The Georgette Heyer Omnibus: Faro's Daughter / The Corinthian / The Nonesuch
The Georgette Heyer Omnibus Faro's Daughter / The Corinthian / The Nonesuch Author:Georgette Heyer Contains: — FARO'S DAUGHTER — Skilled in the art of card playing, Deborah Grantham, a gambler's daughter, uses that skill as her sole means of support as mistress of her aunt's elegant and exclusive gaming club in 18th-century London. The beautiful young must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability... more », preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers. One is from an older, very rich and rather corpulent lord whose reputation for licentious behavior disgusts her; the other from the young, puppyish scion of a noble family whose relatives are convinced she is a fortune hunter.
Lady Mablethorpe was aghast. Her young son Adrian was marrying Miss Deborah Grantham -- a gambling-club wench! Thus she sent her trusted nephew, the vastly wealthy, clever, and imperturbable Max Ravenscar, speeding to the faro tables to buy the hussy off. To Ravenscar's surprise, Deborah turned out to be remarkably handsome, witty, and -- he could scarcely believe it -- well-bred. Nevertheless, he expected she'd be grateful far the price he offered to give up her young suitor. Arrogant Ravenscar comes to buy her off, an insult so scathing that it leads to a volley of passionate reprisals, escalating between them to a level of flair and fury that can only have one conclusion....
Beset by marriage-minded relatives, Sir Richard Wyndham nearly plunged into a dutiful betrothal. But just in time, lovely, impulsive Penelope Creed climbed out a window -- and into his arms. Dressed as a boy, Pen was escaping her own demanding relatives, and wanted only to return to her childhood estate.
Sir Richard refused to permit a young lady to travel unescorted, no matter what her garb. But upon discovering his charge meant to ride a MAIL coach, the sophisticated lord nearly changed his mind! Still, before long, marriage wasn't looking quite the evil it had been -- if he had the right bride in his arms....
When they learned that Sir Waldo Hawkridge was coming, the village gentry was thrown into a flurry. The famed sportsman himself! The heir to an uncounted fortune and a leader of London society! The local youths idolized the "Nonesuch"; the fathers disapproved, and the mothers and daughters saw him as the most eligible -- and elusive -- man in the kingdom.
But one person remained calm. Ancilla Trent had put away thoughts of romance when she became a governess and at first was only amused at the fuss over Sir Waldo. But when he ignored the well-born beauties of the district, a shocking question began to form in her mind: Could the celebrated gentleman be courting her?« less