To ensure this, older sister Frederica calls upon a distant relation, the Marquis of Alverstoke, to help launch Charis into society. So far, so meh. But luckily Frederica has three brothers, and the younger two, sixteen-year-old Jessamy and twelve-year-old Felix, are the glorious, and very funny, heart of the book. Felix is obsessed with mechanical devices of all kinds and is charming enough to succeed in dragging a very reluctant Alverstoke on a trip to examine a foundry, amongst other delights. Jessamy is trying to study to be a worthy clergyman, in time, but would really rather be out on horseback.
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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. But with his enterprising — and altogether entertaining —country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled.
For all intent and purpose this is my first Heyer. I know I have read a book of hers years ago in Russian, but I cannot for the life of me remember what book it was. I was browsing through my humongous TBR on my kindle and I noticed that I had Frederica sitting there, probably sleep shopped on sale couple of years ago. I decided to try it and I am so glad that I did.
I also have to admit though that till Frederica makes her entrance I was quite bored. Considering that the author was showing how bored the Marquis of Alverstoke was with his life and surroundings, maybe that was her intention — for the reader to become briefly bored.
Then I realized that Heyer was probably the first or one of the first writers to introduce it. She was very civil, and unaffected, and —and certainly not what you call a dirty dish! Quite young, I think —though not in her first season. Her eyes! So big, and of such a blue! Her hair! The prettiest little nose, too, and her complexion quite exquisite! And I was interested in Alverstoke after I saw that his comments could make me giggle if nothing else.
For some reason he decides to visit Frederica after all and the book became very entertaining for me from that point forward. She got up, and came to meet him, holding out her hand. How do you do? Pray forgive me!
I was under the impression that you desired me to visit you. The thing is that from having lived all my life in Herefordshire I am not yet perfectly acquainted with London customs.
Having decided that Frederica does not bore him and he may as well entertain her request for help and introduce her and her sister to the London high society, the Marquis often has his hands full for the duration of the story unfolding on the pages and his life became significantly less boring and probably not boring at all.
And I not just giggled but often laughed out loud while I was reading the book. See Frederica in addition to Charis has two younger brothers. Frederica and her family also brought their dog Lustra to London with them for the duration of the season since they could not leave the dog alone. Well, Felix, how do you do? What brings you here? The romance in the book is very slow burn and I can see them together for the years to come since the author shown us that they enjoyed talking to each other, but more importantly they took care of some important things and did it together.
Sirius started reading books when she was four and reading and discussing books is still her favorite hobby. In fact, she loves every book written by Tamara Allen. Donovan and many others.
Sirius also loves travelling, watching movies and long slow walks. Interesting you found Alverstoke boring until Frederica shows up. I think I loved him from the first page—I loved his jadedness, and his cynical, humorous dialogue with his sister. The way he was on to her. In my case that was These Old Shades , more or less her first or second romance.
I never warmed to that book but others love it. Frederica on the other hand was romantic and hilarious to me. I think I a gave it a similar grade, A or A-. But her dialogue and humour are hugely entertaining, in my opinion.
I love the Englishness of them; the American sense of humour is different, somehow. The fact that a lot of it is subtextual and unspoken makes it in some ways more romantic to me. Janine it is not only that I was bored with Averstoke very briefly mind you : , I was bored with introduction till Frederica showed up. Not sure. I love cynical heroes too , but I suppose it was too much of the cynicism for me at first.
I almost wondered whether he would become a villain of the piece. This was not the only Heyer which starts slow. My very favourite Heyer, The Foundling, has one of the most drawn out intros ever, and I almost gave up on it. I think one has to bring a different aesthetic to them almost. It is more quiet and Jane Austinesque. Classical, not Romantic, if you will, but for me deeply satisfying nonetheless. I just wanted for Frederica to figure it out earlier.
And I totally agree that dialogue was awesome. Maybe someone else will know. Janine : Thank you! I seem to vaguely remember first reading them in that order many many years ago. An Infamous Army and Regency Buck are also related to those two.
As for funny — The Talisman Ring. Probably my favorite Heyer. I could totally see that one being filmed as a period romcom, complete with slapstick and cross-dressing. Fredericka and False Colours have gotten me through multiple long hospital stays for much the same reasons.
Alverstoke and the Fanchot twins — plus their mother! Talisman ring is hilarious, but a slightly acquired taste, Venetia is funny and to me the most romantic although Cotillion… The Foundling is my favourite and also has humour.
She was quite good at sending people up without being too mean. Lady of quality is also funny and like Talisman has a more mature heroine. She can do the ingenue, but she was the master of the wise and clever woman, which I so appreciate. Heyer was definitely a writer oif her time including the racism , but the women often had more agency than thos in much more recent books. I am also amazed by how many romance tropes we have come to love were introduced by her.
JenniferH : Kathy : Sandra : Thank you. JenniferH : Sandra : Thank you. Sirius : I love the Talisman Ring. Lots of hijinks and the older couple romance is wonderful. This is a Heyer I tried to read years ago and never made it that far.
I think a lot of it was the slow start and the teeny print of the older paperback I was reading. Need to try it again in digital. Frederica is my favourite but Arabella and Sylvester come very close for me and I find these three the most humorous of the Heyers.
I also love Venetia and Black Sheep. The heroine irritated me and the hero, while better, paled in comparison to Alverstoke.
It is probably my absolute favorite. But almost equally loved:. Kari S. Thank you guys for the recommendation just what I was looking for :. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.
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Book Review: Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Summary: When Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, 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 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. But with his enterprising — and altogether entertaining — country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled…. Why did I read the Book: I was contacted by Sourcebooks Casablanca asking me if I wanted to read one of their Heyer releases and since I always wanted to read one of her books, I said yes!
Review: Frederica by Georgette Heyer
January 23, by Vic. Inquiring readers: This is my second review this year of a Georgette Heyer book to help you while away the winter doldrums. When SourceBooks sent Frederica my way I went into paroxysms of joy, for I recalled loving the book when I first read it just out of college. Years later I like it even better. 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 50 books, most of them quite entertaining, and the knowledge that I still have so many to choose from leaves me quite content At present I am reading The Convenient Marriage and I have just finished Black Sheep. We meet Lord Alverstoke, a nonpareil and Corinthian of the first order, at a time when he is beset by his two sisters to help them introduce their daughters to Society in a proper and extravagant manner.
REVIEW: Frederica by Georgette Heyer
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. But with his enterprising — and altogether entertaining —country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled.
Frederica is a Regency romance novel by Georgette Heyer. The story is set in Frederica Merriville has long been in charge of her younger siblings. Since her parents' death, she has taken it upon herself to make sure that her beautiful sister Charis is well married, believing herself to be on the shelf too old to be desirable in her social circles. To further this end, she brings the family from their country home to London and introduces herself to a distant relation, the selfish and indolent Marquis of Alverstoke, asking him to sponsor her sister into "the ton" and the subsequent Season. 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. At their combined debut ball, Alverstoke's homely niece is easily outshone by Charis' beauty.