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Bath Tangle

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  3,703 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Lady Serena Carlow is an acknowledged beauty, but she's got a temper as fiery as her head of red hair. When her father dies unexpectedly, Serena discovers to her horror that she has been left a ward of Ivo Barrasford, marquis of Rotherham, a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. With her ...more
286 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by Pan Books (first published 1955)
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Anne
*spoiler alert*

Oh, I loved this one. I really, really, really did. It was sheer entertainment from beginning to end, and I embarrassingly laughed out loud several times. A great many people had told me prior to starting that they hadn't liked this book as much as other Heyer's, mainly because of the hero and heroine's fiery tempers, and the resulting scathing arguments between them. For my part, I greatly enjoyed it; both characters were strong-willed, intelligent, impetuous and their bickering
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Jacob Proffitt
While I like Serena a lot and the chase she leads Ivo is a lot of fun, the book has two weaknesses that put it on my "read less often" list. First, Ivo isn't even present through most of the book. He pops up like a jack-in-the-box from time to time, but he doesn't stay long and his actions aren't terribly enlightening. Heyer's skill is such that even as little as we see him, we can see where he stands (even if Serena doesn't), but that isn't really enough to carry through those long gaps of his ...more
_inbetween_
Heyer's novels are the only ones I'd initially given five stars, but daren't now (all re-reads). Bath Tangle is one of the more obvious romances, and it's still not obvious at all, he and she still seem apart more than together and there is never a word of "love" spoken - just ingeniusly shown whenever either of them meets others how they fit, and how they care for each other, and what makes them special and likable.

But i_f's comments about Charise made me dislike Serena for the first time, wher
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Allison
3.5 Stars, for now rounded up. This ended on a 4 star note, but took a while to get there. The beginning was slow, and conversations were boring in places. It didn't even arrive in Bath until about page 60, which is where things finally started to move forward. What kept me reading was the opening scene, which hooked me on one relationship after only one exchange between the two. Once I was interested in what would happen between them, the anticipation kept me waiting and hoping for the entire b ...more
Alice
And what a complicated tangle it was! I was literally grinning when I read the last pages of this book. Serena and Rotherham has me laughing from start to finish!
(*May contain some spoilers*)
In most of Heyer's books we read the comedy and we laugh and we listen to the banter of two characters that we know will fall in love by the end but until then are simply at odds with each other to keep the reader amused. Bath Tangle was the first Heyer I've read that I could really sense a depth of charact
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Miranda Davis
THE unabridged AUDIOBOOK
I wasn't as familiar with this GH Regency romance as others I have read and re-read happily (Frederica, Arabella, Grand Sophy, Unknown Ajax, Sylvester, Venetia, etc.) but it's a corker!

Not one star-crossed pair but three sets of lovers disentangle themselves after much brinksmanship and hilarious, distempered arguments. The main duo, a fiery, independent, self-possessed earl's daughter and her lifelong neighbor, a marquis to whom she was once betrothed but jilted uncerem
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Valshar ⚜ Jonathan
Among my favorite Heyer novels to date! Though be warned: VERY feisty couple that likes fighting. ;-)

The Unexceptionable

Secondary Characters! Yes this is an odd thing to start with but the secondary characters in this were just wonderful. From the always hilarious and fashion challenged Mrs. Floore to the sweet Fanny I simply fell in love with all sorts of characters.

Excellent chemistry. But… between the secondary characters that is! :-)

Hilarious! I thought the fighting between Serena and Ivo wa
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Nikki
I'm not entirely sure how to rate this, because I did enjoy it a lot, but it's still not on par with The Talisman Ring or The Grand Sophy for me. Having finished it, I was just a little relieved that all the tangles of the love interests were sorted out, and that everyone got to where they intended to go (though, I would almost have enjoyed it more if someone had made an irrevocable mistake, even if it were just Gerald and Emily; the way it came out was too good to be true, and Rotherham far too ...more
Maria
Lady Serena Spenborough wants nothing to do with Ivo Barrasford, Marquis of Rotherham, one of her father’s best friends and her former betrothed. But her father thinks differently and after his death, Lord Rotherham becomes her Trustee and, if Serena will want to marry, he will have to give his consent. This is preposterous to Serena but unfortunately she must accept her father’s will. After a while she goes to Bath with her stepmother (who is younger than her) and meets a man whom she has not s ...more
Becca
It was perhaps fortunate that right before I read Bath Tangle for the second time, a dear friend told me that I should write more reviews in which I abridge the plot of the novel, and in so doing attempt to be humorous; whether or not I succeed is up to others to decide. In any case, this seemed like the perfect novel to abridge. I suppose I need not say to beware of spoilers. I will of course follow my summary with a few rather more sensible notes on the plot and characters, but for now…

Bath T
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Debbie
"Bath Tangle" is a Regency romance. At first, I didn't think I'd like this novel much because the apparent "romantic couple" had genuine quarrels that even they decided wouldn't lead to a happily married life together. Both had tempers and were used to speaking their minds.

