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Faro's Daughter

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  8,916 Ratings  ·  598 Reviews
THE HIGH STAKES OF LOVE

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.
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Published (first published 1941)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Flushed with success from my recent read 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 sh
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Tweety
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christmas☆ Carol!☆
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
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Olga Godim
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Mela
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
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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
Lea
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


HANDS DOWN THE FUNNIEST HEYER I'VE READ YET

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
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Caz
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
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
2.5
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
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Amy
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! Everything takes place in less than two weeks!

2011 Review
Faro's Daughter isn't one of Heyer's more popular books, and I picked it up half expecting it to be a disappointment. I was pleasantly su
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Nikki
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
LaFleurBleue
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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kris
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
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Kelly
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
Kathryn
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 kindhearted...as 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
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Moonlight Reader
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Vicki
Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to read well written romps with sparkling dialogue
This is a 4 or 5 star Georgette Heyer book, I just haven't decided which yet.

It was brought to my attention that I had only posted reviews of some of my more serious recent reads ..... so time to fess up, aside form good solid comtemp fiction, I read detective, I read popular romance, I read only a litte non fiction and I love regency romances by Georgette Heyer.

Harlequin has begun to re-issue these (with forwards by authors in their group -- most of whose writing is but a pale shadow of the o
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Ana Rînceanu
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
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Sophia
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
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Julz
3.5 stars. Cute. Typical GH though not her best.

Hoity-toity hero tries to drag down terribly misunderstood Mary Sue type who he thinks has eyes for his much younger cousin. Poor thing only deals poker in a gaming hell to help out her poor ol' auntie. Heroine is a smart chick who ain't afraid to make herself look foolish in order to give the H and his snooty aunt an aneurysm. Of course every action deserves a reaction and we have lots of back and forth humorous drama. Our H finally falls for the
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Andrea
Listened to this on audiobook (female narrator who was a capable voice artist, but kept giving the characters personalities I don't think quite matched the story).

This is one of Heyer's regencies where the female lead is on the surface capable, but is constantly bettered by the male lead.
QNPoohBear
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
Diane
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Heyers. No one writes better regencies than Georgette Heyer.

Deborah "Deb" Grantham makes a living running a gaming house with her aunt and her old friend (purely platonic) Lucius Kennet. Beautiful, charming, intelligent, and an expert gambler, Deb has many suitors for her hand, the most determined of which is young Adrian Mablethorpe. Though Adrian is wealthy and completely besotted with her, Deb is not interested in him in the least. He's immature, naive, and younger than she
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Fiona Marsden
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful story of a man who thinks he has his life under control but then he crosses the path of Db Grantham and finds things rapidly falling apart.

Deb presides over the faro tables of her aunt's gaming house. An impecunious widow supporting a nephew with expensive tastes and a beautiful niece, Lady Bel thought the answer was a discreet place where the men of the ton could come and lose their money and enrich her coffers. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way and the debts are acc
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C.P. Lesley
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even for Heyer, this one's a gem. I could give one quote after another, but the fun never stops. Deborah Grantham, whose aunt runs a gambling house to pay the bills, has no intention of marrying the young, impressionable, wealthy Lord Maplethorpe. But when Maplethorpe's arrogant, even wealthier cousin, Max Ravenscar, shows up determined to rescue his young relative from the hands of a woman he sees as a harpy, Deb sets out to teach Max a lesson he will never forget. The battle lines are drawn, a ...more
Amanda Grange
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, romance
This is another of my favourite Heyers. Although Heyer's books are all similar in a way, being humorous and adventurous romances (with the humour, adventure and romance varying in proportions from book to book) they all have a different feel. Faro's Daughter is like a screwball comedy and would have been perfect as a film with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Deb has no intention of marrying the callow youth who keeps pestering her with his calf love. But when the callow youth's uncle, Max, thi ...more
Alice
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Faro's Daughter was a really fun read! The hero and heroine were so unique compared to Heyer's others. I kept looking at my progress and thinking "something has to happen- and soon- because they still hate each other!" Everything came to a quick and happy conclusion in the end and was very satisfactory.
The secondary characters in this story were really fun! :D Kennet, Mablethorpe, Silas, and Arabella were great fun!
I laughed out loud at a few different parts of the book- but especially the sce
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Katie
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HEE. The last 50 pages or so of this book had me smiling SO hard. I love Georgette Heyer. This book was a bit plottier than others I've read of hers and you get to see a different glimpse of society, but still had all the Heyer characteristics I like: Fun, romance, witty dialogue, etc! Also, one of the things I appreciate about her is she's one of those authors who often has a secondary romance in addition to the primary one. That tends to add something to the story for me.
Christopher
Oct 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to be the dissenting opinion, so I am glad to see I'm not the only one that found this book distasteful. Couldn't read past the 30% mark. Every character found in the story is absurdly exaggerated, and not a single one is appealing. The hero's a misogynistic dick, the heroine is utterly incompetent and rash, and the heroine's aunt would whore the heroine out to pay for drapes if given the chance.
Danielle
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far the funniest story of Heyer's yet. I just loved the feistiness of Miss Grantham and Mr Ravenscar. This book will have you laughing and wondering what in the world they will come up with next to punish each other.


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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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“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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