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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Sprig Muslin

Sprig Muslin - Georgette Heyer

I'm pretty sure I've read this, one of Georgette Heyer's Regency romps, but it must have been about 30 years ago.  It was just as enjoyable this time.


The plot is so convoluted that I won't even try to explain it all, but a bizarre and hilarious road trip is set up when Sir Gareth Ludlow sets out to propose marriage to Lady Hester Thrale, long "on the shelf" at 29, not because he loves her, but because he thinks they would suit well enough, and discovers Amanda "Smith" (she won't give her real name), clearly a young and well-bred girl, traveling alone and attempting, very shockingly, to be hired on as a chambermaid at a posting inn.  He is appalled, and takes her under his wing, though she doesn't want to be there.


And Lady Hester refuses his marriage proposal.


The complications pile on from there, but I don't want to spoil anyone's fun.


I can't seem to find a copy of Venetia, but I had this one, and all the talk of Georgette Heyer made me feel like picking one up again.