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Book Title: Friday's Child|
Date of issue: 1971
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The author of the book: Georgette Heyer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 648 KB
Edition: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Read full description of the books Friday's Child:I've seen the error of my ways after re-reading this book, and I'm changing my rating from two stars to four. It's not your typical romance, and Sherry will never be on my list of book boyfriends. But it is a very witty and insightful story of two young people who get married too soon, for the wrong reasons, and need to gain some insight and maturity.
We begin with the young Lord Sheringham (Sherry to his friends) proposing to the lovely Isabella Milborne ... or at least trying to propose, because she shuts him down before he can really get the words out of his mouth. With his pride hurt, and with the need to marry in order to control his fortune, Sherry swears he's going to go to London and he's going to marry the first woman he sees. As luck would have it, on the way back to London he meets up with his childhood friend, Hero Wantage, an orphan, not quite 17 years old, whose aunt has told her she needs to become a governess (an occupation for which Hero is sadly unsuited). She's always adored Sherry and followed him around, and Sherry decides that marrying her, in a clearly platonic, marriage-of-convenience kind of way, will solve both their problems! So off they go, hanging with Sherry's friends and having a good time, while running up debt and getting into various scrapes.
The rest of this story tells about the gradual evolving of their maturity levels (especially Sherry's) and their relationship. Hero is a generous-hearted but very naïve young girl, aptly called "Kitten" by Sherry and his friends, with really no idea of what is acceptable socially, so she makes all kinds of mistakes in London society; Sherry thinks he can be married to her and continue living his carefree life in pretty much the same way he did before as a single man, and it takes him quite a while to realize that's not workable. Hero tends to take everything Sherry says literally, as the gospel truth, and that comes back to bite Sherry repeatedly. For example, she reminds him after a disastrous couple of evening's gambling that he's said that the only thing to do when you're having a run of bad luck at gaming is "to continue playing, because a run of bad luck could not last for ever" - hah! It serves him right when that gets put back in his face, even though that wasn't Hero's intent when she reminded him of it.
Sherry's not a bad guy, just self-centered and thoughtless, and Hero's as unsophisticated as they get, if a very sweet kitten kid ("Friday's child is loving and giving..."). She's willing to do almost anything for Sherry, and he (initially) thoughtlessly accepts any sacrifice she makes for him. I love this cover on the edition that I read; it's exactly how I imagine Kitten:
This isn't one of those romances you read because you want to imagine yourself in love with the hero or being in the place of the heroine. *shudders at the thought* But once I put aside that notion, I was free to appreciate the characters' development, rather like Sherry's older and wiser aunt, and just enjoy the witty dialogue and the hilarious interactions of Hero and Sherry with their group of friends -- especially Mr Ringwood, whose dialogue is a crack-up and who saves the day in more ways than one.
So I strongly recommend that you don't think of this as a romance (except in loose terms) or as a novel where you admire or lust after or identify with the characters. Just sit back and enjoy how it all plays out and how deliciously witty Heyer can be in skewering people's foibles.
Initial review: This Heyer Regency novel (not really much of a romance for my money) left me cold when I first read it about 15 years ago. The hero and heroine are young and very foolish; I prefer them older and wiser. But the Georgette Heyer group has chosen it for their September 2016 group read, and a lot of Heyer fans love this one. So I'm giving it another shot and I'm going to be open-minded here...
Read information about the authorGeorgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.
In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.
Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity. She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.
Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer's greatest asset.
Heyer remains a popular and much-loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.
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