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Book Title: Black Sheep|
The author of the book: Georgette Heyer
Date of issue: June 10th 2009
ISBN 13: 9781408445945
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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 more interested in doing something with Abby.
As with most Georgette Heyer Regencies, the romance is a little understated. The novel focuses more on social situations, with lots of witty dialogue:'Do I seem odiously missish?'
'Yes, but I wasn't going to say so,' he assured her.
The 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 pace.He 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 blame.
And then there's Abby, who's actually not all that much into obeying the rules herself, but isn't quite ready to turn her back on them either, if only for the sake of her family. In fact, there's more 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 satisfying.
Mild 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 spoiler)[that the dialogue and ellipses right at the end are indicating that Miles is kissing Abby senseless (hide spoiler)]. It's actually pretty cute.
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Read information about the authorGeorgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.
In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.
Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity. She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. She wrote one novel using the pseudonym Stella Martin.
Her Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer's greatest asset.
Heyer remains a popular and much-loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.
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