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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books (August 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854560645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854560646
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,538,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" -- Margaret Drabble "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" -- Katie Fforde "Georgette Heyer is unbeatable." -- India Knight --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When Max Ravenscar, renowned gamester, and by his own definition, untroubled by a romantic disposition, meets Deborah Grantham, beautiful mistress of her aunt’s gaming house, all his experience of risk and gambles finds him unprepared. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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One of my absolute favorite Georgette Heyer books.
Jwheppie
The way Ms. Heyer weaves humor and historical detail into her books is amazing and beautiful.
Kelly
This is an enjoyable, enthralling book from its beginning to its end.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deborah Grantham is well born, well-bred and ever so lovely. None of this matters, however, in the game of love and matrimony in Regency London, because Ms. Grantham earns her living playing cards in one of London's finest gambling houses. And marriage with such a gaming-house wench is just not done, especially not in the echelons of the "ton." Young Lord Maplethorpe is willing to flaunt society and risk its censure to marry the beautiful Deborah for love. His unhappy mother seeks help from her stepson, the handsomest, cleverest, richest man about town, Max Ravenscar. This unrelenting bachelor meets Deborah, his new foe, across the faro table where they play for power, although they wager for money.
And proud Ms. Grantham gives Ravenscar a run for his money as she proves to be more stubborn and high principled than he in this delightful romantic farce. Georgette Heyer writes one of her best novels with "Faro's Daughter." The witty dialogue, the power plays between the intelligent Deborah, who does not want to be beholden to anyone, let alone to the arrogant Lord who is so willing to believe the worst of her, and the creative subplots and adventures showcase her talent.
This is a winner, and a must read for all Ms. Heyer's fans!
JANA
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Women of your stamp should be whipped at the cart-tail!" Thus says Max Ravenscar to the woman he believes to be a scheming strumpet out to snare his young, impressionable, titled and rich nephew. This is not, however, the way to impress Deborah Grantham, who is in fact an entirely honourable young lady despite her presence in her aunt's gaming-house.
So Deborah decides to spite Ravenscar; first she rejects out of hand his offers to buy her off, then appears in public with his nephew, Adrian, dressed and behaving as precisely the vulgar harpy her believes her to be. This, of course, only serves to infuriate him even more, and he ups the stakes further.
There are some hilarious scenes in this book - the one where Deborah has Ravenscar kidnapped and imprisoned in her cellar (and then... oh, but no spoilers! <g>) is worth the price of this book all on its own.
For a sparkling and determined heroine, and a hero who, despite his stiff-necked pride, has a very well-developed sense of both honour and humour, you can't go far wrong with Heyer's Faro's Daughter.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on November 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Georgette Heyer book and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it! The way Ms. Heyer weaves humor and historical detail into her books is amazing and beautiful. I am so sad that most of her books are out of print, but you can believe that I will be faithfully searching every nook and cranny I can find to get my hands on more!
Lord Mablethorpe is a man in love. Well... not exactly. He has proclaimed undying love to Miss Deborah Grantham, but it is painfully obvious that it is just a case of puppy love. However, this is not the story that gets to Mablethorpe's mother's ears.
Lady Mablethorpe hears that a wench from the gaming table has ensnared her helpless son into marriage. As Lord Mablethorpe is of respectable lineiage and will come into a handsom fortune, Lady Mablethorpe will not let this come to pass. She has nothing better to do then to call on her nephew, Mr. Max Ravenscar, the richest man in London. Lady Mablethorpe begs him to save her son from the claws of the harpy, and so Mr. Ravenscare accepts. He intends to buy Deborah off at whatever price it takes. When he confronts Deb with the subject of her "ingagement" to Lord Mablethorpe, she is extremely offended. She never had any intention of marrying Lord Mablethorpe (of course she doesn't tell Ravenscar this) and she is not really a woman of the gaming houses. Oh, it's true that she does enjoy a bit of cards and she does run the E.O. table at her aunt's house, but this is because she and her aunt are in dire straits and desperately need money. As a matter of pride, Deb will not take the money from Ravenscar and declares that she will marry Mablethorpe (of course it is a lie) and she will bring him to utter ruin.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tdcowden@lawyernet.com on August 20, 1997
Format: Audio Cassette
"Faro's daughter" is the name given to the beauties who grace gaming houses in Regency London. What tonnish family would not be shocked to discover that its scion is in thrall to such a one? Max is mad and determined to rescue his nephew from Deborah's clutches, but soon discovers that he wants only to replace his nephew in her heart.
"Faro's Daughter" is the quintessential Regency novel, one of Heyer's very best. The scene where (almost) all is revealed never fails to make me cry, and when, at last, all ends happily, I always give a satisfied sigh. Deb's aunt is a foolish delight, and for the mawkishly sentimental, there is a happy pair of young lovers as well. A true delight
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leslie R. Davis on August 18, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The dialoge is witty, the characters are beautifully drawn, and the plot keeps you revited to the book. Faro's Daughter is a contest of wits (and wills) between the lovely Deborah Grantham and the wealthy Max Ravenscar. The two turn out to be an excellent match. My only complaint is that the story ended so quickly. It is one of those books you want to go on and on.
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