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Nella Londra del primo ottocento, dove fatui bellimbusti e affascinanti avventuriere si affrontano in una coloritissima fiera della vanità, dove intrighi si intrecciano e si snodano nei viali dei parchi affollati di carrozze o illuminati a giorno dai fuochi artificiali, dove tutto è permesso purché si rispettino le regole del gioco, che accade se il visconte di MablethorpeNella Londra del primo ottocento, dove fatui bellimbusti e affascinanti avventuriere si affrontano in una coloritissima fiera della vanità, dove intrighi si intrecciano e si snodano nei viali dei parchi affollati di carrozze o illuminati a giorno dai fuochi artificiali, dove tutto è permesso purché si rispettino le regole del gioco, che accade se il visconte di Mablethorpe, troppo giovane e troppo innamorato, decide di infrangere quelle regole e di sposare la "divina Deborah", la cui principale attività è quella di tener banco al faraone o ad altri giochi d'azzardo nella rispettabile casa della zia trasformata in assai poco rispettabile casa da gioco?Che accade se la casa da gioco è fallimentare, la zia cronicamente insolvente e il matrimonio appare il solo scudo protettore contro la prigione per debiti o le proposte strettamente disonorevoli di un aristocratico libertino? Se a impedire il matrimonio entra in gioco il cugino di Mablethorpe, l'uomo più ricco di Londra, Max Ravenscar, inguaribilmente scapolo e impenetrabile a ogni senso di cavalleria? Se dai viali silenziosi di un parco scaturisce all'improvviso una giovane ninfa, candida, adorabile e sventurata (Ravenscar la definirebbe semplicemente sciocca) la cui vicenda infiamma nel cuore del giovane visconte, penetrabilissimo a ogni senso di cavalleria, i più nobili sentimenti? Se la divina Deborah unisce a una misconosciuta quanto inattaccabile virtù un'indomabile fierezza, una personalissima visione della legalità, e un carattere di fuoco che trova il suo eguale soltanto nella durezza di Ravenscar? Che accade infine se a mescolare le carte di questa irresistibile partita d'azzardo, di questo gioco a incastro dove compare sempre un elemento di troppo (il fante, l'asso, il re?), è Georgette Heyer?Ebbene, i lettori potranno constatarlo, accade di tutto: agguati al crepuscolo, rapimenti, fughe, giochi d'azzardo a cui è legata la sorte di un uomo, incontri non regolamentari di pugilato, e un gioioso farsi e disfarsi di coppie che dimostra come la costanza dei giovani innamorati sia un sentimento tra i più incostanti e come non esista scapolo inguaribile che non trovi il suo "medico".Accade infine che tutti gli elementi di un autentico melodramma, mescolati con un'intelligenza ironica e un inesauribile gusto del narrare, si compongano in una commedia d'intrigo e di costume, in una girandola di personaggi e di imprevedibili colpi di scena che, ruotando at torno al duello tra i due vulcanici e impareggiabili protagonisti, conduce il lettore senza un solo attimo di stanchezza alla scoperta della carta vincente, in un finale in cui l'autrice si concede il piacere di capovolgere le carte in mano a Thackeray e di mostrarci una fiera della vanità dove a vincere non è il vizio con la maschera della virtù, ma la virtù mascherata (soltanto un poco) da vizio....

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Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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La carta vincente Reviews

