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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  9,510 ratings  ·  750 reviews
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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WOW, what an absolutely fantastic read Arabella was.

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 spades:

He's charming (but not overbearing). He's slightly jaded (but not an out-an-out rake), he's a bit world weary (but not cynical), and most important of all, he's got a dry sense of humor, especially when it comes to hi
Until the ending sequence, the book was 4 stars for me. So many bits and pieces of the book reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in a good way. I was delighted to relive the joy of reading P&P. I love a damsel that's not easily taken in by the hero or faints at the first sight of him. Arabella, though inexperienced and quite innocent, had a sharp mind and acute self-awareness. She guarded her heart well (for good reasons) against the hero's advances. On the other hand, the hero, Mr. Beaumaris, ...more
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
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
There was a big joke played on me by the powers above, I think, because I picked up this novel without having the slightest of clues that this was Heyer's homage to "Pride and Prejudice." And it wasn't until I was about 70% into the story that I stopped giggling at Beaumaris' amusing conversations with the mongrel Ulysses long enough for the déjà vu to sink in. Wait a tad! I have read this before, haven't I? But by then it was too late: I had already been rereading Austen P&P in parallel for ...more
Arabella is the daughter of a country vicar and brought up to be more interested in erudition and kindness than in gossip or fashion. When the time came for her to marry, she was sent off to London to a rich godmother to net a rich man so she could help her brothers and sisters. En route, she is forced to take refuge at a house when her carriage breaks down, and she meets two men, one of them Mr. Beaumaris, who was convinced that Arabella is pursuing him for his wealth. She overhears him saying ...more
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
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
This is why I love goodreads: I never heard of Georgette Heyer until I joined (I know, shame on me!!) but it's so great that I have read so many authors that I never heard of otherwise. This book has been on my TBR list for awhile now (so many books, so little time) but I finally read it. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it, too. I liked Arabella & Mr. Beaumaris the most; some parts reminded me a little of Pride & Prejudice. I kinda lost a little interest when the chapters focused on Bert ...more
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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
Ruth Turner

I'm re-reading all of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances and loving them as much as I did in my early teens. It's amazing how much these books still hold their charm for me after nearly fifty years.

Arabella isn't one of my favourites, but only because Robert Beaumaris didn't tug at my heart-strings as some others have.

Still a great read and the conversations Beaumaris had with Ulysses were priceless!

I've given this an A for narration and A- for content at AudioGals, so I'm bumping up to 5 stars.

Arabella is one of my favourite Heyer Regencies, so I was delighted when I learned that Naxos was bringing out a new audio version with Phyllida Nash narrating. Ms Nash earned an A from me for her superb narration of Venetia, so I had high expectations. I’m pleased to report that she doesn’t disappoint.

Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of the large family of a country vicar. When her Godmother
Abigail Bok
***Spoilers Ahead!***

Arabella is in the ranks of my second-favorite Georgette Heyer novels—lacking the sustained hilarity or gripping scenes of faves like The Unknown Ajax or Frederica, but delightful nonetheless. The title character is an adorable, if immature, girl who is simultaneously fun-loving and possessed of a strong conscience. The hero is more mature but like the heroine, torn between his love of amusement and his conscience. Both characters must fight their weaknesses and trust their
Inspired Kathy
Enjoyed. Great ending!
Content: Clean
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
Reread 26/10/2015

Delightful as always! I remember picking this up on a whim after deciding to embark on a journey to read as many books as possible after becoming addicted to the likes of Sarah Dessen and so on. Arabella initially appealed to be when I was in a mood for a romance, and the beautiful cover, of course. It wasn't until I actually did some research on it and discovered it was a Regency Romance--a genre I have come to love! And unforunately, I can't look or really read another regency
One of my less favorite Heyer Regencies, but still worthwhile.

Arabella is the typical seeking-a-rich-husband-on-behalf-of-her-destitute-family heroine, needing a successful season. Her pride is bruised when she overhears a conversation about her chasing after a certain rich gentleman. She tells an obvious lie about being a rich heiress in an attempt to recover her dignity, and were treated to an entertaining tale as that lie spins out of control. Oh what a tangled web we weave...

Arabella is naiv
4.5 stars. Read it several times over several decades. Really enjoyed it. Light and heartwarming, with somewhat serious reflections on vanity, injustice, and London society, mainly. Loved getting the hero's perspective via fireside chats with his scruffy mutt. Among Heyer's memorable characters are Leaky Peg, Old Grimsby, Jemmy, and others.

Recently I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Phyllida Nash. She is the wrong reader for this book. Her voice is too elderly. Not light and young. I recom
The only parts I really liked were where the hero has very involved talks with his ugly dog.
Seema Khan
5* for this Georgette Heyer book for the only reason that it kept me wholly entertained and engrossed. Full marks to Georgette Heyer to have put in a book that kept a reader hooked onto it without much effort with a great deal of humour and intrigue and an ardent desire to know the next event in the story. I had kept postponing the reading of this book for a leisurely period of time for me to enjoy it, and very honestly the postponement paid off and I did enjoy myself a lot!
The story is about Ar
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
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
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
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
Isabel Bitterblau
4,5 estrellas

¡Me ha encantado el libro, y he pasado un rato muy ameno y entretenido leyéndolo!

Me lo he pasado muy bien siendo testigo de como Beaumaris el "incomparable" se divertía y reía a costa de Arabella y todo Londres, y de las excentridades y adorables ocurrencias de ésta :))

«Sin duda, ante una situación así un hombre virtuoso le haría entender que no hay ninguna necesidad de llegar a tales extremos. Pero ¡qué vidas tan aburridas deben de llevar los hombres virtuosos!».

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.

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 :-).
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
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
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
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Georgette 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.

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“How very awkward places we do choose in which to propose to one another!' remarked Mr. Beaumaris” 25 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.” 20 likes
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