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Georgette Heyer
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5 Jun 1970
Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family are scandalised that he proposes to marry one of faro's daughters', and his cousin - the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New impression edition (5 Jun 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330103199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330103190
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,183,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable." (India Knight) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A swooning, thrilling Regency romance by one of our best known and beloved historical novelists. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Regency Romance 19 Sep 2004
The heroine is Deborah Grantham, she helps run her aunt's gaming house - her aunt is respectable but short of money as she has had to look after Deborah and her brother. Deborah has two men interested in her the Earl of Ormskirk who wants a mistress and Lord Mablethorpe (Adrian) who offers marriage.
The Hero is Max Ravenscar, who is enlisted by his aunt (Lord Mablethorpe's mother) to help her pay Deborah to leave Adrian alone.
The only problem is Deborah insulted refuses to be bought off and a battle ensues between her and Max, complicated by carriage races, wagers kidnappings, distressed young girls, friends younger brothers and the evil Sir James Filey.
The writing is so beautifully and distinctively G Heyer (written in 1941 there are no 'intimate' scenes - but you never miss them) and like all her books I loved it, although it is not one of my personal favourites it will be read many times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, lively, brilliant. 26 Feb 2010
Max Ravenscar is incredulous when he hears that his young cousin intends to marry a common gaming-house wench. But when he meets the attractive and elegant Miss Grantham in said gaming house, and is strongly attracted to her himself, he finally realises what he is up against. With his hapless cousin behaving like a mooncalf in her presence, he is determined to stop it whatever it takes. Deb is outraged at his insolent manner, and there ensues a battle of wills between them, with both prepared to go to any lengths to get their own way. An enjoyable and very funny story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love in a gaming house 13 Mar 2011
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Deborah Grantham assists her aunt - Lady Bellingham - in running a gaming house. She has caught the eye of young Lord Mablethorpe who has shocked his family by saying he wants to marry Deborah when he comes of age in a few months time. Mablethorpe's cousin, the wealthy Max Ravenscar, vows to buy Deborah off. But things do not go to plan and Max finds in Deb a foe worthy of his steel.

This is a boisterous comedy of misunderstandings and manners. It is probably one of Georgette Heyer's more light hearted novels with its fast paced plot and volatile characters. I loved Deborah and Max and Lady Bellingham is a marvellously comic character with her fixation on the cost of green peas and wax candles. I also liked Arabella - Max Ravenscar's half sister.

A marvellously enjoyable romp of a book with amusing dialogue which will make you laugh out loud in places. The goodies are not too good and the baddies are not too bad and the reader knows that things will work out well in the end. This is an ideal book to read when you need cheering up on a wet winter afternoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good Heyer with a unique setting and heroine 13 April 2008
I really enjoyed this book. The only downside to it is the slightly odd note the heroine strikes-- she is honorable and intelligent, yet does something very silly. That bit of the book seemed like it was lifted from a story about a different heroine.

Overall, a fun romp with a heroine who has a sense of honor, and a hero who makes a great mistake in his evaluation of her. Interesting because the setting and situations are very different than other Heyer books. A satisfying ending.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Favourite, but still wonderful 22 Nov 2007
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Here, Heyer takes on the notions of what it is to be 'respectable' in terms of the Regency Period. The heroine helps run a gaming den, hence the title, Faro's Daughter (Faro is a kind of card game). She becomes emotionally entangled with a young aristocrat who has formed an attachment to her and wishes to marry her. Naturally his family don't approve. It is all very well for a young man to waste his money on cards and loose women, but it is not very well for him to then marry into such a world.
The hero, Max, is sent to rescue his addle pated relation from such a terrible fate, and naturally becomes entangled with the young femme fatale herself, with all kinds of disastrous consequences, which naturally in Heyer's world, all work themselves out neatly before the end of the book!
What I found difficult about this book was the fact that I couldn't really warm to the heroine, Deborah, too easily. It seemed she was more a vehicle than a character in her own right. She never really fleshed out well, as so many of Heyer's other characters do.
Despite this it was still a delightful read and one of the most productive ways I've found to spend a wet Saturday afternoon. You won't be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Heyer and very funny 21 Jun 2008
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The heroine Deb Grantham makes this an unusual story as she's working in her aunt's gaming house, though to be fair she's as upper-class as all Heyer's heroines. The hero Max Ravenscar is untitled and while very rich is uninterested in women and prefers horse-racing and gambling. All the same, he is completely offended when his cousin Lord Mablethorpe intends to marry Deb as soon as he is of age and takes it upon himself to buy her off...

For once the tension between hero and heroine has a genuine cause and Max is very ungentlemanly with Deb at the beginning which leads her to plot his downfall which she does with a charming combination of ruthlessness and care. The central scene in the cellar is wonderful (I don't want to give anything away) and very funny, and workings out of the tangled plot both playful and amusing. Deb's aunt adds some light relief and the interventions of an Irish gambler friend and a pugilist add to the slightly unorthodox setting. However the ending is as charmingly predictable as ever. I tend to prefer the masterful to the timid heroes in Heyer's books and so this is one of my favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best
You know the ending will be a happy outcome for hero and heroine but still you want to travel along the ups and downs with them.
Published 3 days ago by haley
5.0 out of 5 stars annoying heroine... wonderful hero
A little out of the ordinary, this one. You spent quite a lot of time wanting to hit deb for her stubbornness, but last third of the book is very redeeming. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mrs S Kruit
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to re-read
Georgette Heyer is always a delight to read and I had read this long enough ago to have forgotten most of the twists and turns of the story and it is still a five star read.
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Published 3 months ago by Mrs Valerie Worrall
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love with Max Ravenscar
He is thoroughly dislikable for so many reasons and yet you find yourself falling in love with him as the book progresses. Georgette Heyer's work remains timelessly enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by M. Kentmere
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Bought this book to complete my set of Georgette Heyer novels I have read most of them more than once, they are a great form of relaxation love this book.
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Published 5 months ago by Linda Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars moves at a fast and furious pace
Plenty of Regency Romance, and spirited behaviour from the heroine. Good plot and unusually we'll drawn characters including minor ones
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