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Arabella

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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...more
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published March 11th 1952 by William Heinemann (first published 1949)
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Hannah
WOW, what an absolutely fantastic read Arabella was.

First off, thanks go to my GR friend Jeannette (aka "QC") for picking this one (out of several that were commonly available from our respective libraries) for our buddy read. You couldn't have picked better, girl :D

Secondly, this Heyer combines all that's best about regency romances, starting with a well crafted hero. 'Cause let's face it ladies, we all like a swoon-worthy book man. And I'm here to tell you that Robert Beaumaris has got "it" in...more
Jeannette
Final rating 4-½ stars

Oh what fun this was! Georgette Heyer takes the predictable framework of a Regency romance, and turns it on its head by giving it an unpredictable hero/heroine pair. Arabella, proud, spunky, and penniless, butts heads with the Nonpareil, who is sworn to bachelordom. But, in Arabella he finds a woman who sparks his interest, and just might win his heart. The series of misadventures these two have are hilarious, and Mr. Beaumaris runs with the challenge of trying to keep up w...more
Tadiana
So, while I'm acting all virtuous with The Count of Monte Cristo and Les Miserables on my "currently reading" shelf, I'm still sneaking off on clandestine dates with Kindle freebies and Regency romances. Now you know my dark secret.

Arabella is one of the more charming and funny Georgette Heyer books that I've read. Arabella Tallant is a lovely girl, but certain to be hampered in the eyes of London society by the fact that she's a poor country vicar's daughter. But her mother prevails on Arabella...more
Maria
Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of eight children. Her father is a penniless clergyman and when her godmother invites her to stay in London, the entire family starts to think that there can be a chance to secure a great future for both Arabella and her siblings. Arabella’s mother, in fact, wishes for her daughter a marriage with a rich husband. She does not imagine, though, what her daughter is capable of. During her journey, her carriage breaks and she decides to ask for help. Therefore...more
Miranda Davis
My all time favorite Georgette Heyer novel is Frederica. That said, I re-read Arabella, my Mom's ATFGHN, and I have to agree this is wonderful. The H/h interact a great deal and it's wonderful fun to read. In some of GH's books, the H/h don't actually have much face-time (Sprig Muslin, Charity Girl, just for instance).

Arabella is a gentlemanly Yorkshire vicar's beautiful eldest daughter being sent by her practical mother to London in the hopes of making an eligible match. Mr. Beaumaris is a much...more
katie
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Nikki
I'm on a spree when it comes to Heyer: I went by the library today and picked up five new-to-me Heyer novels. Happyfuntimes. I particularly needed something light yesterday, so Arabella was perfect. I'll confess I wasn't too impressed by the start, and there was a whiff of Pride and Prejudice-ness about it that put me off a bit, but both protagonists grew on me.

I had major embarrassment squick at first, with the silly trick Arabella pulls, but as the novel developed and her kindly nature became...more
Amy S
You know it's really not fair to my husband for me to keep reading these books w fabulous heroes like Mr. Beaumaris. My husband is a great guy really, but I am sure I sometimes get this far away look when I wish he would pull up in a carriage and solve all my problems and wear a top hat, know etiquette intimately, and well, you get the point. But he does do the dishes for me, and let me sleep in on Saturday morning, so there you go.

So yes, our hero was mega swoon-worthy. The book was a lot of f...more
Jemidar

3.5 stars.

While I didn't find Arabella and Beaumaris quite as engaging as some of Heyer's other couples, there were some nice moments in the novel involving kids and dogs. Loved Beaumaris' conversations with Ulysses :-).
Kelli
An amazing book! This definitely has become one of my favorites (of Heyer's and over all). And just happens to be the first Heyer book I ever read!
I am in love with the wit. Heyer's characters, particularly in Arabella, are so hilarious and witty that I wish I could meet them. I especially love Mr. Beaumaris and his discussions with Ulysses. A genius idea that gave him much more depth, especially because Mr. Beaumaris' speeches to Ulysses are forth-telling and amusing.

