Perhaps the most deeply cherished novel among Heyer fans, Arabella is the story of a poor girl who captures the heart of a handsome and wealthy bachelor. When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten. However, what will he think of her deceitful charade? Will it ruin her chance to be with the perfect man? Arabella contains some of Heyer's most witty dialogue and romantic banter; with its delightful and laugh-out-loud passages it is no wonder it remains the fan favorite.
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Engaging, witty and fun.
The Nonsuch also by Heyer. Poor girl, rich boy. Different plot but the same kind of engaging characters.
Listening to this book is a marvelous experience - one you cannot get by just reading it. Ms Nash is one of the best narrators for Heyer's books. She does men voices flawlessly and her mature women voices are also great; however, she made Arabella sound older than her 19 years, consequently, the image of the innocent debutant was hard to take for me. Regardless, I enjoyed it very much and will listen to it again soon. In fact, I just finished it and want to listen to it again - I will use restrain though and wait a little.
You bet! Unfortunately, it took me two days to finish it.
This is a favorite book of mine. I'm so glad that several Heyer books are coming out on audiobook. Hopefully, Pistols for Two and Simon the Coldheart will be coming very soon.