Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh.
The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!
But Abby, adept at managing her sweet silly sister Selina, her lively niece, and the host of her admirers among Bath's circumscribed society, has less success in managing her own unruly heart.
The Black Sheep is a sweeping, spiritual novel that shows how Geogette Heyer became the most successful and popular writer of her generation and configures to be loved by a huge readership today.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 03/06/2004
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099468035
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Review by wyvernfriend
Abigail Wendover is officially on the shelf and is escorting her young niece Fanny through her first year "out". Fanny becomes attached to a plausable fortune-hunter and it's only with the help of a notorious rake and black sheep Miles Calverleigh that she can help. However she's also attracted to him and this makes her life quite complicated.It's a fun read, not the deepest or most involved but the characters are great fun and believable
Review by riverwillow
This is one of Heyer's best novels. The first encounter between Abby and Miles is hilarious as Abby tries to convince Miles to assist her in detaching his fortune hunting nephew from her her niece and sets the tone for the remainder of the book. Abby is a sparklingly witty character, whether she is dealing with her hypochondriac older sister, Selina, the pouting Fanny, her annoying brother or engaging in a duel of words with Fanny' Fantastic fun.
Review by readingwithtea
“Whenever I’ve read about it, in some trashy romance, I mean.”From the blurb:Charming and wise in the ways of the world, Bath society-belle Miss Abigail Wendover has tried hard to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter. Her valiant efforts on behalf of her relative become vastly more complicated with the arrival of Miles Calverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous devil-may-care with a scandalous past – that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny’s unwise liaison with his nephew! But Abby, adept at managing her sweet, silly sister Selina, her lively niece and the host of her admirers among Bath’s circumscribed society, has less success in controlling her own unruly heart.Abby herself is quite an interesting character: she has a certain independence of mind that is refreshing in this sort of romance, although the fact that she finds Miles vexatiously handsome is frustrating because we all know exactly what is going to happen.All the characters fall into such predictable types – Selina the silly sister, Fanny the niece with promise and independence who is bringing trouble to the family with her heart, boorish brothers and brothers-in-law, a pleasant set of brother-in-law and sister… is anyone else seeing the cast list of Pride & Prejudice here with different names?And I got 72 pages in (out of 252, so I adhered to my 25% rule!) and NOTHING has happened. The scene has been set, and now there are some people in it, wandering about.No thank you.
Review by beckymmoe
This was my first Georgette Heyer novel, and it definitely won't be my last! The characters are memorable: Abby, the younger of two "old maid" aunts (the other is the rather dottery and slightly hypochrondriac Selina) who are raising Fanny, an irrepressible seventeen-year-old in love for the first time with a possible fortune hunter, and Miles, the "black sheep" uncle of the fortune hunter who cares nothing for the rules and dictates of society but an awful lot for Abby...their dialogue had me laughing, and I've already re-read my favorite parts more than once. A delightful read and escape into an Austenesque world!<br/>
Review by lovelylime
Miles is my favorite Heyer hero, I'm sure of it. I'm also sure I've said that about the last three Heyers I've read, in the very least.
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