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May 19, 2008

Review: Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , — 1shellie @ 12:59 pm
Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer

When I was asked to read and review Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, I don’t read a lot of regency romances, so I was intrigued and somewhat worried about reading it. Now I am glad that I have had the opportunity to read this delightful novel as I may not have ever given her novels a chance otherwise. Although this book has some very romantic moments, it is really a book about family, propriety and everything else in between. The dynamics between the characters are not only heartfelt, but humorous as well.

Abigail Wendover is considered well past her prime. At twenty-eight and unmarried, she has been brought up with strict values and a strong sense of propriety. Although she at times would like to rebel against her station, she must influence and instill proper behaviors to her infatuated and somewhat impulsive niece Fanny. Believing Fanny’s object of affection, Stacy Calverleigh, is not a good man but a rake and a fortune hunter, she decides to set out to discredit and to try to change Fanny’s infatuation with him.

Miles Calverleigh is considered the black sheep of his family. He was sent to the Indies in his youth because of his abandoned elopement from Fanny’s mother and his many indiscretions with many women. Gaining his enormous fortune by hard work and determination, he returns to Bath with little regard to the strict propriety of the social scene. He is funny, smart and totally irresistible despite Abigail’s best intentions to resist him. Abigail fears that Fanny will elope with Stacey. Although Miles is somewhat of a stranger, she seeks his help in breaking the two apart. When Miles does not readily agree to help her but rather starts flirting and teasing her it drives Abigail crazy.

The relationship between Abigail and Miles was fun to read. The banter between them was witty and interesting. Watching the relationship grow and develop between then was hilarious at times. Despite her best intentions, Abigail is drawn to Mile’s constant impropriety and humor. Watching Miles tease and flirt with Abigail and get her flustered was endearingly sweet. Georgette Heyer’s perception of Bath’s society was interesting and easily draws the reader into the lives of the Wendover and the Calverleigh families. Taking a glimpse in the lives of the secondary characters in the strict Bath society was also interesting and fun to read about. The ending left me surprised because it doesn’t necessarily wrap things up nice and easy but it is still satisfying, to say the least. There is still the Happily Ever After; it’s just not wrapped up like how many present-day romance novels are written. Honestly, I don’t know how else Miles could have gotten his Abigail any better. So even that part of the novel was well thought out, funny, and perfect for them.

This will not be my last Georgette Heyer novel. I look forward to reading some of her other books, but Black Sheep has definitely found its way onto my keeper-shelf.


Reviewed by Shellie


1 Comment »

  1. I’m not a fan of romance books either and I wasn’t really interested in Georgette Heyer! But this book might make me change my mind. I kind of enjoyed reading it as the story was engaging and the characters interesting.

    I liked reading Miles’ conversations. He’s certainly an unforgettable character.

    Here’s my review of it. 🙂

    Comment by Josette — November 26, 2008 @ 11:12 am

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