Faro's Daughter Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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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.
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.
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.
And so begins a battle of wills between the Midas-rich, cynical and clever Max Ravenscar and the delectable, proud and just as witty Deborah Grantham, forced to assist her aunt, Lady Bellingham, at the gaming tables of her 'select' establishment in London's St James's Square. Revolted and fascinated in equal measures with each other, they will spar their way to a tempestuous love whilst Max tries to free the sweet but hapless Adrian from his infatuation of Deb, and she tries just as fiercely to thwart him at every turn, to teach him a lesson.
Backed up by such characters as the twittering plumed-hatted Lady Bellingham, the devilish Lucius Kennet, ex-pugilist Wantage, nefarious Lord Ormskirk, the helplessly innocent Miss Laxton and Max's minx half-sister Arabella, this story sparkles from beginning to very end.
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