I am coming to Heyer in the opposite way, after reading countless romances, including many Regencies. Frederica is the first book I have read by Georgette. Frederica (Regency Romances) [Georgette Heyer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Heyer was one of the great protagonists of the. Frederica [Georgette Heyer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Marquis of Alverstoke finds himself drawn to Frederica, the distant.

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Impressions of a Neophyte. Many readers grew up reading Georgette Heyer and came to love romance and Regencies in particular because of their similarities to her work. I am coming to Heyer in the opposite way, after reading countless romances, including many Regencies. Frederica is the story of the Marquis of Alverstoke, a confirmed bachelor, and Frederica Merriville, the bold but uncalculating woman who wins his heart.

He has a pack of relations who have plenty of money and connections, but still apply to him for every need. As the book opens his sister and the mother of his heir ask him to host come-out balls for their daughters, and he turns them down flat. But then another distant relation applies for his aid. Her name is Frederica Merriville, and though he was distantly connected to her father he has never met her before. Alverstoke finds himself oddly intrigued by Frederica, and he decides to hold a cone-out ball for his nieces after all.

Charis may be beautiful, but she is also politely referred to as a complete ninnyhammer. However, her beauty and artless manners make her an instant success. Although Alverstoke has no particular interest in the Merriville family at first, he gradually finds himself drawn into their circle. Unless you are a complete ninnyhammer yourself, you will doubtless guess that Alverstoke will come to love Frederica and give up his selfish bachelor ways. Frederica is subtle in all the right ways.


There is no whack-you-over-the-head sensuality, no love at first sight, no instant lust. Heyer actually shows Alverstoke fall in love gradually and believably.

His transformation from confirmed, self-absorbed bachelor to dedicated family man is so gradual that he is completely unaware that it is happening. The plot takes its time. If you read romance you know where this story is going to go, but Heyer never rushes the relationship.

The book is not slow; there is always plenty going on, and most of it affects the fredsrica between Alverstoke and Frederica one way or another. But there is none of that artificial-feeling rush to take the relationship to the next level, because it evolves naturally over time.

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So often romances are about two people who feel instant sexual attraction, then eventually realize they are in love. This book is about two people who are perfect for each other, and the events that conspire to bring them together.

Children further the romance. I was surprised to discover that children play a pivotal role in this book. The children are not the stock, two-dimensional figures that often appear in romances, but are actually well-drawn beings with believable motivations. They add depth and humor to the book without being overly precious.

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The characters seem real. Without well-drawn characters, all the above virtues would be meaningless. Frederica and Alverstoke seem genuine, which is probably the biggest strength of the book. No one would mistake them for lifeless paragons. Both characters are likable and good-hearted, but they clearly rrederica their faults, too.

Alverstoke is truly a selfish man as the story begins. Frederica is much more concerned with others, but she is also bossy and managing. Fortunately they bring out the best in each other, and each becomes a better person as they geogrette in love. From what I have observed in online chats, everyone seems to have several favorite books written by Heyer. There are a lot of Heyer books out there, several of which are being rereleased this year.


If this is your first book by GH, then you are in for the most wonderful, entertaining and rewarding reading journey! Keep going down the path and enjoy many hours of the best of quality fiction. I loved Frederica and have re-read it many times and enjoy it more each time. This is my favorite Georgette Heyer. Also my favorite Heyer. The main characters are fab but the younger brothers are absolutely delightful. Libraries may not have audio for download but if you can handle CDs, you may still get to listen for free.

It was greedy and immoral IMHO. All of Heyer was available for new readers to discover which is how I originally found her audios of The Tollhouse and The Nonesuch, two fabulous audios. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Blythe Smith Review Date: October 12, Publication Date: A Sensuality Kisses Book Type: Audiobook Classic Fiction Review Tags: Caz Owens October 12, at 1: Lisa Fernandes October 22, at 6: Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment.

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