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-09-21 04:48

    Flushed with success from my recent reread 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 she's attracted some attention from gentlemen who frequent the gambling house. Mostly it's the wrong sort of attention, but there's Lord Adrian, the 20 year old heir to the Mablethorpe title who has fallen head over heels for her and wants to marry her. His mother and uncle want to squash this inappropriate romance, and they have two months to do it before he turns 21 and gets control of his fortune. So Adrian's uncle, Max Ravenscar, tracks Deborah down and decides the best way to handle her is to offer to pay her money - a lot of money - to send Adrian packing. Deb and her aunt are in desperate need of money, but Deb finds Max's offer so vastly insulting (WHY) that she not only turns down the money, she declares that she'll wed Adrian just to spite Max, even though she actually has absolutely no intention of marrying young Adrian. And so begins a battle royale between this obstinate couple, and of course we all know where it's going from there, but the fun is in the journey. Except it just wasn't that much fun for me.Look, I get that Regencies aren't exactly the poster child for plausibility. When you look up the word "contrived," there's a picture of a Regency romance there, or should be anyway. And I'll confess that when I like the main couple and the plotline, I'll do contrived plots with the best of them (like Knave's Wager, one of my guilty pleasures). So I suppose what it amounts to is that I didn't care for the characters or their choices enough to really make this book a winner for me. Deb is basically an intelligent, kind-hearted, cultured person, but being around Max brings out the worst in her. Her decision-making process around him is kneejerk and irrational, and I just don't do irrational. Max ... well, he's kind of a jerk even at the best of times, though he does care about his family. And they both have a sense of humor, which saves the story from going completely off the rails. The secondary characters didn't help me out a lot here: Deb's aunt is one of those extravagant spendthrift creatures that I dislike so much in fiction; Adrian, though he has potential, is young and foolish; Deb's brother mostly grovels; and so on.But mostly this story revolves around the big feud between Max and Deb. So if you love this kind of battle of the sexes plotline, complete with farcical events like a kidnapping, a cultured woman dressing up like a tart and acting low class to embarrass the guy and his family, gambling away of fortunes, etc., this might be a really great read for you.

  • Tweety
    2018-10-14 23:53

    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. She also has an abominable temper, thankfully not like the heroin in Bath Tangle, but one singularly her own. Max Ravenscar, the Hero, is appalled when he learns that his young nephew plans to marry a gaming house wench, and he lets her know in no uncertain words what he thinks of such a union.Ohh! What fights they had! Max normally had good control of himself, but Deborah was out to get him. To think that it all started because Max thought she was going to marry his nephew! Adding to the amusement is the fact that she had no intention of doing so. This has become one of my favorites by Georgette Heyer.There is not as much language as one would exspect from a book where much time is spent in a gambling house. I was also surprised by how little drinking was mentioned. The is talk of a man who wants Deborah to be his mistress, but he never acts on it. And Max calls Deborah many, many rude names. I personally found it funny, as she did sort of bring it on herself. I will reread it just for the priceless moment in the cellar…This book began by reminding me of Vanity Fair, because of Deborah being in tight straits. It ended reminding me of Pride and Prejudice. This was a classic hero and heroine story were they start of with a great dislike of each other, (they each viewed the other vulgar!), and came to see that as much as they threatened to do away with the other, they could not live one without the other. I feel that of all the stories by Heyer that I have read, this was the most thought out of them all. Those of you wondering, it doesn't end abruptly.

  • Carol Clouds ꧁꧂
    2018-09-18 01:44

    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 book, check out this currency converter (& note it stopped being updated in 2005) http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cu... Gulp.& the pace on this one never lets up!Deb may be quick tempered, but she is also loyal, kind, inventive (!) & when her aunt needs help with her gambling house, she doesn't hesitate to step in, even though she must have realised that she was putting paid to any chance of an eligible marriage & leaving herself open to far less savoury offers. But she doesn't waste time in regrets. While Max is never given much in personality other than he is autocratic & skilled in gambling, the romance is allowed to gradually unfold. This is skillfully done.& special mention to some of the minor characters. Deb's aunt Lady Bellingham is one of my favourites - scatty yet kind, GH gives her some the book's best lines.& I think Kit is the most horrible of all the unsatisfactory brothers in GH's stories. It made me wonder if either of GH's own brothers had done anything to upset her at the time of writing! Shallow, disloyal & self absorbed (view spoiler)[ he betrays Deb when she most needs help & uses force against her to get his own way (hide spoiler)]& it is nice seeing a young woman enjoying her adolescence so much. I love the naughty Arabella.Because I was curious I looked up an E.O. wheel.& does anyone think the young Regency lass(sigh Arrow shows their usual lack of interest in getting the picture to match the book) looks like she is gazing at a cell phone? Just me? OK.The final Georgian novel written by GH. More's the pity.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Olga Godim
    2018-10-13 05:32

