When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.More
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Irritating Leading Man
Lady of Quality has always been one of my favourite Heyers, despite it being so similar to the plot of Black Sheep. Annis is an woman trying to be independent whilst keeping family relationships on an even keel, who finds herself attracted to an unpopular man. Specifically, one her over-protective brother Geoffrey dislikes intensely. That sounds trite and formulaic, but isn't.
I think the strength of Heyer's novels always lie not just in the main storylines but in the variety of strong supporting characters. In this the palm goes to Maria Farlow, Annis's tittering, judgemental chatterbox of a companion. Maria has the potential to be either very funny - or drive you nuts. In Eve Matheson's hands (or rather voice) she comes to life, at once both horrific and grotesquely funny.
I kept Lady of Quality back till late on in my journey through Heyer on Audible for a treat. I wasn't disappointed. Definitely recommended.