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Sprig Muslin
 
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Georgette Heyer
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Sprig Muslin

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  3,060 ratings  ·  254 reviews
On his way to propose a marriage of convenience to Lady Hester Theale, Sir Gareth Ludlow encounters a saucy young lady who soon shows Lady Hester how to win Ludlow's elusive heart.
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Published May 15th 1983 by Jove (first published 1956)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
I confess it true: I am such a noddycock that this is the first of the estimable Miss Heyer's trashy novels that I e'er did peruse. Dash it all, how was I to know she was a veritable caryatid of culture, a purveyoress of fine wordsmithing, an artiste?

Yeah, so she invented the Regency romance, or close enough to it. Yeah, she was an English homemaker. And by today's "so what did you smell like after you murdered those teenagers, Mr. Dahmer?" celebrity standards, she was a complete nonentity. Neve...more
Hannah
Seven years after losing the love of his life to death, well-admired Corinthian Sir Gareth Ludlow is ready to find a wife. Not for love, mind you. Love isn't likely to strike his heart again, but because it is his duty and responsibility to settle down and produce an heir. Lady Hester Thale is quiet, sensible, a steady friend and long on the shelf at age 29. Surely she will be more then happy to escape her domineering family and settle for placid security with her friend Gareth. But Gareth doesn...more
Jeannette
Final Rating 3-½ stars

If this story had been less about Amanda and her escapades, and more about Hester and Gareth, this would have rated 4 stars, for the ending alone. I love the way Heyer writes of mature love, deep attachment between two people who have known disappointment, and are too “wise” to think they will find true love again.

As for Amanda, she got to be quite annoying with her crazy antics. I despaired that the story would ever wind up to the hoped for conclusion. But, when Hester arr...more
Jane Stewart
Gary tries to help a capable but clueless, lying, runaway teenager. Frustrating first half. Very enjoyable last third.

STORY BRIEF:
17 year old Amanda runs away from home because her grandfather won’t let her marry Neil. Gary (who is 35) happens to see her at an inn and fears bad things may happen to her traveling alone like that. He is a good Samaritan who wants to keep her safe and return her to her home. She won’t tell him her name, but Gary thinks he could locate Neil if they go to London. Ama...more
Jacob Proffitt
This remains one of my very favorite Georgette Heyer romances. Sir Gareth is such a delight as he struggles with Amanda's exploits. Their repartee is fantastic without even hinting that they should end up together (thank heavens, I like Hester so much better than the explosively willful ingénue). And Hester is such an intriguing character as well. Her sly humor buried under her meek exterior has some truly fine moments even early on, before we've gotten to know how intolerable her situation real...more
Nikki
I loved Sprig Muslin. It's ridiculous fluff and therefore ridiculously entertaining, and I love the characters and the way everything turns out. Amanda is perfect and ridiculous, which is to say perfectly ridiculous, and poor Sir Gareth has the patience of a saint. The whole tangle of misunderstandings didn't even drive me nuts with vicarious embarrassment, in this case -- it's so deftly handled that it remains funny and light.

I prefer The Talisman Ring's plot by a good way, but Heyer's skill as...more
Kim
This is not one of the Georgette Heyer novels which I re-discover on a regular basis. While I have read it on more than one occasion in the past, I have never considered it to be one of my favourites.

Listening to the novel on audiobook over the past couple of days, I wondered why I've not appreciated it more. Sure, it's rather silly. Sir Gareth Ludlow, handsome, rich and honourable, decides to protect the headstrong and shockingly untruthful teenage girl, Amanda, who has run away from home with...more
Leslie
Sprig Muslin was very witty and clever. I admit there was a stretch in the middle that almost annoyed me so much as to consider giving up on this book. But i plodded on because a little bird told me the story would turn a corner. It did and quite rapidly! I am so glad I persevered. I don't think I have ever read anyone who could tie up loose ends as skillfully as Georgette Heyer. Honestly, the woman had mad, mad skill. I wish I would have discovered her Regency novels years ago.
Anne
4.5 stars

*Beware of spoilers if you don't already know who ends up with whom!*


I have the unfortunate habit of reading book reviews before or at the beginning of the book I am reading. Usually with Regency romances that is not a big deal as the couples are always so predictable, but with Sprig Muslin had I not known prior to starting, how it would end, I would have been surprised!

