Heyer Discussion: [Friday's Child]
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Heyer may be fluff, but at least it's "high class" fluff. :-) She's mentioned in Michael Dirda's book Bound to Please!
Let me start the discussion by saying that I loved this book, so thanks to Roni for recommending it!
While I liked Hero and Sherry very much, and enjoyed watching them develop as a couple, I thought that Sherry's friends, Gil, Ferdy, and George are really what makes this book such a great read. They are hilarious, particularly Ferdy, who says the most laughable things. George was probably my favourite - he is so controlled by his emotions, always wanted to duel, and embracing Isabella in the most inappropriate way :)
So, what did everyone else think?
It's the same, I think, with Hero and Isabella. They're convincing as young women in their late teens who are trying to function in a grown up world but haven't quite got the hang of it yet. I also liked how all the young men start out be seeing Hero as a little sister, and Isabella as a distant object of adoration, and the then we see the relationships change through the book.
One of the things I like best about Heyer is the way she wrote such convincing, complex and varied relationships between characters. Not just romantic relationships, but friendships, rivalries and family dynamics too. There are several books where the mother-son relationship is significant, and I think there is added richness to this book because of the dowager's interactions with Sherry and Hero and Isabella.
I have to say though, that I really did not like Isabella at all. Maybe it was just because she is Hero's opposite in so many ways, but I found her to be spiteful and prone to believing the worst in everyone. I think George could have done much better!
I love the part of the book where Hero promises to 'comport herself with utmost propriety' and then of course, promptly does not!
Overall, it is a fun book with a great supporting cast.
Sherry: "'But what on earth should take him to seduce this wretched girl -'
'Oh, I don't know, Sherry!' interposed Ferdy fair-mindedly. 'Pass the time away - devilish dull, I dare say!'"
I also love this speech of Ferdy's, when Hero is talking about leaving Sherry:
"'Thinking of someone else, Kitten! Not Sherry! Very good sort of fellow, my cousin Sherry. Thought you liked him!'"
Gil, Ferdy, and George were hilarious, however, as was the dowager. I will definitely read more of Heyer, as I did enjoy her style and thought that it was a fun, funny book. Hopefully I'll just find the couples in her other books more romantic!
Let me know if you do another one. I did read with you and follow the threads--and discovered I liked Friday's Child better "the second time around!" :-) Maybe I needed to be older to appreciate the humor of the "foolish young!"