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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  9,055 ratings  ·  769 reviews
Rejected by the woman he deeply craves, the incomparable Miss Milborne, for his unsteadiness of character, wild Viscount Sheringham is bent on avenging fate and coming into his fortune. Rebellious young Sherry could not gain his inheritance until he married, he leaves his mother's house and on a passionate impulse, he vowed to marry the next woman he saw. But the very firs ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Arrow (first published 1944)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
$1.99 Kindle sale, April 9, 2021. Another of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romantic comedies!

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 fr
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
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 & immature -
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone in need of a good laugh!
Recommended to Anne by: Rebecca May
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 she
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.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Nov 17, 2015 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
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hold onto your hats: I'm about to rave about a Georgette Heyer novel.

This one has quite a large cast for your typical Heyer novel - let's see, we've got an alpha couple, a beta couple, three sidekicks and a villain. These eight people share approximately one (1) brain cell between them all, and it's rather like the arrangement those ladies in Greek myth had, where they have to pass it around between themselves. Hilarity, of course, Ensues. And yet somehow, despite this ridiculous set-up, this bo
Apr 12, 2013 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
Sep 03, 2010 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
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
A Spectacular Romp of Good Friends and Bad Scrapes!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

After years of growing up together as children, a young Regency buck, Anthony Verelst, Viscount Sheringham proposes marriage to the beautiful and Incomparable, Miss Isabella Milborne. But since she doubts his characters and motives (and because she has a scores of many other suitors), she gives him a firm rejection. Thrown into a temper and desperate to marry (to release the funds from his inheritance,
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
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim Kaso
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was not bo
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
On my recent Georgette Heyer reading spree, Friday's Child was the first of her books that could not hold my attention, a pity since she wrote such wonderful stories. And I so hate not finishing a book once I started reading it. So, on to the next one. ...more
Sheila Majczan
3.5 stars

On the positive side, this story kept my attention right up until the end (which was again abrupt) but I did not like the main characters in this book. Spendthrift Anthony Verelst, Viscount Sheringham, aka Sherry, is a gambler, has a mistress, and wants to gain control of his wealth but must be 25 or marry. On the rebound from a rejection from a long-time neighbor and the toast of London society, Isabella, he promises to, and does, marry the first girl he sees, Hero Wantage. She is an o
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This wouldn't be one of my favorite Heyer's but I did enjoy it. I laughed out loud at parts of it. I thought it was a bit over long. By the time I got to the end I was sick of Sherry and his outrage. He caused most of the problems himself. George also got on my nerves. I'd love to have 'boxed his ears' as they were so fond of doing in the book.
It was a novel of silliness from start to finish and Hero was so naive. I mean even after she had been in London for some time she still hadn't come to g
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2020-jaff
Lord Sherington (Sherry) is a young man with bad gambling habits and a well-deserved reputation as a rake. He needs a wife to access his inheritance. When Isabella Milborne, the season's Incomparable, spurns him after having flirted with him shamelessly, he instead decides to marry Hero Wantage.

She's a poor relation living with the neighboring Bagwells, a simple sixteen-year-old who has worshipped dear Sherry all her life despite his scandalous ways. He's always been kinder to her than the Bagw
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
If you’ve read a couple of Heyer’s books, you know what to expect. You recognise the character types as they appear — the charmingly innocent heroine, the dishonourable but charming villain, the various prototypes for her heroes… Friday’s Child is of the “marriage of convenience” school, in which Lord Sheringham marries a childhood friend, Hero, more or less on a whim to spite his family. She’s loved him all along, of course, while he is monumentally unaware of having any feelings towards any wo ...more
Julie Davis
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Julie prepares for a duel while Scott stays at the tables until his luck turns. Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer, Episode 214 of A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast.

This is another Georgette Heyer favorite of mine. I will say that Heyer has become my recent bed-time reading because I have discovered that if I read about zombies or murder or suchlike right before going to sleep...then that is in my dreams.

Heyer's stories don't wind up in my dreams but they do provide light, witty, int
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
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sparkling and full of humor, this Regency romance comedy never fails to bring the biggest smiles, giggles, and sighs. I loved rereading it with the audio version, which was actually not this MP3 version, but the BBC's radio program dramatized condensed version.

Lord Sheringham meant to propose to one girl, mostly to unleash his fortune per his father's will, but a little because he liked her, but she rejected him so he impulsively marries another childhood female friend who is feeling sad about h
I have listened a marvelous broadcast produced by BBC. (It will be available only for the next 25 days.) It showed wonderfully why Georgette Heyer was such a great writer.

These ninety minutes were fantastic. It was so funny, so... heyer-ish. I loved it. Thank's for this broadcast I like the book more. Really, 5 stars for the broadcast. As for the book, I must read it again!

And it showed why I wish so much to see movie adaptations of Heyer's novels.
Sep 08, 2016 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)
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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
Susan in NC
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/2018 - still 3.5-4 stars, ending in Bath drags on too long.

2016 - 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 Sheringha
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Friday's Child was Heyer's personal favourite out of all the novels she wrote, and I can see the justice in that.

Certainly it is not the sort of romance where you swoon over the hero (who is really the most criminally careless, overgrown child), which perhaps would account for its relative unpopularity among Heyer readers, but damn it if it isn't a fun story, with a particularly colourful set of characters and all the dramatic turns one can expect from a top Heyer novel. I very much enjoyed read
Karlyne Landrum
Aug 27, 2009 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! ...more
Brenda Clough
Oct 23, 2011 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
Ruth Turner
Aug 01, 2014 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.

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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

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