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Lady of Quality

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  4,490 ratings  ·  351 reviews
When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Lucilla’s uncivil and high-handed guardian Mr Oliver Carleton.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Arrow (first published 1972)
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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
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
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
Jane Stewart
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
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
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
What can I say... I'm hooked on Georgette Heyer! It's like sitting in your comfiest chair, sharing and eating your favourite block of dark chocolate toblerone and drinking a perfectly tempered cup of tea, deep in conversation with a dear, close friend. X
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 11, 2009 Delaina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jan 28, 2011 Sho rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Apr 19, 2013 Dianne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
It's never a good sign when you can't decide if you liked a book. That is the position I find myself in with "Lady of Quality". I enjoyed some aspects of it but on the whole found it a little disappointing.

It opens with Miss Annis Wychwood and her paid companion, Miss Maria Farlow, traveling back to her home in Bath after visiting her brother, Geoffery. Miss Wychwood is 29 years old, rich and beautiful. Miss Farlow is of indeterminate age, poor, and annoying, but she is a necessity if Annis wis
Skylar Dorset
A few Internet friends of mine are huge Georgette Heyer fans. When I saw this book on clearance at Barnes & Noble, I thought, ::shrug:: Might as well give it a try! It was only a couple of bucks, so I felt justified in buying the book on a whim like that.

It turned out I didn't like it much. My Georgette Heyer friends tell me this isn't one of her better books, so maybe I'd like one of the other ones better, but I found this book very dull. First, the hero doesn't even show up until about a
Lady of Quality wasn’t my favorite Heyer novel. It seemed a little boring most of the time and only livened up when Mr. Carleton and Annis were sparring, when they weren’t together the story kind of dragged by. I am not really a fan of “rakes” and don’t find it romantic when they are purposing they are promising never to stray again. Yeah, right. Other than that, I actually thought Oliver and Annis were perfect for each other and again enjoyed their interactions.

I thought Annis was a little shor
Jun 25, 2009 Sbuchler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sbuchler by: Mama
Genre: Regency Romance

This is one of my favorite Heyer novels simply because I think it's the only one where the hero treats the heroine as an adult. The exchanges between the lovely Annis Wynchwood and the wealthy rake Oliver Carleton are a joy, but even more so are the times when he shows that he understands what she's feeling, even when that feeling is confusion and not knowing her own mind about wanting to marry him. Instead of forcing her to give an answer (like most romance heroes) he give
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
OMG...another awesome Heyer favorite! So exciting. On-the-shelf heroine + rake = reliable super win for me.

Annis is an all-around boss lady, tough and awesome. Oliver is...maybe a bit less finely-drawn than some of Heyer's best characters, but what makes him interesting is how he relates to Annis: he really treats her like an adult.

This was Heyer's last regency novel, and it does have a mature feeling about it: there are nuanced relationships between family members who love each other but who ca
Karen (Kew)
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
Lady Jaye
2.5 stars, rounded down

This is one of those that could have been a rollicking good time, but was spoilt by the characters.

With the exception of the hero, who was quite unconventionally lovely, and the heroine, who wasn't too bad, every character ranged from tedious to extremely annoying. and they were everywhere - the annoying characters, I mean, with their ramblings and uninteresting run-on sentences.

I quite enjoyed the hero and heroine and would have enjoyed the story much more if these side
Clare Cannon
Not one of Heyer's best developed story-lines, but I liked the intelligent, independent heroine and have always been partial to the reformed rake—as unreal as they usually prove to be. To be honest neither the intelligence of the heroine nor the reformation of the rake were proven except for the witty banter wherein characters said so. So it's 3.5 stars for the undemanding pleasure of reading it, not because it's worth reading. And yet there are some weeks when this kind of thing may be just wha ...more
I really don't want to spend a lot of time writing up a lengthy essay on my distaste for this book, so I'll simplify it:

I didn't like the heroine. Bleh.

