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Many eager suitors have vied for the hand of the enchantingly lovely Serena Carlow - but none so unconventional as the dangerously attractive Marquis of Rotherham, a man Serena once jilted and never expects to see again. But now her father's sudden death has left her Rotherham's ward, and she cannot collect her rightful inheritance until she weds...with his concent and approval!

But the fiery-hearted Lady Serena is not so easily controlled. The independent-minded miss is off to ...

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Many eager suitors have vied for the hand of the enchantingly lovely Serena Carlow - but none so unconventional as the dangerously attractive Marquis of Rotherham, a man Serena once jilted and never expects to see again. But now her father's sudden death has left her Rotherham's ward, and she cannot collect her rightful inheritance until she weds...with his concent and approval!

But the fiery-hearted Lady Serena is not so easily controlled. The independent-minded miss is off to Bath, where she becomes caught up in a series of romantic entanglements - and leads her irate lord on a merry chase. What she cannot know is that the besotted Rotherham has a passionate scheme of his own for capturing the heart of the woman he loves.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780515057607
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1981
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Her work included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.

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Bath Tangle


By Georgette Heyer

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-83611-2


Chapter One

TWO LADIES WERE SEATED in the library at Milverley Park, the younger, whose cap and superabundance of crape proclaimed the widow, beside a table upon which reposed a Prayer Book; the elder, a Titianhaired beauty of some twenty-five summers, in one of the deep window-embrasures that overlooked the park. The Funeral Service had been read aloud, in a pretty, reverent voice, by the widow; but the Prayer Book had been closed and laid aside for some time, the silence being broken only by desultory remarks, uttered by one or other of the ladies, and the ticking of the clock upon the mantelpiece.

The library, whose curiously carved bookshelves and gilded and painted ceiling had earned it honourable mention in every Guide Book to Gloucestershire, was a handsome apartment, situated upon the ground floor of the mansion, and furnished with sombre elegance. It had been used, until so short a time previously, almost exclusively by the late Earl of Spenborough: a faint aroma of cigars hung about it, and every now and then the widow's blue eyes rested on the big mahogany desk, as though she expected to see the Earl seated behind it. An air of gentle sorrow clung about her, and there was a bewildered expression on her charming countenance, as though she could scarcely realize her loss.

It had indeed been as sudden as it was unexpected. No one, least of all himself, could have supposed that the Earl, a fine, robust man in his fiftieth year, would owe his death to so paltry a cause as a chill, contracted when salmon-fishing on the Wye. Not all the solicitations of his host and hostess had prevailed upon him to cosset this trifling ailment; he had enjoyed another day's fishing; and had returned to Milverley, testily making light of his condition, but so very far from well that his daughter had had no hesitation in overriding his prohibition, and had sent immediately for a physician. A severe inflammation of both lungs was diagnosed, and within a week he was dead, leaving a wife and a daughter to mourn him, and a cousin, some fifteen years his junior, to succeed to his dignities. He had no other child, a circumstance generally held to account for his startling marriage, three years earlier, to the pretty girl who had not then attained the dignity of her twentieth year. Only the most forbearing of his friends could think the match allowable. Neither his splendid physique nor his handsome face could disguise the fact that he was older than his bride's father, for his birth-date could be read in any Peerage, and his daughter had been the mistress of his establishment for four years. When no heir to the Earldom resulted from the unequal match, those who most deprecated the Earl's many eccentricities pronounced it to be a judgment upon him, his sister, Lady Theresa Eagle-sham, adding obscurely, but with conviction, that it would teach Serena a lesson. Any girl who dismissed her chaperon at the age of twenty-one, refused two flattering offers of marriage, and cried off from an engagement to the most brilliant prize in the Marriage Mart was well-served when her father brought home a young bride to supplant her, said Lady Theresa. And all to no purpose, as she for one had foretold from the outset!

Some such reflection seemed to be in the widow's mind. She said mournfully: "If I could have been more dutiful! I have been so very conscious of it, and now the thought quite oppresses me!"

Her stepdaughter, who had been leaning her chin on her hand, and gazing out at the trees in the park, just touched with autumn gold, turned her head at this, and said bracingly: "Nonsense!"

"Your Aunt Theresa -"

"Let us be thankful that my Aunt Theresa's dislike of me has kept her away from us at this moment!" interrupted Serena.

"Oh, don't say so! If she had not been indisposed -"

"She was never so in her life. Wretched work my Uncle Eaglesham made of her excuses. He is a poor creature."

"Perhaps she has stayed away, then, because she does not like me," said the widow unhappily.

"No such thing! Now, Fanny, don't be absurd! As though anyone could help liking you! For my part, I am excessively obliged to her for remaining in Sussex. We can never meet without rubbing one another, and although I think her the most Gothic woman alive, I own she had something to bear when I spent my first Season under her roof. Poor woman! She brought two eligible suitors up to scratch, and I liked neither. My character was retrieved only when I was stupid enough to become engaged to Ivo Rotherham, and lost beyond recovery when I put an end to that most abominable episode of my life!"

