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Black Sheep

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  4,597 ratings  ·  396 reviews
With her high-spirited intelligence and good looks, Abigail Wendover was a most sought-after young woman. But of all her high-placed suitors, there was none Abigail could love.

Miles Calverleigh had no regard for the polite conventions of Regency society. His cynicism, his morals, his manners appalled Abigail. Yet she was irresistibly drawn to his knowing smile. But how cou
Paperback, 252 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Arrow (first published 1966)
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I have an embarrassing confession. I’m so excited I’m giddy like a school girl, and I’m also apparently dumb like one. Until recently, I’d never heard of Georgette Heyer. See, told you – dumb. I had no idea of how many books she’d written on Regency England, about 60 I think, and I, who claim to love an excellent classic historical romance, have never read even one of her books. Not – one. Have I been living in a hole these last 3 decades, stuck in an Austen, Bronte rut the size and scope of my ...more
Everyone who is acquainted with my reading preferences knows that I love Georgette Heyer, and thus far, there is not one of her books that I didn't enjoy.

Black Sheep was no exception; it was hilariously funny, featured one of the best heroines and a truly irresistible hero, and had a very fun plot. I liked the fact that it was set in Bath and that there was not a lot of action, but the conversations were so witty and funny that it was not at all boring.

" She said despairingly:' I see that I m
Aug 19, 2014 Tweety rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, even if regency isn't your genre
Sorry my review is nearly a week late! :/

This has got to be one of my favorite Heyer regencies, it's up there with Sylvester, Arabella, Frederica and The Toll-Gate. What I especially like about Black Sheep, is the characters. Abby is a bit like Anne in Persuasion. She's only different in that she is not timid, and she has a dreadful habit of giggling at quite the wrong moments…

Miles is the black sheep of the family, and a past record bad enough to send any respectable personage of the Ton runni
I'm going to run out of Heyer romances to read in no time at this rate, but I can't quite bring myself to regret it. I'm going to be talking like a Heyer novel, too, and while my girlfriend might regret it, it'd amuse me far too much to pass up the chance to annoy her. Black Sheep isn't the best of Heyer's books, I think, nor my absolute favourite, but it's as fun as you'd expect and I'd probably rank it reasonably highly.

I liked it a lot that the main heroine was an older woman -- not old by ou
My first Georgette Heyer. Begins with a spinster and ends with a kidnapping and a kiss. Hilarious at times, especially during conversations between Abby and Miles.
Basically, Miss Abby comes back from a trip to London town to find her niece being assiduously courted by a young man who has stolen the heart of everyone, including sickly, crotchety Miss Selina, Abby's older sister. And pardon Abby very much, but this young whippersnapper is entirely too good to be true. He's not about to slip off w
At 28 with a beautiful heiress niece soon to make her come out, romance is the last thing on Abigail Wendover's mind; she's even taken to putting on caps! Upon returning from visiting her middle sisters, Abby learns from her oldest sister that their niece Fanny has a new, charming beau. Abby isn't as easily won over as Selina and the more she hears about this Stacy Calverleigh, the more she is convinced that he is a fortune hunter. Abby becomes determined to put a stop to the romance without dri ...more
Clare Cannon
A great book for a rainy weekend; light and entertaining with not too much to think about. After the first few chapters of introduction, the story focuses on 28 year old 'spinster' Abigail Wendover, and the 'older' Miles Calverleigh who has spent the last twenty years in India, banished there by his family over a romantic scandal.

Miles is indeed the 'black sheep' of his family having run off with someone else's fiancée, but we soon see that most of his deplorable ways have been left in the past.
Ana T.
We recently had a Georgette Heyer Season at Historical Tapestry and I really enjoyed reading some of her books. One of those was The Black Sheep.

"Abigail Wendover, on the shelf at 28, is kept busy when her niece falls head over heels in love with a handsome fortune hunter and Abbie is forced into a confrontation with his scandalous uncle.

