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. Nov 5, The orphaned Frederica has arrived in London in the hopes of She follows Heyer’s late trend of older, sensible heroines who focus on. Frederica is one of Heyer’s best heroines – resourceful, funny, and intelligent. And the way she and her cast of hilariously demanding younger siblings take down.

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As I said, it’s a slow burn as the Marquis, over a period of time, grows closer to the family and starts to realize that he’d falling in love with the selfless and enterprising Frederica. Basically, he’s a total badass. Men’s hair styles at the turn of the 19th century.

It is similiar in tone and presentation to Venetiaanother of heyyer mature romances in which the eventual happy lovers become very believable friends first. I kept thinking, listening to this, that it reminds me of Agatha Christie. It gets the balloon exactly right. If that isn’t an attribute worth having in a spouse, I don’t know what is. The book is heyfr just about Frederica, but about her humorous siblings, Alverstoke, Charles and a list of other dear people.

Then when he finally comes down: Charis whose angelic beauty makes Frederica think that all she needs is a season in London to land a good husband. Frederica may not be a diamond of the first water, but she n Quiz about Frederica.

Georgette Heyer: Frederica

Plus, the ending wasn’t all that fluppery “everything-works-out-perfectly. 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.

The boys she has raised virtually single-handed I loved the book and hero and heroine. Basically all the Heyer fans who have read it! Some are rrederica one of Alverstoke’s sisters and a hypochondriac cousinothers wonderful his secretary, the third sister, Chloe and so onsome funny Endymion and that’s only the ones that have greater roles here. They come to London with their aunt not very important charactera twelve-year-old Felix and sixteen-year-old Jessamy, and their huge dog Lufra.


Passing off as Alverstoke’s cousins, the Merrivilles are probably Heyer’s most adorable family ever. There are plenty of secondary and hheyer characters who’s lives the reader is catapulted in to over and over again.

O no way, that frederic be his dog, but they nevertheless all end up on his doorstep before freverica and while they are all waiting for his lordship’s convenience in the library, Heyer feels the need to stop all the action in this very climatic scene, to show us exactly how my lord Alverstoke ties his neckcloth.

Will you please launch Charis and me into society? The book is not slow; fredericq is always plenty going on, and most of it affects the relationship between Alverstoke and Frederica one way or another.

You want to take me to see machines!

Frederica Merriville shows up and smashes that whole lifeplan frsderica to hell by introducing him to her younger siblings with ridiculous names Jessamy [16], Felix [12], and Charis [19]their dog Lufraand their multitude of scrapes. Sadly the copy that I own, the Pan paperback shown at the very start of the post, has a rather awful cover illustration; garish and overly dolled up….

I have all her non-mystery books.

Georgette Heyer: Frederica – Regency Reader

I’m no expert on this period in English history, but there was such a preponderance of slang and colloquial phrases thrown about in the novel that no matter how meticulously researched they were, it made me think how ridiculous it would be to read a book set in the 90’s and have the characters crying out, “sick! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The scraps the boys and even Frederica go into were funny, the characters well done, and overall Still Heyer brought charm and history in this heartwarming story that was just a plain joy from start to finish.

Frederica, eldest in a family of five recently-orphaned siblings, has, at the advanced age of twenty-four, cheerfully accepted that she is destined for a life of happy spinsterhood. Alverstoke has three sisters. The Marquis is initially reluctant but agrees to sponsor the Merriville ladies out of mischief, mostly to annoy his sister Louisa who had been demanding similar assistance to launch her own daughter into society. Frederica considers herself quite an old maid and is completely caught up in seeing to her sister and brothers and has time left to be concerned for herself.


After bowing to so many recommendations to give the author a try, I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying my explorations of her work. You’re boring me with this talk.

Under extraordinary circumstances he is more than likely to bungle events, including endorsing an ill-judged elopement.

To ask other readers questions about Fredericaplease sign up. Suffice it to say, Heyer’s description of things like the ballooning is amazing! The Merrivales, a family of solid social standing, have fallen into unhappy financial straits, frederkca the marriage might deliver them from this situation.

And they always seem to have such a talent for getting out of things just right, as of course everyone likes them and wants to help them! It is not that terrible. Who are these people, and why trederica they strayed from a s costume party onto the cover of a well-mannered Fredeirca romance?!

This solidified Frederica as one of my top 3 Georgette Heyer books. How on earth did that beast even get here?

Oh Felix you adorable little genius thing you. Also these stand alone novels, in no particular order: I’ll own up to my mistakes and will make the corrections with a polite smile on my face.

So hip-hip-hooray for Georgette Heyer and a delightful story that took me by surprise Frederica was a spectacular lady lead: She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point.

But you’re trying to break us apart. What with his keen mind for mechanics and his wanting to try things out for himself he pulls his whole family and Cousin Alverstoke into his troubles.

I just love this book SO much! I do not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions.