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    Abigail Wendover, age 28, shares custody of her orphaned and very wealthy 17 year old niece Fanny with her older sister Selina When Abby returns home to Bath after a six week trip, she finds that Fanny has been swept off her feet by Stacy Caverleigh, a suave fortune hunter Abby, looking for Stacy to try to take his measure and warn him off Fanny, instead runs into Stacy s uncle Miles, who has just returned to England after 20 years doing business in India Abby tries to enlist Miles help in doing something with his wastrel nephew Stacy, but Miles is interested in doing something with Abby As with most Georgette Heyer Regencies, the romance is a little understated The novel focuses on social situations, with lots of witty dialogue Do I seem odiously missish Yes, but I wasn t going to say so, he assured her.The laughter sprang into her eyes Obnoxious creature If only you didn t always make me laugh Sometimes I wonder if you have any proper feelings at all Almost none, I fear Would you marry me if I had The black sheep hero Miles who actually hasn t been much of a black sheep since his family sent him to India in disgrace when he was 20 years old, except that he still doesn t give a hoot for society rules is a really nice change of pace.He did not defy convention when it did not interfere with whatever line of conduct he meant to pursue he conformed to it and when it did he ignored it, affably conceding to his critics their right to censure him, if they felt so inclined, and caring neither for their praise nor their blame.And then there s Abby, who s actually not all that much into obeying the rules herself, but isn t quite ready to turn her back on them either, if only for the sake of her family In fact, there s than one character here who s kind of a black sheep, or at least gray Too much time for my taste was spent on the part of the plot that involved Miles nefarious nephew trying to marry Abby s wealthy niece, but I have to say the wrap up of that plotline was surprising and funny and very satisfying.Mild spoiler here The first time I read this I thought the ending was abrupt and bizarre Heyer sometimes cuts off her endings in odd ways but this time I realized view spoiler that the dialogue and ellipses right at the end are indicating that Miles is kissing Abby senseless hide spoiler


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    Another stunner by Heyer, Black Sheep is great I almost gave up on her after reading The Grand Sophy which is rife with anti Semitism The ones I ve read recently haven t continued that trend thankfully I know she is an author of her time, like Agatha Christie and others who have racism and anti Semitism in their books, but I prefer not to read it if I can.This one I like because the hero is not the usual Heyer hero he doesn t care about the way he dresses, and is not much to look at, but he is a reformed rogue and is smart and rich No one knows he s rich though, so he seems most unsuitable for our pretty, genteel heroine She likes his cleverness and he makes her laugh which is the perfect gentleman in my book.Several obstacles are in the path of true felicity her snobbish relatives, society, and a neice and aunt who are sweet, but clingy Will true love prevail Where there s a Miles the lovable rascal there s a way


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    I have an embarrassing confession I m so excited I m giddy like a school girl, and I m also apparently dumb like one Until recently, I d never heard of Georgette Heyer See, told you dumb I had no idea of how many books she d written on Regency England, about 60 I think, and I, who claim to love an excellent classic historical romance, have never read even one of her books Not one Have I been living in a hole these last 3 decades, stuck in an Austen, Bronte rut the size and scope of my pan handled state And so I would still be if not for my occasional scanning of the reading bloggernacle where I recently found a lone review of this book, Black Sheep Be still my beating heart This is an excellent book And I almost took it back to the library unread, shameful, wicked girl Miss Abigail Wendover is our 28 year old heroine who lives in Bath with her much older, often thinks herself ill sister, Selina and their 18 year old ward and niece Fanny Abby is quite settled in her life, where she is both nurse and confidant to her immediate family Romance is the last thing on her mind All remains unchanged until young Fanny thinks herself in love with a scandalous fortune hunter, a much older Mr Stacy Calverleigh, and it falls to Abby to make Fanny see the light of this man s true nature When Fanny and Selina remain unmoved in their undying devotion to this man, Abby, who fears there might be an elopement at any moment, enlists the help of an unlikely ally, Mr Miles Calverleigh, the black sheep of the family and uncle of Stacy who has just returned from banishment in India He, however has not the temperament or desire to become involved in the situation, but instead turns his attentions toward Abby, who secretly knows she s met her match, but outright refuses to admit it all costs.I really liked this book It was written in the style of Jane Austen, but was much easier to read Heyer has borrowed much from that great writer but in the end I couldn t have cared a wit While the main characters were clever and sharp as a tack, it was the secondary characters as well, the nosy elderly neighbors, the friends of the family that gave this book real depth As I said I ve not read any of Heyer s other books so I ve nothing to compare it to, but for a few days, I was able to escape back in time No detail was left undone I felt I was in Bath in the 1800 s Miles Calverleigh now ranks very high on my list of outstanding male leads, and the ending well, perfection, sigh Truly, I can t get back to the library fast enough.


