Black Moth

Black Moth

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When Lord Jack Carstares is falsely accused of cheating at cards, the young nobleman accepts the blame to protect his brother. Alone and friendless in his European exile, Jack is obliged to develop his skills as a swordsman -- an accomplishment he puts to use upon his return to England, where he embarks upon a new career as a highwayman. Chivalrous Jack, like Robin Hood, steals only from the rich and shares his loot with the needy. And when he foils the attempted kidnapping of raven-haired beauty Diana Beauleigh, his rescue sets the stage for a thrilling romance and a chance at redemption.
Georgette Heyer's debut novel, written as a diversion for her ailing brother, abounds in the qualities that make her books perennial favorites with lovers of historical romance: colorful characters, sparkling dialogue, and lively plotting punctuated by swashbuckling action. Set in the 1750s, The Black Moth is rich in Georgian-era atmosphere, offering a compulsive page-turner that novelist and critic Margaret Drabble praised as "stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 20.32mm | 294.84g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0486814734
  • 9780486814735
  • 1,484,422

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When Lord Jack Carstares is falsely accused of cheating at cards, the young nobleman accepts the blame to protect his brother. Alone and friendless in his European exile, Jack is obliged to develop his skills as a swordsman--an accomplishment he puts to use upon his return to England, where he embarks upon a new career as a highwayman. Chivalrous Jack, like Robin Hood, steals only from the rich and shares his loot with the needy. And when he foils the attempted kidnapping of raven-haired beauty Diana Beauleigh, his rescue sets the stage for a thrilling romance and a chance at redemption.
Georgette Heyer's debut novel, written as a diversion for her ailing brother, abounds in the qualities that make her books perennial favorites with lovers of historical romance: colorful characters, sparkling dialogue, and lively plotting punctuated by swashbuckling action. Set in the 1750s, The Black Moth is rich in Georgian-era atmosphere, offering a compulsive page-turner that novelist and critic Margaret Drabble praised as "stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty."
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Table of contents

CONTENTS.PROLOGUE  I.  AT THE CHEQUERS INN, FALLOWFIELD  
II.  MY LORD AT THE WHITE HART  III.  INTRODUCING THE HON. RICHARD CARSTARES  
IV.  INTRODUCING THE LADY LAVINIA CARSTARES  
V.  HIS GRACE OF ANDOVER  
VI.  BATH: 29 QUEEN SQUARE  
VII.  INTRODUCING SUNDRY NEW CHARACTERS  
VIII.  THE BITER BIT  
IX  LADY O'HARA INTERVENES  
X  LADY O'HARA RETIRES  
XI.  MY LORD TURNS RESCUER AND COMES NIGH ENDING HIS LIFE  
XII.  MY LORD DICTATES A LETTER AND RECEIVES A VISITOR  
XIII.  MY LORD MAKES HIS BOW  
XIV.  MISTRESS DIANA IS UNMAIDENLY  
XV.  O'HARA'S MIND IS MADE UP  
XVI.  MR. BETTISON PROPOSES  
XVII.  LADY O'HARA WINS HER POINT  
XVIII.  ENTER CAPTAIN HAROLD LOVELACE  
XIX.  THE REAPPEARANCE OF HIS GRACE OF ANDOVER  
XX.  HIS GRACE OF ANDOVER TAKES A HAND IN THE GAME  XXI.  MRS. FANSHAWE LIGHTS A FIRE AND O'HARA FANS THE FLAME  
XXII.  DEVELOPMENTS  
XXIII.  LADY LAVINIA GOES TO THE PLAY  
XXIV.  RICHARD PLAYS THE MAN  
XXV.  HIS GRACE OF ANDOVER CAPTURES THE QUEEN  
XXVI.  MY LORD RIDES TO FRUSTRATE HIS GRACE  
XXVII.  MY LORD ENTERS BY THE WINDOW  
XXVIII.  IN WHICH WHAT THREATENED TO BE TRAGEDY TURNS TO COMEDY  
XXIX.  LADY O'HARA IS TRIUMPHANT  
   EPILOGUE  
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About Georgette Heyer

London native Georgette Heyer (1902-74) was among her generation's most prominent writers of historical romances. Inspired by Jane Austen, she frequently set her stories in the Regency period. Starting at the age of 17 with The Black Moth, she wrote several dozen books, including detective fiction and thrillers.
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2 9% (582)
1 2% (116)
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