Georgette Heyer,
Black Sheep
(Sourcebooks, 2008)

Miss Abigail Wendover leads a charming life full of high fashion, close friends and a confidence that enables her to keep her own counsel in the face of both societal and familial objections. Some proud and determinedly proper relatives were Abby's greatest trial until her beloved niece Fanny fell for the older, controversial Miles Caverleigh. A chance encounter with this suitor's uncle Miles sets Abby on her way towards rescuing Fanny, exploring romance and deciding what rules are really worth caring about.

Possessed of an independent living as well as an independent mind, Abby's choices lead her beyond the simple struggle between propriety and desire, and into the dilemma over how to select which pressures and thoughts should count towards her decision. The combination of Abby's insights with her impetuous streak of humor turn her into one of Heyer's most delightful, fresh and modern heroines.

Between Abby's mental comments, her banter with the roguish Caverleigh and Heyer's masterful use of different points of view, Black Sheep delivers Abby's story with enough laughter and wit to make it sad that there's less than 300 pages.

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review by
Whitney Mallenby

28 March 2009

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