Frederica is a Regency romance novel by Georgette Heyer. The story is set in The plot is typical of several later Heyer romances in counterpointing the. After reading Frederica I thanked my lucky stars that Georgette Heyer was such a prolific writer and that she lived a long life. She wrote over 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.
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A reader favorite from the Queen of Regency Romance, Frederica is a charming story of a woman seeking security for her family, but finding love where and when she least expected it. Determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, Frederica seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.
Normally wary of his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. Frederica is a keeper, going on my bookshelf.
Heyer’s writing is just so smart and witty It is a very entertaining story with lots georgetre romance.
This book is funny, charming and full of interesting characters. I highly recommend this geogette to anyone who likes a good historical romance. Rich, handsome, darling of the ton, the Marquis of Alverstoke at 37 sees no reason to put himself out for anyone, that is, until the beyer Frederica, who seems more concerned with her family’s welfare than his attentions, catches his eye.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I agree with another commenter who said that this book is not particularly romantic. Frankly, I don’t think any of Heyer’s books are, not in the sense that people who’ve read a lot of romance novels generally understand that to mean. But at her best Heyer conveys through her story-telling just how perfectly suited her two main characters are.
And in the case of Frederica, a large part of this book’s appeal is Alverstoke’s believable transition from a frederifa hedonist who avoids taking responsibility for anyone else to a man who cares deeply for Frederica and her two youngest brothers. Frederica is the oldest of the Merriville geodgette at 24, and has been managing the family household since her mother’s death when she was about Although her brother Harry, 22, has been the nominal guardian of the younger Merrivilles since their father’s death, it is Frederica who has them in charge: With Harry now at Oxford, Frederica has brought the others to London to give the beautiful Charis a season in hopes she might find a worthy match there.
Frederica applies to the Marquis of Alverstoke, a very distantly related cousin, for help gaining entry to heeyer ton. He agrees merely to spite his sister Louisa, who has been plaguing him to give a ball for the come-out of her oldest daughter.
At 37, Alverstoke is a confirmed bachelor and a known rake. Having been born to wealth and title and as the only son, he has never wanted for anything, but neither has he ever known family life of the type the Merrivilles enjoy.
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From birth he was left in the care of staff and saw little of his parents. His two oldest sisters constantly press him to marry one of the eligible females they introduce to him, mainly to prevent his cousin and heir, “that block Endymion” Dauntry, from stepping into his shoes.
Alverstoke’s cynicism about marriage stems from having been hunted for years as a matrimonial prize and the realization “that his first love would have been as ready to marry a hunchback possessed of his rank and fortune as himself. Quite satisfied being single and having the care of her siblings, she is so accustomed to viewing herself as on the shelf that she’s surprised to find herself with two suitors who decidedly prefer her to the beautiful Charis.
As Alverstoke privately concludes, Charis “lacked what the ton called that certain sort of something, which meant, in a word, quality, and which characterised Frederica. It was apparent, he thought, in whatever Frederica did: Luff, the family’s beloved pet, had “forgot himself amongst the cows in Green Park” and fearing he would be impounded, Frederica manufactured a tale for this irate and ultimately unconvinced group that Luff was a rare breed of Barcelona collie, owned by the Marquis and only trying to herd the cows as he had been bred to do.
In an hilarious scene, Alverstoke masterfully handles the situation by first telling Frederica before the whole group, “Really, cousin, you are too shatterbrained! He is a hound, not a collie; and what I told you was not Barcelona, but Baluchistan! Without intending to, Alverstoke begins to assume a role in the lives of Frederica’s younger brothers.
First Felix, who is very bright and passionately interested in steam-powered engines, finagles the Marquis into taking him to tour a local foundry where some of these are being put to use: He thought that he had experienced every variety, but he discovered that he was mistaken: It would be like kicking a confiding puppy. With plans to go into the clergy, Jessamy is sober and serious and harder on himself than on anyone else.
When he gets into a minor scrape he turns to Alverstoke, who tells the guilt-ridden Jessamy, “I am glad to know you can fall into scrapes; you’ll be a better parson if you have understanding of human frailty than if you were to be a saint at sixteen years of age!
As he met them, he realised suddenly that there was more than a question in them: Frederica and her brothers exert a very humanizing influence on Alverstoke and he, in turn, becomes their protector and champion: Except, perhaps, the two youngest members of the family she loved so much: Jessamy, concealing his chagrin at being allowed so little share of the nursing Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
I have never read any of Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels without feeling my time has been well spent. She writes with humor, using witty characters, plots with twists, and pays meticulous attention to details.
The Marquess of Alverstoke is much envied by Society for his good looks, his exquisite wardrobe, and his plump pocketbook.
But no one could possibly describe him as anything but cold, easily bored,and aloof. Having never frrderica denied anything as a child, Vernon grew up self-centered and was constantly asked for material items by his two older sisters.
He was considered the prize on the marriage Mart, and he grew very skilled at rejecting all efforts by greedy mothers and grasping daughters to make him into a husband. He was aware of the existence of his multiple nieces and nephews, but he has ignored them all.
At the age of thirty-seven, he is convinced he will never marry or sire any heirs. A letter from Miss Frederica Merriville is georgetts to change his life forever.
Frederica has brought her siblings to London and hopes the Marquess will introduce her beautiful sister, Charis, to Society. She mentions that her father was a cousin of his. When the Marquess visits Frederica’s rented house in an unsophisticated neighborhood, he meets Frederica, a twenty-four-year-old spinster in charge of nineteen-year-old Charis, sixteen-year-old Jessamy, and twelve-year-old Felix. The official head of the Merrillville family is Harry, presently studying at university.
Also introduced to the Marquess is a huge mongrel dog named Lufra and Miss Seraphina Winsham, the elderly aunt who serves as chaperone to the Misses Merrillville. From the time of his meeting the Merrillvilles the Marquess is never bored and begins to take an interest in the whole family. Within the space of the four-hundred plus pages, the Marquess sees first-hand how family members interact, and he begins to fall in love and is loved in return.
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This is a delightful book. Frederica has long been one of my favorite Georgette Heyer stories. It is romance and comedy, wit and family at its best. For this re-read of the story, I chose to listen to it in audio format. It was interesting what stood out for me as a result. Geoorgette Norgate was a good narrator. He had the task of capturing the personality of such a large cast of characters and I thought he did it pretty well.
The pace and tone of a Georgette Heyer story particularly the subtleties and sparkling wit were brought out nicely. It never struck me before in previous reads, but this time around, I noticed the emphasis on family and familial differences. Ffederica parents might have led a colorful beginning and might both be gone at the point of the story, but she and her siblings share a lively, warm, and accepting relationship if at times they fuss and feud. Alverstoke came from something vastly different.