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Friday's Child

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,316 ratings  ·  351 reviews
Rejected by Miss Milborne -- The Incomparable -- 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...
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Published 1998 by Arrow Books (first published 1944)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com

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-
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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
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Hannah
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
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Siria
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.
Anne
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 she was ever able to decide which story she liked best, but apparently Heyer's personal favourite was this one, Friday's Child. I don't doubt for a second that she must have had a tremendous amount of fun writing it, because it is one of
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Valshar ⚜ Jonathan
The Unexceptionable

The heroine Hero! :-D Hero (what a horrid name), aka Kitten is absolutely ADORABLE! She is constantly going from one hilarious mess to another. The whole time being entirely lovable. How the hero could ever get mad at her is a big mystery to me.

Incredible side characters! The secondary characters are really a lot of fun. Ferdy, brain dead but good hearted. Gil, fashionable yet likely the only man with a brain. George, the hothead lover that will call a man out on the least pro
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Kelly
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
Laurel
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
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Alice
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
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Brenda Clough
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
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Clare Cannon
Apr 21, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Trisha
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
Ruth Turner

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.



Gayatri
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
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Toria
This is my favorite Georgette Heyer novel so far. It follows the adventures of "Sherry," Lord Sherington, and the very young, innnocent girl named Hero Wantage whom he marries because the lady he proposed to first rejected him and he needs to be married to have full access to his inheritance. Not a very promising beginning, is it? Well, just you wait. This novel is hilarious. It had me giggling out loud and getting concerned looks from my family. Sherry takes Hero (or Kitten, as he decides to ca ...more
Olga Godim
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
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Res
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
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Katie(babs)
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 fu ...more
Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. Wonderfully likeable characters. Lots of laughter for me. I didn’t want to stop reading.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
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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Jessilie
I have never thought that the book was so fun and exciting...it makes me laugh and the characters were so funny, weird and so engaging...

I love the spur of the moment and I will marry the first girl I see theme...very adventurous and exciting...I like the humor of the characters and there crazy ideas...I also like the dialogues between the characters and I always anticipate what will be ferdy will going to say next...I just love Sherry's personality and Hero's innocence...

There is no boring part
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Margaret
I liked this a lot; I thought it was a particularly witty Heyer. I especially loved Lord Sheringham's friends (and laughed out loud at many of Ferdy's bits). Also, I liked her examination of how the two participants of a marriage made in haste have to learn to know each other and live together, although I did find the heroine a little passive. Still, it's definitely a keeper.
Christina
I feel like I have hit the reader's jack pot! As a huge fan of historical fiction and regency romance, I cannot help but feel I have hit upon a treasure trove of hours of reading delight!

In Fridays' Child, the lavish Viscount Sheringham must marry if he is to come into his money before turning 25. After being refused by the most desirable debutant of his aquaintance, he stumbles upon another childhood friend, the penniless and orphaned Miss Hero Wantage, who finds herself in an undesirable pickl
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Debbie
"Friday's Child" is a Regency romance novel. The first part focused on the comedy of the situation, but, near the end, the author added the falling in love. The main characters were likable and good-hearted. The comedy came from the "do as I say, not as I do" situations. Sherry spends time doing things that wouldn't be proper for his wife to mimic, but she doesn't know better and follows his example. The process reforms Sherry into a more respectable and responsible fellow. I really enjoyed the ...more
Karlyne Landrum
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!
Laura
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Brenda
My favourite Georgette Heyer! So funny!
Risa
If there's one thing I like about Georgette Heyer it is a plathora of heroes and heroines - each so unlike the others with a character and personality all their own. It is thus with Friday's Child with so unlikely a starring pair. Lord Sheringham (Sherry to his friends) and Hero (Kitten to Sherry and his friends) are a young pair that marry only because the one needs his inheritance in hand as quickly as possible, and the other because there is no once she has ever admired and loved as she has d ...more
Lil
The thing about picking up another Georgette Heyer is that impartiality is now impossible. When I turn to the first page I do so expecting to derive a certain level of satisfaction by the end.

Friday's Child was the first Heyer I ever read and two years ago I found it long and tiresome.
But two years ago I was wrong.

Friday's Child is one of my all time favourites.

Initially Hero and Sherry were too young a foolish for my taste but their innocence and naivete and the unusual dynamic of their marrie
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Mikki
It took me a while to get into this book, which I've found isn't unusual for a Heyer novel. A lot of the time, things start out slow but eventually build up to a wonderful payoff that leaves me smiling.

This book? Did that, I suppose, but it took me several days of picking this up then putting it down as soon as something else more interesting came along. But when the pair of them stopped faffing around London and things became a little less (or perhaps a little more) madcap, that's when I stayed
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Mav
Let it be clear, Friday's Child is the first book by Georgette Heyer I've read. Heyer gets a lot of love from the romance reading community and female readers just in general for her witty and lovable characters. I got the wit part. But for a time, I wanted to reach in and strangle every character in this book (Except Gil, the only sane one).

The book starts off with Sherry getting rejected by Isabella, a scene I really liked because Isabella's reasons for rejecting him made complete sense. I ev
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