Guest Review: Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer

Posted July 15, 2008 by Ames in Reviews | 5 Comments

Abigail Wendover, on the shelf at 28, is kept busy when her niece falls head over heels in love with a handsome fortune hunter and Abbie is forced into a confrontation with his scandalous uncle.

Miles Calverleigh is the black sheep of his family- enormously rich from a long sojourn in India, disconcertingly blunt and brash. But he turns out to be Abbie’s most important ally in keeping her niece out of trouble.

But how can he possibly be considered eligible when she has worked so hard to rebuff his own nephew’s suit for her niece? And how can she possibly detach from an ailing sister who needs her? This is a heroine who has to be, literally, swept off her feet…

I had originally started reading this title first but the beginning was a bit slow so I switched to Friday’s Child. However, I’m oh so glad that I quickly returned to Black Sheep because I actually prefer it to FC.

Black Sheep begins with Miss Abigail Wendover returning to Bath from a trip to London. She goes to see her sister, with whom she lives, to discuss the goings-on in Bath during her absense. Immediately she’s informed about Fanny, her niece, showing particular favor to a man from London. Abby finds this very disturbing because Fanny is an heiress and any man who shows an interest is immediately under suspicion of being a fortune hunter. And Abby is certain that Stacy Calverleigh is a fortune hunter.

I found this introduction to Abby and Fanny’s situation a bit much. But once Abby meets Miles Calverleigh, Stacy’s uncle who’s been in exile in India for 20 years, Black Sheep picks up and never stops.

Miles was exiled to India in his youth for his behavior. He himself tried eloping with an heiress and it was just too much for his family and off he went. Miles is a great character because he doesn’t give a fig for societal conventions but he’s still endearingly charming and you can’t help but like him. He’s immediately drawn to Abby and especially loves firing her up. Abby is a good character too. She’s 28, raising her niece with the help of her elder sister Selina, who is sickly, and considers herself too old for marriage. So when she finds herself attracted to Miles, who is the opposite of everything she wants in a man, she knows better than to act like a love-sick fool. She also realizes that her family would object greatly to her marrying Miles.

Is Abby going to sacrifice her happiness to keep her family happy?

Oh my goodness did Black Sheep ever turn into the most surprising book. I am quickly coming to love Heyer’s writing. (I already picked up Faro’s Daughter.) Abby and Miles are great characters. The secondary characters are well written and Fanny’s story offers a good balance to Abby’s. Fanny is 17 and in love for the first time. She’s young and impetuous and Abby is everything she’s not. This creates a nice contrast. But really, this novel is all about Miles for me. He does something very surprising in this novel and once you realize what’s going on, you’re like, “OMG, he’s awesome!” And yeah he is.

4.75 out of 5 (A)

This book is available from Sourcebooks. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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5 responses to “Guest Review: Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer

  1. I’m enjoying reading your reviews!! I have one now LADY OF QUALITY next to me to read. But I’m adding more being here! I love regency romances! A couple I saw are more of historical fiction or in like wartime related stories that I don’t read much of (AN INFAMOUS ARMY) Too I heard she wrote some mysteries (not sure if they are set in historical period). But I love so many other historical settings besides regency (Victorian, Medieval, Western, etc).

    I’m excited about this one and BLACK SHEEP and FRIDAY’S CHILD and so on. Gosh the Book Source covers are beautiful and will be nice on the keepers shelves! Thanks for putting your reviews up! I plan to get more of the books and this helps too with me deciding which to read first and on.

  2. Caffey-I really like the new covers too. I’m in the middle of Faro’s Daughter and it’s even better that BS. It actually made me LOL. 😛 Last night I picked up False Colours at the bookstore and I’m really looking forward to Devil’s Cub in August.

    I doubt I’ll read Heyer’s mysteries. I’m not really a suspense fan. 😛

  3. I have a couple of Heyer’s in my tbr. I *think* I read her years ago, but won’t know until I start reading the books again. I know I’m buying Devil’s Cub next month too because I’ve always heard such good things about it.

  4. Okay, gotta ask… I read Venetia by this author and really had a hard time reading it, because of the writing… it seemed almost like old language to me. Is it the same with these books? and which should I read? Friday Child or Black Sheep?

  5. Yeah, this book is indeed better than Friday’s Child, that’s what I think. The story and plot is much faster. I also enjoy reading the parts with Miles in it! He’s such an unforgettable character.

    Fanny, on the other hand, sounds like a weak sort of person but at least she still had some sense to not do something silly!

    Here’s my review of it. 🙂

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