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    My first reread on Goodreads of this wonderful book Since it looks like there is about much chance of getting rereads as there is of me winning the Nobel Peace Prize, I m having my first crack at the workaround Here is my 2014 review Added Impressions From 2017 This is my favourite of Heyer s post 1960 novels Every plot development makes sense Every thread is woven into the story perfectly.All the characters are perfectly realised Heyer s earlier novels often show a tacit approval of idle aristocrats reckless gambling As Heyer matured, so did many of her heroes Adam in is a soldier turned gentleman farmer, Waldo in is a philanthropist here we have a view spoiler successful businessman hide spoiler


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    Real Rating 4.3 of fiveThere are reads, and there are Reads Among the Heyerish, this is a Read It s a 1966 publication, so after the author s health decline picked up speed, but before its near twin Lady of Quality exemplified how far the mighty can fall, so it s a late work and in my never humble opinion her last near great book It misses the astonishing, glittering peaks of Devil s Cub or Faro s Daughter or The Reluctant Widow, but not by a large margin its verve and panache are the equals of those earlier works but, and this is my only complaint, the ending is very clearly signaled from the beginning and, by the middle of the book, is even outlined It diminishes the forward propulsion of the reader s interest That said, Heyer s prose style hasn t lost its lustre quite yet He did not defy convention when it did not interfere with whatever line of conduct he meant to pursue he conformed to it and when it did he ignored it, affably conceding to his critics their right to censure him, if they felt so inclined, and caring neither for their praise nor their blame She had every intention of maintaining her punctilious civility, and might have done so had he not said, as he took his seat beside her in the carriage he had hired for the evening I wish I had ordered a hot brick to be provided Thank you, but there was not the least need to do so I don t feel at all cold I daresay icebergs don t feel cold either, but I do Quite at her most perspicacious and wittiest best I love reading prose like this, the kind that says what it means and no yet makes the reader part of the world being written about by presenting it as reality, not an artificial stage play version of itself.A particular peeve of mine is authors who don t use, for want of a literary term I turn to music, the leitmotif to draw the reader into a deeper, nuanced appreciation of the text s world In science fiction, this is an element of worldbuilding It s fair to say that Author Heyer, widely acknowledged as the creator of The Regency Romance, did that task without having a name for it She was, at her height of powers, a skilled user of the leitmotif both as a character marker and as a means of worldbuilding Talking to you is like like talking to an eel No, is it I ve never tried to talk to an eel Isn t it as waste of time Not such a waste of time as talking to you You re surely not going to tell me that eels find you entertaining than I do he said incredulously She said despairingly I see that I might as well address myself to a gate post What very odd things you seem to talk to he remarked Do you find gate posts less responsive than eels These are not from the same page, or even passage It s lovely to see this quiet, unheralded harking back technique used to assert a greater and growing sense of intimacy, of sharing a joke, between the parties It s not a hunting horn blasted at the reader, but a birdsong heard as one passes through the woods Effective and charming and woefully uncommon in literature that takes itself far seriously than Author Heyer s confectionery ever would.Nothing on Earth resembles the pleasure of reading a kindred spirit s stories I am kin to Mrs Heyer s deep, beautifully researched works because I, too, enjoy the quotidian details that bring fiction to life Nobody did it better, though many others were inspired to try reading masterworks, even those of the second rank, is thus a tonic and a balm to the oft disappointed bookish soul.


