Faro's Daughter [NOOK Book]

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A sparkling Regency romance from the queen of the genre

Beautiful 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 ...

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Overview

A sparkling Regency romance from the queen of the genre

Beautiful 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.

Max Ravenscar, uncle to her young suitor, 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...


"My favourite historical novelist--stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." --Margaret Drabble
"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable." Sunday Telegraph
"Sparkling." Independent on Sunday
"A writer of great wit and style...I've read her books to ragged shreds." --Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph

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Editorial Reviews

A Work in Progress
Georgette Heyer's Faro's Daughter is yet another wonderful romp through Regency England.
— Danielle Torres
Passages to the Past
I recommend this book to any reader, of any age that likes a nice, sweet story of the heart.
— Amy Bruno
Books N' Border Collies
I'm learning I that if I want an amusing light romance to pass some time this winter, Georgette Heyer will be one of the first that I reach for.
— Lezlie Gits
All About Romance
Even the worst Heyer is so much better than many romances on the market these days, and this is one of her best.
— Emma Leigh
Jennifer's Random Musings
With its charming characters and attention to detail, Faro's Daughter is a wonderful tale.
— Jennifer Yates
S. Krishna's Books
[Heyer's] prose reminds me a lot of Jane Austen, but she was a much more prolific writer, so fortunately, she has a wide assortment of novels to choose from.
— Swapna Krishna
A Book Blogger's Diary
All in all, there's a reason why the well-plotted, character-driven, energetic Faro's Daughter is considered one of Heyer's best.
— Rashmi Srinavas
Literarily
Besides time and place similarities, the writing style and dialogue between characters are pleasantly Austen-esque. There were enough differences, however, to make Faro's Daughter fresh and surprising.
— Shana Schmadke
BookLoons
As always, Heyer gives us well-developed characters, witty dialogue, rivalry between gentlemen, and plenty of (restrained given the era) passion between her leads.
— Hilary Williamson
Library Journal

Sourcebooks 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. A lovely young spinster is both charmed and infuriated by the wealthy, unconventional black sheep uncle of the fortune hunter on whom her young niece has her heart set. This character-driven novel (1966) is considered one of Heyer's best. In Faro's Daughter, Deb Grantham, a beautiful, well-bred young woman working in her aunt's exclusive gaming salon, turns the tables on an arrogant aristocrat who jumps to all the wrong conclusions as he sets out to rescue his besotted young nephew from Deb's nonexistent schemes. First published in 1941.


—Kristin Ramsdell
From the Publisher
"Besides time and place similarities, the writing style and dialogue between characters are pleasantly Austen-esque. There were enough differences, however, to make Faro's Daughter fresh and surprising. " - Literarily

"As always, Heyer gives us well-developed characters, witty dialogue, rivalry between gentlemen, and plenty of (restrained given the era) passion between her leads. " - BookLoons

"All in all, there's a reason why the well-plotted, character-driven, energetic Faro's Daughter is considered one of Heyer's best. " - A Book Blogger's Diary

"I recommend this book to any reader, of any age that likes a nice, sweet story of the heart." - Passages to the Past

"I'm learning I that if I want an amusing light romance to pass some time this winter, Georgette Heyer will be one of the first that I reach for." - Books N' Border Collies

"[Heyer's] prose reminds me a lot of Jane Austen, but she was a much more prolific writer, so fortunately, she has a wide assortment of novels to choose from." - S. Krishna's Books

"With its charming characters and attention to detail, Faro's Daughter is a wonderful tale." - Jennifer's Random Musings

"Georgette Heyer's Faro's Daughter is yet another wonderful romp through Regency England. " - A Work in Progress

"Even the worst Heyer is so much better than many romances on the market these days, and this is one of her best." - All About Romance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402233463
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 12,452
  • File size: 905 KB

Meet the Author

Georgette Heyer, who wrote over fifty novels died in 1974.

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Excerpt from Chapter 1

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. 'What's that you say? Mr Ravenscar? Desire him to come upstairs at once.'

While the butler went to convey this message to the morningcaller, her ladyship tidied her ruffled person, fortified herself with a sniff at her vinaigrette, and disposed herself on the sofa to receive her guest.

The gentleman who was presently ushered into the room was some twenty years her junior, and looked singularly out of place in a lady's boudoir. He was very tall, with a good pair of legs, encased in buckskins and topboots, fine broad shoulders under a coat of superfine cloth, and a lean, harsh-featured countenance with an uncompromising mouth and extremely hard grey eyes. His hair, which was black, and slightly curling, was cut into something perilously near a Bedford crop. Lady Mablethorpe, who belonged to an older generation, and herself continued to make free use of the pounce-box, in spite of Mr Pitt's iniquitous tax on hair-powder, could never look upon the new heads without a shudder. She shuddered now, as her affronted gaze took in not only her nephew's abominable crop but also the careless set of his coat, his topboots, the single spur he wore, and the negligent way he had tied his cravat, and thrust its ends through a gold-edged buttonhole. She raised the vinaigrette to her nostrils again, and said in a fading voice: 'Upon my word, Max! Whenever I clap eyes on you I fancy I can smell the stables!'