    4.5 starsCharming! 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. She is not painted, nor greedy, nor a harpy, and she doesn’t contemplate matrimony, at least not to Adrian, who is five years her junior. She is as proud as Max, but unfortunately, her family hit the hard times, and she has no choice but to help her aunt in her gaming establishment. When Max offers Deb 10,000 pounds to break off her non-existing engagement to Adrian, she flies into indignation. Of course, such a sum would help her aunt pay off all her debts, but how dares that insufferable man insult her so! How dares he presume she is for sale! She wouldn’t take a farthing of his money. She would teach him a lesson.And so the battle commences, tit for tat. After Deb delivers a shocking blow to Max’s inflated ego, he retaliates, forcing her to exercise her creativity to the utmost for her next move. While they strive to best each other, the readers smile and chuckle and enjoy every page of this funny and inventive tale. Delightful.Bookish musing: The previous book I read was a modern paranormal romance, a good book by all accounts, but the comparison was inevitable. With the exception of magic, the male protagonists in both stories could be described by exactly the same words: arrogant, wealthy, powerful, autocratic, absolutely unaccustomed to any resistance. The female protagonists are also similar: spirited, compassionate, fiercely independent, would go to bat for their families. But unlike the hero in the modern story, Max would never resort to cruelty towards Deb or any other woman, no matter how much he dreams of wringing her neck. He is an alpha male, yes, but his politeness and manners are too ingrained – he is a British aristocrat after all – to do anything so base as apply deliberate pain to a female. He is ruthless, biased, sometimes even hateful, but his solutions are smart, not brutal, and he wants to win by his wits, not his fists, either literal or metaphorical. And of course, no lust is involved in Heyer’s story. Everyone knows it’s there, in the background, but it’s resistible. It doesn’t influence neither Deb’s nor Max’s decisions or actions. Both have too much class to submit to their bodily urges. Perhaps the comparison is unfair: after all Heyer is a classic. Her novels have been popular since 1921 and are still in print. I’m just saying: I definitely prefer Georgette Heyer’s approach. Maybe I’m too old-fashioned.

  • Mela
    2018-10-09 00:48

    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 - that I was surprised two times how the story turned out. Because, I love Heyer romances, but they are very predictable. Not this book, at least for me.I want more such stories!

  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    2018-09-30 05:34

    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 the heroine's part. I think that last aspect is what makes Heyer's novels so fun. Completely unselfish plotting that makes me laugh. Just what I needed today.

  • Lea
    2018-09-22 02:32

    HANDS DOWN THE FUNNIEST HEYER I'VE READ YETDeborah 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-hunter/gaming wench. I repeat, Deb at no point even considered accepting Adrien's proposal. But Deb and Mr Ravenscar are two of the BIGGEST DRAMA QUEENS to ever exist and that's why this novel is so amazing/hilarious. She is so offended that he thought she was a hussy, and he is so thoroughly annoyed by not getting his way for once, that they both come up with increasingly absurd ways to piss each other off, leaving everyone else around them to reach for their smelling salts.This is like Pride & Prejudice on crack - indeed you may pick up on certain turns of phrase that are straight from that book.I have to say I haven't laughed out loud this many times reading a book in ages, in fact I read the last 15% or so while on a treadmill at my gym just now and people thought I was going mental (no one is supposed to look that happy on a treadmill).5 of the easiest stars I've ever given