Miles Calverleigh is the black sheep of his family- enormously rich from a long sojourn in India, disconcertingly blunt and brash. But he turns out to be Abbie'
Lady Wesley
I've read this book several times; it's one of my favorite Heyer titles. Very funny, with plenty of romance. The audio version, narrated by Barbara Leigh-Hunt, was good, but I had a few problems with it. First of all, Ms. Leigh-Hunt is over seventy years old, and her voice sounds, well, . . . old. Too old, for the heroine, who is about thirty as I recall. She does a very good job with Miles Calverleigh's voice, however, giving him just the right ironic tone. Another problem -- and really it's my ...more
Valshar ⚜ Jonathan
Yet another Heyer novel I love! I’m quickly becoming of the opinion that there will be few of Heyer’s books that I don’t love to death. :-)

Alright, on with it then: :-D

The Good

Absolutely adorable heroine!!!! :-) I don’t often want to hop in a book and knock the hero out of the way, but I did here!

Hilarious banter! Of course this is generally the norm with Heyer. I loved every scene with Miles and Abby. There were very well together. As always, this is not advisable to read in a public place as
I loved that the Heroine was older (28!gasp!) and how she slowly came to realize how much she cared for the hero.

The chemistry between them was good and you know how the dialogue will be bantering along and then zing! Georgette Heyer throws a moment in there? There were one or two of those and I loved it! and by moment, I mean a few lines where the H and h realize they like/love each other; kind of like that scene in what was it? Sleepless in Seattle? where Tom Hanks first sees Meg Ryan and he
Jane (PS)
There is nothing more to say than I just love this book.

Reread: 1 May - 5 May 2013
Audiobook: narrated by Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Love Heyer's characterisations, and Leigh-Hunt does a very good job on this narration.
Feb 01, 2010 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stephanie by: Leslie
Abigail Wendover, or Abby as she prefers to be called, considers herself quite off the market at the ripe old age of 28. Her main concern is not marriage, but seeing that her young niece and ward Fanny has a proper coming-out. Fanny, unfortunately, has fallen in love with the odious fortune-hunter Stacy Caverleigh and a scandalous elopement is a distinct possibility.

A further complication arrives with the return of Stacy’s uncle, Miles Caverleigh, from India. Miles has a scandalous past of his o

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To me, Georgette Heyer’s novels are like the occasional luxuries you allow yourself to indulge in once in awhile. It has almost everything an Austen fangirl like myself can ask for: cravats, Hessian boots, tea, balls, coiffures, engaging heroes and quirky heroines. It’s like brain chocolate with a lot more effort put into it. Oh, so tempting and oh so fulfilling. Which is why, I tell myself, that I ended up reading Heyer’s Black Sheep when I
May 17, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Lovers
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Honestly, I don’t read a lot of regency romances, so I was intrigued and somewhat worried about reading this book. Now I am glad that I have had the opportunity to read this delightful novel. Whereas, I may not have ever given her novels a chance before.

Although this book has some very romantic moments , it is really a book about family, propriety and everything else in between. The dynamics between the characters are not only heartfelt, but humorous as well.

Abigail Wendover is considered well
This is a charming Regency romance and it was just what I needed after reading several depressing books. Georgette Heyer was known for meticulously researching the historical details of Jane Austen's England, and the reader gets immersed into that period.

Black Sheep reminded me a bit of Persuasion, because it was set in Bath and it involved a 28-year-old woman, which was almost a spinster in those days. The story involves Abby Wendover, a well-to-do woman who is concerned that a scandalous fortu
This has an unusual heroine and hero: Abby Wendover, twenty-eight and considered on the shelf, and Miles Calverleigh, a rake with a scandalous past and a disdain for the restraints of polite society. They meet as Abby is trying to extricate her naive niece Fanny from the fortune-hunting clutches of Miles's nephew Stacy. Also unusually for Heyer, Abby and Miles fall in love quickly, and the rest of the book deals with their discovery of their love and with what they do about it.

The subplot about
One of the things that I love about Georgette Heyer is the way she writes such humorous romance novels. The dialogue is fantastic, the characters are entertaining and the story is delightful and fresh. The ending of this book was absolutely wonderful and had me laughing out loud. In this book Heyer also went against trends and wrote her heroin as an 'older' spinster. Now having said that, she was only 28, but in those days if you weren't married by 20 you were an old maid.

