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Lady Of Quality

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  6,126 Ratings  ·  490 Reviews
Independent and spirited, Miss Annis Wychwood gives little thought to finding herself a suitable husband, thus dashing the dreams of many hopeful suitors. When she becomes embroiled in the affairs of the runaway heiress Lucilla, though, she encounters the beautiful fugitive's guardian - as rakish and uncivil a rogue she has ever met. Although chafing a bit at the restricti ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Arrow (first published 1972)
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Coralie I don't think the book tells us, but he's supposed to be a few years older than Lucilla's father. Lucilla was seven when her father died; so assuming…moreI don't think the book tells us, but he's supposed to be a few years older than Lucilla's father. Lucilla was seven when her father died; so assuming that her father was early-mid twenties when she was born, he would have been early forties at the start of the book. Early-mid forties therefore seems reasonable for Oliver (I assume is the Mr. Carleton you mean?) putting him at about 10-15 years older than Annis - which seems to be about the age range Heyer puts a number of her hero/heroine pairings in.(less)

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Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
Feb 04, 2017 Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sadly, I wouldn't :(

I have a theory about this title.

If it's one of the first Heyer's for a reader they often love it, as even a lousy Heyer is superior to most historical romances on the market. If you have already read & loved some of Heyer's finest works it is likely you will be disappointed.

& I fall into the later category.

My father gave me this beautiful edition Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer(brand new at the time) for my sixteenth birthday! How eagerly I fell on it & started reading, only to soon realise it was nearly as
May 12, 2008 Kelly rated it it was ok
Meh. Heyer, you can do better than this. And I'd wager that you knew that when you wrote this, too. Was the rent due soon or something? You've done this better elsewhere... about twenty times. It is a classic cats and dogs fighting couple who hate each other on sight and then soften and fall in love pretty quickly. I liked the hero a lot, which is the only reason I finished the book. Simple, no nonsense, no heroics, rude, seemed like an actual man. The heroine sucked. If only because Heyer felt ...more
Kim Kaso
Just what I needed during a rainy February. I always get in a subconscious funk at this time of year, & then realize it is when my mom had a health crisis while I was living in England. My family told me to stay put, but then she took a turn for the worse and we had to fly home and bury her in a Western Pennsylvania winter. Valentine's Day has never been the same.

Anyway, although this is my first re-read of this since my first read way back when, I enjoyed it more. Not in my top GH books, b
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jun 21, 2016 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it liked it
Lady Of Quality is a cute historical romance featuring two characters who can't seem to talk normally when they meet. I liked their every meeting. The bickering was one of the things that make this book better.
What drove me nuts is the way people allowed the most annoying person in the world to manipulate them (Annis's cousin Maria). It is humorous at first, but later it gets tiresome.

I don't have a lot to say about the book. It's is one of those you can breeze through.
Lady Wesley
Feb 11, 2016 Lady Wesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
This book, the last one written by Georgette Heyer, is essentially the same plot as the far superior Black Sheep, but it nevertheless was a pleasure to listen to. Eve Matheson is a good narrator, although not in the Kate Reading or Roslyn Landor class.

[OT: I do wish Eve had narrated Black Sheep, as it is one of my favorite Heyers, and the audio version was done by Barbara Leigh-Hunt. She is a marvelous actress, but her voice is and ever will be that of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and she sounded
Feb 10, 2017 Teresa rated it really liked it
I've seen mixed reviews for this one with GR readers but I have to say I enjoyed it on the whole.
I liked Annis. A strong independent woman who knew what she wanted and went after it. Leaving her brother's house to live alone was an unusual decision for a woman of the time. She came across as hard and uncompromising at times but I think that had to be her outward appearance in the world she lived in. Otherwise she would have not been taken seriously.

Oliver I wasn't too keen on. He was brash and r
Sep 22, 2016 Mela rated it really liked it
In my opinion this book consists of two components.

First component are dialogues between Annis and Oliver. They last for many pages. I can't recall if there is another book of Heyer where are so long talks between main hero and heroine. And let me tell you, this talks are fantastic and amusing. There wasn't a force which could have forced me to take a break when I was reading one of this dialogues.

Second component are monologues of Miss Farlow. I almost envied her the capability to this chatter.
Julie (jjmachshev)
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Truth to tell, I’m a little discomfited to be writing a review of Georgette Heyer’s “Lady of Quality”. Heyer was, after all, the progenitor of the Regency Romance genre. What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said (and likely better) by much more facile and famous reviewers than myself? But, Quentin the taskmistress has set me to this undertaking, so onward I shall go!

