Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer – A Review

From the desk of Vic Sanborn: 

Headstrong, spoiled and impetuous, Lord Sheringham wants to be married. Not because he is in love, but because he wants control of his fortune, his father having left it so that he would be either 25 or married before he could rid himself of his trustees. He has some difficulties with debts, certainly, but the main reason he wishes to have that trust drawn up is that one of his trustees is plundering his estate. Continue reading “Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer – A Review”

BBAW Day 4 – Best New Book Discovery of 2009 – Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer

The blog topic for the fourth day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (September 14-18) is to write about a book that you discovered by reading about it on another blog – so here goes. 

Friday's Child, by Georgette Heyer (2008)Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer – recommended by Vic at Jane Austen’s World 

For years and years, I had been reading about the charms of author Georgette Heyer and her witty and well researched historical novels, but had never ventured beyond nodding my head in acknowledgement and placing her on the back burner of my future to be read list. Heyer had written some 50 odd novels between the 1920’s – 1970’s, but unfortunately many were long out of print in the US. I was finally convinced that the time was right when Sourcebooks began re-issuing Heyer’s works in 2008. Now the challenge was which one should I choose? Luckily I had an Heyer expert right in my backyard so-to-speak in my co-blogger Vic (Ms. Place) at Jane Austen Today who has merrily working her way through every new Heyer release and reviewing them on her blog Jane Austen’s World

What intrigued me most about reading Vic’s review of Friday’s Child was her exuberance in describing the plot and characters. Her summation and final reaction totally sold me on selecting Friday’s Child as my first Heyer read. To say that I was not disappointed is an understatement. Twenty pages into the book and I was slapping my head in astonishment over why it had taken me so long to delve into this talented writer’s oeuvre. Georgette Heyer far surpassed my expectations and I have read two additions novels since. The best part of the experience was not only discovering a new author, but realizing that I had fifty-five more novels to go. 

Even though Vic’s main focus on Jane Austen’s World is to write about Jane Austen’s Georgian and Regency times through history, culture, and art, she frequently writes book reviews that always enlighten, inform and amuse. I hope you will visit her soon and find a new book to explore and enjoy.

Check out all of the other great new book discoveries by other bloggers participating in Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer – A Review

Friday's Child, by Georgette Heyer (2008)After years of hearing the praises of author Georgette Heyer, I could no longer resist the temptation and dove in head first on the recommendation of Heyer enthusiast Vic (Ms. Place) of Jane Austen’s World, selecting the author’s favorite book Friday’s Child. Since Heyer published 56 books over 53 years, she had a few to choose from and I was confident that this neophyte would have one of the better novels to begin my indoctrination. I now see what all the fuss is about. Georgette Heyer is a treasure.

Spendthrift Anthony Verelst, Viscount Sheringham doesn’t give a fig about his finances until his creditors do. Selfish, impetuous and deeply in debt, he is unable to access his inheritance until he reaches 25 or marries and sets out to acquire a wife proposing to his neighbor and lifelong friend Isabella Milborne, an ‘Incomparable’, whose beauty and elegance are renown. She doesn’t think much of the idea or of Lord Sheringham’s dissipated lifestyle and rebuffs the offer. Indignant, he swears to marry the next girl he sees who happens to be seventeen year old Hero Wantage, the neighborhood orphan Cinderella living with Continue reading “Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer – A Review”

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