Books: The Painless Regency

ARABELLA (284 pp.)—Georgette Heyer —Putnam ($3).

It was no joke, in early 19th Century England, to be the eldest daughter of a poor Yorkshire vicar. Not even for a girl as lively, as pretty, as independent, as good and as beautiful as Arabella Tallant. Naturally she wanted to marry none of her awkward provincial suitors, so Mamma hustled her off to her wealthy London godmother who undertook to find Bella a rich husband. When the coach broke down on the way, Bella sought shelter at the nearest house, which turned out to be the country home of Mr. Robert Beaumaris, the handsomest,...

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