But as each makes a romantic match with another (as in, "oh, how romantic sounding! Of course you should marry!"), the story explores how a romantic match doesn't necessarily create a good match. There were others so obviousl
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Clare Cannon

This Heyer builds more slowly, and since it is not a highly sentimental novel those looking for feel-good romance might tire of it early on. However, there is plenty of wit and humour, as well as some very wise thoughts about love, and the absence of sentiment leaves the reader free to enjoy these other aspects and perceive the wisdom more clearly.

The spirited heroine is by no means the angelic creature her childhood sweetheart believes her to be. She has a feisty temper and impulsive nature, e
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Jenn
I'm such a huge Georgette Heyer fan (I just re-read Devil's Cub and These Old Shades this week for a comfort read), that it pains me to give any of her books less than 4 stars, but this book drove me crazy. Heyer often has main characters that come across as unpleasant at first, but improve upon better acquaintance. However, I only vaguely liked the ridiculously named Ivo by the end and I detested Serena. She was such a manly harridan from start to finish - ugh! I liked the minor characters but ...more
Tweety
What can I say?
I love Georgette Heyer but I hated Bath Tangle. Serena was abominable. She lost her temper at every little thing and came across as spoilt. There is whit, if that is what you are looking for. But if you are looking for likable characters pick something else. Try Arabella or The Convenient Marriage.
Blodeuedd Finland
What a mess, or should I say tangle. I can't spoil anything but it gets messy when people fall in love, or think they are in love. The title sure suits the book.

Serena has quite the temper and is not afraid to say what she thinks. She is a real whirlwind. I can't help to like her because she is just so different. She moves to Bath with her step-mum, who is younger and a very timid thing. Fanny can't see any faults with Serena (and trust me, she does have faults.) Then we have Rotherham who is an
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Linda Banche
Regency Bath is in a tangle--a tangle of mismatched couples in Georgette Heyer's rollicking farce of a regency romance, BATH TANGLE.

The Earl of Spenborough has died, leaving his twenty-five year old unwed daughter, Serena, and a wife younger than her. And to make matters worse, the earl has left Ivo, the Marquis of Rotherham, the man Serena jilted years ago, as trustee to her fortune.

Serena finds her plight unendurable, but what can she do? With a year of mourning to endure and nowhere to go, th
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Terri
Bath Tangle is a cross between a Shakespearian comedy/farce and the love story of Scarlett and Rhett in Gone With the Wind. And while I hate romances involving two-strong willed people (they spend the entire "romance" fighting and since nothing has changed by the end, one can only assume their married lives are a misery), I couldn't put this book down. Serena is so unbending and "fly up to the boughs" over the least little thing there were times I wanted to shake her, but for the most part, I wa ...more
Malin
For those who may not have heard of her, Georgette Heyer was a British novelist who in her long career wrote 30 historical romance novels and 12 crime thrillers. She was greatly inspired by Jane Austen, and is probably the reason why Regency romance is now a genre onto itself. Heyer's romances, unlike today's modern, quite often very raunchy stories, are more in the vein of Austen, in that the characters are created with wit and charm, and the dialogue sparkles. The hero and heroine may kiss at ...more
Katherine
I have read about half a dozen of Georgette's novels and this is my favorite!! I was intrigued from the very beginning and as always the main character Serena is a strong outspoken woman who cares not for the opinion of the gossiping crowds of Bath or anywhere else for that matter. After her father dies Serena's wealth and even her choice of marriage mate must be approved by the trustee appointed by her father. Her trustee Ivo Rotherham is known as a harsh man and to make matters worse he is Ser ...more
Kelli
This is one of the more intense stories of Heyer's than I've read before. Usually, with Heyer, I savor the story but Bath Tangle is literally a tangle of characters in complicated situations, where you are not going to be easy until the characters (particularly the two main characters) are placed right where they belong. I found myself ripping thru the pages to figure out what was to be done with each blanched engagement. And how Heyer was going to masterfully fix Lady Serena and Rotherham's sit ...more
Sbuchler
Jun 02, 2010 Sbuchler rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sbuchler by: Mama
Genre: Regency Romance

This is not one of Heyer’s best romances. The concept is good – 10 years ago the heroine (Serena) jilted the hero (Ivo) after the wedding invitations had already been sent out. Fast forward to the current day: Serena’s father has just died. He leaves Serena’s very considerable fortune in Ivo’s hands, stipulating that Serena should receive the same allowance that she had hitherto received, until she is married. If she marries with Ivo’s permission, her husband gets her full
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Res
The one where the hot-tempered Serena and the hot-tempered Rotherham try in vain to believe they're not in love with each other.

