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When American millionaire George Bellew visits England, his lady-love jilts him for a Duke. In a bit of pique he decides to show the world how much his heart is broken by disappearing. He starts out on a country tramp and soon finds himself adopted by a small lad named Georgy, who has gone forth to find treasure for his beloved aunt who is facing the loss of her home. WhatWhen American millionaire George Bellew visits England, his lady-love jilts him for a Duke. In a bit of pique he decides to show the world how much his heart is broken by disappearing. He starts out on a country tramp and soon finds himself adopted by a small lad named Georgy, who has gone forth to find treasure for his beloved aunt who is facing the loss of her home. What bored, healthy young man can resist a lark like that?...

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ISBN : 22840343
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Number of Pages : 330 Pages
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the money moon Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-06 18:16

    I've never read any Farnol before but I will look for more after reading this! He manages to write a story with not one but two romances that strike the right blend of old-fashioned sweetness without being too saccharine. So many charming, lyrical descriptions of the beautiful "Arcadia" that our hero stumbles into. The cast of secondary characters is memorable and well-developed; on one hand, they are "stock" characters and yet he imbues them with depth and dignity such that they enrich the story and I found it particularly refreshing in a story of this era that the "hired help" have hearts and minds and aren't merely part of the background keeping our wealthy, upper-class heroes and heroines clothed and fed. I loved Small Porges and it was so sweet how he and his "uncle" went about the Money Moon for the beautiful, stalwart auntie. Though the final wooing ended up being just a bit too macho for my 21st century tastes, in all fairness our heroine was a bit too annoyingly prideful for my taste, so I could kind of get our hero's point. There's a hint of magic and a whole heap of heart in this story. I'm glad I didn't miss it!*available free on Project Gutenberg*

  • Tweety
    2019-04-16 23:18

    This was the sweetest Farnol I've ever read. I am truly sorry I put off reading it so long. The story starts with George Bellow, a American millionaire, who had set off to England to win a fair lady. But, since she doesn't want anything to do with him he trots off on a hike to find himself. That's when he meets a little boy named Georgy Porgy. Porgy tells Bellow that he's marching to Africa where he will make his fortune, then he will come home to England with a sack of gold to solve all his Auntie Anthea's problems. For the sake of it, and because he likes the lad, Bellow decides to help, first by bringing Porgy back and then by filling Porgy's head with tales of a prince slaying dragons for the fair princess and a legend of the Money Moon. George Bellow tells him that on the night of the Money Moon the moon will be the colour of a golden sovereign, and on that night they will go out and find a fortune. Auntie Anthea finds herself torn, she wants to pay off the mortgage on the house but is too proud to accept help. But not too proud to agree to something if it will help her care for Georgy Porgy. So she is in a deadlock, until the hops come in and pay everything off for her. If they come in at all.Miss Priscilla has been visited daily by Sergeant, and together they reminded me of Miss Jenny in Our Mutual Friend and Sergeant George from Bleak House. The over all feel of the book was along the lines of Under the Greenwood Tree/Far from the Madding Crowd. It's simple, full of satire and overall a sweet tale. I love how this story went, for Porgy the story was magical, and really everyone who reads this will have to feel that happy bubbly feeling that the ending gives you. It may not be something that would happen in real life, but then, how many fictional stories do? If you have never read Farnol I think this is one of his best ones to start with. This or Over The Hills. G ratingThere is a hand reading, smoking and a few swears, nothing else.I'd love to have shown everyone the illustrated plates in this book but I can't find a picture online, anyhow they are lovely. I'd recommend finding an old copy rather than a new one just for those illustrations.

  • Mela
    2019-04-24 16:03

    It was a lovely, sweet and cute story. It reminds me of Marietta: A Maid of Venice and The Princess Bride, although they are different, I have felt a similar atmosphere. All because of an narration like in a fairy tale. There aren't fairies and so on but still it is so cute that I wanted to hug these characters and their world. And of course all ends with happy ever after for all good characters.What I like the most are: Small Porgy, Sergeant and Old Adam.If you want know more read Tweety's review of this book.I add three quotes which are good examples to show atmosphere of this book:"It's all so awful' silly, you know!—why do you want to marry her?" "Because, like a Prince in a fairy tale, I'm—er—rather anxious to—live happy ever after""Thank you, I prefer to stand." "Strange!" murmured Bellew, shaking his head, "I never stand if I can sit, or sit if I can lie down""When I ask a question, sir, I am in the habit of receiving a direct reply,—" "And when I am asked a question, Mr. Cassilis, I am in the habit of answering it precisely as I please,—or not at all"

  • Hana
    2019-03-31 18:07

    A highly improbable little confection written in 1911 before England had entirely lost her innocence. I read a first edition with glorious and very lavish illustrations and page illuminations by Arthur I. Keller. The pictures were better than the story, which I found interesting mostly as a period piece. The Money Moon is a fairy tale about a rich, bored American (naturally!) who is jilted by lady and goes walkabout in the English countryside (considerably easier than going walkabout in Australia). He gets found and instantly adopted by a saccharine-sweet young boy who takes the American home to meet his aunt Anthea. For reasons that are never clear the American does not tell anyone who he is or where he came from, and we also learn nothing about Anthea's backstory and why she's making such a hash of running her much-reduced ancestral home. Many avoidable missteps and Great Misunderstandings ensue but all ends happily (if rather weirdly). I liked the many secondary characters better than the protagonists.A clean read.

  • Alisha
    2019-04-24 16:22

    Pretty cute, quick read. When George Bellew is rejected by the girl he thought he would marry, he asks his butler for advice. The butler finally concedes his opinion that George was never in love at all, but summarizes the typical ways men act when they are crossed in love. George decides his best option is to disappear. So he sets off on a walking tour. Before too long he meets a little boy, also named George, who lives with his maiden aunt. The two Georges take to one another immediately. The aunt is beautiful and young, but plagued by money troubles. The usual sort of thing ensues. Nice side characters. Cute little boy.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-11 17:14

    A heartwarming, enjoyable tale of an American billionaire from 1911 who is jilted by his lady-love and is advised by his valet to go find solace in travel. Pretty soon he's off on a lark, proving to himself his hurt hadn't gone too deep, but since he's enjoying his unorthodox lark, he keeps at it. Fairly soon he runs across Georgy, a small lad running away from home to work in Africa to find treasure for his aunt.When George adopts the youngster as an honorary nephew, he finds himself sticking near and loving the beautiful old home that the fair Anthea—the aunt in trouble—has been forced to mortgage by hard times. Here he lingers, soaking in the Arcadia he has found, working hard and resting hard, helping out around the place. But trouble is looming near, and Mr. Cassilis is determined to gain both house and fair lady, thought he would content himself with one if he couldn't gain both. Can George foil the plans and win the lady's heart?Not quite five stars, because of repeated cursing and a quick visit to a fortune teller. Otherwise excellent.

  • Phil Jensen
    2019-04-20 21:00

    That's really all you need to know. A few notes:I read this because Jack Vance lists Farnol as a personal favorite. Maybe I picked the wrong Farnol book.The protagonist is supposed to be charming, but comes across as insufferable. He just sits around smirking at poor people for most of the book.In the last chapter, Althea feels doomed because he promised to marry that one guy, and a promise is unbreakable. Then she just breaks it without a second thought. Did I miss something?

  • OLT
    2019-04-08 17:02

    Oh, the gems that one can uncover in the Kindle public domain romance listings. I also discover my ignorance of the history of romance novels this way. Sure, I know all about Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters and LORNA DOONE (See, can't even remember that author's name), etc., but who knew about Jeffrey Farnol (1878-1952)? And yet a cursory Google search tells me he wrote more than 40 romances, some formulaic Georgian or Regency novels and some swashbucklers and that he, along with Georgette Heyer, is credited with founding the Regency romantic genre.This particular book is not one of those. It's a contemporary romance, one of the few CRs Farnol wrote, but, of course, now it's a historical romance read since it takes place in the very late 1890s or the very early 1900s and was released for publication in 1911 (the year my father was born so that should tell you how very old I am). At the beginning of the story American millionaire (really rich, like a billionaire today) living in England at the time, is nursing a broken heart at being dumped by his English "true love" Sylvia (for whom he's even named his yacht in which he traveled from America to follow her) so she can marry a duke.So millionaire George Bellew sets out on a walking tour of England to try to get over his "Haunting Spectre of the Might Have Been." Well, George may have truckloads of money but it seems he just inherited it b/c he has spent most of his life rather indolently enjoying himself, traveling the world. No mention is made of making money, just enjoying it. This is not to say that George is an unpleasant, spoiled sort. Far from it, he's rather adorably charismatic.But the point is that this indolence leads him to tire of walking on his walking tour and he sneaks a ride in a wagon. When he discovers George sleeping on the wagon, the waggoner is enraged and the two get into fisticuffs, with George the winner and an unlikely friendship strikes up. This also leads George to continuing his ride on the wagon as far as he can go. And that leads him to accidentally meeting a delightful child also of the name George, AKA Georgy-Porgy, who's off to Africa (you know how kids are) to seek a fortune so that his aunt Anthea can keep the farm she's about to lose.And that leads George Bellow, now to be referred to as Uncle Porges, to go home with young Georgy-Porgy, now to be referred to as Small Porges, where Bellow meets lovely Anthea. Of course we know what's going to happen in this romance. It's not the plot that matters. It's the really delightful people, not only H, h and Small Porges, but many secondaries, such as Bellow's valet, Anthea's housekeeper, an old soldier with one arm who's been pining after the housekeeper for years, a handsome but unpleasant suitor for Anthea's hand, the waggoner mentioned earlier in this review, and even more.This has some really witty dialogue and chuckle-worthy moments in it. It's a delightful romantic comedy that needs to be read slowly to savor it all. It's a rather superficial plot but it has many humorous and many touching moments. I love the relationship of Bellew and his valet, the romance between the soldier and the housekeeper and the relationship of Uncle Porges and Small Porges perhaps as much as the budding love between Bellew and Anthea.This was a great find for me. But you have to enjoy old-fashioned writing style and vocabulary to fully appreciate it so I'm not recommending it across the board. It will probably appeal more to the "mature" (read "old" here) reader

