Author: Georgette Heyer
Publisher: Source Books Casablanca
Publication Date: 18 April 2023 (1949)
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Regency Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Arabella Tallant, modest daughter of a country clergyman, is on her way to her first London Season when her carriage breaks down outside the estate of the wealthy and bored Mr. Robert Beaumaris. Beau assumes she's simply another young lady throwing herself in his path, which goads the impetuous Arabella into pretending she's an heiress. Much to Arabella's dismay, rather than being brutally set-down, as she intended, Beaumaris is deeply amused. He counters by launching her into high society, which Arabella would enjoy very much if it wasn't for the fortune hunters. Arabella's unpredictable and innocent ways force Beaumaris to start helping others, including a stray dog, an unfortunate urchin, and eventually Arabella's reckless young brother. Along the way, Arabella and Beaumaris become more and more intrigued with each other―which neither will admit, of course, until under extreme duress.
Arabella was an enjoyable Regency romance in the Pride and Prejudice vein. I found the opening a bit ponderous, but once Arabella began her journey to London things picked up and my attention was caught. She and Robert made a fun couple; although, actually some of my favourite interactions were between Robert and the dog, Ulysses! But overall, if you enjoy Regency romance, you can rarely go wrong with a Heyer novel, and Arabella is no exception to that rule. It gets 4 stars from me.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.