"How dreadful it must have been for you! Within a month of the wedding!"

"Not in the least! We quarrelled more royally than ever before, and I positively enjoyed crying-off. You will allow, too, that there is a distinction in having given the odious Marquis a set-down!"

"I should never have dared to do so. His manners are so - so very unconciliating, and he looks at one as though he held one in contempt, which throws me into confusion, try as I will to overcome such folly."

"Detestable man!"

"Oh, Serena, hush! You cannot always have thought so!"

Her stepdaughter threw her a quizzing glance. "Are you in one of your romantical flights? Goose! I became engaged to Ivo because I thought it would suit me to be a Marchioness, because Papa made the match, because I have known him for ever, because we have some tastes in common, because - oh, for a number of excellent reasons! Or so they seemed, until I discovered him to be unendurable."

"Indeed, I don't wonder at it that you could not love him, but have you never - have you never met anyone for whom you felt a - a decided partiality, Serena?" asked Fanny, with a wondering look.

"Yes, indeed! Does that set me up in your esteem?" Serena replied, laughing. "I fancied myself very much in love when I was just nineteen years old. The most handsome creature, and with such engaging manners! You would have been in raptures! Alas, he had no fortune, and Papa would not countenance the match. I believe I cried for a week, but at this length of time I cannot be sure."

"Oh, you are funning!" Fanny said reproachfully.

"No, upon my honour! I did like him very much, but I have not laid eyes on him in six years, my dear, and the melancholy truth is that Papa was quite right when he assured me that I should recover from the disappointment."

The widow looked as if she thought this melancholy indeed. "Who was he, Serena - if you don't dislike telling me?"

"Not in the least. His name was Hector Kirkby."

"And you have never met him again?"

"Never! But he was a soldier, and his regiment had just been ordered to Portugal, so that that cannot be considered wonderful."

(Continues...)



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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    A fun tangle

    The characters in Heyer's Bath Tangle aren't always loveable. They make mistakes, and do some things that are less than considerate where the emotions of others are concerned. However, these things just make the book all the more fun to read. Serena Carlow, the main character, is anything BUT serene. Ivo Barrasford, the man she jilted just before their wedding years before,has a reputation for being a difficult man, and scares virtually everyone else in the book except for Serena. In fact, whenever the two are in the same room they inevitably start to argue. Several other characters believe it's a sign of how much the two don't suit; readers, of course, figure out early on that it means the exact opposite! How they get from formerly engaged friends of the family back to almost married, is, naturally, a fun read. The secondary characters are wonderful, the plot twists amusing--I laughed out loud several times toward the end. Highly recommended to fans of both Heyer and Austen.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    Every couple of years I re-read the Georgette Heyer regency nove

    Every couple of years I re-read the Georgette Heyer regency novels - all of them. Bath Tangle is charming escapism with well drawn characters and story line.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Sweet Read

    Imagine breaking your engagement with a man you thought was too stubborn and then finding him as your "trustee" after your father's death. What could be worse? How about your cousin getting your home?

    Georgette Heyer first wrote this story in 1955 and Sourcebooks is republishing it. I've read her work before in the mystery genre, but this was my first romance I've read by her. She does an wonderful job with romances, also.

    Ms. Heyer is excellent at creating well thought out plots and capturing your attention right at the beginning of her stories. Her main character, Serene, is a head-strong, independent woman, who doesn't care what people think of her riding hunters or taking walks unchaperoned. Her stepmother is much more meek and mild and is scandalized by her behavior. These two dissimilar women are forced to live together in the era of the early 1800's. Ms. Heyer does an excellent job of showing how they drove each other nuts because they dealt with things differently.

    This author always makes her characters' relationships complex and full of moral conundrums. No one simply falls in love and marries. They have to overcome hardships, work their way through social customs, and sometimes admit they have made a mistake.

    This story was great fun to read because everyone got engaged to the wrong person. This would really make a good play. It's a comedy of errors, full of proud characters that are determined to live life their own way, and it turns out to be a house of cards.

    The cards really start falling about three quarters through the story and I couldn't wait to see just how she ended this. I felt like I knew her characters well enough to know who should be matched with whom, but I had no idea how she was going to make it work. Ms. Heyer was astute enough to add one more twist in at the end that made me smile.

    The author uses a lot of words in her stories and they bog me down a bit in my reading. However, her stories are always attractive enough I keep reading and really enjoy what she does. After all, in the time of the Regency era, things didn't move very swiftly.

    The best part is that Sourcebooks is reprinting all her books, so you have even more opportunities to read her tales. They are well worth the read.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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    Bruce

    *he sucks on her other breast and thrusts harder. He grips her ass and squeezes hard*

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    Posted May 2, 2009

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    A MERRY MIX-UP

    Love, break-ups, and unfortunate engagements are ingredients in this fun read by the delightful Georgette Heyer. If you enjoy Jane Austen and comedies of errors this is the book for you.

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