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Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer

Friday's Child (original 1944; edition 2008)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:Friday's Child
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2008), Kindle Edition, 435 pages
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Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer (1944)

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If there weren't so many apologies (the number of times someone apologizes is staggering; I believe Hero missed to apologize she was born), I would love this book a bit more. Everything is so exaggerated that I wouldn't be able not to.
I like the basic premise: after his marriage offer to the Incomparable (yes, capital I) Miss Isabella Milborne is refused, Viscount Sheringham decides he would marry the first woman he sees. Enter another childhood friend, Hero Wantage. I would have loved her if not for all the damn apologies.

Anyway, they do marry and basically you get this comedy of errors. There are so many misunderstandings, it's no wonder neither the two main characters nor their friends could do anything without making a mess of things.

I hated Viscount's mother (she never does redeem herself) and I was both annoyed and felt sorry for Isabella. She managed not to make up her mind for the whole book. And it's not even her book. At least her choice is the right one. I loved George not only because of his loyalty to his friends, his love of Isabella, but also for the way he treated Hero.

The best part is when their friends juggle between Hero and Sherry. They want to help them both, but sometimes their wishes simply clash. The point of the book is for the Viscount to see how much he fell in love with his wife. Plus some gambling, duels, kidnapping (sort of), lots of talk of tearing people's limbs off, a knife fight. You know, the usual. ( )
  Aneris | Aug 12, 2016 |
This book features quality light-hearted humour from start to finish. It’s a historical novel that feels more like a series of related scenes, as it doesn’t have a particularly strong plot, but most of the scenes are good enough for this to not matter.

The dialogue is brilliant, except for one thing: an overuse and misuse of colons: this does prove distracting: the majority of them could’ve been replaced with a full stop: or failing that: a comma.

As with most Heyer novels, certain scenes are repeated. In short, the reader witnesses events as they happen, only for these same events to be reworked later on via a dialogue exchange where one or more characters explains to another character(s) what’s happened.

I realise this is the author’s way of showing how the other main players in the story respond, yet this type of repetition would serve better with a short sentence, like, “He explained all that occurred when …” and follow this by showing the reaction from whomever is being informed.

Otherwise, this book serves as good light entertainment, featuring a heroine named Hero. An odd choice, one may say, but she’s nicknamed by her closest friends as Kitten, which suits her aptly. She the type who’s often bungling into scrapes and frets how to deal with the consequences afterwards.

Kitten’s my favourite character. What she lacks in intelligence she makes up with a big heart. I also liked her husband – Sherry – who’s somewhat selfish but far from heartless.

George Wrotham and Bella (aka The Incomparable) are further great additions to the cast.

A rather good read. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Mar 14, 2016 |
Lord Sherringham is determined to gain access to his Trust, and in order to do so he must marry. After the Beauty he avowed to love turns him down, he proposes to his old childhood playmate, the penniless orphan Hero. Hero has worshiped him all her life, so of course she agrees to marry him. But the newly-weds find that life is not as simple as they'd supposed: Hero is but 16, with no knowledge of society or much of propriety, and Sherry is continually having to explain the (rather nonsensical, arbitrary, or hypocritical) rules by which she must abide.

tbc ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Sherry, a rather reckless young man, does something in haste which was not necessarily wise. Delightful characters, fast-moving plot, very well-written and enjoyable. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
An entertaining regency novel, although I thought the last third of the book didn't live up to the first two thirds. ( )
  cazfrancis | Mar 22, 2015 |
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"Do not, I beg of you, my lord, say more!" uttered Miss Millbourne, in imploring accents, slightly averting her lovely countenance, and clasping both hands at her bosom.
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Rejected by Miss Milbourne, the Incomparable, for his unsteadiness of character, wild Lord Sheringham flies back to London in a rage, bent on avenging Fate. Vowing to marry the first woman to cross his way, who should he see but Hero Wantage, the young and charmingly unsophisticated girl, who has loved him since childhood...
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Young Lord Sheringham, rejected by the woman he deeply loved, could not gain his inheritance until he married. On a passionate impulse, he vowed to marry the next woman he saw. Enter Hero Wantage, the adorable life-long friend who has secretly loved Sheringham her entire life. Regency Romance reissue.

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Rejected by society for his wild ways, Lord Sheringham is bent on avenging fate and coming into his fortune. But the very first woman he meets is Hero Wantage, the young and charmingly unsophisticated chit who has loved him since childhood.

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