Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family is scandalized that he proposes to marry one of "faro's daughters", and his cousin the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar - decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?
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Unabridged at last!
This is one of Georgette Heyer's better comedies, and as a book I like it a lot. I held off from the only audio version as it was Abridged, which never works, so was really pleased when this was released.
The other reviewer's comments on narration are fair, it's adequate but never really comes alight, and this is a book that should rattle along at a joyous pace much as The Talisman Ring does. The female voices are OK, and it does improve as the story progresses, but for me the male voices just don't work, and the whole thing is a bit bland and flat.
With such accomplished Heyer narrators as Phyllida Nash, Eve Mathieson, Daniel Phillpott et al (hopefully) available, that seems a shame.
Spoiled by the narrator
The reader. She does not have a bad voice but there is little intonation and no drama. Which is a shame as this is a good book with good characters and an excellent plot.
The byplay between the main characters
Phyllida Nash, Nicholas Rowe, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Richard Armitage..............lots to choose from.
This book is complete. Georgette Heyer generally left her characters alone apart from one family in particular.
It's not a badly read book but could have been so much better.