Mr Ravenscar strolled across the room, and took up a position with his back to the fire. 'And can you?' he enquired amiably. Lady Mablethorpe chose to ignore this exasperating question. 'Why, in the name of heaven, only one spur?' she demanded.
'That's the high kick of fashion,' said Ravenscar.
'It makes you look for all the world like a postilion.'
'It's meant to.'
'And you know very well that you do not care a snap for the fashion! I beg you will not teach Adrian to make such a vulgar spectacle of himself !'

Mr Ravenscar raised his brows. 'I'm not likely to put myself to so much trouble,' he said.

This assurance did nothing to mollify his aunt. She said severely that the fashion of waiting upon ladies in garments fit only for Newmarket was not one which she had until this day encountered.

'I've this instant ridden into town,' said Mr Ravenscar, with an indifference which robbed his explanation of all semblance of apology. 'I thought you wanted to see me.'
'I have been wanting to see you these five days and more.
Where in the world have you been, tiresome creature? I drove round Grosvenor Square, only to find the house shut up, and the knocker off the door.'
'I've been down at Chamfreys.'
'Oh, indeed! Well, I'm sure I hope you found your Mama in good health not but what it's the height of absurdity to call Mrs Ravenscar your mother, for she's no such thing, and of all the foolish '
'I don't,' said Ravenscar briefly.
'Well, I hope you found her in good health,' repeated Lady Mablethorpe, a trifle disconcerted.
'I didn't find her at all. She is at Tunbridge Wells, with Arabella.'
At the mention of her niece, Lady Mablethorpe's eyes brightened.
'The dear child!' she said. 'And how is she, Max?'
The thought of his young half-sister appeared to afford Mr Ravenscar no gratification. 'She's a devilish nuisance,' he replied.
A shade of uneasiness crossed her ladyship's plump countenance.
'Oh, indeed? Of course, she is very young, and I daresay Mrs Ravenscar indulges her more than she should. But '
'Olivia is as big a fool as Arabella,' responded Ravenscar shortly. 'They are both coming up to town next week. The 14th Foot are stationed near the Wells.'

This grim pronouncement apparently conveyed a world of information to Lady Mablethorpe. After a somewhat pensive pause, she said: 'It is time dear Arabella was thinking of marriage. After all, I was married when I was scarce '
'She never thinks of anything else,' said Ravenscar. 'The latest is some nameless whelp in a scarlet coat.'
'You ought to keep her more under your eye,' said his aunt.
'You are as much her guardian as Mrs Ravenscar.'
'I'm going to,' said Ravenscar.
'Perhaps if we could marry her suitably '
'My dear ma'am,' said Mr Ravenscar impatiently, 'Arabella is no more fit to be married than if she were still in long coats! I have it from Olivia that she has been head over ears in love with no fewer than five aspiring gentlemen in as many months.'
'Good God, Max! If you don't take care, we shall have some dreadful fortune-hunter running off with her!'
'It wouldn't surprise me at all.'
Lady Mablethorpe showed slight signs of agitation. 'You are the most provoking creature! How can you talk in that cool way about such a disastrous possibility?'
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Buying no more books until the price comes down and quality goes up

    Over $10 now for ms. Heyer' s books and some are so full of errors they cant be read. Im not going to buy any more until the publishers fix. Others should do the same. We created a big demand and if it dries up maybe the publishing companies will take heed. Im no longer buying books that cost more than 7.99, and i think thats a little extreme for something that costs so little to publish. The books are apparently being rushed through now and there is apparently no quality control on the electronic versions.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    Deb Grantham can hold her own with all our favorite heroines

    Georgette Heyer is a true heir of Jane Austen - her characters charm and delight yet stay firmly in their time. Deb is no modern miss in a historical setting but lives firmly in her era but without a trace of miss-ishness. She is strong and firm-principled and delightful - and a well-matched opponent for the men who seek to force her into their own ideas of her future. Worth reading and re-reading and reading once again...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Fun read

    Gambling was huge in the Regency and this is about a woman who runs a gaming house. She also is courted by 2 very different men, one of whom is much too young for her. His uncle steps in to rescue him from this scheming woman, but falls for her himself. And this is after she kidnaps him and ties him in the cellar! Add a fiancee hiding from her horrible betrothed, and a pretty heiress. it all comes right in the end, of course, but the journey is so much fun!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Heyer Scores HIgh

    I am lately come to Georgette Heyer. I love her characters and her realism of the Regency period. This book takes a different look at part of this world. You know from the start in all of her books how it wil end, but the journey is so fine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    For the regency romance only

    An acquired taste orefer her mysteries

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Okay, for the third time!!! Loved this story. Now please BN stop

    Okay, for the third time!!! Loved this story. Now please BN stop messing about and okay this!

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Don't overlook this classic

    I got this as a gift for a friend and I wish you could have seen her face. She grabbed a "spot of tea" and was promptly transported to Regency England as she started re-reading this delight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

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    Another great Heyer read!

    I read this book in practically one sitting. It has some very memorable scenes in it, and I highly recommend it! What's great about Georgette Heyer is her closeness to Jane Austen's style and wit, and the difference between her writings and harlequin romances on the same shelf. All her books deserve to be treated with the same respect as a Charles Dickens novel, and made into movies! Great, clean romance! I especially like the cover of this edition, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    Loved It!

    I loved this book...but then, I loved most of her books. This is one of my favorites.

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