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Frederica (original 1965; edition 1968)

by Georgette HEYER

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Title:Frederica
Authors:Georgette HEYER
Info:Pan (1968), Edition: Pbk.ed., Paperback
Collections:Your library, Georgette Heyer
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Frederica by Georgette Heyer (1965)

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I've seen this described as one of Heyer's better books, which confuses me. There is nothing new or wonderful about anything in this book. As usual, the heroine is a sensible pretty woman of good breeding with laudable loyalty and family feeling. The hero is sophisticated, physically powerful, fashionable, rich, and very respected in Society. They are brought together by the heroine's funny family (in this case, her rambunctious brothers and beautiful but silly sister--another Heyer trope). The brothers are the best part of this book, particularly Jessamy. His struggle toward maturity is the best subplot this novel could ask for. The main plot is lackluster, however. The love interests feel no heat for each other--after a few chapters of being friends, suddenly each is attracted to the other, but nothing really gets in the way or spurs them on to declare their love. At no point was my interest roused. The rich, handsome Marquis of Alverstroke was clearly going to marry the pretty, thoughtful Frederica after a few amusing scrapes and perhaps an attempted elopement on the part of her beautiful younger sister--and lo, it was so.

I've been reading a regency romance a month for a while now, and I think i need to take a break before I sour on the genre entirely. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This is a great book! A typical Heyer Regency romance, it's one of my favourites. Frederica and her delightful siblings come to London to try and establish Charis, their beautiful sister, in society. They ask - a little reluctantly - their distant cousin Lord Alverstoke if he would be willing to sponsor their entrance into polite society. He agrees, equally reluctantly, with the dubious intention of upsetting his sister. A surprising friendship blossoms; the rather bored Alverstoke finds himself quite charmed by Frederica's younger brothers, and oddly drawn to her too. The tale moves on apace, complete with balloon ascensions, a nasty scare, an excellent secretary, a planned elopement... and a most satisfying ending. Brilliant! ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
One of my favorite Heyer novels. Reads more like a novel and less like a comedy, like some of her others. More mature characters, a strong female lead, and a fun message. ( )
  thea-block | Jan 25, 2016 |
Still excellent. The dialogue between Frederica and Alverstoke is always fun to read, and the boys are well developed characters. It has one of Heyer's funniest chaotic climaxes, even if it is told second-hand. This is the book that I always recommend as a good starting point for anyone who wants to try out Georgette Heyer's books.
  SylviaC | Nov 24, 2015 |
A fun regency romance from Georgette Heyer, made even more enjoyable by the cast of secondary characters, chiefly Frederica's younger brothers and the family dog.
  Yllom | Aug 10, 2015 |
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Not more than five days after she had despatched an urgent missive to her brother, the Most Honourable the Marquis of Alverstoke, requesting him to visit her at his earliest convenience, the widowed Lady Buxted was relieved to learn from her youngest daughter that Uncle Vernon had just driven up to the house, wearing a coat with dozens of capes, and looking fine as fivepence.
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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, she makes such a strong impression that the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society. Normally wary of his family, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. But with his enterprising country cousins underfoot, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled.… (more)

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