Update I just eread this April 13 14th 2015 and it is every bit at good as the first time Far fetched and comical it was just the sort of book I needed It had me laughing several times Georgette Heyer has written silly spoilt and idiculous heroines she has made witty wize and winsome heroines Deborah Grantham is the best minx of all She is onalmost on the shelf and has little chance of making a match Her aunt has a gaming house with a EO table and faro which adds up against her She also has an abominable temper thankfully not like the heroin in Bath Tangle but one singularly her own Max Ravenscar the Hero is appalled when he learns that his young nephew plans to marry a gaming house wench and he lets her know in no uncertain words what he thinks of such a unionOhh What fights they had Max normally had good control of himself but Deborah was out to get him To think that it all started because Max thought she was going to marry his nephew Adding to the amusement is the fact that she had no intention of doing so This has become one of my favorites by Georgette HeyerThere is not as much language as one would exspect from a book where much time is spent in a gambling house I was also surprised by how little drinking was mentioned The is talk of a man who wants Deborah to be his mistress but he never acts on it And Max calls Deborah many many ude names I personally found it funny as she did sort of bring it on herself I will eread it just for the priceless moment in the cellarThis book began by eminding me of Vanity Fair because of Deborah being in tight straits It ended eminding me of Pride and Prejudice This was a classic hero and heroine story were they start of with a great dislike of each other they each viewed the other vulgar and came to see that as much as they threatened to do away with the other they could not live one without the other I feel that of all the stories by Heyer that I have ead this was the most thought out of them all Those of you wondering it doesn t end abruptly 2019 ReviewMax Ravenscar s kidnapping is truly one of my favorite scenes in all of Heyer s works I love the banter between him an Deb the dismissal of her brother the moment he walks back into the house when everyone thinks he is tied up in the basement It is all gold pure gold 2018 ReviewSo much witty banter Deb certainly The Witch who was a princess represents an older Heyer heroine but she comes across emotional maybe Or perhaps impulsive is a better word like a younger heroine 2017 ReviewOnce again breaking myule about not interfering with past Little Shop of Horrors: 8 Selections from the Musical: Easy Piano ratings to bump this one up a star Ieally do love Faro s Daughter It would make a hilarious movie Also Deb 3 Girl has guts In all my previous eadings though it never occurred to me how uickly everyone falls in love Everything takes place in less than two weeks 2011 Review Faro s Daughter isn t one of Heyer s popular books and I picked it up half expecting it to be a disappointment I was pleasantly surprised When Max Ravenscar discovers his young nephew has fallen in love with a girl from gambling house he is uite determined to do everything in his power to stop the marriage Surely a bribe ought to workWhat he does not expect is Deborah Grantham Outraged and offended that he would try and bribe her off Deborah is determined to get evenge even if that means marrying his youngster of a nephewA very cute very humorous novel full of Jeden výdych koňa romp and Heyer humor I uite enjoyed this book It even beats out These Old Shades in the three star section Deborah is a great deal like Sophy from The Grand Sophy and as that is my favorite Heyer book it stands toeason I d enjoy this one too It is a highly imporobable story filled with kidnapping and falling in and out love and Eleanor, Quiet No More rather unsavory characters but overall completely fun The ending is a littleushed and the hero s falling in love might be a bit fast but the witty dialogue and idiculous circumstances the characters find themselves in uite makes up for it A very enjoyable novel My Heyer eccomendations go like this order then The Grand SophyFredericaCotillionFaro s DaughterArabellaThese Old Shadesand the Nonesuch HANDS DOWN THE FUNNIEST HEYER I VE READ YETDeborah Grantham is a well enough born miss who due to her father s impoverished circumstances ended up being What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game raised by her aunt Lady Bellingham whouns an exclusive gaming house in London In any case a little lord with a bad case of puppy love gets into his head that he wants to marry her and even though she never had any intention of accepting his older scowly cousin Mr Ravenscar decides to save little Adrian from the alleged fortune huntergaming wench I Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) repeat Deb at no point even considered accepting Adrien s proposal But Deb and Mr Ravenscar are two of the BIGGEST DRAMA UEENS to ever exist and that s why this novel is so amazinghilarious She is so offended that he thought she was a hussy and he is so thoroughly annoyed by not getting his way for once that they both come up with increasingly absurd ways to piss each other off leaving everyone else around them toeach for their smelling saltsThis is like Pride Prejudice on crack indeed you may pick up on certain turns of phrase that are straight from that bookI have to say I haven t laughed out loud this many times Revenant reading a book in ages in fact Iead the last 15% or so while on a treadmill at my gym just now and people thought I was going mental no one is supposed to look that happy Skilled in the art of card playing Deborah Grantham a gambler's daughter uses that skill as her sole means of support as mistress of her aunt's elegant and exclusive gaming club in 18th century London The beautiful young must find a way to Pumpkinflowers restore herself and her aunt toespectability preferably without accepting either of two Wonderful Memories of It's a Wonderful Life repugnant offers One is from an older veryich and Green Eyed Envy rather corpulent lord whoseeputation for licentious behavior disgusts her; the other from the young puppyish scion of a noble family whose elatives.
