Review: Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer (1955)

    Lady Serena is in quite the predicament. Upon the unexpected death of her father the Earl of Spenborough she has learned that her inheritance down to every bit of her pin money is be governed by a trustee. Said trustee must also approve of any marriage Serena were to make or else she might lose any fortune left to her altogether other than a small sum from her deceased mother.

At the age of 25 it is not surprising the beautiful and strong-willed  Serena should have someone chosen to provide for her and watch over her but the choice of the individual is rather rare. You see her father the Earl chose none other than a man that Serena was once engaged to, a man she walked away from shortly before their wedding was to take place: the Marquis of Rotherham. A duo to behold, the Marquis and Serena often butt heads and their tempers are only matched by their ability to infuriate one another on a regular basis.

From the very first few pages of Bath Tangle readers are provided with a feisty heroine and a hero to match but soon things begin to get shall we say…tangled. After having to abandon their home Serena and her step-mother, a quiet young woman by the name of Fanny quietly remove to a small property on the estate of Milverley. However this proves to be unsuitable so they remove to Bath for a short amount of time hoping for a diversion from their grief and the every day reminder of their once happy life at Milverley. An beautiful vast estate which now belongs to another by the demands of the inheritance since Lord Spenborough left no heir.

Upon arriving in Bath, Lady Serena soon meets an acquaintance she never thought to find again. A man she once loved dearly but was prevented from being with due to his status and their youth. Major Hector Kirkby loves Serena now as ardently as he did seven years ago when they were kept apart. At this time his situation has changed somewhat as he has inherited an estate and done rather well in the military, he soon asks for Serena’s hand and receives her ardent assent. Only one obstacle seems to remain-the approval of Rotherham. Will Rotherham ever agree for Serena to marry this man she once loved? And is the rather reserved Hector Kirkby really the man for a woman like the “fast” Lady Serena?

Georgette Heyer once again leads us on an ride of humor, gossip and love in her much loved Bath Tangle. Full of colorful characters and the always entertaining sub-plots she is famous for, readers will find themselves swept up into Heyer’s Regency world and the exploits of her wild heroine Lady Serena and the devilish Rotherham with the fashionable backdrop of the picturesque Bath.

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4 responses to “Review: Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer (1955)

  1. Mary Preston

    Both the covers are beautiful. I have heard of BATH TANGLE just recently & I do enjoy a feisty heroine especially.


  2. Having not read the book I am surprised her father would have chosen someone she didn’t get along with to be her monetary overseer. I am sure there is a really good reason for him doing so and I am intrigued to find out what it is. Thanks for the review, this is another to add to the wishlist.

  3. So many people love Heyer’s work that I feel like I should give it a try, but I’m not sure they’re for me. They sound a little melodramatic for my taste. One of these days, I’ll break down and try one.

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