Review 1561: #1956 Club! Sprig Muslin

Seven years ago, Sir Gareth Ludlow’s fiancée died tragically. Since then, he hasn’t met any woman who would make him forget her. He knows it’s his duty to marry, though, so he decides to propose to his shy friend Lady Hester Theale.

On his way to Lady Hester, he meets a beautiful young lady in some difficulty. He learns that in trying to force her grandfather to let her marry, she has run off with the aim of becoming a governess. When her supposed employer turned her away, she presented herself at the inn where he meets her proposing herself as a chambermaid.

Gareth is afraid that Amanda is too inexperienced to know what dangers she may encounter, but she will not tell him her grandfather’s name, so he takes her to Hester. Hester’s family assumes he has brought along his mistress, and her roué uncle spirits Amanda away the next morning.

Sprig Muslin is Heyer at her most ridiculous and fun, as Amanda’s fibs land her and Sir Gareth into serious trouble, requiring, of course, more and more fibs. As usual, her characters are lovable and her wit engaging. I always love reading Heyer, This one, I reread for the 1956 Club.

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13 thoughts on “Review 1561: #1956 Club! Sprig Muslin

  1. Liz Dexter October 7, 2020 / 12:37 pm

    I do like this one, a good choice for the 1956 Club!

  2. Helen October 7, 2020 / 3:54 pm

    I agree that this one was particularly fun to read! I loved Amanda and her fibs.

  3. FictionFan October 7, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    Can’t beat Heyer for light-hearted fun, and this is a really good one!

  4. Simon T (StuckinaBook) October 9, 2020 / 5:29 am

    How have I still never read any Heyer? I’m glad you’ve covered her! She pops up in a lot of clubs.

    • whatmeread October 9, 2020 / 10:46 am

      She was prolific. You should read one of her funny ones.

  5. buriedinprint October 9, 2020 / 9:43 am

    I’ve never gotten into Heyer, but I can see the appeal of a comforting reread just now!

  6. Marg October 15, 2020 / 4:29 am

    I havent read this book by Heyer, but I should because it sounds like fun!

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