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Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer
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Mar 11, 12

bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction
Read in March, 2011

Much better than These Old Shades, the last Heyer book I read, although the premise is almost as fizzy. In a fit of pique after being rejected by the lovely Miss Milborne, the young Lord Sheringham, in need of a wife to secure his fortune before one of his trustees spends it all, vows to marry the first woman he sees. Lucky for him, then, that on the way back to London he comes face to face with Hero Wantage, a childhood friend, and persuades her to elope with him instantly. Of course it ends happily ever after because Hero has been in love with Sherry since she was eight, but the road is not smooth. Hero becomes absorbed into Sherry's rakish world of gaming and opera dancers and because of her innocence develops an entirely natural and easy friendship with Sherry's three bachelor friends. Between the four laddish lads she doesn't get much guidance on fitting in with the 'ton' and gets herself into all manner of social scrapes before careering to near disaster. This is a coming of age novel in which both Hero and Sherry grow up, almost in spite of themselves. Light and funny, it provided a welcome relief after reading Patrick O'Leary's 'The Gift.' Just what I needed.
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