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Sprig Muslin

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  4,006 ratings  ·  335 reviews
A dashing man of honor...
En route to propose to his sensible acquaintance Lady Hester, Sir Gareth Ludlow finds young, pretty Amanda wandering unattended and knows it is his duty to bring her back to her family. This turns out to be a challenge as Amanda seems to possess an imagination as intriguing as it is dangerous.
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1956)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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 artiste?

Yeah, 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. Neve
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Ingela
Written July 4, 2015

4 1/2 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 was....jolly good!
This 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 example). Ms Heyer gives me exactly that feeling even if
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Hannah
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 quiet, sensible, a steady friend and long on the shelf at age 29. Surely she will be more then happy to escape her domineering family and settle for placid security with her friend Gareth. But Gareth doesn ...more
Allison
Sprig Muslin was just OK most of the way through. I can see why this is one of the more obscure Heyer Regencies. The hero and heroine are apart for most of the time, the hero off chasing after a capricious (and annoying) girl, trying to keep her out of trouble. That got a bit old, even though there were entertaining parts of it. I liked it better once the heroine entered the picture again, with not much left in the book. The relationship didn't get much development time!
Andrea
This is the third of Heyer's books with the core premise of gentleman coming across beautiful girl, and putting her in the care of an established female friend (who is not pretty and has been in love with him for years) while he tries to find the proper person to look after the girl (the others being Charity Girl and The Foundling).

Sprig Muslin is by far the most successful of this particular plot, primarily because the gentleman and the female friend get to spend a good deal more time with each
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Valshar ⚜ Jonathan
The Unexceptionable

Sir Gareth! GREAT HERO!!! I liked him immediately from the beginning. :-)

Amanda! The fake heroine! :-) She is a total and complete handful! And also hilarious as well. And despite all her antics, she is actually good at heart.

The real heroine: Lady Hester! Unfortunately we don’t see anywhere near enough of this lady. Like Gareth, I instantly liked here from the beginning.

Hildebrand! Despite that wretched name, one of my favorite secondary characters. :-D

Humor! This is a seri
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Jaylia3
Georgette Heyer at her best, what more is there to say? This lively, two-romance, regency romp is so silly and sweet I enjoyed it most in small portions, like dessert. Amanda is a live-wire--young, determined, pretty and scandalously unattended because she’s run away from her doting grandfather hoping to marry her soldier boyfriend. Handsome but with a tragic love history, Sir Gareth runs into Amanda as he is on his way to propose to his old friend Hester, an “on the shelf” woman in her late 20’ ...more
Jane Stewart
Gary tries to help a capable but clueless, lying, runaway teenager. Frustrating first half. Very enjoyable last third.

STORY BRIEF:
17 year old Amanda runs away from home because her grandfather won’t let her marry Neil. Gary (who is 35) happens to see her at an inn and fears bad things may happen to her traveling alone like that. He is a good Samaritan who wants to keep her safe and return her to her home. She won’t tell him her name, but Gary thinks he could locate Neil if they go to London. Ama
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Jacob Proffitt
This remains one of my very favorite Georgette Heyer romances. Sir Gareth is such a delight as he struggles with Amanda's exploits. Their repartee is fantastic without even hinting that they should end up together (thank heavens, I like Hester so much better than the explosively willful ingénue). And Hester is such an intriguing character as well. Her sly humor buried under her meek exterior has some truly fine moments even early on, before we've gotten to know how intolerable her situation real ...more
Nikki
I loved Sprig Muslin. It's ridiculous fluff and therefore ridiculously entertaining, and I love the characters and the way everything turns out. Amanda is perfect and ridiculous, which is to say perfectly ridiculous, and poor Sir Gareth has the patience of a saint. The whole tangle of misunderstandings didn't even drive me nuts with vicarious embarrassment, in this case -- it's so deftly handled that it remains funny and light.

I prefer The Talisman Ring's plot by a good way, but Heyer's skill as
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Ceri
Jul 27, 2014 Ceri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ceri by: Anne
This review first appeared on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

I first read this years ago, when, as a teen, I gobbled up the works of Georgette Heyer one after another but Sprig Muslin was a book I’d never re-read because it didn’t grab me the first time. I was persuaded that it was worth a re-read and here are my thoughts on it.