N a treadmill5 of the easiest stars I ve ever given ScrumptiousI can t type it here the Spoiler Stasi would waterboard me but ZOMG this entire ending is the outside of enough I pity the fool who doesn t indulge in the occasional Heyer A diet of them would be akin to steamed pudding for breakfast ueen of Puddings for lunch and a Pavlova for dinner but damme how they are like vintage champagne served with an exuisite entremet ScrumptiousI can t type it here the Spoiler Stasi would waterboard me but ZOMG this entire ending is the outside of enough I pity the fool who doesn t indulge in the occasional Heyer A diet of them would be akin to steamed pudding for breakfast ueen of Puddings for lunch and a Pavlova for dinner but damme how they are like vintage champagne served with an exuisite entremet Read a long long loooong time ago eview also long overdue because people tend to ask when I scoffGeorgette Heyer wrote a pretentious anachronistic pseudo scientific The Amethyst Road retcon version of theegency era concentrated her allegedly so ealistic writing on less than 300 people and those few they interacted with within a world spanning empire obliterated in a fell stroke everything else happening during a time which was one of the most important of industrialisation and science not to speak of featuring the major political upheaval of an entire continent And she all but killed doing all the above any serious engagement of female writers with said era Not just that her books and how they educe everything to a mere play of manners for or less silly goals are cause and The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families reason for the continued contempt people direct at femaleomantic writing about that era Or even just female writing I can t even scorn those who do so because they are absolutely completely When I Grow Up, I'm Going to Play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers rightWhere Jane Austen wrote acerbic brilliantly sarcastic and often even cynical accounts of what it meant to be female and constrained by theules and laws of that era and how women were educed to hunt and grovel for male support and left not the slightest doubt about how she despised this Georgette Heyer erects some fantasy Disney world in which she feasted The Empire sexism misogyny and classism Which is morbid Indeed there are enough scholars who have proven that Heyer looked at the Regency from the point of view of a negatively thinking sexist acist classist and terminally Die Zarin reactionary 20th century conservative who not only was worse than any and all of her contemporaries she also is much much worse than any of her ilk of the Regency era And she traded these negative properties to the majority of the contemporary authors trying hard to emulate andepeat her writing style because well because she invented it Looked at without the Meaning in History: The Theological Implications of the Philosophy of History rose coloured glasses this is toxicI wish she had stayed with her crime novels and never unleashed her dolls house version of Regency Gah Flushed with success from myecent Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll reread of Venetia I cast caution to the wind and decided to take on another Georgette Heyer Regency novel I should have known I wasn t mentally up for another contrived plot yet Even Heyer s witty writing didn t save this one for meDeborah Grantham is a 25 year old with decent parentage but gamblinguns in the family and between one thing and another she s ended up as a faro dealer at a London gambling house Nosferatu run by her aunt She s beautiful enough that she s attracted some attention from gentlemen who freuent the gambling house Mostly it s the wrong sort of attention but there s Lord Adrian the 20 year old heir to the Mablethorpe title who has fallen head over heels for her and wants to marry her His mother and uncle want to suash this inappropriateomance and they have two months to do it before he turns 21 and gets control of his fortune So Adrian s uncle Max Ravenscar tracks Deborah down and decides the best way to handle her is to offer to pay her money a lot of money to send Adrian packing Deb and her aunt are in desperate need of money but Deb finds Max s offer so vastly insulting WHY that she not only turns down the money she declares that she ll wed Adrian just to spite Max even though she actually has absolutely no intention of marrying young Adrian And so begins a battle Snuggle Up, Little One: A Treasury of Bedtime Stories royale between this obstinate couple and of course we all know where it s going from there but the fun is in the journey Except it just wasn t that much fun for meLook I get that Regencies aren t exactly the poster child for plausibility When you look up the word contrived there s a picture of a Regencyomance there or should be anyway And I ll confess that when I like the main couple and the plotline I ll do contrived plots with the best of them like Loretta Chase s Knave s Wager one of my guilty pleasures So what it comes down to is that I didn t like or care for the characters or their choices enough to Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen really make this book a winner for me Deb is basically an intelligent kindhearted cultured person but being around Max brings out the worst in her Her decision making process around him is knee jerk and irrational and I just don t do irrational Max well he s kind of a jerk even at the best of times though he does care about his family And they both have a sense of humor which saves the story from going completely off theails The secondary characters didn t help me out a lot here Deb s aunt is one of those extravagant spendthrift creatures that I dislike so much in fiction you see her counterpart in False Colours wh. Are convinced she is a fortune hunterLady Mablethorpe was aghast Her young son Adrian wanted to get married Miss Deborah Grantham a gambling club wench Thus she sent her trusted nephew the vastly wealthy clever and imperturbable Max Ravenscar speeding to the faro tables to buy the hussy off A The Jive Talker renowned gamester and the first to own that he is untroubled by aomantic disposition Ravenscar Gargantuan regards all eligible females with indifference preferring horses cockfighting or cardsTo Ravenscar's surprise Deb turned out to be besidesem.