I really liked the Nonpar...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of a country Vicar and gets the chance to go to London to hopefully find a husband. She is the eldest of eight siblings. On her way to London, the carriage she is travelling in breaks down and she seeks shelter in the hunting-box of Mr Beaumaris. When she hears Mr Beaumaris make a remark that she is after his fortune she tells him she is The rich Miss Tallant. She continues on to London and becomes a success with multiple offers from fortune hunters. Rumor...more
Sharon
Georgette Heyer. Her world is full of men polishing their eye glasses and inhaling pinches of snuff or removing tiny bits of fluff off their sleeves before they POW! take out their enemies with all the force of John McClane incinerating a helicopter with an SUV. Ah! the crooked, narrow streets where men were monocled. Arabella is an okay heroine. She is well meaning and socially conscious but essentially powerless. She is also of the dainty, big eyed type who hitches up with bored, cynical, well...more
Soph
This was a wonderful read! A great story and a lovely hero and heroine! The relationship is wonderful and how it changes through the story. Beaumaris is a very dashing hero! One of my favourite things does have to be his conversations with his trusty companion Ulysses (a mongrel dog thrust upon him by the lovely Arabella ;)) - they were priceless!

My favourite Heyer so far.
Kelly
The only parts I really liked were where the hero has very involved talks with his ugly dog.
Leslie
What fun! Most Jane Austen wannabees annoy me to despair but this one was fabulous! I t took a couple of chapters for me to warm up to it and start to believe this novel might be worth my time, but all the sudden i couldn't put it down! I liked the proper understanding of regency ers manners and language. I loved the excellent sense of humour of Heyer. Who knew? I confess i may have squealed a bit in utter delight over the last couple of chapters. Thanks to Hannah's excellent review for helping...more
Margaret
Arabella is a Cinderella story of sorts; on her way to stay in London with her rich godmother, the fortuneless heroine, Arabella, is forced to stop at the house of Robert Beaumaris, and out of pique, tells him that she's heiress to an immense forture. Though I'm generally made uncomfortable by plots which are founded on deceptions like this, Arabella's charm rescued it for me, and I quite enjoyed her romance with Beaumaris, which develops out of a growing friendship.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Sep 16, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance
Shelves: romance, read-in-2010
The inventor of the Regency Romance, Georgette Heyer, has a book here that set the hurdles all subsequent work has to jump.

Miss Arabella Tallent, oldest daughter of a poor vicar of good lineage, ends up visiting her godmother in London with the hopes of securing a good enough match to be able to help out her seven siblings.

Mr. Robert Beaumaris, wealthier than Golden Ball himself, and a leader of fashion, brings her into fashion on a whim. This from a man who wore a dandelion in his lapel three...more
Adrienne
The daughter of a country clergyman, Arabella gets the chance to go to London stay with her rich godmother in hopes of finding a good husband. After being snubbed by the arbiter of fashion known as the Nonpareil, she pretends to be an heiress in a fit of pique. Soon all the fortune hunters in London are after her, and so is one very rich man - the Nonpareil himself. He's convinced himself he's just helping launch her onto the town to enjoy the spectacle, she's convinced that the accomplished rak...more
Natalie
So, I'm trying to avoid reading a book. Yes, Deb, I'm trying to avoid reading the second book in the Hunger Games series. I'm pretty sure it will have some serious stuff going on in it. At the moment I'm in a fluffy book mood. My books at the moment need to be either, a). separated from my reality to a significant degree (ie fantasy with battles etc) or b). really funny and fluffy. So, when the weekend hit and I my library didn't dish out a hold that I wanted that fit the two requirements I had...more
Rea
I really enjoy Heyer's style. It's so classy and you immediately get a feel for the period in which the story is set, which is something that a lot of writers don't bother with nowadays. Heyer did a huge amount of research for her books, wanting them to be as accurate as possible, and for me as a reader that really paid off: I get transported to Heyer's regency world each and every time.