The hero of this novel is Sir Gareth Ludlow, and there is no doubt whatsoever about that. He is in all likeliness th...more
Res
The one where Gareth, on his way to propose a companionate marriage to Hester, rescues a runaway schoolgirl who's read too many romantical novels.

It's essentially the same set-up as The Foundling: a nobleman, in the process of contracting a marriage he isn't too enthusiastic about, finds himself saddled with a beautiful woman-child whose innocence he has to protect and a hotheaded youth who complicates matters with his impulsiveness. And I love both books, but I can't give either of them the to...more
Wealhtheow
May 03, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of Austen
Shelves: historical, regency
This book starts badly, with an introduction of Sir Gareth Ludlow and a rapid info dump of what rich, smart, respected, tasteful man he is, what an excellent boxer and uncle, and how he is still haunted by the death of his lady love many years ago. Oh the secret pain! It’s his duty to marry, though, so off he goes to propose to his old friend, the spinster Lady Hester. Along the way he saves the spirited Amanda (in a dress of the aforementioned sprig muslim) from disgrace after she runs away fro...more
Jenn
I've often heard this book recommended when Georgette Heyer's name comes up, but hadn't read it until now. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but as with some of the Heyer's that I like less than my super-favorites, we spend too large a chunk of the plot without one of the major players involved. However, there are some delightful mix-ups and Sir Gareth is a kind and engaging protagonist. I keep thinking fondly and chuckling to myself about Lady Hester hiding behind the curtains, and being amused at being...more
Molly
The trouble with reading this immediately after reading Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle, is that I am now confusing the two stories based on their remarkably similar premises. Eligible but unromantic bachelor goes to offer for a woman he is not in love with, finds himself rebuffed, must chase runaway(s). Even though the cases are completely different and the heroines widely dissimilar. Sprig Muslin contains Heyer's level-headed older hero, a hot-headed and melodramatic very young woman, and the l...more
Zarah
As I've always said, Georgette Heyers books are either a hit or miss.

This story was more Amandas with gareth having a part. I didn't expect this considering I assumed it was Hester and Gareths story.
And I honestly would NOT call this a romance.

this happened in the last Heyer book I read...and now it bothers me.

I read Heyers books because I love the way her characters love. And since I'm determined to read all of her regency romance, I've come across a few that should be categorized as anythin...more
Katherine
Sir Gareth is a good man who lost the love of his life many years ago and now decides to marry though not for love (he doesn't believe that feeling could be repeated) but from respect and contentment with a friend like Lady Hester. Lady Hester is so surprised to learn that Sir Gareth would even consider her and resolves to turn him down. She'd rather be an old-maid. Sir Gareth arrives at her fathers door with a young beautiful woman named Amanda. Amanda was a run-away determined to make her gran...more
Olga Godim
A hilarious Regency romance, an absolute riot of laughter.
It starts as a quiet and slightly melancholy story. Seven years ago, Sir Gareth’s beloved fiance died. He grieved for her for a long time and didn’t look at any other young woman, but finally he decided to get married. He chooses Lady Hester, not because he loves her but because he holds her in affection and respect. She is shy and well-bred, exactly what he needs in a wife. He travels to her family home in the country to propose to her,...more
Laura
Sprig Muslin is a light and funny Regency novel that showcases Georgette Heyer’s wit. I really enjoyed it and it made me laugh out loud several times! Sprig Muslin was first published in 1956, but the novel is set in 1813. The main action of the novel takes place in London, Chatteris (in the Fenland District of Cambridgeshire, England) and the roads in between.

This novel tells the tale of Sir Gareth Ludlow. His high spirited fiancée died in an accident many years previous to the start of the nov...more
Miranda Davis
2.5 stars. First I will admit, I laughed a lot reading this. But it wasn't much of a romance. A secondary character, Amanda, an enterprising, shameless prevaricator creates confusion, difficulty and danger as she executes her 'plan of campaign' to run away from her strict general grandfather and marry her beaux. She also steals the spotlight from the lovers to be.