Ere she annoyed me even Adrian though he has potential is young and foolish Deb s brother mostly grovels and so onBut mostly this story evolves around the Big Feud between Max and Deb So if you love this kind of battle of the sexes plotline complete with farcical events like a kidnapping a cultured woman dressing up like a tart and acting low class to embarrass the guy and his family gambling away of fortunes etc this might be a eally great Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy read for you I veead this book like most Heyers countless times if I had been Wurr 3 (Wurr rating books then this one would have been around 35 But now I m a lot fond of assertive heroines while both leading characters are very prone to irrational actions I m looking at the original publication date 1941 If I was aeader in WW2 I certainly would have wanted frothy fast paced fun Кракатит rather than grimeality But just to get an idea of the fantastic sums of money being thrown around in this book check out this currency converter note it stopped being updated in 2005 Gulp the pace on this one never lets upDeb may be uick tempered but she is also loyal kind inventive when her aunt needs help with her gambling house she doesn t hesitate to step in even though she must have Werewolf: The Apocalypse realised that she was putting paid to any chance of an eligible marriage leaving herself open to far less savoury offers But she doesn t waste time inegrets While Max is never given much in personality other than he is autocratic skilled in gambling the Das überforderte Gehirn: Mit Steinzeitwerkzeug in der Hightech-Welt romance is allowed to gradually unfold This is skillfully done special mention to some of the minor characters Deb s aunt Lady Bellingham is one of my favourites scatty yet kind GH gives her some the book s best lines I think Kit is the most horrible of all the unsatisfactory brothers in GH s stories It made me wonder if either of GH s own brothers had done anything to upset her at the time of writing Shallow disloyal self absorbed view spoiler he betrays Deb when she most needs help uses force against her to get his own way hide spoiler I love it One of the best Heyer books I couldn t stopeading Fortunately I could spare time for that So I have ead it in one day all dayThere wasn t a scene that I don t like You have many situations and brilliant dialogues between characters Both heroes have a spirit strong personality No ninny And they play together or I should say against each other famously There isn t so typical for Heyer a hero who must escue a defenceless heroineWhat was shocking to me the most that I was surprised two times how the story turned out Because I love Heyer Ivy Vines Visions romances but they are very predictable Not this book at least for meI want such stories 45 starsCharming I smiled the entire time it took me toead this novel the battle of the sexes of the first order set in Regency England Max is a Mein Plan zur Rettung der unsichtbaren Freundin von nebenan rich powerful and arrogant aristocrat When he learns that his younger cousin twenty year old Adrian is in love with a girl from a gaming house a painted harpy in his opinion and contemplates matrimony Max is aghast He would stop at nothing to cut the connection His first step is to buy off the greedy female In Deb he meets his match She is not painted nor greedy nor a harpy and she doesn t contemplate matrimony at least not to Adrian who is five years her junior She is as proud as Max but unfortunately her family hit the hard times and she has no choice but to help her aunt in her gaming establishment When Max offers Deb 10000 pounds to break off her non existing engagement to Adrian she flies into indignation Of course such a sum would help her aunt pay off all her debts but how dares that insufferable man insult her so How dares he presume she is for sale She wouldn t take a farthing of his money She would teach him a lessonAnd so the battle commences tit for tat After Deb delivers a shocking blow to Max s inflated ego heetaliates forcing her to exercise her creativity to the utmost for her next move While they strive to best each other the Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House readers smile and chuckle and enjoy every page of this funny and inventive tale DelightfulBookish musing The previous book Iead was a modern paranormal omance a good book by all accounts but the comparison was inevitable With the exception of magic the male protagonists in both stories could be described by exactly the same words arrogant wealthy powerful autocratic absolutely unaccustomed to any esistance The female protagonists are also similar spirited compassionate fiercely independent would go to bat for their families But unlike the hero in the modern story Max would never esort to cruelty towards Deb or any other woman no matter how much he dreams of wringing her neck He is an alpha male yes but his politeness and manners are too ingrained he is a British aristocrat after all to do anything so base as apply deliberate pain to a female He is uthless biased sometimes even hateful but his solutions are smart not brutal and he wants to win by his wits not his fists either literal or metaphorical And of course no lust is involved in Heyer s story Everyone knows it s there in the background but it s esistible It doesn t influence neither Deb s nor Max s decisions or actions Both have too much class to submit to their bodily urges Perhaps the comparison is unfair after all Heyer is a classic Her novels have been popular since 1921 and are still in print I m just saying I definitely prefer Georgette Heyer s approach Maybe I m too old fashioned. Arkably handsome witty and he could scarcely believe it well bred Nevertheless he expected she'd be grateful far the price he offered to give up her young suitor Arrogant Ravenscar always gets his way and comes to buy her off an insult so scathing that it leads to a volley of passionate eprisals escalating between them to a level of flair and fury that can only have one conclusion As they lock horns they become increasingly drawn to each other Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements has Ravenscar finally met his mat.
The Black MothIn 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier a mining engineer Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932 Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each yearHeyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She wrote one novel using the pseudonym Stella MartinHer Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by