DOC ´ READER Black Sheep FREE ↠ HANNAHREDHEAD

BOOK Black Sheep

DOC ´ READER Black Sheep FREE ↠ HANNAHREDHEAD ¿ With her high spirited intelligence and good looks Abigail Wendover was a most sought after young woman But of all her high placed suitors there was none Abigail could love Abigail was kept busy when her pretty and naive niece Fanny falls head over heels in love with Stacy CalUrns out to be her most important ally in keeping her niece out of trouble He also turned out to be the most provoking creature Abigail had ever met with a disconcerting ability to throw her into giggles at uite the wrong moment Yet she was irresistibly drawn to his knowing smile But how could she persuade her wealthy respectable family to accept this unconventional unsuitable man? What do older HR readers like me do when their favorite and trusted HR authors and there aren't very many of these haven't published in a while and all the new HR authors with a couple exceptions that have popped up in recent years write what feels like total anachronistic drivel? Well I decided to go back to my oldies but goodies I hadn't read Georgette Heyer in several years so I chose this one a very favorite if not my favorite Heyer bookThis didn't use to be my favorite Heyer Back in the day when I was much younger THESE OLD SHADES DEVIL'S CUB and REGENCY BUCK were at the top of my list Now I prefer the Hh relationship to be like this one in BLACK SHEEP In the first place the H and h are mature In BLACK SHEEP we have a heroine in her late 20s and a hero in his mid 40s In the second place there is so much intelligence joy and humor in the dialogue and balance in the relationshipHeroine Abby who lives in Bath with her older sister and her orphaned niece Fanny is worried about fortune hunter Stacy Calverleigh who is successfully wooing young impressionable Fanny Abby has never met Stacy and while out and about in Bath meets up with a Mr Calverleigh whom she mistakes for Fanny's suitor He's not He's Miles the estranged uncle who is very recently back in England after years in India This mistaken identity and subseuent beginning of a beautiful friendship make for a great storyMiles is not your typical hero He's the black sheep of his family who after too many episodes of youthful indiscretions was sent away in disgrace years ago He's not handsome dresses carelessly and is blunt and rather tactless indifferent to how others feel about him But he's the breath of fresh air Abby needs after so many years with her stifling relativesNot that Abby is a docile passive observer of life Not at all She's a delightful heroine loyal to family and friends but no pushover either Miles and Abby's relationship is perhaps the best one Heyer ever created It's based on respect humor and like mindedness These two are perfect for each otherThis is Heyer at her best In many of her other books even some of my still favorites like VENETIA or SYLVESTER the secondaries tend to take up far too many of the pages with humorous dialogue and incidents that entertain but sometimes drag on too much and put the romance on a back burner I felt the romantic connection throughout in this oneOnce a year Heyer books are put on sale I believe at the anniversary of her birth That's how I have my Kindle collection to reread whenever the spirit moves me or whenever the pickings are especially slim of new and good HRs Considering I can count on one hand the HR authors I still admire the work of I guess I'll be doing a lot of rereading of Heyer and other old favorites in the future

Georgette Heyer ↠ Black Sheep DOC

With her high spirited intelligence and good looks Abigail Wendover was a most sought after young woman But of all her high placed suitors there was none Abigail could love Abigail was kept busy when her pretty and naive niece Fanny falls head over heels in love with Stacy Calverleigh a good looking town beau of shocking reputation and an acknowledged seductor She was determined to Abigail Wendover age 28 shares custody of her orphaned and very wealthy 17 year old niece Fanny with her older sister Selina When Abby returns home to Bath after a six week trip she finds that Fanny has been swept off her feet by Stacy Caverleigh a suave fortune hunter Abby looking for Stacy to try to take his measure and warn him off Fanny instead runs into Stacy's uncle Miles who has just returned to England after 20 years doing business in India Abby tries to enlist Miles' help in doing something with his wastrel nephew Stacy but Miles is interested in doing something with Abby As with most Georgette Heyer Regencies the romance is a little understated The novel focuses on social situations with lots of witty dialogue'Do I seem odiously missish?''Yes but I wasn't going to say so' he assured herThe laughter sprang into her eyes ' Obnoxious creature If only you didn't always make me laugh Sometimes I wonder if you have any proper feelings at all''Almost none I fear Would you marry me if I had?'The black sheep hero Miles who actually hasn't been much of a black sheep since his family sent him to India in disgrace when he was 20 years old except that he still doesn't give a hoot for society rules is a really nice change of paceHe did not defy convention when it did not interfere with whatever line of conduct he meant to pursue he conformed to it; and when it did he ignored it affably conceding to his critics their right to censure him if they felt so inclined and caring neither for their praise nor their blameAnd then there's Abby who's actually not all that much into obeying the rules herself but isn't uite ready to turn her back on them either if only for the sake of her family In fact there's than one character here who's kind of a black sheep or at least gray Too much time for my taste was spent on the part of the plot that involved Miles' nefarious nephew trying to marry Abby's wealthy niece but I have to say the wrap up of that plotline was surprising and funny and very satisfyingMild spoiler here The first time I read this I thought the ending was abrupt and bizarre Heyer sometimes cuts off her endings in odd ways but this time I realized view spoilerthat the dialogue and ellipses right at the end are indicating that Miles is kissing Abby senseless hide spoiler