Did I enjoy reading this book? Indeed I did. Heyer’s style of writing draws the reader into her
Jane Stewart
Jan 08, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
Very enjoyable time with interesting characters and a romance.

Annis is 29, single, and financially secure. She is beautiful and had many offers of marriage. She turned them all down because she was never in love. She wants to live on her own, away from her older brother who has a wife and two children. Annis does not want the life of a babysitting aunt. The story begins with Annis traveling to Bath to set up her new home. There are three sub stories.

1. Maria:
Annis’ brother Geoffrey i
Seema Khan
4.75* for this Georgette Heyer book, because it kept me totally hooked onto it!
I am overdoing the Georgette Heyer book reading spree for not one comes to an end and I am ready with the next! Such is the charm of the author that I can't resist the temptation! Having started late on reading Georgette Heyer books, I find myself compelled by the reader in me to practice the reader's gluttony!
Coming to the book, Well there's nothing drastically different or new in the storyline to be sure and definit
Lady of Quality has many of the same themes and character types as Heyer's other novels, just varied a bit. For the most part Heyer had a genius for tweaking things just enough: this one is different (for example) to Sprig Muslin and Charity Girl in that it is a female protagonist who gets foolishly caught up in the tangles of an unchaperoned young girl, and the heroine has a lot of independence. Her hero is reasonably typical of her work, but I did like that despite his gruff ways and rude beha ...more

Two authors that I simply must engage with in the summer months:
Georgette Heyer
P G Wodehouse

Formulaic. Do not read this and think that this is all Heyer is about.
Dec 22, 2016 Christopher rated it it was ok
Shelves: clean
“Lady of Quality” was a rare disappointment. The beginning was full of promise, with fascinating characters and situations – the audiobook had me engaged for hours. But as I passed somewhere around the halfway point of the story, I realized that the story was going nowhere fast. The external conflict regarding the younger characters became boring after the initial excitement was over, and it was pushed to the background of the story anyway. The hero was far more ordinary in person than his reput ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Katie rated it liked it
Lady of Quality bears a lot of the shorthand for a lot of Heyer novels, so I was curious if it came towards the beginning or end of her career. Because if this was her playing with different elements that would become common (lady of quality running away!, good man following after to make sure she doesn't get in a scrape, lady making a splash on the ton, independent wealthy lady, random fortune hunter) then we could see it as her learning what worked and what didn't. But this came towards the en ...more
Every time I think I've found my favorite narrator, I find another one just a good. Eve Matheson does a wonderful job on this audio version of Georgette Heyer's Lady of Quality. She does a superlative job with the voices. I love listening to Heyer's books on audio in part because of the way the language flows: the accents and the vocabulary are such a nice change..odd, funny, sometimes challenging and often beautiful. I love to lose myself in the time and place, as well. Maybe Heyer didn't get a ...more
Ana Rînceanu
My 31st Georgette Heyer

At 29 years of age, the beautiful almost-spinster Annis meets Lucilla Carleton and Ninian Elmore. Lucilla is running away to Bath to avoid her marriage to Ninian, a match that her aunt is trying to presure her into, and Ninian is escorting her to ensure her safe arrival. Annis volunteers to chaperone Lucilla and notifies the girl's other guardian of her plans.

Even though this premise has been explored before in Black Sheep, I enjoyed the banter and the fact that the indepe
Jul 17, 2012 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
The plot of that Heyer romance was simpler and less tangled than most.
The characters were what she excelled at: an older on-the-shelf almost-spinster witty woman, an ingenue and her guardian, a profligate rake with limited social skills or more to the point a limited willingness to exert himself with social niceties and politeness
Their encounters led to funny banter for which GH is well known. What I liked the most about this book is that the leanness of the plot gave more room for the feelings
Re-read January 28, 2017

A perfect book for me to read while recovering from the flu.
Mar 04, 2017 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
There were parts that were funny and charming but mostly this book felt unfinished and vaguely unsatisfying.
BJ Rose
This really should be a 5* rating, but it just wasn't quite there for me - a strong 4.5*, tho!
I love to sink into Heyer's regency world - to experience and perhaps understand a little better the ups and downs of living in 19th century England, this time in Bath. And I especially love the way she uses the vernacular of those times - it's so much more enjoyable to figure out the meaning of the slang & 'cant' through the conversations of the characters rather than reading a glossary, such as in

Annis Wynchwood left her brother's home at the age of six and twenty to set up her own establishment in Bath because she and her brother Geoffrey can not rub on together while they live under the same roof. Annis has a comfortable home in Bath with her garrulous, indigent relative as chaperone. Annis enjoys her life but she is a bit bored. On the way home from visiting her brother and his family, Annis comes across a broken down carriage and a young lady and young gentleman in distress. Annis of
Sep 09, 2013 Sukyna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Georgette Heyer book, and I must say that it makes me want to read more of this great author's works. What did take the majority of my attention was her writing style. I found it quite witty, and I believe it somehow reveals Heyer's clever mind.

