I am both appalled that I had never read anything by Georgette Heyer before AND super excited that I’m just coming to her now because OMG THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS TO READ NOW!
My mom picked this book up for me on a trip to Bath years and years ago. I was like “Oh yay! A book” and promptly put it on my shelf where it has been sitting ever since. It’s not that I didn’t want to read it. I love historical romance and knew of Heyer as one of the foundational authors of the genre that I should read. I could never muster up the enthusiasm to pick the book up, and in retrospect, I think it’s probably that should which kept me back.
Bath Tangle follows Lady Serena Carlow and her young stepmother (younger than Serena in fact), Fanny, after the death of her beloved father the Earl of Spenborough. Her father’s will has left Serena’s fortune tied up in the hands of the infuriating Lord Rotherham, who also happens to be her ex-fiance and now has the power of approval over whom she may marry. Denied access to her fortune and unable to bear watching her father’s new heir take over, Serena and Fanny flee to Bath. Plot ensues.
This book was like a warm bath. It is essentially Jane Austen Lite, a comedy of manners about people in drawing rooms having conversations and in a world where everything is on fire all the time, sometimes that’s all I really want.