Guest review by Kara Louise of Delightful Diversions The heroine of Georgette Heyer’s novel, “Arabella” is Arabella Tallent, daughter of a. Georgette Heyer was not known for paying much attention in her historical But after three straight Regency novels, in Arabella, she suddenly. Arabella. Georgette Heyer. Buy This Book. Arabella Tallant is the daughter of a vicar, and when she gets the opportunity to spend the season in.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Arabella by Georgette Heyer. Arabella by Georgette Heyer. To Arabella Tallant, the eldest daughter of a penniless country clergyman, the invitation to stay with her London godmother was like the key to heaven, for in addition to living in the glamorous city, Arabella might even find a suitable husband there.
Armed with beauty, virtue and a benevolent godmother, the impetuous but impoverished Arabella embarked on her first London To Arabella Tallant, the eldest daughter of a penniless country clergyman, the invitation to stay with her London godmother was like the key to heaven, for in addition to living in the glamorous city, Arabella might even find a suitable husband there.
Armed with beauty, virtue and a benevolent godmother, the impetuous but impoverished Arabella embarked on her first London season with her mother’s wish in mind: On her way to London Arabella’s carriage breaks down outside the hunting lodge of the wealthy and socially prominent Robert Beaumaris, fate cast her in his path. Arabella’s only fault is impetuosity, and her pride stung when she overhears a remark of her path of arrogant host, who accused her of being another petty female after his wealth, the proud, headstrong ingenue made a most startling claim — she was an heiress!
A pretense that deeply amuses the jaded Beau. To counter her white lie, Beaumaris launches her into high society and thereby subjects her to all kinds of amorous fortune hunters in London and other embarrassments.
Suddenly Arabella found herself the talk of the ton and pursued by some of the most eligible young men of the day.
But only one caught Arabella’s fancy: Beaumaris, the handsome and dedicated bachelor. She should know better than to allow herself to be provoked by nonpareil Beau. But would her deceitful charade destroy her one chance for true love? Beaumaris, however, although a most artful matrimonial dodger, badly underestimated his seemingly naive adversary When compassionate Arabella rescues such unfortunate creatures as a mistreated chimney sweep and a mixed-breed mongrel, she foists them upon Beaumaris, who finds he rather enjoys the role of rescuer and is soon given the opportunity to prove his worth in the person of Bertram Tallant, arabells also impetuous young brother of Arabella PaperbackNew editionpages.
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Are these okay for a high school Student? I have no georgetge what high schoolers read nowadays. There is no sex in the book, but it is important to notice that her brother ends up in a bad georgtete and the ladies of bad reputation there have names with sex connotation. See 1 question about Arabella….
Lists arbaella This Book. Arabella is one of the more charming and funny Georgette Heyer books that I’ve read, with a major plus in the form of one of my favorite Heyer book boyfriends, Beaumaris.
Arabella Tallant is a lovely, unspoiled girl, but certain to be hampered in the eyes of London society by the fact that she’s a poor country vicar’s daughter. Nevertheless, her optimistic mother prevails on Arabella’s high society godmother to sponsor her in making her debut into society.
So despite Arabella’s and her father’s Arabella is one of the more charming and funny Georgette Heyer books that I’ve read, with a major plus in the form of one of my favorite Heyer book boyfriends, Beaumaris.
So despite Arabella’s and her father’s misgivings, off she goes, with strict instructions to find a rich husband so she can help bring out her younger sisters later. On the road to London, there’s an accident with Arabella’s carriage, and she and her companion ask for shelter in a nearby hunting box owned by one of the leading lights of London society, Mr. Robert Beaumaris, a handsome and extremely wealthy man. Arabella overhears the rather arrogant Beaumaris tell his friend that he’s certain Arabella has pursued him from London and has made up the carriage accident as an excuse, and she is so arzbella by this accusation that she immediately launches into a series of reckless lies, telling Beaumaris and his friend that she’s a wealthy heiress who is unutterably weary of all the fuss people make over her.
Beaumaris realizes she’s making hdyer all up and is vastly amused, but his more gullible heyeer believes the story, especially after Beaumaris tongue firmly in cheek confirms that of course he knows of the Tallant fortune. A few days later Arabella is horrified, as she begins to go about in society, to find that word has spread and everyone in London society now believes she’s an heiress.
To seal the deal, Beaumaris whimsically begins to pay her particular attention, just to make certain that her Season is a success.
