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Ian whose reputation as the rudest man in London precedes him Chafing at the restrictions of Regency society in Bath Annis has to admit that at least Carleton is never boring And his brash and rakish manner uickly succumbed to the will of Annis this remarkable heiress no man had yet subdued Outrageous as he is the charming Annis ends up finding him absolutely irresistible Just what I needed during a rainy February I always get in a subconscious funk at this time of year then realize it is when my mom had a health crisis while I was living in England My family told me to stay put but then she took a turn for the worse and we had to fly home and bury her in a Western Pennsylvania winter Valentine's Day has never been the same Anyway although this is my first re read of this since my first read way back when I enjoyed it Not in my top GH books but still very enjoyable I have been in Bath reading wise for the past month Black Sheep Persuasion and now this one It is helping me to make it to spring and to escape when the country's vicissitudes become too much for me I very much enjoy Annis Oliver found Maria to be one of the all time annoying characters hope they find a place for her where she does not drive our happy couple madperhaps with a slightly deaf person? All in all just what I needed

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D egotistical uncle and guardian Mr Oliver Carleton arrived to approve the sponsorship But when Annis embroils herself in the affairs of the runaway heiress Lucilla she is destined to see a great deal of her fugitive's uncivil and high handed guardian Oliver Befriending the wayward girl brings unexpected conseuences among them the conflicting emotions aroused by her guard In my opinion this book consists of two componentsFirst 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 dialoguesSecond component are monologues of Miss Farlow I almost envied her the capability to this chatter I read it spellbound and with a big smile on my mouth The ease with which she goes from one thing to the other I couldn't invent it Heyer was a masterBetween this two components we have Bath atmosphere a little about change from a boy to a man and of course a little about society But these are additions One of the surprises is that view spoilerwe don't know if Lucilla and Ninian will be together In all Heyer's books I have read until now all love stories not only main have endings This is the first time with this big unknown hide spoiler

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The spirited and independent Miss Annis Wychwood is a beautiful heiress and hopelessly single has twenty nine and well past the age for falling in love When she sponsored young pretty Miss Lucilla Carleton's coming out the town's social elite were shocked After all how could Annis find Lucilla a husband when she could not choose one for herself? Then Lucilla's handsome an 25★I have a theory about this titleIf it's one of the first Heyer's for a reader they often love it as even a lousy Heyer is superior to most historical romances on the market If you have already read loved some of Heyer's finest works it is likely you will be disappointed I fall into the later categoryMy father gave me this beautiful edition brand new at the time for my sixteenth birthday How eagerly I fell on it started reading only to soon realise it was nearly as bad as her previous book Charity Girl If those two were the first Heyer's I'd read I would never have read anotherOn previous reads I didn't like Oliver This time it was the heroine Annis I didn't like I found her arrogant judgemental uite easily the most unappealing heroine in any of GH's historical romances Oliver is just a less well drawn edition of two of Heyer's heroes Charles The Grand Sophy Max Faro's Daughter In fact I could find the original of most of the characters in this book in other Heyer novels I might as well say the two from The Black Sheep This book is an inferior copy of it Lucilla Fanny Miss Farley Selina Believe me not a spoiler Really the only incident is how Annis meets Ninian what a name Lucilla another pearler other than that it is one set piece after another The hero heroine spend very little time together as I really don't think Heyer elderly unwell probably sick of Regencies knew what to do with themOnly positives In showing a independent heroine I think GH was trying to move with the times view spoiler The solution to what was going to become of Miss Farley was brilliant Not so the solution for Lucilla hide spoiler

  • Hardcover
  • 255
  • Lady of uality
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 08 September 2018
  • 9780370014791

About the Author: Georgette Heyer

The Black MothIn 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 novel and one thriller each yearHeyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She wrote one novel using the pseudonym Stella MartinHer Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by



10 thoughts on “Lady of uality

  1. says:

    Update 375 stars I enjoyed it I think I’d heard so many complaints about this later Georgette Heyer novel that my expectations were rock bottom so I ended up being pleasantly surprised DThe last Regency novel written by Georgette Heyer and the GH group's July group read I confess that I jumped in early when this became available at my online library #sorrynotsorryLO takes a fair amount of heat for not being up to the standards of Heyer's earlier novels but I have to say I thought it was a fun read It does owe than a little to the plot of Black Sheep but that's not entirely a bad thing

