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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  16,925 ratings  ·  1,473 reviews
To Arabella Tallant, the eldest daughter of a penniless country clergyman, the invitation to stay with her London godmother was like the key to heaven, for in addition to living in the glamorous city, Arabella might even find a suitable husband there. Armed with beauty, virtue and a benevolent godmother, the impetuous but impoverished Arabella embarked on her first London ...more
Paperback, New edition, 280 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by Arrow Books Ltd. (first published 1949)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Arabella is one of the more charming and funny Georgette Heyer books that I've read, with a major plus in the form of one of my favorite Heyer book boyfriends, Mr. Robert Beaumaris. Arabella Tallant is a lovely, unspoiled girl, but certain to be hampered in the eyes of London society by the fact that she's a poor country vicar's daughter from Yorkshire. Nevertheless, her optimistic mother prevails on Arabella's high society godmother to sponsor her in making her debut into society. So despite Ar ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW, what an absolutely fantastic read Arabella was.

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 spades:

He's charming (but not overbearing). He's slightly jaded (but not an out-an-out rake), he's a bit world weary (but not cynical), and most important of all, he's got a dry sense of humor, especially when it comes to hi
mark monday
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to mark by: Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
this is a pleasant, satisfying, perfectly accomplished tale. I smiled, my heart was warmed, I enjoyed the elegant prose and wry dialogue and brisk narrative, the comic bits landed, the characters were amusing and endearing. all the good things. the father who is such a kind, well-meaning fellow that he inspires instantaneous guilt & self-loathing in his children at even the idea that he may be disappointed with them - well, that is a great superpower and he was a treat to read about. and best of ...more
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
This isn't the book cover I have (the copy I read was by Mandarin Publishing in the 1990s & Arabella looks nothing like I envisage her) but this is my favourite Heyer cover ever. so I'm using this one.

In spite of some stiff competition from Fridays Child & Cotillion, this is my favourite Heyer Regency. I am still a little in love with Robert Beaumaris & Ulysses is my favourite minor GH character! ;) I love the way that Arabella has other motivations & character in her life other than finding a r
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book so much I read it again. It think I enjoyed it more the second time around. Great ending! Seriously swoon worthy. And read it a 3rd time.
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Source: Audible
Originally read in October 2015 - Reread in March 2016 & again in June 2016
What can I say about this wonderful little darling book that hasn't already been said?

Arabella is charming. It's a true Regency romance classic, the epitome of the perfect comedy of manners set in London, and features all your favourite Regency quirks, mannerisms, glittering balls and shocking crushes. And naturally, there is an enterprising heroine and a dashing hero, who meet quite by chance and fall quite madly in love amidst a set of funny and delightful adventures. Ah, to have a London Sea
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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, was ...more
2021 Review
Ten years ago today I finished my first Georgette Heyer novel (aka, this one.) I wish I could say I fell utterly, completely, and totally under her spell from page 1. In reality, as you can see from my first review written with all the pretention of a 17-year-old:

"Though I struggled with giving it two or three stars, I think I will try and find more by this author."

And I did. You might say I never stopped. Though I started a skeptic, once I started reading Heyer I nev
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Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Arabella has been waiting for me to get to it for quite some time. I don’t know if I should be kicking myself for not reading it earlier or be happy for enjoying it this much now. If there ever was a book whose blurb doesn’t do its job then Arabella is that book.

I loved the way Heyer introduced Arabella Tallant’s lovely family, the way they live, how much her parents love each other and their children, the way the impoverished Vicar educated his sons and daughters and so much more, but I didn’t
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was nice to read about Arabella after reading about Judith Taverner in The Regency Buck. I could not help contrasting the two heroines, especially since they were both country bred and were off to London for the first time to make a splash. But whereas Judith comes off as childish and impetuous, Arabella has a more mature personality. Mr. Beaumaris is also a much more pleasant hero than the Earl of Worth.

So the story goes like this: Arabella is the daughter of a country vicar and brought up
There was a big joke played on me by the powers above, I think, because I picked up this novel without having the slightest of clues that this was Heyer's homage to "Pride and Prejudice." And it wasn't until I was about 70% into the story that I stopped giggling at Beaumaris' amusing conversations with the mongrel Ulysses long enough for the déjà vu to sink in. Wait a tad! I have read this before, haven't I? But by then it was too late: I had already been rereading Austen P&P in parallel for day ...more
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Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, humour
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
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this in years and I absolutely loved it! The Tallant family are a delight. It was chapter three before Arabella left for London and I must confess I would have liked it to be a couple of more. I loved the family dynamic here and would have liked to have spent more time with them.
It is definitely one of her more witty books. I laughed out loud more than once. The cant in this is brilliant and some of the names that Heyer comes up with are priceless. Leaky Peg and Quartern Sue are
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread March 2021 (4 stars)
Lovely story with some minor issues, but overall well worth the reread!

