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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099468042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099468042
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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"My favourite historical novelist ... I owe her many happy hours" -- Margaret Drabble "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic" -- Katie Fforde "A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds" -- Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph

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A dashing tale of heroes, heroines and Regency romance by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By victorianwannabe on 12 Jun. 2010
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I know it's sad...very, very sad, but I cried when I read this book because you feel so much for the poor, innocent, inexperianced, unsophisticated heronine, Hero Wantage who marries Lord Sherringham. He's just been rejected by the beautiful Miss Milbourne and therefore denied his inheritance which can only be unlocked by marriage. In the true bull in a china shop style of a man, he says he's going to marry the next woman he sees, and it's none other than Hero, who just so happens to have been in love with 'Sherry' since she was little.
They do marry, Hero, nicknamed 'kitten', is loved by all of Sherry's friends, but not by Sherry himself, too much of a blind idiot to see what a treasure he's got in a wife. Poor Hero is a social disaster, having no idea how to conduct herself, and her husband isn't much help, in fact, he's a bit rubbish at doing anything for her.
Finally, poor Hero runs away, and classically, it's only when Sherry considers what he's lost does he begin to realise Hero's true worth, so finally decideing to bite the bullet and be a man, he goes after her, and Hero is more than happy to have him.
You don't fall in love with Lord Sherringham as you do other Heyer heros, just because he can be such an idiot, and sometimes the way he treats poor Hero is just so sad, but he does redeem himself and it's just as well, because by the time the book ends, so does your packet of tissues.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2007
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All Georgette Heyer's novels are the same. The hero and heroine battle the odds and fall in love. Seems so simple, yet each book is different and delightful in its own way. Nearly all are set in Regency England, including this one. Heyer is a superb historian with a wonderful eye for detail and a fantastic ear for dialogue. This book is advertised in quite a menacing way, but is anything but. It is full of gentle humour and fantastically romantic and ridiculous escapades that it is a joy to read. Here, an arrogant young man, thwarted in what he believes is the love of his life, makes do with a childhood girlfriend as the 'booby' prize. Naturally, she does and always will, loves him passionately, but he's too much of a ninnyhammer to see it. The trials and tribulations of their love life are silly and frivolous and just perfect in every way. My mother used to read these books when I was a child, and I discovered them when I had children of my own. On a grey day, when all is against you and nothing in the world is right, there is nothing better than a hot bath, some fluffy pyjamas and this book to set the world to rights again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 1999
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I have loved Georgette Heyer books for many years but this one along with "The Talisman Ring" I consider to be my favourites. Her romances are so true to that period of time that no other writer has been able to capture. She includes the regency slang of that period and you actually feel you are in the 1800s. For anyone who truly wants to know what Regency England "sounded like" read Georgette Heyer. I only wish this talented lady had written more novels during her lifetime!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2001
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What can I say about this book just pick it up and you forget everything ,you are transported back to regency england with these splendid characters. The hero and his sidekicks made me laugh out loud several times , the detail of the clothes and the period is amazing . No one can touch Georgette Heyer for regency romance
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann on 24 July 2009
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After years of hearing the praises of author Georgette Heyer, I could no longer resist the temptation and dove in head first on the recommendation of Heyer enthusiast Vic (Ms. Place) of Jane Austen's World, selecting the author's favorite book Friday's Child. Since Heyer published 56 books over 53 years, she had a few to choose from and I was confident that this neophyte would have one of the better novels to begin my indoctrination. I now see what all the fuss is about. Georgette Heyer is a treasure.

Spendthrift Anthony Verelst, Viscount Sheringham doesn't give a fig about his finances until his creditors do. Selfish, impetuous and deeply in debt, he is unable to access his inheritance until he reaches 25 or marries and sets out to acquire a wife proposing to his neighbor and lifelong friend Isabella Milborne, an `Incomparable', whose beauty and elegance are renown. She doesn't think much of the idea or of Lord Sheringham's dissipated lifestyle and rebuffs the offer. Indignant, he swears to marry the next girl he sees who happens to be seventeen year old Hero Wantage, the neighborhood orphan Cinderella living with cousins who want to farm her out to be a governess. By no means a scholar, Hero is miffed by the work plan just wanting to have a bit of fun and enjoy the charms of society in London. Seizing the opportunity, Hero accepts Sherry's proposal and they run away to London to be married. It is here we are introduced to the real heart of the story, Sherry's three male friends: his two cousins steady Gilbert (Gil) Ringwood and the foppish Hon. Ferdinand (Ferdy) Fakenham, and his hot headed friend George, Lord Wrotham who form sort of a bumbling bachelors club of Regency society dandies.
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