  2. says:

    Heyer's last book It was published in 1972 before a series of strokes and a fatal bout with lung cancer 80 cigarettes a day will do that to one carried her off in 1974 Definitely not the best work she didInterestingly Dame Agatha Christie's last book came out in 1972 the absolutely execrable Elephants Can Remember and Dame Ags died in 1975 These ladies were contemporaries though I know of no evidence showing that they ever met; I'd've paid top dollar to be present when they did Your attention please time travel agencies I want a cut of the bucks from that alternate timeline tourThe books were not the finest in the respective authors' ouevres Heyer's not best however was about as far from her normal output as any other author's not best; as Christie was suffering from dementia she headed a great deal farther down from her own peak In this book Heyer's accustomed subtlety and witty misdirection are entirely absent There are pleasant passages of smile inducing drolerie but few standout moments and then almost always deeply familiar from past works Ninian the very recent schoolboy whose arc to maturity resembles that of Nicky Carlyon from The Reluctant Widow has probably the most memorable humorous lines in the bookWell I don't scruple to say that I never had the least turn for scholarship Ninian somewhat unnecessarily disclosed He added a handsome rider to this statement saying with a beaming smile And I promise you ma'am no one would ever suspect you of being bookishOverwhelmed by this tribute Miss Wychwood uttered in a shaken voice How kind of you Ninian to say soNicky's boyish enthusiasm for espionage in that earlier work contrast tellingly with Ninian's fuddled motivations and interest in this story Ninian graduated from Oxford as opposed to Nicky's rustication therefrom is as bumptiously energetic as Nicky though considerably less interesting He's a Regency dudebro out with the boys and making light work of his childhood friend Lucilla's Bath coming out sort of season He is no patch on the juvenile leads from earlier Heyers but he is energetically amusing whenever he's in the frameMiss Annis Wychwood and Mr Oliver Carleton are peas in a pod; they recognize kindred free spirits in each other from the first Neither of them was much given to conformity; each has economic independence; both are older and wiser than all of the conventional folk around them regardless of calendar age Does this sound familiar Heyerites? Black Sheep anyone? I should probably review that one one day soon They are crashed into each others' spheres of influence and as a result of their shared indifference to Society within the bounds of propriety in Annis's case can't go too far from reality discover they will do nicely as spouses to each other In a tellingly complete rundown of his character flaws at the end of his proposal to Annis Oliver fails to promise Happily Ever After and Annis accepts him with clear eyes and a happy heart I can but hope that represents Heyer's own marriage to George RougierHere's the thing None of this is accomplished with the subtlety and panache of previous iterations It's just out there from the first and so there's no tension or conflict to resolve that's worthy of the name This book is a canter down the bridle path on your oldest horse a treat for the old creature and for you a visit to the site of many familiar pleasures But how man and beast long for the fences and the hedges of steeplechasing youth

  3. says:

    25★I have a theory about this titleIf it's one of the first Heyer's for a reader they often love it as even a lousy Heyer is superior to most historical romances on the market If you have already read loved some of Heyer's finest works it is likely you will be disappointed I fall into the later categoryMy father gave me this beautiful edition brand new at the time for my sixteenth birthday How eagerly I fell on it started reading only to soon realise it was nearly as bad as her previous book Charity Girl If those two were the first Heyer's I'd read I would never have read anotherOn previous reads I didn't like Oliver This time it was the heroine Annis I didn't like I found her arrogant judgemental uite easily the most unappealing heroine in any of GH's historical romances Oliver is just a less well drawn edition of two of Heyer's heroes Charles The Grand Sophy Max Faro's Daughter In fact I could find the original of most of the characters in this book in other Heyer novels I might as well say the two from The Black Sheep This book is an inferior copy of it Lucilla Fanny Miss Farley Selina Believe me not a spoiler Really the only incident is how Annis meets Ninian what a name Lucilla another pearler other than that it is one set piece after another The hero heroine spend very little time together as I really don't think Heyer elderly unwell probably sick of Regencies knew what to do with themOnly positives In showing a independent heroine I think GH was trying to move with the times view spoiler The solution to what was going to become of Miss Farley was brilliant Not so the solution for Lucilla hide spoiler