  • Caz
    2018-09-30 05:40

    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 highly antagonistic central relationships that I can remember reading in her books – the hero and heroine’s barbed banter is often cutting to the point of unpleasantness and in fact, some of the epithets the hero flings at the heroine’s head are downright offensive.Deborah Grantham and her younger brother were taken in by their aunt upon the death of their father, a man with a large appetite for gaming and very little luck. Lady Bellingham opens her home to “select gaming parties” as a way of making ends meet; preserving the illusion that people attend by invitation only allows her to maintain a façade of respectability.Deborah is quick-witted, intelligent and practical, although at twenty-six years of age, she is pretty much on the shelf, and the fact that she presides over her aunt’s gaming salon renders her ineligible as a wife for any man of good breeding. Yet the young Viscount Maplethorpe professes himself in love with her and makes clear his desire to marry her – which throws his mother into a panic. She cannot possibly countenance Adrian’s marrying a common hussy – and while he is not yet of age, his birthday in two months’ time will see him finally independent and able to bestow his person and his considerable fortune anywhere he pleases.In her desperation to prevent such an imprudent marriage, Lady Maplethorpe turns to her nephew, Max Ravenscar for help. Ravenscar is Adrian’s other guardian and is very shrewd, incredibly wealthy, doesn’t care much for society and cares even less for society’s opinion of him. He’s used to getting his own way, and is sure that he can avert disaster by offering the wench money to leave Adrian alone. He attends Lady Bellingham’s that evening to see “this cyprian of Adrian’s” – and is surprised to discover that she is not at all what he had expected. Far from looking, sounding or behaving like a trollop, Miss Grantham is rather lovely“built on queenly lines, [she] carried her head well, and possessed a pretty wrist, and a neatly turned ankle. She looked to have a good deal of humour, and her voice, when she spoke, was low-pitched and pleasing.” and he finds himself able to completely understand the reasons for his young cousin’s infatuation.What Max has no way of knowing is that Deborah has not the slightest intention of marrying Adrian. She is well aware that the young man is merely suffering from a severe case of calf-love and has never given him the slightest encouragement or occasion to believe that she will accept his suit. She is sure he will soon grow out of his attachment to her and is quite happy to let things run their course, in spite of the fact that her aunt keeps dropping massive hints to the effect that Adrian’s fortune would obliterate their financial worries.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2018-09-27 06:57

    2.5This 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 was talking about the debts and Deb's suitors. The two main characters are good in almost every situation as long as they are not together. They are horrible then. The final scene is the only one that doesn't have them acting as they are crazy.I liked it well enough. The theme is great. I haven't read Heyer before so I am certain that there are other books that I might like a bit more. I'll go with it was an ok book for now.

  • Kelly
    2018-10-12 23:57

    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, manages finances, and generally takes care of herself, and I have re-read it several times, so I'll give it the extra star.

  • Kathy
    2018-10-06 05:46

    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 RecommendSource: LibraryContent: Clean (like her other books this does contain the phrase "Good God!" throughout)

  • Amy
    2018-10-10 04:45

    2017 ReviewOnce 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 Daughterisn't one of Heyer's more popular books, and I picked it up half expecting it to be a disappointment. I was pleasantly surprised. When Max Ravenscar discovers his young nephew has fallen in love with a girl from gambling house, he is quite determined to do everything in his power to stop the marriage. Surely a bribe ought to work...What he does not expect is Deborah Grantham. Outraged and offended that he would try and bribe her off, Deborah is determined to get revenge, even if that means marrying his youngster of a nephew!A very cute, very humorous novel, full of romp and Heyer humor, I quite enjoyed this book. It even beats outThese Old Shadesin the three star section. Deborah is a great deal like Sophy fromThe Grand Sophyand as that is my favorite Heyer book, it stands to reason I'd enjoy this one too. It is a highly imporobable story, filled with kidnapping and falling in and out love and rather unsavory characters, but overall completely fun! The ending is a little rushed and the hero’s' falling in love might be a bit fast, but the witty dialogue and ridiculous circumstances the characters find themselves in quite makes up for it. A very enjoyable novel!! My Heyer reccomendations go like this order then: The Grand SophyFredericaCotillionFaro's DaughterArabellaThese Old Shadesand the Nonesuch!

  • Nikki
    2018-10-19 05:44

    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 they’re in love! It’s a bit too sudden to me; particularly as we don’t get much from Ravenscar’s point of view that explains his softening towards Deb.The side plot with Adrian and Phoebe, though, is pretty adorable.It’s fun, but more fun if you try not to think about it too much, perhaps. Especially on the subject of the fond aunt, who despite the fondness, keeps suggesting various odious things to Deb to pay off their debts — we’re told she’s doting, but she seems to have bad judgement and worse taste when it comes to how she should treat her niece.The best thing about this book is Deb’s stubbornness, her sense of honour, and her insistence that she won’t be cowed.Originally posted here.

