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Friday's Child (Regency Romances) [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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"A lightsome, brightsome comedy." -Kirkus Reviews

"Nimble, light-hearted chronicle of high London society in the time of the Regency." -The New Yorker

Georgette Heyer's sparkling romances have charmed and delighted millions of readers. Her characters brilliantly illuminate one of the most exciting and fascinating eras of English history-when drawing rooms sparkled with well-dressed nobility and romantic intrigues ruled the day. Heyer's heroines are smart and independent; her heroes are dashing noblemen who know how to handle a horse, fight a duel, or address a lady. And her sense of humor is legendary.

When the incomparable Miss Milbourne spurns the impetuous Lord Sherington's marriage proposal (she laughs at him-laughs!) he vows to marry the next female he encounters, who happens to be the young, penniless Miss Hero Wantage, who has adored him all her life. Whisking her off to London, Sherry discovers there is no end to the scrapes his young, green bride can get into, and she discovers the excitement and glamorous social scene of the ton. Not until a deep misunderstanding erupts and Sherry almost loses his bride, does he plumb the depths of his own heart, and surprises himself with the love he finds there.

"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." -Publishers Weekly

Georgette Heyer (1902?1974) wrote over fifty novels, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.

Editorial Reviews


“A lightsome, brightsome comedy.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Nimble, light-hearted chronicle of high London society in the time of the Regency.”
The New Yorker

“Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen.”
Publishers Weekly

From the Inside Flap

Rejected by society for his wild ways, Lord Sheringham is bent on avenging fate and coming into his fortune. But the very first woman he meets is Hero Wantage, the young and charmingly unsophisticated chit who has loved him since childhood.