As they get to know each other better their attraction grows, and Beaumaris, a confirmed bachelor, starts to reconsider his status. But Arabella feels caught by the web her lie has created and doesn’t know who she can trust, or who will still care about her when her poverty becomes known. Arabella is a sympathetic heroine, naive but also self-aware, and determinedly resistant of the natural inclination to arabelal head over heels in love with Robert Beaumaris, convinced that he’ll only hurt her in the end.
Robert finds Arabella refreshing as he gets to know her better, despite – or perhaps because of – her charitable impulses, which land him with a mongrel dog and worse. It’s great fun to watch these two try to come to an understanding in spite of the lie that is still pushing them apart. Minus a star for a subplot about Arabella’s brother getting into some severe gambling trouble, which I thought was predictable and almost painfully embarrassing to read, and for Arabella’s arabells silliness and naivete at the very end seriously?
But other than that, Heyer’s wit shines in this book, and it’s a delicious Regency romp. View all 31 comments.
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WOW, what an absolutely fantastic read Arabella was. This Heyer combines all that’s best about regency romances, starting with a well crafted hero. And I’m here to tell you that Robert Beaumaris has got “it” in spades: He’s charming but not overbearing.
He’s slightly jaded but not an out-an-out rakehe’s a bit world weary but not cynicaland most important of all, he’s got a dry sense of humor, especially when it comes to hi WOW, what an absolutely fantastic read Arabella was. He’s slightly jaded but not an out-an-out rakehe’s a bit world weary but not cynicaland most important of all, he’s got a dry sense of humor, especially when it comes to his fashion sense in dandelion boutineers and conversations with canine mutts just read the book and you’ll see what I mean about the last two!
He channels a little Mr. Darcy, a little Captain Wentworth and, surprisingly enough to me, a little Rory Frost from my favorite book of all time, Trade Wind. Not many readers are going to understand that last reference at all, because these two books have absolutely nothing in common in style, content or plotline.
However, one of the best moments in both these books comes when the jaded hero steps up and takes on a problem because he knows it will help the heroine yet cause countless difficulties for himself. The best part about this plot device is that no one is more surprised then the hero himself that he makes this offer.
It’s as if he can’t help himself, and it’s at that moment he knows his heart is irrevocably lost to the heroine. The heroine Arabella is also a good character.
She’s young and naive, but she’s not overtly silly and helpless although Heyer overdoes it with all her blushing. She cares for defenseless things, is willing to fight for what she believes in, and plays the older, worldly-wise Beaumaris with a surprisingly deft hand in the game of love.
These two, you feel, will have a very georgwtte life together, because they bring out the better elements in each other’s character. In a word, they are believable. It goes without saying that this is a clean read, but it’s not an easy one with all the cant-speak and idioms Heyer uses. It gives the novel heeyer very authentic voice, but it’s not always easy for modern readers to follow. Heyer was a prodigious researcher, and I’d be willing to bet there’s not many people who have or had a better grasp of Regency England then she did.
It shows, and it makes for a rich and detailed read that goes beyond the romance. Until a future Heyer read challenges my vote, Arabella is now my favorite Heyer romance. If another can top georgetfe, then I’m excited to find it, since I faced the exquisite quandry of wanting to find out what happened at the end, and conversely never wanting it to end. View all 7 comments. This time this is the edition Adabella read!
I still love this cover, even though Arabella is a brunette. In fact, it may have slipped out of my top 5 of Heyer’s romances. The main reason is the amount of time Arabella’s tiresome brother Bertram receives. I appreciate GH’s realistic portrayal of view spoiler [ a naive young man living beyond his means.
Geoegette bear in mind I have probably read this title over 50 times. Things that niggle at me, may not strike you at all. View all 4 comments. Im going to retry this title geogrette i didnt like it much my first go through. Most of the reads over 30 years ago. Georgett I have a few too GH books that Ive read and reread I might be at about 25 times with The Reluctant Widow ;-p Dec 29, Jun 05, Kathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Enjoyed this book so much I read it again.
It think I enjoyed it more the second time around. And read it a 3rd time. View all 8 comments. Mar 31, jade rated it liked it Shelves: Until the ending sequence, the book was 4 stars for me. So many bits and pieces of the book reminded hejer of Pride and Prejudice in a good way.
I love a damsel that’s not easily taken in by the hero or faints at the first sight arrabella him. Arabella, though inexperienced and quite innocent, had a sharp mind and acute self-awareness. She guarded her heart well for good reasons against the araeblla advances.