Updated edition of the beloved classic by the Queen of Regency romance herself, Georgette Heyer, featuring a new Foreword by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James.

Arabella's one little while lie has spread through the ton like wildfire...

Arabella Tallant, modest daughter of a country clergyman, is on her way to her first London Season when her carriage breaks down outside the estate of the wealthy and bored Mr. Robert Beaumaris. Beau assumes she's simply another young lady throwing herself in his path, which goads the impetuous Arabella into pretending she's an heiress.

Much to Arabella's dismay, rather than being brutally set-down, as she intended, Beaumaris is deeply amused. He counters by launching her into high society, which Arabella would enjoy very much if it wasn't for the fortune hunters.

Arabella's unpredictable and innocent ways force Beaumaris to start helping others, including a stray dog, an unfortunate urchin, and eventually Arabella's reckless young brother. Along the way, Arabella and Beaumaris become more and more intrigued with each other--which neither will admit, of course, until under extreme duress.

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"No one has ever matched Georgette Heyer for charm and wit." --LISA KLEYPAS

"Utterly timeless charm... The dialogue sparkles with wit." --NORA ROBERTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Romance, adventure, side-splitting humor--no one writes like Georgette Heyer!" --LAUREN WILLIG, New York Times bestselling author

Publication Date: 
April 18, 2023