Title: Faro’s Daughter
Author: Georgette Heyer
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the back cover:
An insult not to be borne: When Max Ravenscar offers her a fortune to refuse the marriage proposal from his young nephew, the beautiful Deborah Grantham is outraged.
A passionate reprisal: She may be the mistress of her aunt’s elegant gambling house, but Miss Grantham will show the insufferable Mr. Ravenscar that she can’t be bribed, even if she has to marry his puppyish nephew to prove it.
This was my second Georgette Heyer novel, and I have to say, I’m becoming a very big fan of hers (my review of The The Reluctant Widow). Her books are intelligent, witty, entertaining, and very easy to read. Her prose reminds me a lot of Jane Austen, but she was a much more prolific writer, so fortunately, she has a wide assortment of novels to choose from.
The main character of Faro’s Daughter, Deb Grantham, reminded me a lot of Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She is very headstrong and quick to judge, but also witty and very intelligent. Max Ravenscar, the male lead, is just as smart, but also equally stubborn, which makes for a very entertaining novel!
Faro’s Daughter is essentially a power play between Deb and Max. They both are extremely principled and underestimate each other from the very beginning. It gets a bit silly at times, but it is fun to read. I definitely recommend this novel to any fans of Austen, as well as any historical fiction – trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
A big thank you to Danielle at Sourcebooks for sending me this book to read!