This is a really enjoyable, amusing tale with a wonderful, engaging heroine and a swoon-worthy hero that can c...more
Nicole
Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of eight children and considered a Beauty. The Tallant family lives in a cozy parsonage, the father being Reverend Henry Tallant, in genteel poverty. With little aspiration for Arabella contriving a great match in Yorkshire (a must to help marry off the rest of the girls and provide a living for the son's) Mrs. Tallant's long-held dream has been to have Arabella's godmother, Lady Bridlington, sponsor a London season for Arabella. When the invitation comes...more
Olga Godim
Not my favorite among Heyer’s romances, the book was nonetheless a pleasure to read: a light, slightly farcical story with a humorous flavor. Nothing outstanding, but I suspect that a few years from now, I’ll re-read it … again.
The tale is charming and simple. Seventeen-year-old Arabella is a penniless vicar’s daughter from a village in Yorkshire. Her rich godmother invites her to London for a Season, and the entire family is atwiddle in preparations. It takes a while – about 60 pages – for Ara...more
Kathy
I LOVED this book! It was such a fun read with a very likable heroine, not to mention a very agreeable leading man, Mr. Beaumaris. Arabella is full of spunk and is not afraid of speaking her mind when she feels an injustice has been made, and somehow Mr. Beaumaris is the lucky one she turns to for assistance. I’m getting a little ahead of myself though, when first meeting they don’t care for one another. When Arabella overhears a *shocking* conversation between Mr. Beaumaris and Mr. Fleetwood, A...more
Sophie
While this is not the first of Heyer's novels that I've read, it was the one I was most interested in reading, because it seemed to promise the most repartee, and while it did deliver, most of it was between the lead male, Beaumaris, and the stray dog he picks up. While Arabella has her passion and purity, she sadly lacks the wit I was expecting. I really hate to think that all Heyer leads will be the mice in their feline husbands games. This may be precipitate since this is only my second Heyer...more
Judith
Arabella is one of my two favorite Georgette Heyer books, the other one is The Grand Sophie. GH wrote Arabella in 1949 and it's evident that GH was at her peak in writing Arabella.

First of all, our heroine, Arabella, is not rich, she is the daughter of a country vicar and the eldest of eight children. She loves her family and it is a very happy household. BUT, because Arabella is a Beauty, with a capital B, her beloved mother has scrimped and saved for many years so that Arabella might be sent t...more
Jamie
A fun book, even though Arabella is very young and impulsive and I usually prefer Heyer's older, wiser heroines.

There was more Regency slang than usual, and I had to look up several bits. During a card game players were handing over "vowels" to the bank - those are IOUs. "Vowels", get it? And "punting on the River Tick" means you're in debt; likewise "outrunning the constable".

Of course there were lots of old favorites like "enacting a Cheltenham tragedy" and "making a cake of oneself" and "plan...more
CLM
Impoverished but beautiful Arabella Tallant enters London's social scene in order to fulfill her mother's hopes that she find the type of eligible suitor not in abundant quantity at her father's modest vicarage. But will all be in vain when Arabella is goaded into pretending to be an heiress? Can she carry off an impersonation through the whole Season?
Linda Baker
Arabella (1949) is another of Heyer's most beloved heroines. Daughter of a country vicar, Arabella is the eldest of eight children in a happy household and an acknowledged beauty. Her mother has a little money of her own and has scrimped and saved for years so that Arabella might have a London season and make an advantageous match. Her godmother, Lady Bridlington, has agreed to launch her into society. On the way to London, Arabella's ancient coach breaks down in front of Robert Beaumarais' hunt...more
Susan Ferguson
I ALWAYS enjoy Georgette Heyer - some are more favorite than others.

This is one that has been packed up for awhile. I finally downloaded it to my Nook to read instead of digging through boxes (which I can't even get to now what with moving and stuff). I did enjoy this one, Arabella is the oldest daughter of a vicar (the younger son) and is considered quite a beauty. Her father does not encourage vanity and teaches his numerous children to do the right thing, regardless of the conventions of soci...more
Amy
Before going into detail about Arabella , I really should mention the book's author, because it was seeing her picture that first intrigued me into picking up the book. The black and white picture provided by goodreads represents a pretty woman of undeterminable age, unremarkable. Fashionable, maybe of the thirties, wearing a funky WW hat with a feather and fur coat, almost post-flapper. I pictured a character more dramatic and romantic, probably single. Her name seemed to be popping up everywh...more
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“How very awkward places we do choose in which to propose to one another!' remarked Mr. Beaumaris” 18 likes
“Mr. Beaumaris, who had picked Ulysses up, paid no heed to all these attempts at self-justification, but addressed himself to his adorer. "What a fool you are!" he observed. "No, I have the greatest dislike of having my face licked, and must request you to refrain. Quiet, Ulysses! quiet! I am grateful to you for your solicitude, but you must perceive that I am in the enjoyment of my customary good health. I would I could say the same of you. You have once more reduced yourself to skin and bone, my friend, a process which I shall take leave to inform you I consider as unjust as it is ridiculous. Anyone setting eyes on you would suppose that I grudged you even the scraps from my table!" He added, without the slightest change of voice, and without raising his eyes from the creature in his arms. "You would also appear to have bereft my household of its sense, so that the greater part of it, instead of providing me with the breakfast I stand in need of, is engaged in excusing itself from any suspicion of blame and - I may add - doing itself no good thereby.” 16 likes
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