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. 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 The orphaned Frederica has arrived in London in the hopes of . If you read no other novel by Georgette Heyer, it should probably be this one.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks georgefte telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Frederica by Georgette Heyer. Frederica by Georgette Heyer. Rich and handsome, darling of the ton, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke at seven-and-thirty sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. Until a distant connection, ignorant of his selfishness, applies to him for help.

When Frederica Merriville brings her three younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant m Rich and handsome, darling of the ton, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke at seven-and-thirty sees no reason to put himself out for anyone.

When Frederica Merriville brings her three younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, Charis, she 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 heyyer society. Lord Alverstoke can’t resist wanting to frederia her Normally wary of his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. The Merrivales, a family of solid social standing, have fallen into unhappy financial straits, and the marriage might deliver them from this situation.

They have come to London for the glittering social season, in order to give young and beautiful Charis a chance to make a good marriage, she may be as hen-witted as she is beautiful. Frederica herself, a gay and witty charmer, georgete herself happily beyond marriageable age — she is twenty-four, after all. They boys are also very differents, Jessamy is an interesting boy, and Felix an engaging scamp. Frederica is saddened when her prime prospect, their distant cousin Lord Alverstroke, seems totally uninterested.

But when they are introduced to London society by the Marquis of Alverstoke, they find themselves both besieged by more suitors than they can possibly handle!

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With his enterprising – and altogether entertaining – country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the cold Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled and plunged into one drama after another by the large and irrepressible Merriville family, Alverstoke is surprised to find himself far from bored. He is amazed to find herself, unknowingly, finds himself thoroughly beguiled by his distand cousins and, most intriguing of all, their strongminded sister Frederica, who seems more concerned with her family’s welfare than his own distinguished attentions.


And when his younger cousin ends up in a terrible accident, the dutiful Marquis becomes as chivalrous as ever to the those in his charge. And Frederica begins to imagine the Marquis as match Paperbackpages.

Published Fredegica 27th by Arrow first published Frederica MerrivilleMarquis of Alverstoke. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fredericaplease sign up. Now I’ve read them all heyeg find myself desperately searching for an author to fill the void that has …more Yes! Teorgette I’ve read them all and find myself desperately searching for an author to fill the void that has been left after stepping into the regency world of Georgette Heyer.

See 2 questions about Frederica…. Lists heye This Book. The Marquis of Alverstoke is bored. He’s especially bored with family and friends who try to get him to do things he doesn’t want to do, like, say, put on a massive ball to launch his nieces geogette society. So when a distant, not-wealthy relative, Frederica Merriville, shows up, introduces herself and asks him to help introduce her beautiful younger sister into London society, he’s really not inclined to help.

But then Frederica’s young brothers show up, and 13 year old Felix quizzes the Marquis on th The Marquis of Alverstoke is bored. But then Frederica’s young brothers show up, and 13 year old Felix quizzes goergette Marquis on the latest fascinating technology, like locomotives and blast-pipes and pneumatic lifts, and after that her sweet and gorgeous if rather airheaded younger sister Charis appears, the epitome of all that is Regency-era loveliness, and it occurs to Alverstoke that it would be quite amusing to hold that come-out ball and launch Charis into society along with his nieces.

Charis’s beauty will outshine his nieces’ and that will give his bossy and insistent sisters absolute fits. The Merriville family is lively and likeable and a little bit crazy, and as they get into one scrape after another and Alverstoke somehow ends up being the one who rescues them, geogette after time, he finds himself getting more and more attached to all of freserica. Particularly to Frederica herself, who is so busy trying to keep all of her younger brothers in line and rescue them from their escapades and get Charis married off to a sharp and well-off man and keep her away from the men with pockets to let i.

Or if she does notice, he can’t tell if she really likes him in a romantic way or not, or if she’ll accept his suit.

And suddenly the egorgette Marquis of Alverstoke is no longer bored. This is a delightful and charming novel! The Merriville family is the best, adventurous and lovable and a little off the wall. The romance is pretty understated typical for Heyer.

Some interesting history about hot air balloons and other technology of the time, brought to you courtesy of Frederica’s young brother Felix. Additional fun adventures courtesy of the noble if occasionally ill-behaved Baluchistan hound. This solidified Frederica as one of my top 3 Georgette Heyer books. The main characters are intelligent, a little older 24 georgetfe 37and their dialogue as they tease each other is hilariously witty.


Frederica doesn’t try to play Alverstoke; she just wants to be friendly, and he finds her so unusual among his acquaintances that he can’t help being intrigued. View all 52 comments. In that she seemed to try to cram as many loveable characters as possible in this one novel! The cast here, to me, were extraordinary: Frederica, His Lordship, Jessamy and Felix. Oh Felix you adorable little genius thing you. LOL Even minor characters like Mr. Trevor or even Mrs. Jersey who was on screen no more than 5 times.

It did appear to be unfair to her other works, no? I mean after this, my expectation will be unusually high whenever I pick up a Heyer book. Frederica was a spectacular lady lead: As close as perfect in Regency setting, I think. Oh what I have to mention is that the book was hilarious!

The banters were witty and realistic, especially between Frederica and His Lordship.

But also with her duo of huggable little bros. View all 8 comments. Recommended to Anne by: Basically all the Heyer fans who have read it! Where do I even start?! First of all, I just feel it incumbent to say freserica, screw having one favourite Georgette Heyer book, because that is simply impossible.

Every time I finish one of her novels, I think that I will never read another one that was just as amazing I knew I would love Frederica way before I started it.

Countless Heyer fans kept recommending it to me and telling me frederics was one of the best, and the blurb totally sounded like something I would drederica.

Bored cynic becomes un-bored by the arrival of country cousins who get into scrapes right geortette his doorstep? Huh yes, I think so! But I had not anticipated that I would find every single page delicious, and that the ending would leave me desperately wishing there was a sequel. I just love this book SO much! It was so clever, brilliant, touching, entertaining and plain good FUN!

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To sum it up in a nutshell: Merriville family show up. Will you please launch Charis and me into society? How much money do I owe you? Don’t worry about the money. Can you please take us all to the maze? Thank you, thank you!! Words cannot express how thankful I am! HOW can I thank you?? Can you please help me?! I am in a shocking scrape!! Don’t worry about the money!

Thank you so much for helping out my siblings!! Damn it, was it is with you all and money and thanks?!?!?!? Can you please, pretty, pretty please, take me to the foundry?? And it will be such a nice treat for you!! Damn it, I love these people. I must say, witnessing the downfall of a cynic is an oddly satisfying and pleasant experience.

There is something so very endearing about a hardened, cold and self-centered man whose heart slowly gets softened in the most unusual ways by the most unusual family!

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