BOOK Å Black Sheep ↠ Georgette Heyer

Black SheepPrevent her high spirited niece from being gulled into a clandestine marriage with handsome Stacy a plausible fortune hunter The arrival to Bath of Stacy's uncle seemed to indicate an ally but Miles Calverleigh is the black sheep of the family Miles Calverleigh had no regard for the polite conventions of Regency society His cynicism his morals his manners appalled Abigail But he t Real Rating 43 of fiveThere are reads and there are Reads Among the Heyerish this is a Read It's a 1966 publication so after the author's health decline picked up speed but before its near twin Lady of uality exemplified how far the mighty can fall so it's a late work and in my never humble opinion her last near great book It misses the astonishing glittering peaks of Devil's Cub or Faro's Daughter or The Reluctant Widow but not by a large margin; its verve and panache are the euals of those earlier works but and this is my only complaint the ending is very clearly signaled from the beginning and by the middle of the book is even outlined It diminishes the forward propulsion of the reader's interest That said Heyer's prose style hasn't lost its lustre uite yetHe did not defy convention when it did not interfere with whatever line of conduct he meant to pursue he conformed to it; and when it did he ignored it affably conceding to his critics their right to censure him if they felt so inclined and caring neither for their praise nor their blameShe had every intention of maintaining her punctilious civility and might have done so had he not said as he took his seat beside her in the carriage he had hired for the evening I wish I had ordered a hot brick to be providedThank you but there was not the least need to do so I don’t feel at all cold I daresay icebergs don’t feel cold either but I do”uite at her most perspicacious and wittiest best I love reading prose like this the kind that says what it means and no ; yet makes the reader part of the world being written about by presenting it as reality not an artificial stage play version of itselfA particular peeve of mine is authors who don't use for want of a literary term I turn to music the leitmotif to draw the reader into a deeper nuanced appreciation of the text's world In science fiction this is an element of worldbuilding It's fair to say that Author Heyer widely acknowledged as the creator of The Regency Romance did that task without having a name for it She was at her height of powers a skilled user of the leitmotif both as a character marker and as a means of worldbuilding“Talking to you is like like talking to an eelNo is it? I've never tried to talk to an eel Isn't it as waste of time?Not such a waste of time as talking to you”“You’re surely not going to tell me that eels find you entertaining than I do?’ he said incredulouslyShe said despairingly I see that I might as well address myself to a gate post What very odd things you seem to talk to he remarked Do you find gate posts less responsive than eels?”These are not from the same page or even passage It's lovely to see this uiet unheralded harking back techniue used to assert a greater and growing sense of intimacy of sharing a joke between the parties It's not a hunting horn blasted at the reader but a birdsong heard as one passes through the woods Effective and charming and woefully uncommon in literature that takes itself far seriously than Author Heyer's confectionery ever wouldNothing on Earth resembles the pleasure of reading a kindred spirit's stories I am kin to Mrs Heyer's deep beautifully researched works because I too enjoy the uotidian details that bring fiction to life Nobody did it better though many others were inspired to try; reading masterworks even those of the second rank is thus a tonic and a balm to the oft disappointed bookish soul