  • Robert Laviano
    2019-03-29 21:00

    Loved reading this book. Very well written with classic English charm. Almost like reading a poem. The story is simple but engaging with great characters. Would love to see this as a movie. This is my second Farnol book and I look forward to reading more.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-04-07 16:11

    On the author's Wikipedia page, Jeffery Farnol is described thus: 'known for writing more than 40 romance novels, some formulaic and set in the Georgian Era or English Regency period, and swashbucklers. He, with Georgette Heyer, founded the Regency romantic genre'.Given how much I love Georgette Heyer, that is high praise and a high bar to pass. Ever since I've wanted to read him for some time. I was in the mood for romance and wanted something light, old-fashioned and funny so I decided to listen to this book on LibriVox in order to discover what George will do with his 'broken-heart' and what kind of mischief he will get into.I was a little let down. The humor was nice in a British sort of way and there's even a villain who 'twirled his moustache angrily', but the heroine and hero were to caricaturesque, there were little to no shenanigans, far too many misunderstandings and I kind of hated the ending. The whole submissive and forced thing was never for me.Maybe it's naive of me, but I still want to see if I can like Jeffery Farnol's work so I'll try some of his more popular work: maybe The Amateur Gentleman or The Broad Highway.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-15 22:14

    This was a good-natured but shallow romance with some extremely unbelievable parts and, well, some competely unbelievable parts. At its best, I could compare the hero and his valet to Wimsey and Bunter or to Wooster and Jeeves, but in both cases it would be an unfavorable comparison, partly because I think the valet only shows up in two chapters or so; sadly, as is often the case with unsuccessful comic romances, the valet and a couple of other characters are the ones I was really most interested in, no matter how set the author was on reducing them to cliches. Granted, I shouldn't have anticipated anything more with a title like Money Moon, but there you have it. I don't expect to be returning to the Farnol shelves again.

  • ken
    2019-04-08 00:21

    I highly doubt that I would have finished this book if it wasn't for the LibriVox recording. There were some parts that were dull on the written page, but thanks to the reader's voice, it was a better experience. The ending was my only frustration since Anthea was left saying only Yeses and Nos. The reason why I liked Bellew in the first place was removed just from the last chapter alone. The fact that he wasn't forceful like Mr. Cassilis was entirely ditched in the final chapter. I'm glad Anthea and Bellew got together, but the way it was done was off-putting.

  • Strangerealms
    2019-04-09 00:19

    Compared to The Broad Highway, which I really love, this book is pale in comparison. I didn't like this book the first time I read, found it too simple. When I was doing a clean up I decided to re-read it too see if it was a keeper or not. There are certain books and movies that require that you're in a certain mood or mind setting to really appreciate them, and it turns out this book is one of them. This book is a satire where the author is mocking the main male character who is obviously too full of himself. Things don't go according to plans of course.

  • Tove Henn
    2019-04-20 18:58

    Jeffery Farnol is one of my new favorite authors. I'm surprised this story didn't get better reviews--I loved it. It's a cute, sweet, funny, old-fashioned love story that takes place in the English countryside at the turn of the century. This book was first published in 1911 and can be read or listened to for free online or kindle or an Audiobooks app.

  • Nancye
    2019-04-01 17:25

    This was one of my grandmother's books and fit the description of being over 100 years old. It took me a few pages to get into the style and story. Once I got used to it I was hooked. The two Georges are fabulous. It is a cute story without being too sweet. In the end it is also a love story, but not in your face like so many are today. A lovely read.

  • Allison
    2019-04-19 19:07

    In looking for something like Georgette Heyer's work, I came across Jeffery Farnol. This is the first of his books I have tried. It was delightful. It was not very deep but the story was engaging. It was also a very quick read. I will be reading more of his work.

  • Nathalia
    2019-03-31 22:25

    Well, this was very sickly-sweet and unrealistic. Despite the author giving his utmost, the dialogs just did not allow me to get really into the story, as did the silly plot-devices, like the "witch in the woods". But it was okay, insofar as I really did like the characters in the end.

  • Nancy Hammons
    2019-03-31 22:58

    The Money Moon was my first book on my Kindle in 2010. It is without a doubt my favorite "go to" book. I enjoyed reading this book so much on my Kindle that I bought a first edition and a copy printed in 2007.

  • Tahsina Syeda
    2019-04-23 00:03

    Such a sweet little book! :) Love the relationship between the Big Porges and the Little Porges.

  • Quazelle
    2019-04-09 20:06

    Fun story. As a Librivox audio book the reader for this book made a great book outstanding.