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Faro's Daughter Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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The novel has a good variety of characters, with great descriptions of manners (or the lack of them). Great attention to detail eg.in facial expressions, emotions,clothing etc. There is definitely an underlying thread of comedy throughout the novel- though sometimes it is subtle.
There are predictable events...such as who will end up with who, and there are many scenes of such utter Ham it can be embarassing.
It is well written and very readable - and I always learn something whilst reading a Heyer novel...whether it happens to be information about that period of time, new vocabulary, etiquette etc.
In many ways it is an easy read...but hard work having to look up so many definitions. It seems that I am far from that Regency world, even though it seems to be a part of me which I am very familiar with - it is like looking through a window into another world - if that makes sense.
I feel the novel would make a good play or even make a good movie or series.
If I had to give it a score I would say 7/10.
Interesting facts...Faro is not only a card game but The Faro's Daughter is also another name for The Eye of Horus and can also mean vagina.
Deborah Grantham, well-born but fallen on hard-times, runs her aunt's exclusive gaming establishment. Lord Mablethorpe is desperate to marry her but unable to do so until he either reaches his majority or gains the approval of his wealthy guardian, Max Ravenscar. Max, while utterly horrified, is far too clever to tell him he can't marry Deborah. Instead, believing her to be the worst kind of gold-digger, Max attempts to buy her off. Deborah, understandably, is furious, and the battle between them begins.
I love this kind of book. Engaging characters, sparkling dialogue, witty one-liners and one of my favourite tropes, a hero and heroine at war with each other due to a complete misunderstanding. Great fun!
Recommended to all fans of historical romance, particularly readers of Eloisa James and Julia Quinn. But bear in mind that this was originally written in 1941, so there are no sex scenes and very little kissing.
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.
There isn't a great deal of action in the story, it's joy lies in the characters themselves.
I hadn't been sure about 'bothering' with this shorter story but I am so glad I did. It has become one of my favourite Heyer books along with the likes of Venitia, Arabella and the Grand Sophy.
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