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Faro's Daughter

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  11,351 ratings  ·  723 reviews
Isbn-13 978-0745165073

Skilled in the art of card playing, Deborah Grantham, a gambler's daughter, uses that skill as her sole means of support as mistress of her aunt's elegant and exclusive gaming club in 18th-century London. The beautiful young must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability, preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Arrow (first published 1941)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Flushed with success from my recent reread of Venetia, I cast caution to the wind and decided to take on another Georgette Heyer Regency novel. I should have known I wasn't mentally up for another contrived plot yet. Even Heyer's witty writing didn't save this one for me.

Deborah Grantham is a 25 year old with decent parentage, but gambling runs in the family and between one thing and another, she's ended up as a faro dealer at a London gambling house run by her aunt. She's beautiful enough that
Richard Derus
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: returned, borrowed

I can't type it here, the Spoiler Stasi would waterboard me, but Z.O.M.G. this entire ending is the outside of enough! I pity the fool who doesn't indulge in the occasional Heyer. A diet of them would be akin to steamed pudding for breakfast, Queen of Puddings for lunch, and a Pavlova for dinner, but damme how they are like vintage champagne served with an exquisite entremet.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone in need of a laugh
Update: I just reread this April 13-14th 2015 and it is every bit at good as the first time. Far fetched and comical, it was just the sort of book I needed. It had me laughing several times. :)

Georgette Heyer has written silly, spoilt and ridiculous heroines, she has made witty, wize and winsome heroines.

Deborah Grantham is the best minx of all. She is on/almost on the shelf and has little chance of making a match. Her aunt has a gaming house with a E.O table and faro which adds up against her
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
I've read this book (like most Heyers) countless times & if I had been rating books then, this one would have been around 3.5*. But now I'm a lot more fond of assertive heroines & while both leading characters are (very) prone to irrational actions, I'm looking at the original publication date. 1941. If I was a reader in WW2 I certainly would have wanted frothy, fast paced fun, rather than grim reality!

But just to get an idea of the fantastic sums of money being thrown around in this boo
I love it! One of the best Heyer books. I couldn't stop reading. Fortunately, I could spare time for that. So I have read it in one day (all day).

There wasn't a scene that I don't like. You have many situations and brilliant dialogues between characters. Both heroes have a spirit, strong personality. No ninny. And they play together - or I should say against each other - famously. There isn't (so typical for Heyer) a hero who must rescue a defenceless heroine.

What was shocking to me the most - t
Olga Godim
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: georgette-heyer
4.5 stars
Charming! I smiled the entire time it took me to read this novel, the battle of the sexes of the first order set in Regency England.
Max is a rich, powerful, and arrogant aristocrat. When he learns that his younger cousin, twenty-year-old Adrian, is in love with a girl from a gaming house, a painted harpy (in his opinion), and contemplates matrimony, Max is aghast. He would stop at nothing to cut the connection. His first step is to buy off the greedy female.
In Deb, he meets his match.
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Deborah Grantham is a well(-enough) born miss who, due to her father's impoverished circumstances, ended up being raised by her aunt, Lady Bellingham, who runs an exclusive gaming house in London. In any case a little lord with a bad case of puppy love gets into his head that he wants to marry her, and even though she never had any intention of accepting, his older, scowly cousin Mr Ravenscar, decides to save little Adrian from the alleged fortune-hunt
Read a long, long, loooong time ago - review also long overdue, because people tend to ask when I scoff.

Georgette Heyer wrote a pretentious, anachronistic, pseudo-scientific retcon version of the regency era, concentrated her allegedly so realistic writing on less than 300 people and those few they interacted with within a world-spanning empire, obliterated in a fell stroke everything else happening during a time which was one of the most important of industrialisation and science, not to speak
Sherwood Smith
I loved this one as a teen reader, because fiction in those days was full of brutal two-fisted he-men, penned by both men and women. One learned to just sort of skim past that.

Reading it now, I find the hero such a jerk that his only saving grace is a sense of fairness and a sense of humor--and the conviction that despite a totally disgusting phrase near the end, the heroine will give him beans, as Wodehouse says.

Outside of that, it's a Taming of the Shrew sort of battle of the sexes. The best s
I've given this a B+ for narration and B for content at AudioGals.

