Thursday, September 24

Faro's Daughter

Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer
Worth: Photobucket

How marvelous! Okay, best I expand on that.

I gave Heyer a go because my love of classics, and specifically 'romantic' classics, means that titles by Austen and Eliot are soon exhausted.

Now, Heyer doesn't have the wit and charm of Austen, nor the brilliance and insight of Eliot. Also, she isn't writing as a contemporary but rather as a historical writer. This does show through with what is fairly judged as an overuse of detail and terms. But I have to admire Heyer for taking the trouble to sound authentic, and I believe that she succeeds.

So, while she lacks the finesse of the great ladies above, she gives as a whopper of a romantic tale that befits any Elizabeth and Darcy -type entanglement. And whilst we're not reading Heyer for her mastery in prose, her writing is respectable.

The first chapter or so had me thinking that this was going to be a very dry tale. But once our heroine was insulted - I'll say no more - things perked up considerably. I could't put it down. I mean, the main thrust is predicatable, but the details much less so. There are many interesting twists and turns. It's also very funny in parts. The heroine is admirable and the hero, while perhaps lacking the Darcy swoon factor, is manly and strong, and very rich of course.

If you love a good romantic entaglement of the old-fashioned kind, you can't go wrong with this one. I'll be choosing more of Heyer's titles.



  1. Lol, I love this - once our heroine was insulted, things perked up considerably. Where would the romantic book trade be without the hair triggered nerves of feminine sensibility? ;-)

    I haven't read Georgette Heyer but I've heard consistently good things about her.

  2. I am a HUGE fan of the Austen, Eliot etc. volumes have been read many times over...I shall have to put this on my ever-growing list....

  3. I think that Heyer does a lot better in her other genre, murder mystery which was written in times contemporary to her. I love her mysteries, they are absolutely hilarious. As far as her Regency romances, I haven't read any yet because I don't want to spoil my opinion of her :)

  4. Ah, I can understand that lily. I'm not a fan of murder mysteries, although I've read a LOT of Agatha Christie back in my youth.


No comment is too long or short around here.

Comment moderation on posts older than 7 days.