Book Review: Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer

Title: Faro’s Daughter

Author: Georgette Heyer

Published: 1941

Page Length: 288 Pages


Book Summary:


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 mis must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability, preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers. One is from an older, very rich and rather corpulent lord whose reputation for licentious behavior disgusts her; the other from the young, puppyish scion of a noble family whose relatives are convinced she is a fortune hunter.

Lady Mablethorpe was aghast. Her young son Adrian was marrying Miss Deborah Grantham–a gambling-club wench! Thus she sent her trusted nephew, the vastly wealthy, clever, and imperturbable Max Ravenscar, speeding to the faro tables to buy the hussy off. To Ravenscar’s surprise, Deborah turned out to be remarkably handsome, witty, and–he could scarcely believe it–well-bred. Nevertheless, he expected she’d be grateful for the price he offered to give up her young suitor. Arrogant Ravenscar comes to buy her off, an insult so scathing that it leads to a volley of passionate reprisals, escalating between them to a level of flair and fury that can only have one conclusion….

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 changing from adversaries to lovers. We don’t get many details or interactions showing the attraction between the two main characters until the very end so much of the relationship development is only seen by reading between the lines.

Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend

Source: Library

Content: Clean (like her other books this does contain the phrase “Good God!” throughout)

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  1. I love Georgette Heyer books!

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