by Georgette Heyer
Mass Market Paperback: 408 pages
First Released: 1956
Source: Bought through Half.com.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
En route to propose to his sensible acquaintance Lady Hester, Sir Gareth Ludlow finds young, pretty Amanda unattended and headed for trouble. He knows it is his duty to bring her back to her family, but this turns out to be a challenge as Amanda refuses to tell him who she is and escapes his protect at every opportunity. He takes her to Lady Hester to ask for her help as well as her hand in marriage.
Lady Hester stuns both him and her family when she refuses to marry him. At her age, no one would expect her to turn down such an eligible suitor. But Lady Hester has met the indomitable Amanda. How can the quiet, intelligent Hester hope to compete with such a lively young lady...especially since she reminds Gareth of his lost love from his younger years?
Sprig Muslin is a Regency romance, but the first half is more an adventure filled with funny mishaps which is followed by the romance coming into bloom. The book starts out like a few other Heyer stories with the older hero running into a young lady who has run away while he is on his way to propose to a woman he doesn't love. I was glad that this was a new variation, not new names on an old storyline.
The characters were all likable and the situations were very funny. Heyer even managed to make me wonder for a while which characters would end up together. I really enjoyed the novel even if it didn't rate as one of my favorites.
There were no sex scenes. There was some explicit bad language (mostly swearing using "God"). Overall, I'd recommend this hilarious romp.
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