Annis Wychwood is an intelligent, independent and wealthy maid, the type of heroines I truly respect and adore. She is not interested in marriage, as she has rejected every one of her suitors, and was quite satisfied with her situation. H
Susan in NC
This one still rates 3.5 stars for me, as in I really liked it, but not quite loved it compared to some other Heyer books.

I liked Annis Wychwood, the lady of the title, and there were several enjoyable typical Heyer "types": the high-spirited yet sweet-natured young ward, Lucilla; her would-be swain and childhood playmate, Ninian; the loyal, tough old servant, Jurby; the annoying, incessantly chattering, family dependent Miss Farlow; and the pompous, persistent suitor, Lord Beckenham.

I'm still
The characters in this book are outstanding. I loved Ninian and Lucilla's constant bickering like brother and sister, Miss Farlow's mouth tripping along without stop (Every time I thought she could not possibly have any more to say, she kept going. Amazing writing.), Carleton's thoughtless rudeness, Geoffrey's differences of opinion (When you think you can't stand any more of his lecturing, his love for his wife sneaks up and saves him from being pompous), and Annis's confusion over her reaction ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Sho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romance, fans of historical novels
Recommended to Sho by: my mum
Shelves: romance, historical
Georgette Heyer is easily as good, if not better, at writing a Regency romance as Jane Austen. Easily as good. I've read four of her novels in the past - Venetia which is the one which people always recommend, The Toll Gate which is fabulously written, Bath Tangle which really shows how women were treated back then and An Infamous Army. The last is an account of the Battle of Waterloo from the camp followers' point of view - the ladies who were in Brussels waiting for news of their husbands. An ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Delaina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
I've read this novel several times over several years, and it never loses its charm. Annis and Oliver are fun to watch as they develop a romantic relationship, mostly because even love fails to make them act sappy or soupy or simple-minded. The first time I read it left me feeling out of sorts, though, because Oliver is abrupt and rude, and I didn't understand how she could fall in love with him. Now that I'm past 30 I can appreciate the adult intelligence and interaction the two share.
Despite t
Karen (Kew)
Jul 11, 2011 Karen (Kew) rated it really liked it
I've titled this review "romance for grown-ups" because I first read this book as a teenager and didn't like it much at all! Re-reading it now that I am in my middle age I have enjoyed this book much more! The heroine is slightly older than other Heyer heroines (though 29 now longer seems old to me like it did when I was a teenager!) and the hero is far different from the typical charming and dashing Heyer hero! In fact, he is a very rude man! As a youngster I couldn't see any romance in this bo ...more
Feb 05, 2017 LiMaB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Ok. The book wasn't bad. I did enjoy it. But the first one I read by Heyer was much better.

I did like Annis a lot. She has a lot of wit and Mr. Carlton was also likeable. The rest of the characters... I don't know. I didn't really think much of any of them and that goes for the story, too.

This review won't be long, but let me say: the story is enjoyable. Predictable? Yes. Boring? A bit. I usually don't have anything against books that are predictable, but it could've been carried out much bett
Nov 29, 2013 Emmy rated it liked it
Shelves: georgian-regency
As usual Heyer creates engaging and entertaining characters. And it is not action that propel the story forward, but rather the characters. And while I found the interactions between the hero and heroine of this one particularly entertaining, the parts about Annis chaperoning Lucilla in Bath were less so, and there was too much of the latter and not enough of the former. Also, there was a heavy reliance on Miss Farrow's character, an exaggerated caricature of a character, which wasn't as funny a ...more
Jan 24, 2017 Cari rated it it was ok
Very much like "Black Sheep" but not as entertaining. There is insta-love and this one character whose non-stop rambling will drive you crazy. The end kind of falls flat. (view spoiler). The one interesting love story is be ...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 could you receive a member of the Male Sex in your bedroom, and in your dressing gown?Sir, I must request you to leave immediately!"

"You don't mean to tell me that's a dressing gown?" interrupted Mr Carlton, a dangerous gleam in his eyes." Well, it's by far the most elegant one I've ever been priviledged to see, and I suppose I must have seen scores of 'em in my time-paid for them too!”
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