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Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer
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Aug 26, 11

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bookshelves: historical-romance
Read from August 23 to 26, 2011

A lovely regency romance!!! It spoke of the responsibilities of families and the sacrifices one made for the sake of one's family. The main male character was quite refreshing in his care-for-nothing attitude, for why should he help a nephew who he has never met and whose father had banished/shipped him off to India at the age of 20. Mile Calverleigh was the black sheep of the Calverleighs of Danescourt but that title seemed a bit undeserved to me, especially since his main sin was attempting to elope with the woman he loved. The Calverleigh males have been know to be inveterate gamblers who squandered money and even after they got rid of their "black sheep" they continued to spend and now Stacy Calverleigh found himself in dun territory. Needless, to say this did not stop Stacy from gambling and as a result he felt that his only solution was to marry an heiress. However, after one failed attempted at eloping with a heiress, he found himself in Bath in pursuit of Fanny Wendover, a chit 12 years his junior.

Fanny lived in Bath with her two spinster aunts, Abby (28 years old) and Selina (eldest daughter of the Wendover brood). While Abby was away caring for another sick sister, Selina allowed Fanny too much freedom and she formed an attachment with Stacy Cavendish, much to the chargrin of her guardian and uncle, James Wendover. Abby returns to Bath and realizes that she must somehow stop Fanny from further tying herself to a fortune-hunter. However, she cannot tell her outright to see him for fear that Fanny will rebel and elope with Stacy to despite her families objections. One of her attempts to separate Fanny from Stacy was to enlist the help of Stacy's estranged uncle, Miles. Upon meeting him and he her, she finds that Miles Cavendish makes her laugh and she is attracted to his smile. Miles refuses to help her with Fanny and Stacy, but continued to seek her out, courting her in his own unique way. However, Abby has several obstacles to overcome, one of those being her hypochondriac sister, Selina who wishes Abby to never leave her side. These obstacles prevents her from seeing what is right in front of her - the love of her life.

A really good read!

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