Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Frederica by Georgette HEYER

Frederica (original 1965; edition 1968)

by Georgette HEYER

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
1,744624,046 (4.16)2 / 298
Authors:Georgette HEYER
Info:Pan (1968), Edition: Pbk.ed., Paperback
Collections:Your library, Georgette Heyer

Work details

Frederica by Georgette Heyer (1965)


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (60)  German (1)  Swedish (1)  All languages (62)
Showing 1-5 of 60 (next | show all)
Fun fluff. Frederica is too focused on her family (sister and brothers) to pay attention to her own needs; Alverstoke is, he would assure you, completely selfish and uninterested in other people. But he crosses her path due to a "simple" request for help, and things develop from there...the HEA is perfectly reasonable, given the events described. I like both of them. Also like Charles, particularly near the end, and wish him well in his courtship. I wish we could see more of him, and of Felix in a few years. Maybe Jessamy too, though he's a bit of a pain - not entirely, but off and on through the book. There are an assortment of silly people, as always in a Heyer, but they're not the protagonists, and most of them are presented as entirely to be laughed at (Alverstoke's sisters, for two). Definitely worth reading, possibly worth rereading. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Sep 26, 2016 |
After Faro's Daughter and April Lady, I realized that my (personal) issue with Heyer's characters is that I want them to be more passionate. Well, I certainly got that here and not in the way I expected. The whole Merriville family is lively, each member with a distinct voice. The dog too.

All Frederica Merriville wants is to marry her beautiful, albeit not very smart, younger sister. She wants her to be happy and she knows she deserves it. They come to London with their aunt (not very important character), a twelve-year-old Felix and sixteen-year-old Jessamy, and their huge dog Lufra.
Being bored out of his mind, Lord Alverstoke agrees to introduce them to the ton. Soon he realizes that there is nothing boring, ordinary or deceitful about the Merrivilles.
I get bored with Heyer's descriptions of clothes, but here they are balanced with the craziness the Merrivilles bring into Lord Alverstoke's life. Even if he is described as selfish, cynical and overall not very pleasant person, he is never dishonest with Frederica. She knows his reasons for helping them from the start.
What Lord Alverstoke didn't expect is that they would completely change him without even trying. After so many grabby siblings and cousins, he was unprepared for the family that only needs an introduction to the society, nothing more. The way the boys capture his heart is lovely. “The Marquis believed himself to be hardened against flattery. He thought that he had experienced every variety, but he discovered that he was mistaken: the blatantly worshipful look in the eyes of a twelve-year-old, anxiously raised to his, was new to him, and it pierced his defences.” Anyway, the changes in both Frederica and the Marquis happen gradually and slowly (but not painfully slow). Not even Alverstoke realizes what's happening at first, but others do. “Then Frederica went towards him, holding out her hand, and he raised his eyes from Felix’s eager countenance, and smiled at her, causing Mr. Moreton to suffer a shock. It was not at all the sort of smile with which his lordship beguiled his flirts, but something warmer and more intimate. 'Good God!' mentally ejaculated Mr. Moreton. 'Sits the wind in that quarter?'” There are other characters that make this story worth reading. Some are horrible (one of Alverstoke's sisters and a hypochondriac cousin), others wonderful (his secretary, the third sister, Chloe and so on), some funny (Endymion) and that's only the ones that have greater roles here. There are many others the Merrivilles encounter throughout the story.

Nitpicks: it annoyed me that Alverstoke called Frederica 'my child' and that they didn't get more time together. ( )
  Aneris | Aug 12, 2016 |
h--, 401-450, * home-library, * romance, * humor ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 12, 2016 |
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! ( )
1 vote SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 60 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (3 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Georgette Heyerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Norgate, CliffordNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
2 avail.
94 wanted
3 pay7 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.16)
1 5
2 11
2.5 3
3 55
3.5 30
4 183
4.5 35
5 173


2 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Sourcebooks Casablanca

An edition of this book was published by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 109,700,976 books! | Top bar: Always visible