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Book Title: Faro's Daughter|
The author of the book: Georgette Heyer
ISBN 13: 9780553234442
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 6.36 MB
Date of issue: August 1st 1984
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Flushed with success from my recent read 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 me.
Deborah Grantham is a 25 year old with decent parentage, but gambling runs in the family and between one thing and another, she's ended up as a faro dealer at a London gambling house run by her aunt. She's beautiful enough that she's attracted some attention from gentlemen who frequent the gambling house, mostly the wrong sort of attention, but there's 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 squash this inappropriate romance, and they have two months to do it before he turns 21 and gets control of his fortune.
So the uncle, Max Ravenscar, finds Deborah, and decides the best way to handle her is to offer to pay her money (a lot of money) to send his nephew Adrian packing. Deb and her aunt are in desperate need of money, but Deb finds Max's offer so insulting that she not only declines the money, she declares that she'll marry Adrian just to spite him (which she actually has no intention of doing). And so begins a battle 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 me.
Look--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 Regency romance 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 (Knave's Wager, anyone?).
So I guess what it amounts to is that I didn't care for the characters or their choices enough to really make this a winner for me. Deb was basically an intelligent, kind-hearted, cultured person, but being around Max brought out the worst in her. Her decision-making process around him was kneejerk 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 the rails.
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; Adrian, though he has potential, is young and foolish; Deb's brother grovels; and so on.
But most of this story is the 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 really great read for you.
Read information about the authorGeorgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.
In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.
Heyer 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 sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.
Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer's greatest asset.
Heyer remains a popular and much-loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.
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