I found the main love interest repugnant and although he was supposed to be, I think Georgette Heyer intended the reader to find a soft spot for him eventually. I did not.

I found no hope that their relationship would be happy.

The plot was too predictable and very dull.

With these dislikes all at once, I had to force myself to finish it.

The End.
Dear, dear Annis...what a mess you've gotten yourself into! And so historically inaccurate...luckily, that does not bother me.

The heroine of our tale is Annis Wychwood, a charming, independent "spinster" of twenty-nine. I liked Annis a great deal and I have nothing to find fault with in her as she is presented, and neither did the author since Annis experiences no real growth or character development. She is a perfectly polite, if somewhat eccentric for setting up house alone, lady.

The hero, Ol
Miss Annis Wychwood is a happily single woman living in Regency-era England. Set financially, Miss Wychwood has created a life for herself as an independent woman.

That first paragraph? That’s the very best thing about Lady of Quality. Annis Wychwood is a honest-to-goodness, ahead-of-her-time woman. She’s a delightful, engaging woman who isn’t single because she’s poor or because her heart was broken: she’s single because she chooses to be. She’s a unique protagonist, especially given the settin
Georgette Heyer’s romance novels are almost always a pleasure, with good writing, entertaining characters, and subtle humor. At times, however, they’re so noticeably similar they seem to run together. It’s as if she had a copy of Romance Novel bingo and threw darts or something to pick the story elements. I enjoyed this novel but very little about it stands out in my mind as compared to other Heyer novels. It was the last regency she wrote, which may explain why it did not feel as fresh as some ...more
3.5/5 stars. Georgette Heyer's prose is always so fun to read. I should have counted the number of times that the hero called the heroine a hornet and she called him an odious man. This was definitely a unique romance -- the two were fighting up until the last pages ;) And, sometimes it seemed that the hen-witted (as the hero would have called her) cousin's location after the impending marriage was of more importance than the marriage itself.
Nadine Jones
So, I read this. I'm hard pressed to really come up with how I felt about it. I liked it, but I didn't love it. The witty repartee was fun, and, uh, witty. The characters were ... see, that's the thing, I felt like I didn't really get to KNOW them, like they weren't real people. Part of my issue maybe have been the lingo - this book assaulted me with an endless series of phrases and slang terms that I had never heard before, and it was interesting, but also a little annoying. Was this language m ...more
Heyer has a couple of formulas that she routinely falls back on. This book fits into one of those formulas, along with The Black Sheep and to a lesser degree, Bath Tangle. Knowing this didn't keep me from enjoying this book. but I did get the three plots confused in my head several times. And I think the quality of her writing always suffers when she falls back on a familiar plot line, as she did here. I will say that I enjoyed this book less than The Black Sheep an Bath Tangle, both of which I ...more
Classic fun Heyer. I adored the heroine, but we didn't get enough of her and the hero, and the end was kind of abrupt.

Just reread, and enjoyed it a lot upon reread. I now disagree with my previous review that the ending was abrupt, because it was one of the first Heyers I'd read and I didn't realize that all of her books are like this, this one is less abrupt than most.
Kimberly Arcand
I have really missed reading G.Heyer lately and though this isn't as good as some of her others I've read, I still absolutely enjoyed it. Main characters made me laugh as usual, especially the not-attractive, cranky and "cantankersome" suitor. Would love to see one of her books made into a movie.
This was my very first Georgette Heyer and I was immediately hooked. The heroine and hero, are initially adversaries and despise each other. But, with her characteristic magic, Heyer slowly turns them imperceptibly towards each other. One of my very favorites from Heyer.
3.5 stars

The first half was light and fun - the back and forth between Annis and Oliver made me laugh a lot. Oliver pretty much disappeared for most of the second half, unfortunately, and his departure made that drag a bit. (Also, several times I felt like I'd read this before even though I haven't. Very similar to Black Sheep, I think, with the addition of a truly annoying older female relative. She was awkwardly endearing at firsr, but by the end... oy.)

Still, this was pretty much exactly the
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