Read July 2019 (4 stars)
"Arabella" follows a heroine of the same name who is essentially a country bumpkin who grew up in a Vicarage among many brothers and sisters with a moderate fortune. Only when her rich godmother invites her to come stay with her in London does she first venture beyond the bounds of Yorkshire.

On her way there, however, he carriage breaks down outside the hunting lodge of Londo
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
Pretty sure this is the one I read that I thought was just "meh," and accidentally reviewed as Venetia. I looooove Venetia! This one, not so much.

A young clergyman's daughter, needs to marry rich, etc. Usually the plots aren't full of surprises, but it's the characters that keep you reading. As I recall, Arabella wasn't especially clever or fun, and there were no quirky secondary characters of note.

Update, 2020: I seriously remember the beginning of this book so well, which is a lot like a Noel
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is why I love goodreads: I never heard of Georgette Heyer until I joined (I know, shame on me!!) but it's so great that I have read so many authors that I never heard of otherwise. This book has been on my TBR list for awhile now (so many books, so little time) but I finally read it. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it, too. I liked Arabella & Mr. Beaumaris the most; some parts reminded me a little of Pride & Prejudice. I kinda lost a little interest when the chapters focused on Bertram but ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: georgette-heyer
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
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Read it several times over several decades. Really enjoyed it. Light and heartwarming, with somewhat serious reflections on vanity, injustice, and London society, mainly. Loved getting the hero's perspective via fireside chats with his scruffy mutt. Among Heyer's memorable characters are Leaky Peg, Old Grimsby, Jemmy, and others.

Recently I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Phyllida Nash. She is the wrong reader for this book. Her voice is too elderly. Not light and young. I recom
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
The only parts I really liked were where the hero has very involved talks with his ugly dog.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
It seemed high time to finally read a Georgette Heyer novel! I mean she is the Mother of the historical romance genre and the Regency romances that are currently experiencing such a resurgence in popularity. When the characters in Kate Quinn's 'The Huntress' were reading Heyer novels during their down time, I knew I couldn't put it off any longer!!

I have to say historical romance has come a long way since Ms Heyer conceived the idea! 'Arabella' was a harmless, fun romp thru an era that seems eon
Seema Khan
5* for this Georgette Heyer book for the only reason that it kept me wholly entertained and engrossed. Full marks to Georgette Heyer to have put in a book that kept a reader hooked onto it without much effort with a great deal of humour and intrigue and an ardent desire to know the next event in the story. I had kept postponing the reading of this book for a leisurely period of time for me to enjoy it, and very honestly the postponement paid off and I did enjoy myself a lot!
The story is about Ar
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I've given this an A for narration and A- for content at AudioGals, so I'm bumping up to 5 stars.

Arabella is one of my favourite Heyer Regencies, so I was delighted when I learned that Naxos was bringing out a new audio version with Phyllida Nash narrating. Ms Nash earned an A from me for her superb narration of Venetia, so I had high expectations. I’m pleased to report that she doesn’t disappoint.

Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of the large family of a country vicar. When her Godmother
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Abigail Bok
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
***Spoilers Ahead!***

Arabella is in the ranks of my second-favorite Georgette Heyer novels—lacking the sustained hilarity or gripping scenes of faves like The Unknown Ajax or Frederica, but delightful nonetheless. The title character is an adorable, if immature, girl who is simultaneously fun-loving and possessed of a strong conscience. The hero is more mature but like the heroine, torn between his love of amusement and his conscience. Both characters must fight their weaknesses and trust their
Susan in NC
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys romantic comedies, more Austen than modern Regency romances
Recommended to Susan in NC by: I've read several other Heyers
Shelves: favorites
Once again, I am amazed at Georgette Heyer's ability to make me laugh out loud - her books are so much fun - dialogue, characters, plotlines, etc. I can't recommend her enough - you don't even have to buy them, even though the reissues currently available are gorgeous - check your public library, they are bound to have at least one of her books.

Arabella Tallant is the eldest daughter of a very respectable but awe-inspiring vicar in Yorkshire. When her sensible and loving Mama decides it is time
Amy S
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Man, Georgette Heyer writes some of the best -- unintentional or otherwise -- schemers in historical romance! I can see why Arabella is considered a favorite of her works. And I definitely get the appeal of Mr. Beaumaris. Just the way he attacks the whole situation...and how he treats Ulysses! Be still, my heart! Did I also mention she writes some of the best love interests? ;)
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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. Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance nov

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“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.” 35 likes
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