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May 19, 2008

Review: Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , — jjmachshev @ 2:14 pm
Fridays Child by Georgette Heyer

Another re-release from Georgette Heyer that was first published in 1944, “Friday’s Child” seemed to answer a public outcry for more light-hearted regency fair. As Ms. Heyer herself wrote about this novel, “I think myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense, but it’s questionably good escapist literature and I think I should rather like it if I were sitting in an air-raid shelter, or recovering from flu. Its period detail is good; my husband says it’s witty—and without going to these lengths, I will say that it is very good fun.” (From the book “The Private World of Georgette Heyer” by Jane Aiken Hodge; Random House, APR06)

This was written during a time of deprivation and war in London and Heyer’s fans were looking for a way to escape from their tense situation. The humor and comedic banter in her novels provided them a way to retreat, at least mentally, to a happier place and enjoy the antics and bumble broths of her well-written characters.

Friday’s Child is the story of Sherry, Lord Sherington, and Kitten, Hero Wantage, who marry at what seems to be the drop of a hat. Sherry needs a wife to gain control of his inheritance. The orphaned Hero needs someone to help her or she’s about to be sent off by her cousins to work as a governess. Since Sherry’s first choice refuses him, when he happens along and sees Kitten so down-hearted, he coerces the story out of her and then decides if he must be married, it might as well be to Kitten! As she is not yet ‘of age’, they elope to London.

Both characters are really not mature enough to manage themselves, much less marry; but as this will solve both their problems, onward they go. This is only the beginning of chapters of mayhem, scrapes, and misadventures. With each problem revealed and eventually solved, the reader watches these two grow up and learn to recognize and accept responsibility. They say the devil is in the details and so it is with Heyer’s novel. Her detailed descriptions and dialogue evoke the regency period with all its attendant restrictions and limits. The secondary cast will leave you in stitches as each tries to help or hinder the couple as appropriate for their motives.

This is an enjoyable, G-rated novel as there are only a handful of passionate kisses towards the end of the novel; so this would be appropriate for any age reader. It would, I think, be difficult to read this book without a smile on your face. The antics of the happy couple and their supporters and detractors seem delightfully silly compared with most romance fare today. If you are in need of a few hours of escape, I heartily recommend “Friday’s Child” by Georgette Heyer.

 

Reviewed by Julie

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3 Comments »

  1. Hi! True, this is kind of a safe kind of romance book if compared to those modern ones.

    This book was okay for me but it’s not one that I’d read again. Here is my review of it. 🙂

    Comment by Josette — August 1, 2008 @ 9:59 am

  2. It’s Lord Sherrigham not Lord Sherrigton as written above.

    Comment by Lisa — November 30, 2008 @ 6:42 am

  3. Correction…Sherrington should be Sherrigham!! Thanks Lisa!

    Comment by jjmachshev — February 23, 2009 @ 9:43 am


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