  • LaFleurBleue
    2018-10-06 07:40

    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 the other out of wounded pride nourishing spite. Each of their further encounters fueled those feelings and gave way to outrageous dialogues and competition.Although I would have liked knowing a little more about Max and Deb's growing feelings, self-doubts and hesitations, the love declarations came less as a surprise than in other books.Overall this book made me smile throughout all of it and even laugh a few times. And this helped me forget its flaws.

  • kris
    2018-09-27 01:44

    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 capture MORE about what I loved about this book, but I don't know what to say because it was just the feeling I got when I hit the last pages and Deb attempts to convince Max that he can't marry her because she'll ruin him, and just FEELINGS. ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE.

  • Kathryn
    2018-10-06 06:47

    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 as Deb when they come to points, as they do frequently. It's just not a convincing foundation for a romance.I can't really recommend this one.

  • Moonlight Reader
    2018-09-22 04:36

    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, Phoebe is as adorable as Arabella, although not so headstrong. The romance between Ravenscar and Deb is as satisfying as Sir Tristram and Sarah Thane in The Talisman Ring.Like Sprig Muslin & Talisman Ring, Faro's Daughter is a double ring romance, with a pair of younger characters and a pair of older characters. And, like both of those books, I absolutely loved the romance between the more mature characters.Deborah Grantham is the titular Faro's Daughter, a moderately impoverished woman of four and twenty, which makes her a bit older than the heroine of the average Regency romance. She and her aunt have opened up a card room in an effort to stave off bankruptcy, which is really not going very well because her aunt sort of sucks at money management, and Deb's brother is - as is so often the case in these Heyer romances - a drain on the family finances.Adrian is the young Lord Mablethorpe, who fancies himself in love with the delectable Deb. There's also a lecherous older character, Lord Ormskirk, who has bought up all of Deb's aunt's bills in an effort to force Deborah into becoming his mistress. She is having none of that, of course, but she rather likes Adrian and doesn't want to hurt him. The book begins when Lord Ravenscar decides that it is incumbent upon him to save the callow youth from the clutches of the fortune hunter. He badly underestimates Deb's integrity and kindness, and jumps to all kinds of conclusions. He is a huge conclusion jumper, which is the cause of the misunderstanding that leads to a delightful confusion at the end. Deb has no intention of marrying Adrian, she is much too honorable of a person and she isn't a bit in love with him, so when Ravenscar offers her twenty-thousand pounds to leave Adrian alone, she loses her shit."The palm of Miss Grantham’s hand itched again to hit him, and it was with an immense effort of will that she forced herself to refrain. She replied with scarcely a tremor to betray her indignation. ‘But even you must realise, sir, that Lord Ormskirk’s obliging offer is not to be thought of beside your cousin’s proposal. I declare, I have a great fancy to become Lady Mablethorpe."Ravenscar has met his match with the indomitable Deb, but he has no idea. He is accustomed to getting his own way, and is just as pissed as Deb when she turns him down flat, leaving him with the distinct impression that she intends to marry Adrian as soon as Adrian reaches majority, in a bare 60 days. The pitched battle of wills and arms occurs, with Ravenscar buying the bills off Ormskirk, and Deb actually at one point kidnapping Ravenscar and locking him in her basement with the rats."‘You have had Ravenscar murdered, and hidden his body in my cellar!’ uttered her ladyship, sinking into a chair. ‘We shall all be ruined! I knew it!’‘My dear ma’am, it is no such thing!’ Deborah said, amused. ‘He is not dead, I assure you!’Lady Bellingham’s eyes seemed to be in imminent danger of starting from their sockets. ‘Deb!’ she said, in a strangled voice. ‘You don’t mean that you really have Ravenscar in my cellar?’‘Yes, dearest, but indeed he is alive!’‘We are ruined!’ said her ladyship, with a calm born of despair. ‘The best we can hope for is that they will put you in Bedlam."These are the only two people in London who could handle each other without asbestos gloves and a welding hood.The second romance involves Adrian and Phoebe Laxton, who is rescued - by Deb and Adrian - from Vauxhall, where her mercenary family is trying to sell her like a lamb to slaughter to a way, way, way too old creepy aristocrat because in that family, as well, the men are useless, profligate gambles and women are commodities. Phoebe is adorable and sweet, and Deb figures out within about twenty seconds that she is just the girl for Adrian. While Ravenscar is accusing her of being the worst kind of gold-digger, she is neatly solving his problem for him, finding a suitable match, and watching Adrian grow up just in time to take care of the fraught Phoebe.And so, we come to the end, after Adrian has married Phoebe, he returns to town, runs into Ravenscar, and tells him to wish him happy because he has gone and gotten married. Ravenscar again jumps to the conclusion that Deb has married Adrian just to spite him. He shows up at her house to get into a big fight, and tell her that had she not been in such a hurry, she would have gained a much bigger prize - him.She tosses him out, furious, saying, in Lizzie Bennett fashion, that he is the last man in the world that she could be prevailed upon to marry.Ah, young love. If only they'd had some electronics to toss around, a DVD player would clearly have gone out the window. It does, of course, all get worked out in the end, and I am convinced that Ravenscar and Deborah are perfect for one another - honorable, fierce, passionate, and slightly nuts. Their marriage will never be boring, and regency London would have been a better place with them in it.

