Bath Tangle, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity.

Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate.

When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby.

Before long, Serena, Fanny, Kirkby, and Rotherham are entangled in a welter of marriage and manners the like of which even Regency Bath has rarely seen. Bath Tangle is a peerless historical romance by an author who was one of the most prolific, successful and best-loved writers of her age.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780099468097

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A little shrill but still entertaining.

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The characters in Heyer's Bath Tangle aren't always loveable. They make mistakes, and do some things that are less than considerate where the emotions of others are concerned. However, this is much of the book's charm. Serena Carlow, the main character, is anything BUT serene. Ivo Barrasford, the man she jilted just before their wedding years before,has a reputation for being a difficult man, and scares virtually everyone else in the book except for Serena. In fact, whenever the two are in the same room they inevitably start to argue. Several other characters believe it's a sign of how much the two don't suit; readers, of course, figure out early on that it means the exact opposite! How they get from formerly engaged friends of the family back to almost married, is, naturally, a fun read. The secondary characters are wonderful, the plot twists amusing--I laughed out loud several times toward the end. Highly recommended to fans of both Heyer and Austen.

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I'm not entirely sure how to rate this, because I did enjoy it a lot, but it's still not on par with <I>The Talisman Ring</i> or <I>The Grand Sophy</I> for me. Having finished it, I was just a little relieved that all the tangles of the love interests were sorted out, and that everyone got to where they intended to go (though, I would almost have enjoyed it more if someone had made an irrevocable mistake, even if it were just Gerald and Emily; the way it came out was too good to be true, and Rotherham far too in control of the whole situation).<br/><br/>You've got to like that this isn't just a story with a tempestuous male character pulling everyone along; Rotherham may well remind the gentle reader of Rochester from <I>Jane Eyre</I> with his manners. Lady Serena is no Jane, however, and she gives as good as she gets. I liked that their romance is not some insipid mutual regard, but something real and passionate.<br/><br/>I especially like that Heyer manages to bring in a spread of characters across social class and attitudes. Obviously, Lady Serena and her cohort are privileged as heck and don't know it, but I don't really expect an older book like this to really deal with that aspect. I liked the realism of Serena's indifference to class while Fanny, equally likeable, has more difficulty with being snobbish. The way Heyer handles show-don't-tell is pretty instructive, too; scenes like Serena holding the thorny flowers, or Fanny and Kirkby, etc.<br/><br/>Of course, the situation itself is one of Heyer's typical tangles, with Serena's father putting her under the guardianship of a man she jilted. It could be pretty creepy, to be honest, but Heyer handles it well -- Rotherham never takes advantage of the guardianship, and is prepared to let Serena make her mistake if necessary, even if he is manipulative.

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