I didn't care for this one. You have two men who enter into disastrously ill-advised engagements -- isn't this what that whole ponderous system of chaperonage is supposed to prevent? Hector's strategy (planning to meekly sacrifice his whole entire life, as though any intelligent woman would want to be married to a man who loves someone else) is bad, and Rotherham's (the
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Emily
While I enjoy intelligent heroines capable of making their own choices, the young ladies described in this book were frustratingly willing to make ridiculous decisions and engage in endless political conversations. I found myself in sympathy with the ditzy young widow more often than I would have liked, convinced that the book would have been much more entertaining if it was given from the antihero's point of view. As in other weaker works by Georgette Heyer, she seemed to be frequently tempted ...more
Susinok
Now this is my second Georgette Heyer Regency, and I have to say the woman is brilliant. Her characters are so well drawn and so well developed that they pull you right into the story and tug you along as it goes.

Mrs. Floore - I loved her! She felt that Regency dresses would make her look like a potato sack with a string tied 'round it, so she continued to wear Georgian clothes. Old and very fat and with dyed black hair, she was my favorite character.

Serena and Ivo - These two faught like Kather
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Donna Weaver
Another one I loved. I wouldn't normally be fond of someone as bossy as the (real) love interest, Ivo. But Serena's as cranky and temperamental as he is, so I think they're a good match.

Funny that the guys cottoned on so quickly. And what a mess Ivo makes for himself.
Edward Creter
1810 London, and Lady Serena's dad is gone to Heaven(Awww!) but he's left a lotta money for Serena to collect. The caveat: she has to marry the dashing, pissy Lord Ivo of Rotherham, who can get away with the stigme of being named Ivo. When Serena rebuffs his advances, Ivo gets revenge the worst way possible: by being engaged to someone else--Serena's best friend! It's about to go down in Londontown! This book is for fans of Jane Austen, yet I think Ms. Heyer kicks the ass of Austen with more sen ...more
Chrissy
Since I read Venetia first, I think Bath Tangle had quite a lot to live up to and, unfortunately, it just didn‘t. What brought Bath Tangle down a good many pegs for me was Rotherham and his dishonest behavior through the devious influence and unfair treatment of Emily. Still, Bath Tangle harbors a well-written plot with moral dilemmas (and a tangle of engagements giving way to a comedy of errors) and is rife with the historical detail that makes Heyer such a pleasure to read even if the characte ...more
Cate
What an incredible tangle of emotions and characters! I absolutely adored Bath Tangle. It might be my favourite Georgette Heyer book now, although I haven't read them all.

I loved Mrs Floore and it felt so very real, how a rich, but not 'society' person such as she could control her daughter and son-in-law's life. And wasn't the daughter, Lady Laleham, painted as a total toad-eater? My goodness.

In particular, I adored Serena and Fanny for although they were very different, they did care and loo
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Wealhtheow
The Earl of Spenborough dies, leaving behind his daughter Serena, a spirited woman of 25, and his second wife Fanny, so timid that she seems younger than 22. The women have become good friends, although they are utterly unalike, and resolve to live together in Fanny's dower house. They find their year of mourning in a smaller house very boring and lonely, and travel to Bath for a change. There, Serena rekindles a romance with Hector, the handsome and chivalrous soldier she'd loved as a teenager. ...more
Jeanette
On any other scale for a novel of manners, it would be a 5. But on the Heyer scale of Regency adventures, it is 4.5.

This one occurs mostly in Bath, not London, because our heroine's Dad has just passed, and she and her barely out of her teens step-mama are in black gloves. And is it a tangle!

Ivo, our Marquis, is more brusque and fiercer than most Heyer gentlemen. Also less handsome, he seems to have a black "almost" unibrow. Not only two couples, but at least three couples are tangled this tim
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Georgette Heyer was an amazingly prolific writer who created the Regency England genre of romance novels.

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