  • Vicki
    2018-09-27 04:54

    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 orignial Queen of this genre).Many are still only available in used book stores. O.k. -- let's see -- she is to Regency dialog what Robert Parker is to detective dialog (big compliment to Mr Parker!) -- none better. So -- dialog is great, and full of lovely antiquated expressions, so if you like to be acquainted with out of vogue words and expressions that is another fun aspect to her writing. Her books are filled with lords and ladies, and very very tangled and amusing situations that get unraveled and set right by the end of the book. These are books for when you are stressed out or on vacation and you want somemthing light and fun -- but you still have your standards about writing.As for romance it is mostly implied and often misunderstood until, perhaps, one final kiss or embrace within the last two pages. Generally both the lead female and male character are quite strong, although likely one is quite set in society and the other coping with some difficult circumstance (left in the care of their orphaned siblings, etc). The books are all quite different however -- Heyer is not one who set one formula and kept repeating it. As it is unlikely you will be able to find THIS book, here are some of my fave's that have been re-issued - Frederica, Arabella, and the Grand Sophie. Regency Buck and Devil's Cub are others that are a LOT of fun. Once in a while I read one that leaves me flat -- but if you start with one of those will be a fair test for you whether Georgette Heyer is your cup of tea or not. These are my insomnia books, too, because once you have read one, upon awakening in the middle of the night, you can read any little passage again, smile, and roll over to go back to sleep.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2018-10-15 02:54

    My Second Georgette HeyerI 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 Deb still forgives him, for me it was a strech. But what really bothered me was the way Heyer describes their first kiss. I dislike having my heroine be infantilised or cowed into submission by the hero. I just don't find it romantic. I know it's an accurate representation of how people thought romance was conducted: with a dash of misogyny and paternalism. But it ruined a very enjoyable book.

