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Sprig Muslin (Sprig Muslin) Audio CD – 2008

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audio Books (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1408403048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408403044
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,150,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I first read this years ago, when, as a teen, I gobbled up the works of Georgette Heyer one after another but Sprig Muslin was a book I’d never re-read because it didn’t grab me the first time. I was persuaded that it was worth a re-read and here are my thoughts on it.

Sir Gareth Ludlow is considering marriage. This is due to his brother’s death, as without Sir Gareth having children the Ludlow family name will die out. Sir Gareth suffered heartbreak 7 years ago when the lady to whom he was betrothed died. The headstrong Miss Clarissa Lincombe stole his horses after he told her not to drive them, and ended up with a broken neck. Sir Gareth hasn’t fallen in love again and doesn’t believe that he can. So instead he has decided to offer marriage to 29 year old Lady Hester Theale, a lady who he has been friends with for a long time. He feels Lady Hester is amiable, well-bred, and won’t object to a loveless marriage, unlike the romantic young ladies that his sister keeps introducing to him.

Lady Hester’s father, when the marriage was first discussed with him, obviously jumped at the chance of arranging a brilliant marriage for Hester, and he invites Sir Gareth to the family home without first discerning Lady Hester’s feelings on the matter. The news is completely unexpected:

“He is coming, Hester, to make you an offer!”
“Oh, is he?” she said vaguely, adding after a thoughtful moment: “Does he want me to sell him one of Juno’s pups?”

When Lady Hester realises the type of proposal Sir Gareth has in mind she flatly refuses to marry him.
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Amanda is running away to blackmail her grandfather into allowing her to marry her soldier sweetheart. Sir Gareth has decided to put a past tragedy behind him and do his duty by getting married and breeding heirs. Lady Hester is his choice, but...... Gareth encounters Amanda, is refused by Hester, and the tale goes on from there. Amanda is lovely, spoilt and innocent but quite incorrigible and tumbles from one scrape to another, while others become embroiled and Gareth and Lady Hester get to know each other. Charming read, well written as always.
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