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Bath Tangle – Georgette Heyer

August 20, 2011

Bath Tangle

‘There could hardly have been two young women less like each other than Fanny and Serena.  When the Earl of Spenborough died after re-marrying late in life, Fanny his widow, and Serena, his daughter were left alone.  What made things excessively awkward was that by the terms of the will Serena’s fortune, due to her on marriage, could only come to het by the approval of the Marquis of Rotherham, the man with whom she had recently broken off an engagement. 

The more timid Fanny felt lost, but Serena had the brilliant idea of taking a house in Bath.  Fanny would be her chaperon.  After all, Fanny was a dowager Countess and Serena’s stepmother, even if she was several years younger than her friend 

In Regency Bath two girls whose attractions were in no way diminished by their being in mourning, could hardly escape the romantic entanglements for which the spa was famous.  Soon they are in a real Bath Tangle, hearts and heads sadly confused, while quizzing glasses of the town are raised on all sides. 

Georgette Heyer has never given us a more attractive heroine than Serena, the girl who knows her own mind but not her own heart, and whose passionate temperament prevents her from living up to the serenity of her name; nor a more intriguing figure than the Marquis, whose brusqueness and louring looks terrify all but the boldest spirits.’ 

As the write-up on the dust-jacket says it definitely turns into a real Bath tangle!   There are a wonderful assortment of characters to be met with, like the overbearing Lady Laleham, and her mother, Mrs Floore…a real revelation!! 

It is still a delightful read, even after the third or fourth time…and still one of my favourites…and thanks to Google Maps and Street View, we can follow in their footsteps around this beautiful city.  (Or is that just me??)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2011 9:04 pm

    I LOVE Georgette Hee as well, but I have only read this one once and I dno’t remember it ver well. My favourite I think must be A Convenient Marriage. Followed very closely by These old shades. *lesighofhappiness*

  2. August 29, 2011 11:50 pm

    When I read my first Heyer novel, I was immediately hooked, and started to devour them as fast as I could get hold of them, but other library users had the same idea! I actually own only a handful, and have read them several times each.

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