  • Sophia
    2018-10-01 01:52

    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 the hands of a conniving woman in a gaming house. His cousin, Adrian, a young man barely out of school believes himself in love. Max goes around to the house to check out Adrian's love interest and is a little surprised at the woman who is genteel and well dressed though she works amongst gamblers and has some of the worst of the upperclass hanging about her. Max is determined that he will get Adrian away from her, but decides to offer a bribe.Deb Grantham came of a good family, but her late father was a gambler and her Aunt Lizzy with whom she has lived since her father died, has turned her card parties into a gaming business. Her aunt has expensive taste so has not made any money. In fact, she is badly in debt and to a man who would use this to force Deb into becoming his mistress. Her aunt would like Deb to take advantage of young Lord Maplethorpe's puppy love to get them out of financial trouble, but Deb will not. She suspects the sudden appearance of Adrian's cousin is to get Adrian away from her. She finds it amusing until Max Ravenscar insults her with the offer of a bribe and makes it clear the distaste he has for his young cousin Maplethorpe being entangled with the likes of her. She loses her temper and decides to make Ravenscar pay for such an insult by pretending to want Adrian.And so begins a game of cat and mouse in which the two fiery people battle it out to best the other with schemes and wit. With so much hate and anger, others suspect that there might be something deeper going on and they would be right.So, this one is classic enemies to lovers trope. There is an element of madcap comedy to it that is true of many of the author's works. Just as there is a dominant, powerful male and a fiery-tempered female as protagonists. I don't mind all that and enjoyed it.but this time around, I was struck by the heroine- who is supposedly a sensible woman- acting rather petulant, flaky, and even hurtful. She gets mad that he thinks her the type of woman who would prey on a young impressionable man, but, in essence, by not setting Adrian, Lord Maplethorpe to rights immediately, that is exactly what she is. She even admitted as much that she was wrong for him because of her occupation so it was outrageous that she reacted so badly to his assumptions. Then, I really didn't like that she chose to use poor Adrian to get back at his cousin.Then she proceeds to spend the rest of the story in a storm of distemper and rage even going so far as to have the man kidnapped and then getting angry because her helpers had to get rough to capture him. Exactly how did she imagine kidnapping would work with a healthy athletic man who would resist such a procedure? And the list goes on. Honestly, I couldn't see much to like. I will be fair and say that she was just strong-willed enough to be a match for the arrogant Ravenscar who is set in his ways and used to having things his own way. He had never been challenged or bested so it was a good thing for him.Secondary characters and plot lines were all delightful. I loved the earnest Adrian who grew and matured, the irrepressible Arabella, the roguish Lucian, and the fluttering older ladies. Even the cunning Olmskirk was amusing in his own way. So this go around, I wasn't nearly as impressed with the heroine. But this was still an overall entertaining listen. The narrator, Laura Paton, caught the spirit of the piece and did a good job if not with the depth of the voices at least with the emotion, pace, and tone of the story.

  • Vicki Seldon
    2018-09-29 03:29

    The success of a Georgette Heyer is as much about the main characters as it is about their situation. I must confess that it took me longer than usual to warm up to heroine Deborah Grantham, spending her 20's more-or-less running the family's private gambling house, flirting with the wealthy male guests and playing them against each other while trying to stay one step ahead of the bills. Heyer introduces our hero, Max Ravenscar,who is quite possibly the flintiest of her stoic, independent-minded, I am not a slave to the latest customs and fashions because I am just so above all of that in my superior maleness.The war of wills between Miss Grantham and Lord Ravenscar escalates throughout the novel and it is fun watching Miss Grantham raise the stakes and do her utmost to outwit Lord Ravenscar and prove who is the more clever.

  • Julz
    2018-09-27 05:46

    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 h but she'll have none of it, blah, blah, blah, until we have our HEA.

  • Andrea
    2018-10-12 01:31

    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
    2018-10-09 00:58

    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, forced by necessity to preside over her aunt's gaming house, faces a mountain of debts. She hopes to win a fortune on the bank so she can buy back the debts the odious Lord Omskirk has bought from her aunt. It's either that or become his mistress and Deb, though employed in a seedy occupation, is chaste and anything other than marriage would be repugnant to her. She has no intentions of marrying young Mablethorpe but when his cousin interferes, Deb's temper is aroused and she vows to get the better of Max.This is one of my least favorite Heyer novels. The plot moves slowly in the first half and consists largely of sparring between Deb and Max. The second half of the book is more fast-paced and interesting another subplot is introduced. The book is largely devoid of Heyer's sparkling dialogue and memorable characters. I liked Deb because she's intelligent, resourceful and has a sense of humor. I did not like the way she dealt with Max and it made her seem immature, which she is not. Her exchanges with Max are not the usual push-pull banter. They're hateful and even cruel. Yes he started it but she didn't have to dignify his rudeness with rudeness. Not that I wouldn't act the same way, but I just didn't care for their relationship.I loathed Max. I usually love the sporting heroes but not Max. At first glance he seemed like a good hero. He has no patience with his aunt's hysteria and is unwilling to become too involved in his cousin's affairs but once he meets Deb, he lost all admiration from me. He's arrogant and incredibly rude to her. He makes judgments based on assumptions about women who run Faro banks but it's fairly obvious Deb isn't what he thinks she is. He has no sense of humor whatsoever and can't take a joke. He can't even recognize that it is a joke but his teenage sister can! He doesn't improve as the story goes on. He continues to be rude and insulting towards Deb and he doesn't experience any character growth or change in the story.The women come off better than the men in this story though I did really like Adrian. He's sweet, caring and capable of managing his own life when he has the opportunity. He doesn't get much of a chance to show anyone how he can behave like an adult when everyone around him assumes he is behaving like a boy and treats him like a child. He bears this with patience and good nature and loves his family anyway. He's my favorite character but the only good male in the novel. Lady Bellingham, Deb's aunt, is an amusing scatterbrain. She can't keep her life straight. She realizes she's in trouble but doesn't know what to do about it. She can't give up living in the style she is accustomed to. Her opinions change based on the situation and she's the comic relief in the story. Max's half-sister Arabella, is a minx but she's more shrewd that he realizes. I liked that she wasn't a stereotypical vain, ditzy teenager. I would have liked more of her in the story. How her story turns out is very funny. The other men in the story are old roues with bad reputations. They frequent the Faro bank losing money, winning money and lusting after much younger women. Lord Ormskirk isn't quite stereotypical for a "villain" character. He turned out to surprise me by not behaving as I expected. I didn't like this book much the first time I read it and this time it wasn't any better. It was disappointing not to love a Heyer novel but she wrote so many that everyone can have a favorite/s and least favorite/s!

