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To Arabella Tallant, daughter of a provincial minister, the invitation to stay with her London godmother was like the key to heaven. In addition to living in the glamourous city, Arabella might even find a suitable husband! Under her godmother's watchful eye, Arabella met all the eligible young men. But only one caught her fancy: Mr. Beaumaris, the most handsome--and most...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published 1949 by Ace Books
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WOW, what an absolutely fantastic read Arabella was.

First off, thanks go to my GR friend Jeannette (aka "QC") for picking this one (out of several that were commonly available from our respective libraries) for our buddy read. You couldn't have picked better, girl :D

Secondly, this Heyer combines all that's best about regency romances, starting with a well crafted hero. 'Cause let's face it ladies, we all like a swoon-worthy book man. And I'm here to tell you that Robert Beaumaris has got "it" in...more
Final rating 4-½ stars

Oh what fun this was! Georgette Heyer takes the predictable framework of a Regency romance, and turns it on its head by giving it an unpredictable hero/heroine pair. Arabella, proud, spunky, and penniless, butts heads with the Nonpareil, who is sworn to bachelordom. But, in Arabella he finds a woman who sparks his interest, and just might win his heart. The series of misadventures these two have are hilarious, and Mr. Beaumaris runs with the challenge of trying to keep up w...more
So, while I'm acting all virtuous with The Count of Monte Cristo and Les Miserables on my "currently reading" shelf, I'm still sneaking off on clandestine dates with Kindle freebies and Regency romances. Now you know my dark secret.

Arabella is one of the more charming and funny Georgette Heyer books that I've read. Arabella Tallant is a lovely girl, but certain to be hampered in the eyes of London society by the fact that she's a poor country vicar's daughter. But her mother prevails on Arabella...more
I'm on a spree when it comes to Heyer: I went by the library today and picked up five new-to-me Heyer novels. Happyfuntimes. I particularly needed something light yesterday, so Arabella was perfect. I'll confess I wasn't too impressed by the start, and there was a whiff of Pride and Prejudice-ness about it that put me off a bit, but both protagonists grew on me.

I had major embarrassment squick at first, with the silly trick Arabella pulls, but as the novel developed and her kindly nature became...more
Until the ending sequence, the book was 4 stars for me. So many bits and pieces of the book reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in a good way. I was delighted to relive the joy of reading P&P. I love a damsel that's not easily taken in by the hero or faints at the first sight of him. Arabella, though inexperienced and quite innocent, had a sharp mind and acute self-awareness. She guarded her heart well (for good reasons) against the hero's advances. On the other hand, the hero, Mr. Beaumaris,...more
Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of eight children. Her father is a penniless clergyman and when her godmother invites her to stay in London, the entire family starts to think that there can be a chance to secure a great future for both Arabella and her siblings. Arabella’s mother, in fact, wishes for her daughter a marriage with a rich husband. She does not imagine, though, what her daughter is capable of. During her journey, her carriage breaks and she decides to ask for help. Therefore...more
Miranda Davis
My all time favorite Georgette Heyer novel is Frederica. That said, I re-read Arabella, my Mom's ATFGHN, and I have to agree this is wonderful. The H/h interact a great deal and it's wonderful fun to read. In some of GH's books, the H/h don't actually have much face-time (Sprig Muslin, Charity Girl, just for instance).

Arabella is a gentlemanly Yorkshire vicar's beautiful eldest daughter being sent by her practical mother to London in the hopes of making an eligible match. Mr. Beaumaris is a much...more
Ruth Turner

I'm re-reading all of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances and loving them as much as I did in my early teens. It's amazing how much these books still hold their charm for me after nearly fifty years.

Arabella isn't one of my favourites, but only because Robert Beaumaris didn't tug at my heart-strings as some others have.

Still a great read and the conversations Beaumaris had with Ulysses were priceless!

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Amy S
You know it's really not fair to my husband for me to keep reading these books w fabulous heroes like Mr. Beaumaris. My husband is a great guy really, but I am sure I sometimes get this far away look when I wish he would pull up in a carriage and solve all my problems and wear a top hat, know etiquette intimately, and well, you get the point. But he does do the dishes for me, and let me sleep in on Saturday morning, so there you go.

So yes, our hero was mega swoon-worthy. The book was a lot of f...more

3.5 stars.