Sir Gareth Ludlow is considering marriage. This is due to his brother’s death, as without Sir Gareth having children the Ludlow family n
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Kim
This is not one of the Georgette Heyer novels which I re-discover on a regular basis. While I have read it on more than one occasion in the past, I have never considered it to be one of my favourites.

Listening to the novel on audiobook over the past couple of days, I wondered why I've not appreciated it more. Sure, it's rather silly. Sir Gareth Ludlow, handsome, rich and honourable, decides to protect the headstrong and shockingly untruthful teenage girl, Amanda, who has run away from home with
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Anne
4.5 stars

*Beware of spoilers if you don't already know who ends up with whom!*


I have the unfortunate habit of reading book reviews before or at the beginning of the book I am reading. Usually with Regency romances that is not a big deal as the couples are always so predictable, but with Sprig Muslin had I not known prior to starting, how it would end, I would have been surprised!

The hero of this novel is Sir Gareth Ludlow, and there is no doubt whatsoever about that. He is in all likeliness th
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Ruth Turner

As always, with Georgette Heyer, Sprig Muslin is well written, witty and charming.

This book isn't one of my favourites, and I probably did it a disservice reading it as soon as I'd finished The Corinthinan.

Both books are a little similar in that both heroines are young runaways. But whereas I loved all the characters in the Corinthian, that wasn't so with Sprig Muslin. In fact I found Amanda tedious and irritating.

Nevertheless, it was still a good read for those who love Regency England.



QNPoohBear
Sir Gareth Ludlow is on his way to propose to Lady Hester Theale, a spinster of nearly thirty. He doesn't love her, his heart belongs to his late fiance, but he esteems and respects Hester. Most importantly, he wants to free her from her horrible family. Hester is of the opinion that Gareth's first fiance was a little too headstrong and spoiled for him and he deserves someone better. She secretly holds a tendre for him but isn't sure she can marry without love. Along the way, Sir Gareth discover ...more
Rebecka
I sincerely hated everything about this book, the furiously annoying narrator included. Is this trying to be a Jane Austen book? If so, that's just shameful.
Julie Davis
This was on the Audible Daily Deal a while back. As a devoted Georgette Heyer fan I was delighted and snapped it up. The narration is some of the best I've ever heard and I'm enjoying one of my favorite books immensely.
Olga Godim
A hilarious Regency romance, an absolute riot of laughter.
It starts as a quiet and slightly melancholy story. Seven years ago, Sir Gareth’s beloved fiance died. He grieved for her for a long time and didn’t look at any other young woman, but finally he decided to get married. He chooses Lady Hester, not because he loves her but because he holds her in affection and respect. She is shy and well-bred, exactly what he needs in a wife. He travels to her family home in the country to propose to her,
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Res
The one where Gareth, on his way to propose a companionate marriage to Hester, rescues a runaway schoolgirl who's read too many romantical novels.