  4. says:

    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 uickly 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 the need to tell me how amazing she was every few pages I ended up distrusting that statement and realized that she wasn't really that great she was just a lot sensible and only a little less sillyinsipid than average and just as concerned about propriety as everyone else she just showed it less but we heard about her thinkingtalking about it the most of everyone in the effing book after going on about how silly everyone else was for caring about silly proprieties It was just that she was surrounded by such horrors of women that she looked good by comparisonAlso can we discuss? Why is it that in many of Heyer's novels if a female character is single at an unreasonable age she must be one of two extremes? Either She must be beuatiful rich personable funny smart and have a lot of suitors that she's turned down and could have at a drop of a hat if she wanted to she just chooses not to Or if she is of average looks she must be only uietly witty never think of herself and serve everyone else to death and of course as soon as the hero comes on the scene everyone discovers that she's beautiful after all after one scene where she is forced to dress up because of course she would never do so unless she was forced And then it turns out that she is like girl A after all just nobody knew? And then of course she must accept the first offer of marriage made to her I just why does the heroine have to be beautiful and have all the advantages of life to remain single? Couldn't she be plain and of competent means? Perhaps not dazzlingly witty? Give her a flaw You don't need to justify your heroine at every turn Heyer I would have liked her better if you hadn'tPS What kind of name is Annis? Was that supposed to make her excitingly exotic?PPS Damn I sound jaded I hope I'm not getting sick of Heyer romance novels That would cancel out many happy reading hours from my life

  5. says:

    In my opinion this book consists of two componentsFirst 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 dialoguesSecond component are monologues of Miss Farlow I almost envied her the capability to this chatter I read it spellbound and with a big smile on my mouth The ease with which she goes from one thing to the other I couldn't invent it Heyer was a masterBetween this two components we have Bath atmosphere a little about change from a boy to a man and of course a little about society But these are additions One of the surprises is that view spoilerwe don't know if Lucilla and Ninian will be together In all Heyer's books I have read until now all love stories not only main have endings This is the first time with this big unknown hide spoiler

  6. says:

    Late in her career Georgette Heyer published two novels set in Bath Both have heroines who are mature late twenties and both have heroes who defy the gentlemanly conventions of the Regency Black Sheep the other one of the pair tends to be the preferred book and I can see reasons for that although I enjoy reading both because I tend to prefer Heyer’s older heroines Venetia being an exception for meIn Lady of uality Annis Wychwood is a beautiful woman of nearly thirty who has turned down a number of marriage proposals She is independently wealthy and sees few inducements to exchange her independence for the married state Annis has even left the protection of her brother’s household her parents being no and set up her own establishment in Bath She finds life a little dull there but has a circle of friends that make it appealing than being buried in the country under the thumb of her pompous self important brother who can’t rid himself of the notion that he must guide and control herHis parting shot was to saddle her with a companion of his choosing an impoverished kinswoman named Maria Farlow who proves to be an airhead and an inveterate gabster Annis tries to put up with her but for her as for the reader a little of Maria’s inanity goes a long way There are moments in the book that jarred me with how unkind Annis could be to her tiresome companionOn their way home from a visit to her brother’s estate Annis and Miss Farlow encounter a pair of young people benighted on the road by a carriage accident Annis takes up the young lady to convey her to Bath and hears her story She is a young orphaned heiress Lucilla Carleton a year or so shy of her debut who is escaping from the loving but smothering guardianship of an aunt who is determined to marry her off to her childhood friend Ninian El Ninian was the other half of the pair found by the roadway having been dragooned into assisting Lucilla with her escape The young people are fond of each other but have no wish to wed—hence the ill considered flightAnnis on an eually ill considered impulse decides to invite Lucilla to stay for a while as her guest Lucilla is a sweet girl but Annis soon discovers that the duties of a chaperone are trickier than she foresaw—especially when Lucilla’s guardian her uncle Oliver Carleton appears on the scene Oliver is a well known libertine renowned for his brusue uncivil manners and his entrance into staid Bath society is like throwing a cat among the pigeonsThis is a very promising setup but in this last of Heyer’s novels it is clear that she is running out of creative energy Ordinarily Lucilla and Ninian would have storylines as well developed as the heroine’s their subplot having almost as many twists and surprises as hers But in fact despite lots of sparkling dialogue from Annis’s uarrels with Oliver to Maria Farlow’s nonsense not a whole lot happens Annis’s position of independence doesn’t allow for a lot of opposition however inappropriate her choice of partner might seem to her loved ones; and Lucilla ends up making much less trouble than you might expect I enjoy the primary couple despite Annis being forced in the proposal scene to utter the canard that makes me dislike Venetia so “if you cheat on me it will be my fault” and enjoy following two self aware adults as they fall in love but I miss the complexity and challenges of her earlier books I even found three passages where Heyer repeated herself within the same book—a failing made poignant by my knowledge that she was reaching the end of her long and productive career It’s hard to escape the conclusion that this was written on autopilot Still the least of Heyer’s Regency novels is better than anyone else’s Regency novel that I’ve yet encountered so as an occasional reread Lady of uality toes up to the mark

