, to which she is returning after a stay with her irritating brother when she comes across a gig with 2 very young persons stranded at the road side (Miss Carleton and Mr Elmore).

They have run away, or Miss Carleton has, Mr Elmore is merely assisting her - as she doesn't wish to be pushed into a marriage with him - presumably little thought has been given that they are actually facilitating a match by doing this!

Miss Wychwood takes up the young lady, leaving Mr Elmore to follow on later. Over the coming weeks Miss Carleton's Guardian ... the vastly ill-humoured and rude rake Oliver Carleton ........ becomes involved, as well as the delicate sensibilities of Miss Wychwood's companion and her brother.

What will be the outcome?
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