It’s been quite some time since I read Faro’s Daughter, and given my memories of it are rather hazy, listening to this was almost like listening to something completely new. It’s a little different to many of the author’s other romances in that the heroine, while certainly well-born, is not “respectable” because she runs the genteel gaming establishment that is owned by her aunt, Lady Bellingham. It also contains one of the most h
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Challenge completed! This was book #250 for the year and also the perfect way to complete my GR reading challenge. There's just something about Georgette Heyer novels that makes my heart happy and leaves me smiling. It also made up for that crappy holiday book I read earlier today. A palate cleanser, if you will. But I digress. I really loved the hero's capacity for jumping to conclusions -- well, after he was basically goaded to it -- and the rampant miscommunication and constant scheming on th ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
This isn't the first book with this theme I've read so far. A mistaken opinion is hardly a boring theme. It works quite well in romances.
I didn't like the characters, but while I simply didn't like Deborah Grantham and Max Ravenscar or their cousins and friends, her aunt was the most despicable person in the whole book. Her one and only interest is money and what could or should Deb do to deal with it. It was disgusting. It might be just me but I felt sick while reading the scenes when she w
Sep 17, 2008 rated it liked it
The heroine needed a good smack upside the head. You are not a martyr headed to the stake, GOOD LORD. The hero, likewise, though more so in the latter part of the book. There's waaay more misogyny than is at all necessary. Heyer seems to deliberately have neither of them get it/say it for the purposes of drawing out the book another hundred pages. Could've been over in fifty, done this way. Could have been more interesting, done another. But I do like seeing a woman who works for her living, man ...more
2018 Review
So much witty banter!

Deb certainly represents an "older" Heyer heroine but she comes across more...emotional maybe? Or perhaps impulsive is a better word, like a younger heroine.

2017 Review
Once again breaking my rule about not interfering with past ratings to bump this one up a star. I really do love Faro's Daughter. It would make a hilarious movie.
Also, Deb. <3 Girl has guts!
In all my previous readings, though, it never occurred to me how quickly everyone falls in love! Everyt
Moonlight Reader
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-women
This will be the one that ends up as my go to recommendation for people who are starting out with Heyer. It used to be The Grand Sophy, but there is that unpleasant anti-semitic streak that runs through it which has led me to be increasingly uncomfortable with recommending that as a first experience with Heyer.

Faro's Daughter, for me, is as close to a perfect Heyer as I think probably exists. It is as sparkling and effervescent as Sprig Muslin, Deb is as strong-willed and honorable as Sophy, Pho
Bookish Ally
I’m giving this book 4.5 stars for being a thoroughly enjoyable and easy read. I have always been a fan of the novels of Jane Austen and while I will not profess to do a comparison lest I be set upon by angry Austen aficionados, I will go so far as to say it is of the same ilk. The story line is easy to follow with many misunderstandings leading to the sorts of calamities that lend a bit of a comedic air to this lovely little romance. Yet another author I find that I am completely besotted with, ...more
I spent an unfortunate amount of this wincing with secondhand embarrassment about the misunderstandings between the two main characters. Their adversarial behaviour is pretty delightful, until you think seriously about how horribly Ravenscar is treating Deb, and without real evidence that she’s actually doing anything he suspects her of. I mean, she doesn’t do much to dissuade him after his first misapprehension, but still, the things he calls her — and then at the end to suddenly declare that t ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I am becoming quite the Georgette Heyer fan. Her books The Grand Sophy and Arabella have been favorites of mine for the past couple years. I have been trying to find another book of hers that I like as much as those two. While Faro's Daughter won't replace either of those on my list of favorites I still thoroughly enjoyed this one!
I pegged where this was going right from the start but still enjoyed watching the story unfold. I wish there had been a few more scenes showing their relationship cha
The plot sounds intriguing, and different from Heyer's usual set ups of poor relations charming wealthy rakes. Deb Grantham has helped her aunt and guardian turn their fashionable house into a gaming club, in order to try and pay the bills, and Max Ravenscar seeks her out because his young cousin/ward wants to marry her even though she is 26 and one of "Faro's Daughters."

Sounds great, until you get into it and discover that Max is an asshole.

He calls Deb things that in that time period would b
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
Definitely among my favorite books from Georgette Heyer.
The heroine was among those older, wiser, not eligible and not looking for a husband, which I usually prefer to the younger needing maturing ones. The hero was the usual rich peer uninterested by marriage falling in love despite himself with the heroine.
I liked the overall plot which lied on Max and Deborah having a disaster of a first encounter, each finding the other even worse than whatever bad they already expected and trying to best th
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UGH THIS BOOK. Deb helps with her Aunt's gaming parlor! Max wants to keep her away from his cousin! A match of wits ensues AND THEY FALL IN LOVE and UGH MY FEELINGS.