Amanda's collateral damage includes ruining a) the Corinthian hero's proposal to the shy, whimsical spinster heroine (Hester refuses h...more
Jen
Another beloved Heyer.

However, I've noticed a pattern of late. I tend to like less Heyer's novels where the focus is on the male hero with the female seen almost entirely through everyone else's eyes. And I'll admit that the colorless description of Hester from Sir Gareth's family that we receive in the beginning tends to stick, despite the hints and scraps thrown to us later. It isn't until the very end of the novel that you feel any real connection to her at all.

Still, Amanda is hilarious and...more
kris
When we're introduced to Hester, she says she cannot marry Gareth before taking part in bouts of private weeping. I caught on, yes, but I would have liked to see a more firm acknowledgement of what she was thinking. There's nothing like a good declaration of feelings—internal or external—to make me swoon.

Gareth, meanwhile, is dawdling his way to proposing (not because he doesn't want to! Because he's just not that worried about the outcome. Of course spinster-Hester will accept his hand! Why hu...more
Nicole
Nothing too special about this book, really, but I struggle to rate Georgette Heyer lower than a three as I remember her books so fondly from when I was younger. Sweet, but predictable. I suppose that all of her books are really pretty predictable, maybe I'm just too old to read them? I think that what might have redeemed previous books was my desperate love for the characters, and in this book I was a little frustrated by them? Anyway, again, sweet and predictable, an easy and light read.
Tiffany
This was a fun, fast read. It's written in the 1950's, but in the times of Jane Austen. It has a lot of humor in it, and I loved the language, she uses a lot more slang--phrases and terms I'd never heard of that were fun. Some of the characters were more developed than others, but the plot was good. Apparently, Georgette Heyer wrote several books in this style, and then also some more current mysteries. I enjoyed it enough to plan on reading some of her other books too.
Cindy Newton
I love Georgette Heyer! Her sentences flow so beautifully--I just savor them as I read. She ties her plots up just as beautifully and with so much humor. I never get tired of reading her books! After rereading one or more of them, I find that some of the Regency vernacular starts creeping into my speech, causing people to give me odd looks. I don't care--if they don't understand what I mean it is their own fault for not reading Georgette Heyer!
Theresa
I have been introduced to Georgette Heyer from reading very enthusiastic reviews, on several book review blogs. "Sprig Muslin" is the third Regency era novel of hers that I have read, and I am still 'on the fence' with her writing.

I know Heyer is a popular author and I do acknowledge her expertise using dialogue and her wit at poking fun of human personalities and character traits. However, if you are looking for complicated plots, historical development or suspense, this is not going to be it....more
Siria
Much less enjoyable than These Old Shades, I thought. I was disappointed that so much of the book concentrated, not on Hester and Gareth, the evolution of whose relationship would have been interesting, and more on Amanda, who is the most spoilt, irritating, awful character I've seen in a long time. There are one or two amusing scenes, but for the most part, this was very forgettable.
Ririn
So sweet...the love story between Lady Hester and Sir Gareth (can it be called love story? I wonder). Entertaining but it's Georgette Heyer, need i say more? Just very annoyed with Amanda and her escapades. This is proof enough, in the hands of a master, a love story don't need to have all those sexual scene to be felt. And the ending...very sweet indeed!
Melissa Proffitt
I think what I love most about this book is the outrageous manufacture of stories: fake histories, fake identities, shameless borrowing from novels to provide fake troubles.

7/4/2012: Undoubtedly my tastes will change over time, but as of right now, this is my favorite Heyer romance.
Nan
This is an absurd novel with no pretense to historical accuracy.

I enjoyed it greatly. (Except for the parts I had to skim. Amanda's attempts to lure people to help her became quite tiresome after a while. Other than that, the book is good fun.)
Kimberly Paulson
This is a fun book. It could be categorized as a caper more than a romance. The plot kept you wondering how it would end and did not disapoint.
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
I know we had a copy of this book at home when I was a kid, and I must have read it, but remembered precisely nothing about it. So so so good!
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“I have seen what comes of being patient," Amanda said with a boding look. "And I have no opinion of it."
"What does come of it?" Inquired Sir Gareth.
"Nothing!”
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