Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Mother of All Trashy Romance Novels

Some of you may or may not know that Maureen and I have a not-so-secret soft spot for trashy romance novels, or, as we like to call them, TRNs. I am particularly fond of Sabrina Jeffries, who writes Regency romances, which are my favorite kind. (Bonus? She lives in North Carolina!) But the woman widely regarded as the mother of the Regency romance is Georgette Heyer, and I recently read one of her books, Faro's Daughter.

This book tells the tale of Deborah, the spirited (they're always spirited) niece of a gaming-house proprietress and the roguish (they're always roguish) Max, who does not want Deborah to marry his cousin Adrian, who is a lovely but inexperienced boy (there's always one of those, too).

Faro's Daughter was published in 1941, 20 years after her first Regency novel and almost 30 years before the last. And she's at the top of her game here, sharing her engaging characters and their madcap adventures with us. I recommend it as a good, relatively quick read, especially if you're interested in Regency romances. After all, why not start with the best?

Image via Barnes and Noble.


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