Bath Tangle

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Bath Tangle
First edition
AuthorGeorgette Heyer
Cover artistArthur Barbosa[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreRegency, Romance novel
PublisherWilliam Heinemann
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages320 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 trustee. Serena moves to Bath with her young stepmother, Fanny, where she meets up with Major Hector Kirkby, a love interest from six years past. Serena and Hector rekindle their romance and become engaged, although keeping the engagement under wraps while she is still in mourning for her father.

Meanwhile, Rotherham, having heard of the engagement, proposes to Emily Laleham, a very young and inexperienced girl whose social climbing mother is delighted with Rotherham's fortune and title. While Emily recuperates in Bath, Serena's fiance Hector and her stepmother, Fanny, have fallen in love; they are much more better-suited to each other than he is to Serena. Serena and Rotherham still have feelings for one another, as well.

Rotherham, who has begun to believe that his fiance Emily would wish to end their engagement, is confronted by his young ward Gerard Monksleigh, who is in love with Emily. At first furious and contemptuous of his ward, Rotherham soon realizes that they had all made a mistake and tries to make his betrothed cry off. When he has finally succeeded, however, Serena steps in and ruins all his plans. A row between guardian and ward ensues with Rotherham storming off to make sure that his engagement over.

Rotherham eventually reveals to Serena that he loves her and she admits that she loves him too. They embrace, and are interrupted by Hector, her betrothed. He is all too happy to see this, since it frees them all to be with the person they each love and are best suited with.


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

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

Hartley Carlow, 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