While I didn't find Arabella and Beaumaris quite as engaging as some of Heyer's other couples, there were some nice moments in the novel involving kids and dogs. Loved Beaumaris' conversations with Ulysses :-).
An amazing book! This definitely has become one of my favorites (of Heyer's and over all). And just happens to be the first Heyer book I ever read!
I am in love with the wit. Heyer's characters, particularly in Arabella, are so hilarious and witty that I wish I could meet them. I especially love Mr. Beaumaris and his discussions with Ulysses. A genius idea that gave him much more depth, especially because Mr. Beaumaris' speeches to Ulysses are forth-telling and amusing.

I really liked the Nonpar...more
Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of a country Vicar and gets the chance to go to London to hopefully find a husband. She is the eldest of eight siblings. On her way to London, the carriage she is travelling in breaks down and she seeks shelter in the hunting-box of Mr Beaumaris. When she hears Mr Beaumaris make a remark that she is after his fortune she tells him she is The rich Miss Tallant. She continues on to London and becomes a success with multiple offers from fortune hunters. Rumor...more
Georgette Heyer. Her world is full of men polishing their eye glasses and inhaling pinches of snuff or removing tiny bits of fluff off their sleeves before they POW! take out their enemies with all the force of John McClane incinerating a helicopter with an SUV. Ah! the crooked, narrow streets where men were monocled. Arabella is an okay heroine. She is well meaning and socially conscious but essentially powerless. She is also of the dainty, big eyed type who hitches up with bored, cynical, well...more
Isabel Bitterblau
4,5 estrellas

¡Me ha encantado el libro, y he pasado un rato muy ameno y entretenido leyéndolo!

Me lo he pasado muy bien siendo testigo de como Beaumaris el "incomparable" se divertía y reía a costa de Arabella y todo Londres, y de las excentridades y adorables ocurrencias de ésta :))

«Sin duda, ante una situación así un hombre virtuoso le haría entender que no hay ninguna necesidad de llegar a tales extremos. Pero ¡qué vidas tan aburridas deben de llevar los hombres virtuosos!».

This was a wonderful read! A great story and a lovely hero and heroine! The relationship is wonderful and how it changes through the story. Beaumaris is a very dashing hero! One of my favourite things does have to be his conversations with his trusty companion Ulysses (a mongrel dog thrust upon him by the lovely Arabella ;)) - they were priceless!

My favourite Heyer so far.
The only parts I really liked were where the hero has very involved talks with his ugly dog.
Olga Godim
Not my favorite among Heyer’s romances, the book was nonetheless a pleasure to read: a light, slightly farcical story with a humorous flavor. Nothing outstanding, but I suspect that a few years from now, I’ll re-read it … again.
The tale is charming and simple. Seventeen-year-old Arabella is a penniless vicar’s daughter from a village in Yorkshire. Her rich godmother invites her to London for a Season, and the entire family is atwiddle in preparations. It takes a while – about 60 pages – for Ara...more
While this is not the first of Heyer's novels that I've read, it was the one I was most interested in reading, because it seemed to promise the most repartee, and while it did deliver, most of it was between the lead male, Beaumaris, and the stray dog he picks up. While Arabella has her passion and purity, she sadly lacks the wit I was expecting. I really hate to think that all Heyer leads will be the mice in their feline husbands games. This may be precipitate since this is only my second Heyer...more
What fun! Most Jane Austen wannabees annoy me to despair but this one was fabulous! I t took a couple of chapters for me to warm up to it and start to believe this novel might be worth my time, but all the sudden i couldn't put it down! I liked the proper understanding of regency ers manners and language. I loved the excellent sense of humour of Heyer. Who knew? I confess i may have squealed a bit in utter delight over the last couple of chapters. Thanks to Hannah's excellent review for helping...more
Arabella is a Cinderella story of sorts; on her way to stay in London with her rich godmother, the fortuneless heroine, Arabella, is forced to stop at the house of Robert Beaumaris, and out of pique, tells him that she's heiress to an immense forture. Though I'm generally made uncomfortable by plots which are founded on deceptions like this, Arabella's charm rescued it for me, and I quite enjoyed her romance with Beaumaris, which develops out of a growing friendship.
Arabella is young. Her feistiness and invention are wide but mostly only to the salvation of stray dogs, burnt chimney sweeps, or debt ridden brothers. Not that she isn't owning her own inclinations, but yet not completely finished to be a "grown up". That's the only reason the ending seems rather contrived to me, that she could be as fooled by the elopement as she was.

