Black Sheep (Heyer novel)

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Black Sheep
Black Sheep (Heyer novel) cover.jpg
First edition
AuthorGeorgette Heyer
Cover artistArthur Barbosa[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreRegency, Romance
PublisherBodley Head
Publication date
823/.912 22
LC ClassPR6015.E795 B5 2008

Black Sheep is a Regency romance novel by Georgette Heyer which was first published in 1966. The story is set in 1816/1817.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The novel is set in Bath, Somerset and centres on two main characters: Miss Abigail Wendover and Mr Miles Calverleigh.

At the beginning of the novel, Abigail's niece Fanny claims to have formed a mutual "lasting attachment" with Stacey Calverleigh, to Abigail's dismay. Stacey is reputed to be a "gamester", a "loose fish", and a "gazetted fortune-hunter" -- that is, he has a gambling habit, is a libertine, and is on the look-out for a wealthy marriage. Abigail enlists the assistance of Stacey's cousin, Miles Calverleigh, to prevent a clandestine marriage between Stacey and Fanny. Miles is the black sheep of the Calverleigh family, but Abigail finds herself attracted to his wit and unconventionality.