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Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer

Faro's Daughter (original 1941; edition 2008)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:Faro's Daughter
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:Europe, Regency, historical fiction, romance, historical romance

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Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer (1941)

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Max Ravenscar and Deborah Grantham don't meet cute--they meet angry. From the moment they first encounter each other in Deb's aunt's gambling establishment, they are determined to take each other down.

Ravenscar comes to Lady Bellingham's gaming house to end the romance between Deb and his young cousin Adrian; even though Deb is the orphaned daughter of a gentleman, massive family debts have led her aunt to start the gambling business to stay afloat, and beautiful Deb is one of its main draws. Ravenscar is convinced that Deb is encouraging Adrian's affections because she assumes the family will pay her handsomely to abandon the relationship, but in fact, Deb has no intention of marrying Adrian--she sees his schoolboy crush for what it is. She's too proud to tell Ravenscar this, however, and the battle between the two escalates in typically absurd Heyer fashion until they realize--of course--that they love each other madly.

The characters are well-drawn here; Deb is another of Heyer's smart, stubborn, high-spirited heroines. I found her refusal to tell the truth about her intentions maddening, however, and frankly, the passion with which Deb and Max try to destroy each other is more than a little bit creepy. They're avowed sadists--at least toward each other--so maybe it really is a match made in heaven, but I found their repartee more disturbing than charming. Not my cup of tea, but if you like couples who have to break each other's will before they can fall in love, then you're welcome to it. ( )
  rvhatha | Jun 8, 2015 |
This is not a bad book. Indeed, the writing is charming, the characters are well developed and interesting, and the plot is fun and enjoyable. The problem with this book is the same problem I had with The Corinthian - you don't get any idea that the two central characters have any feelings for each other until the very end. They honestly seem to hate each other until suddenly they're declaring their undying love (or he is, anyway). It just seemed to come out of nowhere. Other than that, this is a cute enough book. ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer was the first novel by Heyer I have read, and I can hope that it was not one of her best, given her reputation. It wasn't bad, and the writing was, in fact, rather clever, but the characters were not particularly likeable or well developed and once again the characters' actions often seemed inexplicable. ( )
  dooney | Aug 7, 2014 |
This was my first experience reading Heyer, an author I learned about on LT. I'd say I liked it and would read more by her in the future, though I wasn't as blown away as I hoped to be. This is one of Heyer's romances. There is the feisty female heroine in unfortunate financial situations and the rich, young nobleman who is infatuated with her. His cousin and guardian sets out to save him from this woman and of course ends up falling in love with her himself. There is lots of action and some witty dialogue. I found it all very predictable, but I still enjoyed it. It's a fun book if you're in the right mood for it. ( )
  japaul22 | Jun 6, 2014 |
Not my favorite Heyer novel but still a good read. Deborah Grantham comes from a good family but they lost most of their money and now she helps them run a gambling establishment. A young Lord has fallen hopelessly in love with Ms. Grantham and so Max Ravenscar, brother of the young Lord swoops in to help, certain that Deborah seeks to get the young man's fortune. Obviously, Max finds himself interested in Ms. Grantham but she wants nothing to do with either of them. ( )
  bookmagic | Nov 30, 2013 |
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Upon her butler's announcing the arrival of Mr Ravenscar, Lady Mablethorpe, who had been dozing over a novel from the Circulating Library, sat up with a jerk, and raised a hand to her dishevelled cap.
To be sure, it was unfortunate that Arabella should be such a flirt, but what, in another damsel, would have been a shocking fault, was, in such a notable heiress, a mere whimsicality of youth.
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"A wife out of a gaming house! One of Faro's daughters! If I had my way, women of your stamp should be whipped..."

Max Ravenscar regarded all eligible females with indifference, preferring horses, cockfighting or cards. When he learns that his young cousin, Adrian, Lord Mablethorpe, intends to marry lovely Deborah Grantham who graces her aunt's gaming establishment, Max thinks it will be an easy matter to buy off the fair charmer. But Deborah is as spirited as she is beautiful, and Max was overdue for a much-needed lesson.
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Deborah Grantham, mistress of her aunt's elegant gaming house, must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability, preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers. One is from an older, very rich and rather corpulent lord whose reputation for licentious behavior disgusts her; the other from the young, puppyish scion of a noble family whose relatives are convinced she is a fortune hunter. The young suitor's uncle, Max Ravenscar, comes to buy her off, an insult so scathing that it leads to a volley of passionate reprisals, escalating between them to a level of flair and fury that can only have one conclusion.… (more)

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