  • Diane
    2018-09-20 23:57

    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 is. However, Adrian is convinced he will win her over. When his mother, Lady Mablethorpe, learns of Adrian's attentions, she is horrified, not only by his choice of bride, but also because she intends for him to marry his wealthy - and equally foolish - cousin Arabella. Lady Mablethorpe calls on her nephew, the formidable Max Ravenscar, to do something about the situation. Max assumes he can just throw some money at Deb and she will break things off with Adrian. However, Deb is deeply insulted by Max's offer and his attitude - and so a war of wills begins. This is what a regency should be - funny, charming, enjoyable, and full of period detail. Max and Deb's little battle gets laugh out loud funny with just enough tension (supplied by Deb's unpleasant suitor, Lord Ormskirk)to keep things moving.

  • Fiona Marsden
    2018-09-18 00:37

    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 accumulating.Young Adrian could be the answer for he has fallen in love with Deb despite her being older by several years. Then Ormskirk, who holds the mortgage might be an option, though marriage is not on his agenda. Either way, Max Ravenscar is unimpressed when he finds Adrian enamoured of a wench from a gaming house.Thus begins a battle of wills between the arrogant and very rich Mr Ravenscar and the fiery Miss Grantham. Tangled along the way are his sister, her brother and an interesting cast of secondary characters.I enjoyed this thoroughly even though I have read it several times before.

  • C.P. Lesley
    2018-10-17 05:48

    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, and while Deb's unfortunate aunt watches from the sidelines, bleating helplessly about the £20,000 (in 1805 currency, or thereabouts!) that Deb has refused to accept in return for giving up a boy she had no plans to marry, mayhem ensues.Heyer is at the top of her game here. The characters are delightful, the dialogue sparkling, and the plot has enough twists to keep the most intricate outliner happy. If you like Regency romances of any era, don't miss this one.By the way, this is my third reading (at least). It just gets better.

  • Amanda Grange
    2018-10-01 02:56

    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, thinks she is a scheming harpy and comes to buy her off, Deb is so insulted that it leads to war between them. The events are pure farce, and the scene in the cellar involving Deb's brother is one of my favourites. If you haven't read any Heyer, try her. If you love her, you will have a virtually endless supply of witty books to entertain you for years.

  • Alice
    2018-10-01 06:41

    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 scene where Ravenscar is locked in the cellar and Kit Grantham goes to set him free. :) You've gotta read it to understand! ;DAnother amazing Heyer- not my favorite, but I did love it, and each Heyer makes me more eager to read the others.

  • Sherwood Smith
    2018-10-02 06:32

    I loved this one as a teen reader, because fiction in those days was full of brutal two-fisted he-men, penned by both men and women. One learned to just sort of skim past that.Reading it now, I find the hero such a jerk that his only saving grace is a sense of fairness and a sense of humor--and the conviction that despite a totally disgusting phrase near the end, the heroine will give him beans, as Wodehouse says.Outside of that, it's a Taming of the Shrew sort of battle of the sexes. The best scenes are when the heroine strikes back.