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    Everyone who is acquainted with my reading preferences knows that I love Georgette Heyer, and thus far, there is not one of her books that I didn t enjoy Black Sheep was no exception it was hilariously funny, featured one of the best heroines and a truly irresistible hero, and had a very fun plot I liked the fact that it was set in Bath and that there was not a lot of action, but the conversations were so witty and funny that it was not at all boring She said despairingly I see that I might as well address myself to a gate post What very odd things you seem to talk to he remarked Do you find gate posts less responsive than eels Were you up at Oxford she asked curiously No I was down from Oxford sent down he replied affably My dear girl, you don t consent to an abduction You consent to an elopement, and I knew you wouldn t do that Our dear heroine, Abby Wendover, is on the shelf at 28, but still has a score of suitors, all duller than the other, who are vying for her attention She is not unwilling to marry, but refuses to settle for anything less than her heart s desire Abby is not beautiful, but she is charming, spontaneous, reasonable and generous She may not love her family over much, but she knows what she owes to them and always does her duty Who would have thought that she would meet her match in debauched, scruffy Miles Calverleigh, an outcast just come back from India, who pays morning calls in riding breeches and top boots and has absolutely zero care for polite conventions and good manners Yet, just like Abby, one cannot resist his silly comments or his careless ways, and we become and fascinated by him as the story unfolds The banter and chemistry between him and Abby was extremely well done It was fun, engaging and laugh out loud The reader knows they are made for each other upon their first meeting Add in Abby s hypochondriac sister, her beautiful, will strong and overly dramatic niece Fanny and her sweet, gentleman like secret admirer, Abby stuffy brother James and Miles s odious nephew Stacy, and you have a perfect recipe for a delicious and highly diverting Regency romp in Bath A Warning to all Readers, however This story end in the middle of a conversation, and it is extremely frustrating You have all been warned.


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    What do older HR readers like me do when their favorite and trusted HR authors and there aren t very many of these haven t published in a while and all the new HR authors with a couple exceptions that have popped up in recent years write what feels like total anachronistic drivel Well, I decided to go back to my oldies but goodies I hadn t read Georgette Heyer in several years so I chose this one, a very favorite, if not my favorite, Heyer book.This didn t use to be my favorite Heyer Back in the day, when I was much younger, THESE OLD SHADES, DEVIL S CUB, and REGENCY BUCK were at the top of my list Now I prefer the H h relationship to be like this one in BLACK SHEEP In the first place, the H and h are mature In BLACK SHEEP, we have a heroine in her late 20s and a hero in his mid 40s In the second place, there is so much intelligence, joy, and humor in the dialogue and balance in the relationship.Heroine Abby, who lives in Bath with her older sister and her orphaned niece Fanny, is worried about fortune hunter Stacy Calverleigh, who is successfully wooing young, impressionable Fanny Abby has never met Stacy and while out and about in Bath meets up with a Mr Calverleigh, whom she mistakes for Fanny s suitor He s not He s Miles, the estranged uncle, who is very recently back in England after years in India This mistaken identity and subsequent beginning of a beautiful friendship make for a great story.Miles is not your typical hero He s the black sheep of his family, who, after too many episodes of youthful indiscretions, was sent away in disgrace years ago He s not handsome, dresses carelessly, and is blunt and rather tactless, indifferent to how others feel about him But he s the breath of fresh air Abby needs after so many years with her stifling relatives.Not that Abby is a docile, passive observer of life Not at all She s a delightful heroine, loyal to family and friends, but no pushover either Miles and Abby s relationship is perhaps the best one Heyer ever created It s based on respect, humor and like mindedness These two are perfect for each other.This is Heyer at her best In many of her other books, even some of my still favorites like VENETIA or SYLVESTER, the secondaries tend to take up far too many of the pages, with humorous dialogue and incidents that entertain but sometimes drag on too much and put the romance on a back burner I felt the romantic connection throughout in this one.Once a year, Heyer books are put on sale, I believe at the anniversary of her birth That s how I have my Kindle collection to reread whenever the spirit moves me or whenever the pickings are especially slim of new and good HRs Considering I can count on one hand the HR authors I still admire the work of, I guess I ll be doing a lot of rereading of Heyer and other old favorites in the future.


