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Friday's Child

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  6,016 Ratings  ·  491 Reviews
Rejected by the incomparable Miss Milborne for his unsteadiness of character, wild Lord Sheringham is bent on avenging Fate and coming into his fortune. But the very first woman he should see is Hero Wantage, the young and charmingly unsophisticated chit, who has loved him since childhood ...

Friday's Child is a typically sweeping historical romance by the queen of the genr
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Arrow (first published 1944)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Sep 09, 2016 Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
I've seen the error of my ways after re-reading this book, and I'm changing my rating from two stars to four. It's not your typical romance, and Sherry will never be on my list of book boyfriends. But it is a very witty and insightful story of two young people who get married too soon, for the wrong reasons, and need to gain some insight and maturity.

We begin with the young Lord Sheringham (Sherry to his friends) proposing to the lovely Isabella Milborne ... or at least trying to propose, becau
Mar 14, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone in need of a good laugh!
Recommended to Anne by: Becca
Update: Just finished listening to the audiobook narrated by Eve Matheson and LOVED IT!! She read so well and the tone of voices she chose for all the characters were simply perfect. The characters sounded exactly how I imagined them!! :)

Friendly warning: spoilers & lots of silly schoolgirl blabbing throughout :P

Picking a favourite Georgette Heyer novel often feels like trying to pick a favourite star in the sky. There are so many to choose from and they are all wonderful. I don't know how
♬Christmas Carol!
I haven't read this title in a very long time & I'm glad I still love it,as this particular title often gets a bad rap. So let's get a couple of things out of the way.

It's light & fluffy. Well of course. This is a criticism often levelled at one of GH's other romances written during WW2, Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer I think most of GH's fans would be wanting to escape a grim reality, not be even more depressed than they were in real life!

It isn't a spoiler to say that the hero, Sherry is extremely selfish & im
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Nov 18, 2015 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it liked it

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
Julie (jjmachshev)
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Another re-release from Georgette Heyer that was first published in 1944, “Friday’s Child” seemed to answer a public outcry for more light-hearted regency fair. As Ms Heyer herself wrote about this novel, “I think myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense, but it's questionably good escapist literature and I think I should rather like it if I were sitting in an air-raid shelter, or recovering from flu. Its period detail is good; my husband says it's witty-
Sherwood Smith
In Jane Aiken Hodge's rather hagiographic bio that one of the few fan letters Heyer ever cared about was from a woman who had been a political prisoner in Roumania. She along with a number of other women were locked in a cell for some years. They kept themselves sane by retelling the story of this novel over and over again. I think of that every time I reread it--I hear the whisper of women's voices at the back of my imagination, talking over every turn in the story, every flash of wit.

The basic
You know, if the two main couples in this novel had both been hit upside the head within the first twenty pages and told not to be such utter twats, the remaining three hundred and fifty pages could have been avoided. Both I, and the tree which died to make this book, would have been an awful lot happier.
Jan 31, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I think I actually like Heyer's murder mysteries better, there is no denying how fun her regency romance novels are.

Friday's Child centers around the slapdash and feckless Arthur Verelst, Viscount Sherington (aka "Sherry") and his impulsive marriage to childhood friend Hero Wantage. Hero has always adored Sherry, but knows she has no chance with him in the marriage mart due to his adoration of "The Beauty", Isabella Milborne. When Isabella turns down Sherry's proposal of marriage, he de
A delightful and funny romp through Regency era England

After years of hearing the praises of author Georgette Heyer, I could no longer resist the temptation and dove in head first on the recommendation of Heyer enthusiast Vic (Ms. Place) of Jane Austen's World, selecting the author's favorite book Friday's Child. Since Heyer published 56 books over 53 years, she had a few to choose from and I was confident that this neophyte would have one of the better novels to begin my indoctrination. I now s
Apr 12, 2013 Alice rated it it was amazing
Every time I read one of Heyer's extremely enjoyable novels I can't help but think, "Why on earth has this book not been made into a film? BBC, where are you? This is perfect material for your audience!" This book is particularly suited for film... I can well imagine it as a delightful and extremely popular "Masterpiece" mini-series.