  7. says:

    Just what I needed during a rainy February I always get in a subconscious funk at this time of year then realize it is when my mom had a health crisis while I was living in England My family told me to stay put but then she took a turn for the worse and we had to fly home and bury her in a Western Pennsylvania winter Valentine's Day has never been the same Anyway although this is my first re read of this since my first read way back when I enjoyed it Not in my top GH books but still very enjoyable I have been in Bath reading wise for the past month Black Sheep Persuasion and now this one It is helping me to make it to spring and to escape when the country's vicissitudes become too much for me I very much enjoy Annis Oliver found Maria to be one of the all time annoying characters hope they find a place for her where she does not drive our happy couple madperhaps with a slightly deaf person? All in all just what I needed

  8. says:

    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 far too old to be the heroine

  9. says:

    I've seen mixed reviews for this one with GR readers but I have to say I enjoyed it on the wholeI liked Annis A strong independent woman who knew what she wanted and went after it Leaving her brother's house to live alone was an unusual decision for a woman of the time She came across as hard and uncompromising at times but I think that had to be her outward appearance in the world she lived in Otherwise she would have not been taken seriouslyOliver I wasn't too keen on He was brash and rude beyond what was needed and I thought Annis was too good for him He didn't really appear all that much in the book Even though it was obvious that he cared for Annis very much it didn't redeem him in my eyesLucinda was a lovable child and Ninian a delight I think they'll definitely end up together as Lady Wychwood predicted She was a wise woman who knew how to handle her 'stuffed shirt' husband He would have thought he was in control but she was pulling a lot of the strings Subtly There were some great characters and lots of dialogue than descriptive writing One thing cousin Maria she should have been smothered at birth Enough saidThis is a reread and I'm upping it to 5's Enjoyed it a lot this time It's uite short and contains a lot of dialogue which I loved The sparing between the main characters was great and the relationship between Lucilla and Ninian was delightfulOnly one thing hasn't changed Maria should still have been disposed of at birth If I was Annis I would have been severely tempted to 'plant her a facer' What a waste of space of a person

  10. says:

    2019 Review 4 stars 3rd times the charm? I actually really enjoyed this re read It may take a read or two but I always fall for Heyer's characters Sigh I immensely dislike the name Annis but otherwise I really like this storyline It is a welcome relief from the dangerous rake falls for innocent young maiden plot For a change dangerous rake falls for mature woman Heyer dabbles in both types of stories and generally succeeds in both cases However in this situation I really liked it because Annis doesn't walk in blind It is somewhat similar to Venetia in that sense and I don't care as much for that story so I guess my earlier hostility makes sense Still much enjoyable this time around Maybe I should give Venetia a third try2018 Re read 2 stars Not as horrid as I remembered but still not Heyer's best She doesn't allow subtlety to move her characters but has her heroine spend paragraphs analyzing her own emotions I like her relationship with her brother however 2011 Review 1 Star Worse Heyer book I've read yet Disliked the heroine the hero lacked what some of Heyer's better guys had Gahhh All the characters were insipid The only part I liked was when the brother thought the companion was drunk that was slightly amusing

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