Author: Georgette Heyer
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
To help support her spoiled younger brother and a widowed aunt, beautiful but poor Deborah Grantham becomes the attractive hostess at her aunt's nightly card games. Soon she has a string of admirers including a callow under-age youth who wants to marry her and a jaded older man who has less honorable intentions, and none of whom Deb is interested in. And in this volatile mix enters Mr. Max Ravenscar, London's richest and most-tightfisted man. Cousin to the titled young gentleman who wants Deb for his wife, Ravenscar is determined in his efforts to buy off Debroah, believing her to be a scheming hussy, a Faro's daughter, a gambling addict. This infuriates the noble-hearted Deborah who then plots her outrageous revenge on Max. What results next is Heyer at her sparkling best - a exciting and highly entertaining Regency story of hidden love, outrageous plots and silly capers.I have long been a fan of Regencies. Georgette Heyer in particular, excels in this genre and is always a delight to read. Faro's Daughter reminded me of yet another fave of mine, Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". The story of a strong-willed rich man and a spirited young woman of unsuitable antecedents is the point in common between these two lovely stories. But that's where the similarity ends.
Faro's Daughter is a lot more passionate and filled with raging, conflicting emotions that are expressed in the form of energetic, witty and no-holds-barred form of dialogue exchange between the leads that leaves the readers exhilarated and craving more. Deb is far more peppery than Regency heroines in general and this is a very refreshing change. Even Max, the not-so-perfect hero, is energetic, infuriating and yet comes out very likable despite it all. Other characters are also well-conceived. I particularly liked poor Lady Bellingham, Deb's beleaguered aunt, who barely avoids a heart-attack from some of Deb's more adventurous antics.
All in all, there's a reason why the well-plotted, character-driven, energetic Faro's Daughter is considered one of Heyer's best.
Thanks to Sourcebooks, who is reprinting a number of Heyer's classic historical and Regency romances in trade format and plans to have 21 of her 40-plus novels in print by mid-2009, we'll be getting to read a lot of more of this beloved author's irresistible novels.
Read some of my other Georgette Heyer book reviews:
The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
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