I adored Deborah's stubborn refusal to be cowed by Max, and his begrudging respect as he begins to realize that he has woefully underestimated Deb's mettle. His stomp-y rage when he thinks she's married Adrian! Her melancholy after sending him away! Even the foibles of the younger set didn't bother me!

I feel like I should try and ca
Mary Pagones
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I picked this book in my project of reading as much Heyer and Christie as possible this year, I did so mainly because of its conceit of a young woman whose family has fallen into hard times and who is thus running a gambling house out of the home. I admit that I'm partial to books that open with gambling scenes like Daniel Deronda, because of my own view of fate.

I was a bit puzzled why the reviews were rather lackluster. Now I understand. One of Heyer's weaknesses as an author IMHO (and on
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my rom-com loving heart is just skdfjlkdsfjdklfjdklfjds. the last 20% of the book had me feeling so many things!!! where is the movie adaptation??? the netflix series??? i cannot BELIEVE literary snobs don't give heyer the respect she deserves.
I have been enjoying the experience of 're-reading' Georgette Heyer's books through the audio book format. It's been several years since I read them the first time so it has been fun to revisit them.

With some of the stories, I felt about the same as I did when I read them the first time. However, when it came to this one- which I found delightful the first go around, I actually found the heroine extremely annoying.

Max Ravenscar is called on by his aunt, Lady Maplethorpe, to rescue her son from
My Second Georgette Heyer

I loved the dialogue. So much wit and humor. Deb was a much more memorable heroine than Phoebe (1957's Sylvester) being as she is older, more competent and self-possessed. A gambling parlor was an interesting place for her and Lord Max Mablethorpe to meet and form quick and damning first impressions of each other.

Their banter was spectacular, but it's the ending that spoiled a great deal for me. After learning of his offences, Max doesn't grovel for forgiveness. So when
Vicki Seldon
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
The success of a Georgette Heyer is as much about the main characters as it is about their situation. I must confess that it took me longer than usual to warm up to heroine Deborah Grantham, spending her 20's more-or-less running the family's private gambling house, flirting with the wealthy male guests and playing them against each other while trying to stay one step ahead of the bills. Heyer introduces our hero, Max Ravenscar,who is quite possibly the flintiest of her stoic, independent-minded ...more
Some Heyers, like Cotillion, I enjoy more every time I read them. Faro's Daughter is a rarity - I dislike it more every time I read it. In fact, this may be my last read.

As with Judith in Regency Buck, I want to like Deborah Grantham. She's funny, clever, and long as she isn't talking to or about Max Ravenscar. When she is, she becomes a screeching, irrational harridan. As for Ravenscar, I like him as a caring brother, but I can't like him in any other scenes. He's as irrational
Marguerite Kaye
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My favourite Georgette Heyer, simples.

June 2018. Another read - about my trillionth. And it was even better for the gap. I just love, love, love this. If you've never read a Heyer, start here.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I wanted to like this one, but I honestly don't feel like Max and Deborah actually interacted all that much. I saw way more of Adrian than I wanted to.

When Max and Deb were together it was awesome, and the last 10% was superb. That's not enough to rescue the comparative flatness of the first 80ish% though.

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Lady Mablethorpe is aghast at the idea of her young, impressionable son wanting to marry one of Faro's daughters; that is a, a woman who works in a gaming house. Lady Mablethorpe is worried that once Adrian comes of age soon, his bride will gamble away his fortune and ruin the family name. She enlists the aid of her nephew, Max Ravenscar, to help his cousin. Max thinks he can easily buy the woman off, but when he meets Deb Grantham, he discovers she is a far tougher opponent than she seems. Deb, ...more
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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. Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance nov
“Miss Grantham's sense of humour got the better of her at this point, and, tottering towards a chair, she sank into it, exclaiming in tragic accents:'Oh Heavens! I am betrayed!' His lordship blenched; both he and Miss Laxton regarded her with guilty dismay. Miss Grantham buried her face in her handkerchief, and uttered one shattering word: 'Wretch!” 17 likes
“Miss Grantham gave a shriek. 'You have trifled with me!' she said, into the folds of her handkerchief. 'You promised me marriage, and now you mean to cast me off for Another!” 14 likes
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