2012: 10. Faro's Daughter

"Upon her butler's announcing the arrival of Mr. Ravenscar, Lady Mabethorpe, who had been dozing over a novel from the Circulating Library, sat up with a jerk, and raised a hand to her disheveled cap."

Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer

        Another Regency Heyer.  I didn't like this one quite as much as Black Sheep, but it's still a nice escapist read. It's a pretty classic romance type book - a stern, Darcy-esque rich man comes up against a feisty Lizzie-esque girl, they battle for the course book, and SPOILER, end up married.  Here the twist is that the girl is working in a gambling house.  Don't worry though - despite her degrading position, she is still a lady with fine feelings.  You see her mother has fallen on hard times, and the girl has no choice but to work in her gambling house.  When a young foolish lord falls in love with her, she would never, ever take advantage of his youth and marry him.  But when his haughty uncle comes to buy her off, she is so insulted that she decides to pretend to plan to marry him, to teach the rude uncle a lesson.  The plot is pretty predictable from here (i.e. she marries the rich uncle, the young lord marries an innocent maiden), and it lacked the humor that made Black Sheep so fun - there, the characters seemed in on the joke of the plot, where here, it was a tinge too serious, which made it pretty hard to distinguish from a regular trashy romance (less sex, I guess).  But it's all in good fun, and I certainly read it fast, and liked it well enough.  It didn't make me want to run out and get more Heyer, but, on the other hand, if I tumbled onto some, I'd certainly read it.

Categories:  Fiction, Library Book

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