Another excellent Heyer Regency woman, but not just yet in her full self-knowledge. Those Heyer women of core self-identity are...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Sep 16, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance
Shelves: romance, read-in-2010
The inventor of the Regency Romance, Georgette Heyer, has a book here that set the hurdles all subsequent work has to jump.

Miss Arabella Tallent, oldest daughter of a poor vicar of good lineage, ends up visiting her godmother in London with the hopes of securing a good enough match to be able to help out her seven siblings.

Mr. Robert Beaumaris, wealthier than Golden Ball himself, and a leader of fashion, brings her into fashion on a whim. This from a man who wore a dandelion in his lapel three...more
The daughter of a country clergyman, Arabella gets the chance to go to London stay with her rich godmother in hopes of finding a good husband. After being snubbed by the arbiter of fashion known as the Nonpareil, she pretends to be an heiress in a fit of pique. Soon all the fortune hunters in London are after her, and so is one very rich man - the Nonpareil himself. He's convinced himself he's just helping launch her onto the town to enjoy the spectacle, she's convinced that the accomplished rak...more
So, I'm trying to avoid reading a book. Yes, Deb, I'm trying to avoid reading the second book in the Hunger Games series. I'm pretty sure it will have some serious stuff going on in it. At the moment I'm in a fluffy book mood. My books at the moment need to be either, a). separated from my reality to a significant degree (ie fantasy with battles etc) or b). really funny and fluffy. So, when the weekend hit and I my library didn't dish out a hold that I wanted that fit the two requirements I had...more
I really enjoy Heyer's style. It's so classy and you immediately get a feel for the period in which the story is set, which is something that a lot of writers don't bother with nowadays. Heyer did a huge amount of research for her books, wanting them to be as accurate as possible, and for me as a reader that really paid off: I get transported to Heyer's regency world each and every time.

This is a really enjoyable, amusing tale with a wonderful, engaging heroine and a swoon-worthy hero that can c...more
Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of eight children and considered a Beauty. The Tallant family lives in a cozy parsonage, the father being Reverend Henry Tallant, in genteel poverty. With little aspiration for Arabella contriving a great match in Yorkshire (a must to help marry off the rest of the girls and provide a living for the son's) Mrs. Tallant's long-held dream has been to have Arabella's godmother, Lady Bridlington, sponsor a London season for Arabella. When the invitation comes...more
I LOVED this book! It was such a fun read with a very likable heroine, not to mention a very agreeable leading man, Mr. Beaumaris. Arabella is full of spunk and is not afraid of speaking her mind when she feels an injustice has been made, and somehow Mr. Beaumaris is the lucky one she turns to for assistance. I’m getting a little ahead of myself though, when first meeting they don’t care for one another. When Arabella overhears a *shocking* conversation between Mr. Beaumaris and Mr. Fleetwood, A...more
Arabella is one of my two favorite Georgette Heyer books, the other one is The Grand Sophie. GH wrote Arabella in 1949 and it's evident that GH was at her peak in writing Arabella.

First of all, our heroine, Arabella, is not rich, she is the daughter of a country vicar and the eldest of eight children. She loves her family and it is a very happy household. BUT, because Arabella is a Beauty, with a capital B, her beloved mother has scrimped and saved for many years so that Arabella might be sent t...more
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“How very awkward places we do choose in which to propose to one another!' remarked Mr. Beaumaris” 20 likes
“Mr. Beaumaris, who had picked Ulysses up, paid no heed to all these attempts at self-justification, but addressed himself to his adorer. "What a fool you are!" he observed. "No, I have the greatest dislike of having my face licked, and must request you to refrain. Quiet, Ulysses! quiet! I am grateful to you for your solicitude, but you must perceive that I am in the enjoyment of my customary good health. I would I could say the same of you. You have once more reduced yourself to skin and bone, my friend, a process which I shall take leave to inform you I consider as unjust as it is ridiculous. Anyone setting eyes on you would suppose that I grudged you even the scraps from my table!" He added, without the slightest change of voice, and without raising his eyes from the creature in his arms. "You would also appear to have bereft my household of its sense, so that the greater part of it, instead of providing me with the breakfast I stand in need of, is engaged in excusing itself from any suspicion of blame and - I may add - doing itself no good thereby.” 16 likes
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