If you like Jane Austen
If you like Jane Austin you will definitely like Georgette Heyer. It was a fun book with witty banter. An overage girl, 28 years old, meets the black sheep of a family. She soon seeks his help in preventing her neice from eloping with a fortune hunter. I would have been just like Abby if I lived in that time. She is sarcastic, loves to laugh, and hates conventionality. I do have to say I am not sure about the ending. I was wondering if my book missed a few pages.
Lady Wesley
In her review, the author Caroline Linden says, "Priceless, just for the scene where Abigail meets Miles for the first time." I agree; it's really a most clever scene. The entire book is a delight, up until the ending. Heyer is known for her abrupt endings, but this one wins the prize.
Andrea (Catsos Person)
I love GH and this title is among my favorites. I have reread this title over and over again and will continue to do so. This book is an example GH at her best where nothing really happens i.e. no action, but lots of witty, sparkling dialog!

Tayler McCrery
Ah, Georgette Heyer! How did I make it into my twenties without reading a single one of your charming novels? Really, I don't know how that happened. Searching out other stories set in the Regency era would have been the next logical step after exhausting Austen's works as a teenager. Although Austen and Heyer are very different when it comes to style (which makes sense considering the different eras from which they wrote) and depth – one goes deep into social commentary while telling an absorbi ...more
Lori McD
This is Georgette Heyer at her best... delightful, witty, fast-paced, and laugh-out-loud! In fact, it's almost a satirical look at Regency England and the ton... a tongue-in-cheek slam at all Society's "rules" and ideas about propriety, especially for the not-so-young set (over 21).

Abigail Wendover is 28, considered a spinster (never having married), and is the youngest in a titled family. She and her sister, Selena, live in Bath and are the every-day guardians of their eldest brother's only chi
Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
Black Sheep is far and away my favorite Georgette Heyer novel. The dialogue simply crackles and the romance is marvelous.

Abigail Wendover, a self-proclaimed old maid (at the ripe old age of 28!) comes back into town only to discover her niece has attached herself to a notorious fortune hunter. She knows she can't flatly refuse to allow her niece to see him, but when the young man's uncle arrives in town, she attempts to enlist his aid in putting a stop to the relationship. Things don't go as pla
4.5 stars for this book! As typical of Georgette Heyer, the novel ends abruptly but you can certainly see where it is heading. OH how I loved the last paragraph (spoiler alert as I will be inserting it here):

" 'You may be able to abduct me' said Abby, with dignity, 'but you can't force me to tell lies!.. Miles! there's a coach coming, and a man staring at us over the hedge! For heaven's sake-!' "

OH you gotta love the suspense there - I assume he kisses her so that she is forced to marry Miles.
Black Sheep was recommended to me by Lady Wesley as an exceptionally good Heyer novel, and it's easy to see why she enjoys it. There is a case of mistaken identity upon the couple's first meeting that quite hilarious to watch. The plotline setup is fun, with two spinster aunts trying to raise a niece who is in the throes of infatuation. And the romance is sorta sweet, in it's own way: a spinster by choice and a reformed rogue happen to appreciate each other's oddball humor, falling into a easygo ...more
Janice (Janicu)
I'd never read a Georgette Heyer book but I kept hearing about them. Mostly about how great and well-researched they are but out of print, and how fans hoard them like treasure and reread them over and over again. I also kept hearing a comparison to Jane Austen since Heyer writes in the regency period - in fact she is considered the person who began the regency romance genre. I agree with the Jane Austen comparison because Black Sheep was really about characters and society. There is a lot of em ...more
Okay, so I would marry Miles Caverleigh, and so would many other women I know, so the major relationships conflict of the book isn't particularly suspenseful,even with all the complications Heyer tries to throw at it. But still, I liked the relationship between Abby Wendover and Miles. I thought it was one of the more realistically done ones Heyer's depicted, as she let their relationship and their feelings for each other naturally develop and change until you could very well believe they actual ...more
As I was reading this I felt I had read it before. But, I think I read a Candice Hern book that was very similar. This story centers around an intelligent and lively young woman who is on the shelf at age 28. She lives with her older sister and their niece in Bath. She is committed to her family, but is too lively to be as content as they with the conventional, so falls for a man who shows little regard for fashion or proprieties.

Much of the action occurs around the niece having fallen for an o
I was introduced to Georgette Heyer by a friend. When I went to the library and promptly forgot all the books on my 'to read' list, this was the only thing that would come to my brain.
I find the period-ness fun while at the same time I wish I knew what they are talking about. Georgette Heyer is akin to the clean version of 'bodice rippers' porn; but that gives slightly the wrong impression. The heroine is fairly independent, the hero chivalrous, the other players amusingly troublesome. They alw
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