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    I read this when I was in junior high, it was either my first or second GH, I got Faro s Daughter at the same time and remember reading them non stop over a weekend I cared for neither meat nor drink, only came out of my room when required to sit at the family table or attend church They may not be the best of her work, but will always have a special place in my heart as one of my firsts I am grateful beyond words to have discovered GH then, she got me through the angst of early adolescence, and much of life since My prescription was often to re read an old favorite such as GH, no other meds required I am due for a reread in January 2017, and will have to say then.This re read was perfect for the many storm ridden days we have had this week GH really hit her stride with this story, and as it was one of my first of hers, I measured my delight and pleasure in her other books by this one I fell asleep each night with a smile on my face and happy dreams while reading it One tiny quibble, everything slowed down while Miles was off stage, and I would have liked a bit of him upon his return I was lying in bed thinking there could have been a sequel around Fanny s come out, thinking about where everyone would be in a year or so Very highly recommended.


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    I ve read this book several times it s one of my favorite Heyer titles Very funny, with plenty of romance The audio version, narrated by Barbara Leigh Hunt, was good, but I had a few problems with it First of all, Ms Leigh Hunt is over seventy years old, and her voice sounds, well, old Too old, for the heroine, who is about thirty as I recall She does a very good job with Miles Calverleigh s voice, however, giving him just the right ironic tone Another problem and really it s my problem and not hers is that I kept hearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a role she owned in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice That was distracting.If, like me, you adore this book, however, I recommend listening to it Miles Calverleigh is simply one of my favorite romance heroes anywhere.


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    Sorry my review is nearly a week late This has got to be one of my favorite Heyer regencies, it s up there with Sylvester, Arabella, Frederica and The Toll Gate What I especially like about Black Sheep, is the characters Abby is a bit like Anne in Persuasion She s only different in that she is not timid, and she has a dreadful habit of giggling at quite the wrong moments Miles is the black sheep of the family, and a past record bad enough to send any respectable personage of the Ton running But however much he deserved the title Loose Screw he has set his sights on Abby Not because she s beautiful, because she isn t but because she has charm with and irresistible giggle that he loves to bring into being He intends to marry her no matter what people say, as long as she wants him, that is I love the banter between Abby and Miles, they both had chemistry and witty comebacks, even though Abby was one for making up sayings as she went along, Miles loved her for it and encouraged these ridiculous sayings of hers by being sure to infuriate her every chance he got I like that Miles admitted that he had been no good twenty years ago, but that was twenty years ago and now he is older and wiser, he s completely competent to stay straight because he wants to Loved it even this time around, I highly recommend this to everyone, even if regency isn t your thing, it isn t mine either but I couldn t care less when it comes to this book.A PG because of Miles past, he was obviously involved with tarts, drinking etc He wasn t a gambler though As he put it, Gambling was one vice that held no lure for him, why would he want to throw his money away So, yes I do like Miles, I like that he had the strength to change when he was shipped to India Similar to Lady of Quality because of the characters, though I like this one better Even if it does end in the middle of a conversation


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Black Sheep summary pdf Black Sheep, summary chapter 2 Black Sheep, sparknotes Black Sheep, Black Sheep 299cd6a With Her High Spirited Intelligence And Good Looks, Abigail Wendover Was A Most Sought After Young Woman But Of All Her High Placed Suitors, There Was None Abigail Could Love Abigail Was Kept Busy When Her Pretty And Naive Niece Fanny Falls Head Over Heels In Love With Stacy Calverleigh, A Good Looking Town Beau Of Shocking Reputation And An Acknowledged Seductor She Was Determined To Prevent Her High Spirited Niece From Being Gulled Into A Clandestine Marriage With Handsome Stacy, A Plausible Fortune Hunter The Arrival To Bath Of Stacy S Uncle Seemed To Indicate An Ally, But Miles Calverleigh Is The Black Sheep Of The Family Miles Calverleigh Had No Regard For The Polite Conventions Of Regency Society His Cynicism, His Morals, His Manners Appalled Abigail But He Turns Out To Be Her Most Important Ally In Keeping Her Niece Out Of Trouble He Also Turned Out To Be The Most Provoking Creature Abigail Had Ever Met With A Disconcerting Ability To Throw Her Into Giggles At Quite The Wrong Moment Yet She Was Irresistibly Drawn To His Knowing Smile But How Could She Persuade Her Wealthy, Respectable Family To Accept This Unconventional, Unsuitable Man

  • Paperback
  • 252 pages
  • Black Sheep
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 24 March 2017
  • 9780099468035

About the Author: Georgette Heyer

The Black Moth.In 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 year.Heyer 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 Martin.Her Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by