I don't know how she managed to do it, but though every one of her novels is set in similar circumstances and setting, they are all quite unique in plot and charact
Kim Kaso
Such a romp of a book, I dearly love it. This was at least my fifth time reading it, more likely sixth or seventh. I read it more than once in junior high & HS, & I return to it when I need to smile. Time spent with Sherry, Hero (Kitten), Ferdy, Gil, George, & the Incomparable is time well spent.

I had a few quibbles with Sherry this time through, behavior which seemed common enough in teen-age boys when I first read it seemed less tolerable now that I have daughters of my own. But i
Seema Khan
***Caution: Loads of Fan girl babbling ahead***

A couple of chapters down, I was sure the book in hand is a 5* book, and very happily so it was! It made me fall in love with Georgette Heyer books all over again and reminded me why I was so fascinated by them. For me this book is perfect to the last letter. The intricacies within the story, the characters, the plot and play all are very perfectly and vividly synchronized and leave me with no cause for complaint. Impeccable and signature Georgette
Read this over the weekend. Not one of Heyer's best. I didn't particularly like the hero of this book until about halfway through. And then he made me hate him again. The heroine seriously needed a good shake and a spoonful of good sense. Just a spoonful, it would've been fine. I will say this though: most of their flaws were pretty realistic for a 17 year old girl who married a man she's worshipped all her life and a 20 something spoiled, hot, aristocratic boy who's been encouraged to think of ...more
Brenda Clough
Oct 23, 2011 Brenda Clough rated it really liked it
This book is a fine example of the idiot plot -- a story which only holds together and runs because many of the characters are idiots. However, it's also a successful idiot plot. You know they're acting like dolts but you keep reading anyway. It is one of my favorite Heyer novels precisely because it's so dizzy. It parts company so greatly from reality as we know it that you don't so much suspend disbelief as pour it down the garbage disposal, flip the switch, and turn the tap on full blast.
If i
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I love this novel, just reading the end of this novel reminded me how much I loved the story of Hero and Lord Sheringham. It's really sweet. I love the scrapes Hero fell in and I love the husbandly way Sheringham attended to her, when he didn't realise he was falling in love with her bit by bit. I loved Sheringham's friends. They really were quite the thing! Haha Loved it, loved it, loved it. Just the kind of sappy happy read I want when I'm feeling down, just like most of Heyer's other Regency ...more
Sep 08, 2016 Hana rated it liked it
About three and a half stars. I felt so sorry for Hero (the improbably named heroine) that it rather damped my enjoyment of the sparkling humor, much of which was provided by a large ensemble cast. Like Karlyne and Kavita one of my favorite bits was Freddy and his Nemesis! But poor love with a husband who doesn't love her. Is there any lonelier fate?

Content rating: G --a clean read (view spoiler)
Ruth Turner
Aug 24, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: georgette-heyer

Charming, funny and entertaining. Sherry, Cousin Ferdy, Gil Ringwood and Lord Wrotham had me laughing out loud.

I've spent a delightful 4 or 5 days in Georgette Heyer's Regency England, but when I found myself saying things like "vastly diverting" "to no avail" and "it's all a hum" and getting strange looks from acquaintances, I thought it time to turn my reading attention to more recently written novels.

At least...for the time being.

Olga Godim
Dec 20, 2013 Olga Godim rated it liked it
Shelves: georgette-heyer
When the young hero of this book, Lord Sherry, offers marriage to the beautiful Miss Milborne, she refuses his suit. In a fit of pique and plagued by debts – he can’t gain control of his inheritance unless he is married – Sherry offers for Hero, a seventeen-year-old poor cousin of his neighbors. He had known her all his life and although he doesn’t love her he is fond of her, while Hero adores him. For her, this marriage is a solution to all her problems.
But being a married lady and suddenly be
Feb 07, 2013 Trisha rated it really liked it
Now that I’ve discovered Georgette Heyer, it’s good to know that she wrote over 25 books that are all set in Regency England. For those of us who are Jane Austen fans this is very good news in view of the fact that Jane only left us with six major novels. Like any devoted Austen fan I keep going back to them over and over, but now thanks to Heyer I have plenty to occupy my time in between. Her books are light reading but for anyone who loves the period they’re filled with rich details about what ...more
Clare Cannon
Apr 21, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 13 years - adults

This was a quick weekend read last weekend, so much fun. The beginning started slowly, but once I hit half way I couldn't put it down, desperate to see how she would work it all out.