It's essentially the same set-up as The Foundling: a nobleman, in the process of contracting a marriage he isn't too enthusiastic about, finds himself saddled with a beautiful woman-child whose innocence he has to protect and a hotheaded youth who complicates matters with his impulsiveness. And I love both books, but I can't give either of them the to
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Wealhtheow
May 03, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Austen
Shelves: historical, regency
This book starts badly, with an introduction of Sir Gareth Ludlow and a rapid info dump of what rich, smart, respected, tasteful man he is, what an excellent boxer and uncle, and how he is still haunted by the death of his lady love many years ago. Oh the secret pain! It’s his duty to marry, though, so off he goes to propose to his old friend, the spinster Lady Hester. Along the way he saves the spirited Amanda (in a dress of the aforementioned sprig muslim) from disgrace after she runs away fro ...more
Jenn
I've often heard this book recommended when Georgette Heyer's name comes up, but hadn't read it until now. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but as with some of the Heyer's that I like less than my super-favorites, we spend too large a chunk of the plot without one of the major players involved. However, there are some delightful mix-ups and Sir Gareth is a kind and engaging protagonist. I keep thinking fondly and chuckling to myself about Lady Hester hiding behind the curtains, and being amused at being ...more
Leslie
Sprig Muslin was very witty and clever. I admit there was a stretch in the middle that almost annoyed me so much as to consider giving up on this book. But i plodded on because a little bird told me the story would turn a corner. It did and quite rapidly! I am so glad I persevered. I don't think I have ever read anyone who could tie up loose ends as skillfully as Georgette Heyer. Honestly, the woman had mad, mad skill. I wish I would have discovered her Regency novels years ago.
Damaskcat
Sir Gareth Ludlow is on his way to see Lady Hester Theale to make her an offer of marriage. He knows he needs to marry and while he is not particularly in love he has a high regard for Hester. On the way to Brancaster, Hester's father's country estate, Sir Gareth comes across Amanda. She is travelling alone and tells him she is trying to make her Grandfather see sense and allow her to marry the person of her choosing even though he doesn't have a large fortune. Gareth insists she can't travel al ...more
Cindy Newton
I love Georgette Heyer! Her sentences flow so beautifully--I just savor them as I read. She ties her plots up just as beautifully and with so much humor. I never get tired of reading her books! After rereading one or more of them, I find that some of the Regency vernacular starts creeping into my speech, causing people to give me odd looks. I don't care--if they don't understand what I mean it is their own fault for not reading Georgette Heyer!
Molly
The trouble with reading this immediately after reading Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle, is that I am now confusing the two stories based on their remarkably similar premises. Eligible but unromantic bachelor goes to offer for a woman he is not in love with, finds himself rebuffed, must chase runaway(s). Even though the cases are completely different and the heroines widely dissimilar. Sprig Muslin contains Heyer's level-headed older hero, a hot-headed and melodramatic very young woman, and the l ...more
Zarah
As I've always said, Georgette Heyers books are either a hit or miss.

This story was more Amandas with gareth having a part. I didn't expect this considering I assumed it was Hester and Gareths story.
And I honestly would NOT call this a romance.

this happened in the last Heyer book I read...and now it bothers me.

I read Heyers books because I love the way her characters love. And since I'm determined to read all of her regency romance, I've come across a few that should be categorized as anythin
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Katherine
Sir Gareth is a good man who lost the love of his life many years ago and now decides to marry though not for love (he doesn't believe that feeling could be repeated) but from respect and contentment with a friend like Lady Hester. Lady Hester is so surprised to learn that Sir Gareth would even consider her and resolves to turn him down. She'd rather be an old-maid. Sir Gareth arrives at her fathers door with a young beautiful woman named Amanda. Amanda was a run-away determined to make her gran ...more
Laura
Sprig Muslin is a light and funny Regency novel that showcases Georgette Heyer’s wit. I really enjoyed it and it made me laugh out loud several times! Sprig Muslin was first published in 1956, but the novel is set in 1813. The main action of the novel takes place in London, Chatteris (in the Fenland District of Cambridgeshire, England) and the roads in between.

This novel tells the tale of Sir Gareth Ludlow. His high spirited fiancée died in an accident many years previous to the start of the nov
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Miranda Davis
2.5 stars. First I will admit, I laughed a lot reading this. But it wasn't much of a romance. A secondary character, Amanda, an enterprising, shameless prevaricator creates confusion, difficulty and danger as she executes her 'plan of campaign' to run away from her strict general grandfather and marry her beaux. She also steals the spotlight from the lovers to be.

Amanda's collateral damage includes ruining a) the Corinthian hero's proposal to the shy, whimsical spinster heroine (Hester refuses h
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Jeanette
On a Georgette Heyer scale this one is actually a 3 star. But what delightful banter. Therefore it becomes a 4 star on GR's star value! Every time I read a Heyer I am reminded that the English language has lost double digit percentages of its word count in the last 200 years. Bosky is my new favorite adjective.

Amanda was such a terror that it got a bit over the top, but would this make a great movie if the casting was correct!
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“I have seen what comes of being patient," Amanda said with a boding look. "And I have no opinion of it."
"What does come of it?" Inquired Sir Gareth.
"Nothing!”
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“When I think of all the pretty and lovely girls who have done their best to attach him, and he tells me that he has offered for an insipid female who has neither fortune nor any extraordinary degree of beauty, besides being stupidly shy and dowdy, I – oh, I could go into strong hysterics!” 1 likes
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