Bath Tangle

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Bath Tangle
First edition
Author Georgette Heyer
Cover artist Arthur Barbosa[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Regency, Romance novel
Publisher William Heinemann
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 320 pp

Bath Tangle is a Regency romance novel by Georgette Heyer. The story is set in 1816.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

After the death of the Earl of Spenborough all are shocked when they discover that the late Earl has appointed Ivo Barrasford, Marquis of Rotherham, and formerly engaged to Lady Serena Carlow to be Serena's guardian. Though Lady Serena may rage against it, there is no way out and therefore Serena moves to Bath with her stepmother where she meets up with her old love from six years past. They rekindle their romance and become engaged. Rotherham, when he hears of the engagement, proposes to a girl who is only after his title. When he sees his ward and her chosen, he realizes that they had all made a mistake and tries to make his betrothed cry off. However, when he had thought he had succeeded, Serena stepped in and ruined all his plans. A row between guardian and ward ensued with Rotherham storming off to make sure that his engagement over. Eventually he reveals to Serena that he loves her and she admits that she loves him too. Her betrothed enters just as she is in Rotherham's arms, but is not bothered as he has by now fallen in love with Serena's stepmother. The story ends happily with everyone ending up with people suited to them.


Lady Serena Carlow - the heroine, 25, daughter of the 5th earl of Spenborough

Ivo Spencer Barrasford, Marquis of Rotherham - former fiancé of Lady Serena, appointed her trustee upon the death of her father until her marriage by his consent, Late 30s, wears breeches, top boots and Belcher neckties

Lady Fanny Carlow, Dowager Countess of Spenborough, widow of the 5th earl, Serena's stepmother and friend, 23

Lord Hartley, 6th Earl of Spenborough, cousin of the 5th earl, his country seat is Milverly

Major Hector Kirkby - a suitor of Serena's rejected by the earl when he was a Captain

Emily Laleham - a debutante

Lady Laleham - a social climber trying to dissociate herself from her mercantile past

Mrs Floore - Lady Laleham's mother, widow of Mr Sebden, a gentleman, and Mr Ned Floore, a soap maker

Mr Goring - a merchant's son educated at Rugby and Cambridge

Gerard Monksleigh - one of Lord Rotherham's wards, a child of a cousin

Lady Theresa Eaglesham - Serena's aunt