Heyer is ingenious in this book in the way she makes a naive young woman the only one able to show the dashing Viscount what is wrong with his own behaviour. Seventeen year old Hero ('out of Shakespeare') makes the logical mistake of trying to learn the ways of society from her new husband, Lord Sherringham, always
Susan in NC
Sep 07, 2016 Susan in NC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still a delightful four star read for me. This was only the second time I'd read this Heyer, this time with the Heyer Fans club on GR - always a treat to read with the group, I love the comments and observations and discussions we have!

I did feel this one dragged a bit for me in the middle, too much of naive young Hero making innocent errors and violating the strict rules of the ton, and impetuous, self-centered young Sheringham having to rescue her from her mistakes. Of course it was all broug
Sep 07, 2016 cloudyskye rated it it was amazing
No. 7 on my Heyer top ten list.
How does she do it? There could be so much in this story to annoy me, but thanks to Georgette Heyer's genius, her wonderfully funny and elegant turn of phrase, I enjoyed each and every page. I loved and felt with the rather immature/silly main characters, Hero and Sherry, but it is Sherry's three friends who hold a special place in my reader's heart.
Heyer at her best, as far as I'm concerned.
Jun 06, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
Friday’s Child is the perfect introduction to anyone who wants to give Heyer a try. Can a book just be too cute for words? Friday’s Child is definitely a “cute” read with lovely characters and a story that had me laughing from beginning to end. There are no undercover spies or evil villains popping up to do the hero and heroine in. There isn't even any kissing between the hero and heroine till the very end. This is simply a story about a man who marries a childhood friend for convenience. The ...more
Second reading of this one and I loved it as much as the first time. I actually listened to the audio book, which was fantastic!
Nov 23, 2009 Res rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The one where Lord Sherington and Hero impulsively get married, despite having about the maturity level of a litter of golden retriever puppies.

I hated Sherry's guts when we first met him, but I warmed to him quickly once it became clear that the plot was sure to give him the spanking he so richly deserved. Hero wasn't as selfish as Sherry was, just young and deeply, deeply dumb, and her lot was more difficult because the rules that applied to women were so much more complicated.

It amuses me tha
Apr 18, 2012 Gayatri rated it it was amazing
Out of the many Georgette Heyer novels that I have read, this is easily my favorite.

The word heart-warming was probably invented as a prophecy that this book would one day be written. The protagonist of this novel, ‘Hero’, is an amalgamation of contrasting qualities. While being innocent, inexperienced and completely besotted with Lord Sheringham, she manages to not be idiotic or nauseating in any way. Her knack of taking Sheringham’s half-baked statements as the Gospel itself lead her to a numb
Jamie Collins
Not one of Heyer’s best, but it’s been a long time since I read one of her books, and I enjoyed it.

This is a marriage of convenience, which is one of my favorite romance variations, but there’s too much power imbalance for me to wholeheartedly endorse it. Lord Sheringham is fond of his new bride Hero (“It’s out of Shakespeare”) but he treats her like a child, even smacking her once when he’s angry.

The besotted Hero is saved from being a doormat by an improbable amount of spunk for a downtrodden
Sep 22, 2011 Jaima rated it it was amazing
Pulled this off the shelf yesterday because Steinbeck was getting too heavy for me. I enjoyed re-reading it. Because I can never seem to avoid comparing books to food, I would say that this book is like strawberry Hagen-Daaz. I consider Friday's Child one of Heyer's best, with memorable protagonists and effervescent comedy. Like all her books, the story is replete with historical details, with the right food, clothes, idiom, attitudes and politics. Sometimes I might wish for a little more ...more
Karlyne Landrum
Aug 27, 2009 Karlyne Landrum rated it really liked it
I'd almost give this a 5 star rating, just from Ferdy's dialogue about Nemesis, that Greek fellow that follows you around and sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Hilarious!
Jane Stewart
4 stars. Wonderfully likeable characters. Lots of laughter for me. I didn’t want to stop reading.

I gave this a high rating because very few books make me laugh. The funniest parts are Sherry’s guy friends helping Sherry be responsible for Hero’s care. When Sherry first travels with Hero, the guys are helping him figure out where she should sleep, how to hire an abigail for her, etc. There’s one scene where Hero’s former guardian Mrs. Bagshot visits Hero. Sherry walks in with
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

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