Product Details

  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402210795
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001S49AQW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friday's Child is loving and giving July 6, 2000
The opening scene of Sherry trying to propose to the Toast of London is a grabber, and the story goes charging off from there. Scorned and needing a wife to gain control of his finances, Sherry vows to marry the first woman he meets. That turns out to be Hero Wantage, the neglected poor relation of his neighbors who tagged after him as a child and still gives him devoted loyalty. She is thrilled to be a London lady, although she hasn't the least idea how to go about it. Although this looks like a romance, this is really the story of a young man learning to grow up. Sherry is essentially good-hearted but selfish; he doesn't want the responsibility of looking after a wife. This would be fine if he married a woman who was up to snuff, but his Kitten is decidely not. While Sherry's friends (a superb collection of supporting characters) look out for her as best they can, eventually it's time for Sherry to do the job himself. The finale, with various plot threads coming together with screwball abandon, is a triumph.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun jaunt with naive heroine learning London Ways March 1, 2003
This is one of Heyer's longer books and it is packed full of wonderful characters as only Heyer can write them. The Heroine is the impetuous Sherry, who when rejected by the 'love' of his life Isabella, vows to marry the first woman he sees. This happens to be his young playmate, Hero Wantage. She is a bit younger than Sherry (who is already rather young himself) and both are rather naive about life in general.
Sherry and Sherry's friends believe they can just carry with their lives as things were even though Sherry is married and Hero is quite happy for that to happen too - only as it turns out London is a lot bigger and a lot less easy for her to navigate in her usual good natured way. She gets fleeced by card sharps and has to be rescued from any number of scrapes by an increasingly worried and agitated and finally angry Sherry.
What makes this such a good read is that the humour running through it - Hero is a great character, and Sherry's friends are also fun - but underneath it is a very good story about growing up - becoming responsible and facing up to your responsibilities. It also has a complex mix of characters who keep stumbling over one anotherand interfering with each other's plans - and Heyer does this so well.
If you like Friday's Child you will probably also enjoy Cotillion and Convenient Marriage also by Heyer.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gentle and fun favourite March 9, 2004
I read my first "regency romance" from Ms. Heyer at the age of 13, and a few decades later still go back to my favourites. This story is definately one of them.
For anyone who isn't already a fan of Georgette Heyer's largest group of books, this wonderful lady, writing in early and mid 20th-century England, produced a glorious collection of romances set in Regency England,(while all the time despising these best-selling books that took her away from the straight historical books she really wanted to write, but wrote more slowly.) (Oh yes, she also wrote some pretty good murder mysteries too, but this isn't one of them.)
Her many fans are really pleased she did have these economic needs, because we find her romantic novels enjoyable again and again, and don't care about a few (paltry) flaws.
Georgette Heyer's romances stand out from all others, to me anyway, because of the great sense of humour and wit that makes all of the books great fun, the easy to read style that never becomes banal, and plots which, although always happy-ending and sometimes rather similar, are never, ever, boring. If you like romances that are well-written, without taking themselves too seriously, and you're happy to know the right guy will always get the (sometimes wrong, but always feisty, and never insipid) heroine, try her books. You'll likely get hooked, and then be delighted to find there's plenty more (though not always in print).
I probably call this book 'gentle' because the hero isn't apparently hateful, or offensive or caustic, just very likeable and somewhat thoughtless.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Very Favorite Heyer! August 8, 2000
This book's hero is quite different from the bored, sophisticated older man that Heyer usually casts in that role. Instead, "Sherry" is a gentleman in his early twenties who must marry to take control of his fortune from his unscrupulous uncle. When his current infatuation rejects his proposal, Sherry, miffed, finds a childhood friend in the village (Hero Wantage, "not quite seventeen") and marries her instead. Sherry's close friends all play a major role in the story and are admirably drawn, as are the hero and heroine. There are plenty of comic moments, the romance is quite believably developed, and I found myself laughing aloud more than once at the scrapes Hero keeps getting herself into. This is Ms. Heyer at her very best, and an excellent first-time pick for those Regency readers who wonder what all the fuss is about this grande dame of period romance.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun December 11, 2002
By kallan
This is a great story. It's light-hearted and full of fun, but has its serious side and some truly touching moments as well.
Sherry (Viscount Sheringham) has just has his proposal of marriage spurned by the Incomparable Isabella. Further put out of temper by his dreadful mother and uncle, he storms back to London, vowing to marry the first woman he sees. That happens to be Hero, a sixteen-year-old orphaned neighbour who has been devoted to him ever since they were children. Both are happy with his plan, Sherry because it will put him in control of his fortune and Hero because it gives her an escape from the tyranny of the cousins she lives with. But Sherry, who is both wild and irresponsible, does not find it as easy to have a wife as he thought it would be, while Hero, who was never trained for the position she now holds, finds herself falling into one disaster after another. She finds her position growing ever more difficult, especially when she comes to realise that she loves Sherry, but he does not seem to love her. When yet another social faux pas seems like the final straw for her and Sherry's marriage, she takes desperate action that might save the day . . . or will it?
Sherry and Hero are great characters, and make a lovely couple. Both are kind-hearted, irresponsible, hedonistic and hot-tempered. I also love this book for Sherry's friends. Gil is the token sensible person, Ferdy is well-mannered but thick, and George is a highly romantic figure, desperately in love with Isabella and forever trying to pick fights. The back-and-forth between Hero, Isabella, and Sherry and his friends is what really makes this book. Heyer displays her talent for comedy and for choosing exactly the right word to perfection.
Does everything turn out well in the end? Of course it does - but not in the way you might expect. Keep an eye out for the pickpocket turned groom.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long
I usually enjoy Heyer' s fun characters & crazy mix-ups, but for some reason these people did not seem as interesting to me, & the same type of problems occurred repeatedly for far... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any Georgette Heyer fan!
This is just an excellent little romp. I absolutely adore Kitten and all of her scrapes, and this is just another reason why I love Georgette Heyer so much. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mari
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Heyer always comes up to scratch and this one is no exception! A hearty hilarious jaunt of a story! Worth every penny.
Published 29 days ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it.
Published 1 month ago by Muhammad Mukhtar
5.0 out of 5 stars Came in the mail yesterday and it was in perfect condition. Not a...
Came in the mail yesterday and it was in perfect condition. Not a scratch, not a bent corner or anything! So happy with the quality care of the product!
Published 2 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars The characters are so fun. I felt like I was one of the ...
Absolutely charming! It was such an entertaining read. I had to force myself to put it down at night and couldn't wait to pick it up again. The characters are so fun. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melinda A. Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars I like almost all of Georgette Heyer's books
I like almost all of Georgette Heyer's books. I have no idea how many times I have read this one or others of hers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rilla Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer
It was not my favorite Georgette Heyer story. To much dialogue. Especially since she used the slang of the day. Perhaps someone else will find it more interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly twits and their misadventures
I was persuaded by other reviews to get this book. It as silly and sophomoric, to my thinking. I almost felt it was YA. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharbart
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious page turner
One of Heyer's Best. If you like georgette heyer you will enjoy this book. It has the usual great witty dialogue and a great cast of characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by melzy
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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, "The Black Moth," published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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