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Family This turns out to be a challenge as Amanda seems to possess an imagination as intriguing as it is dangerous A shocking refusal Lady Hester stuns both him and her family when she refuses him A. Seven years after losing the love of his life to death well admired Corinthian Sir Gareth Ludlow is ready to find a wife Not for love mind you Love isn t likely to strike his heart again but because it is his duty and responsibility to settle down and produce an heir Lady Hester Thale is uiet sensible a steady friend and long on the shelf at age 29 Surely she will be then happy to escape her domineering family and settle for placid security with her friend Gareth But Gareth doesn t account for the fact that spinster Hester has nursed a secret and won t settle for anything less then love even if it means turning down one of the most eligible members of the ton and the love of her lifeHad Georgette Heyer delivered a tale of how Gareth woos loses and eventually wins Hester s heart I know I would have given this story 4 or 5 stars Problem is in a book 18 chapters long Heyer only accords the story of Gareth Hester approximately 2 chapters near the beginning and exactly 4 chapters at the very end The bulk of the story rests in the frankly boring tale of a young silly annoying miss by the name of Amanda Sir Gareth meets the beautiful girl in route to pay his addresses to Lady Hester She is alone a runaway and trying to keep her identity a secret Gareth a kind man is unwilling to let the girl get herself into any trouble and takes it upon himself to protect her from her folly and return her to her family Problem is Amanda refuses to reveal who she is and where she came fromAnd so for over 150 pages the reader is treated not to a story about Gareth and Hester but to a romp and farce about the exploits of Amanda and all the mayhem and trouble she continually gets herself and Sir Gareth into Readers who particularly enjoy this type of silly coltish Heyer heroine and a mad cap escapade storyline will probably like this book alot Personally neither one does as much for me so I spent a good long time being bored exasperated and ready to fling Amanda and her exploits off the page and get back to what I felt was the main story Hester and Gareth It wasn t until Chapter 15 that the tale really took off for me and Heyer partially redeemed herself and the story with an absolutely brilliant final 3 chapters It had farce it had humor and it almost almost made up for the previous annoying two thirdsthat came before itAlmost Hence the 3 star ratingThis book had its moments but isn t destined to become one of my favorites Thanks go to my buddy read partners Leslie and Jeannette for encouraging me with their comments to persist with it Luckily they were speedier readers and gave me hope that the story would turn the corner and get better

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T her age no one would expect her to turn down such an eligible suitor But Lady Hester has met the indomitable Amanda How can the uiet intelligent Hester hope to compete with such a lively young lad. Once again I am dipping into my slightly tattered collection of Georgette Heyer romances for a uick reread of an old favourite This time it is Sprig Muslin which contains one of Heyer s best leading men Sir Gareth Ludlow Who wouldn t want to take this man home He is good looking charming well dressed intelligent has a great sense of humour loves children and did I mention he is very very richCharacterisation was one of Heyer s greatest skills and she has written some of the best She also managed to make all her romances funny charming and occasionally tear jerking happy tears usually Her books are my go to place for light effortless entertainment and this book did not disappoint

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A dashing man of honor En route to propose to his sensible acuaintance Lady Hester Sir Gareth Ludlow finds young pretty Amanda wandering unattended and knows it is his duty to bring her back to her. Rating 35 of fiveThe Publisher Says Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian His captive in spring muslin has than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her she is also possessed of a runaway imaginationA typically enthralling historical novel Sprig Muslin shows the skill which has kept Georgette Heyer a huge and devoted readership to this dayMy Review I confess it true I am such a noddycock that this is the first of the estimable Miss Heyer s trashy novels that I e er did peruse Dash it all how was I to know she was a veritable caryatid of culture a purveyoress of fine wordsmithing an artisteYeah so she invented the Regency romance or close enough to it Yeah she was an English homemaker And by today s so what did you smell like after you murdered those teenagers Mr Dahmer celebrity standards she was a complete nonentity Never gave an interview never went on tour never so much as blew a kiss to a crowdAnd still her legend lives on I imagine the Regency period of English history would still be a giant snorefest for the youth of America if it were not for Miss Heyer s Regency set romances They spawned myriad imitatrixes to mine the rich seam from the time she started out at age nineteen until this good day And beyond I suspect She wrote well over 50 titles she had a half century career she was a commercial powerhouse She was a game changer for the publishing industry She was in short JRR Tolkien but female and fun to readYou won t spot historical inaccuracies in her books You won t spot infelicities of style You won t see violence or mayhem though the odd lord does get shot or sliced with a swordWhat you will see is simple direct and graceful writing not precious or cutesy poo drivel You will see implausible but consistent plotting You will see clearly and concisely drawn characters people one can believe really went to Almack s and faught in the Peninsular campaign and made their debuts to the ton You will if you climb down off your preconceived notions get a rare treata book that s a pleasure to read and a disappointment to finish but is just exactly the right lengthRecommended Most heartily Damme if it s not


10 thoughts on “Sprig Muslin

  1. says:

    Wherein the main characters engage in a spirited competition to see who can tell the most outrageous lies Everybody wins Sir Gareth Ludlow ha

  2. says:

    Rating 35 of fiveThe Publisher Says Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian His captive in spring muslin has than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her she

  3. says:

    45★I enjoyed this charming romance a lot this time around I loved that view spoiler secondary female romantic lead the main male romance lead were both physically attractive characters who ended up with less attractive partners hide spoiler

  4. says:

    What you will discover in Sprig Muslin is a simple direct and graceful writing; Georgette Heyer once tells a hilarious story that is a rare treat and a pleasure to read Perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon recomm

  5. says:

    Seven years after losing the love of his life to death well admired Corinthian Sir Gareth Ludlow is ready to find a wife Not for love mind you Love isn't likely to strike his heart again but because it is his duty and responsibility to settle

  6. says:

    Written July 4 20154 12 Stars Charming well made oldie 1956 So much fun and so very well told and narrated Sprig Muslin is an Regency set in England 1813 written already 1956 by a legend romance author Georgette Heyer 1902 1974 Awwww this wasjolly goodThis was just my second novel by for me a brilliant classic British writer I has always been a fan by funny and witty steam free romantic oldies by Austen for e

  7. says:

    Once again I am dipping into my slightly tattered collection of Georgette Heyer romances for a uick reread of an old favourite This time it is Sprig Muslin which contains one of Heyer's best leading men Sir Gareth Ludlow Who wouldn't want to take this man home? He is good looking charming well dressed intelligent has a great sense of humour loves children and did I mention he is very very richCharacterisation was one o

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    ETA commute listen with my daughter 122018Still very fine and I loved the shared laughter as Cordy experienced Lady Hester's very sly wit She really hated Amanda though and struggled with her willful flightsThis remains one of my very favorite Georgette Heyer romances Sir Gareth is such a delight as he struggles with Amanda's explo

  9. says:

    A comedic romance set in Regency England that follows the adventures of a mischievous young girl who finds herself in the craziest of situations I loved the wit that Heyer infuses into her writing and the light hearted atmosphere that

  10. says:

    Sprig Muslin draws on a lot of familiar Georgette Heyer character types but arranges them in a story structure that is elegantly conceived and executed It is not one of my favorite Heyer novels but it is a very enjoyable book to readSir Gareth Ludlow suffered a tragic loss in his youth when his fiancée borrowed his carriage and crashed it Since then he has shown no interest in romance or marriage He is charming gentlema

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