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Lady of Quality

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  5,556 Ratings  ·  443 Reviews
Alternate cover for ISBN 0330236490.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published 1974 by Pan Books (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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
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 22, 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Aug 15, 2016 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2016 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Jan 11, 2009 Delaina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Oct 06, 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
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
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
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
Karen (Kew)
Jul 11, 2011 Karen (Kew) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 06, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humoresque, britmania
I think this is one of Heyer's later books -- it's not one of her better ones.
But as a farce, it still has enough "moments" that makes it a fun quick read.
Dec 23, 2014 Emmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan in NC
3.5 stars, as in I really liked it, but not quite loved it compared to some other Heyer books. I hadn't marked this as read on Good Reads but once I started it it seemed familiar, I'm not sure if that's because I read it years ago or if it's similar to other Heyer plots. Either way, I liked it and it helped while away a few days out of commission with a nasty bug, for which I am grateful!

I liked Annis Wychwood, the lady of the title, and there were several enjoyable typical Heyer "types": the h
Olga Godim
This book was Heyer’s last romance, published only two years before her death. It’s not as funny or as polished as many of her previous novels. The story is short, only 255 pages, and by the last page, many loose ends are still dangling.
The plot is simple. Lady Annis is on her way home to Bath from visiting her brother. Her carriage passes an overturned gig and two youngsters, seventeen-year-old Lucilla and Ninian, standing beside their ruined conveyance and arguing: whose fault it was that the
Apr 19, 2013 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2009 Sbuchler rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 09, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Enjoyable, easy read. There was a fair amount of Regency slang, but most of it was defined by one of the characters and the rest was obvious. (One character who never stopped talking was referred to as a bibble-babble).

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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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