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Frederica (1965)

par Georgette Heyer

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Rich, handsome, darling of the ton, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters - the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. Until a distant connection, ignorant of his selfishness, applies to him for help. Plunged headlong into one drama after another by the large and irrepressible Merriville family, Alverstoke is surprised to find himself far from bored. The lovely Charis may be as hen-witted as she is beautiful but Jessamy is an interesting boy, and Felix an engaging scamp. And, most intriguing of all, their strong-minded sister Frederica, who seems more concerned with her family's welfare than his own distinguished attentions ...… (plus d'informations)
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#10 in my History of romance curriculum, and the 3rd Heyer. Every Heyer I've read so far I've really enjoyed. This one was written in 1965 and is a very slow burn. It's mostly just the MMC character becoming embroiled in the FMC's family, but sort of irritatedly and nonchalantly. I think it was probably 2/3 of the way through before there is even any mention of either of their feelings and it's brief. One of the characters remarks that the MMC doesn't like anyone in Frederica's family "much by half" and the narrator says "But she was wrong. He liked Frederica a lot more than half". So if you're interested in a pining hero, this book isn't it. ( )
  Mstufail19 | May 4, 2022 |
Frederica by Georgette Heyer is a 2009 Sourcebooks Casablanca publication. (Originally published in 1965)

Utterly charming!

The Marquis of Alverstoke, a confirmed bachelor, generously becomes the sponsor for his cousin, Frederica, who seeks his help in presenting her beautiful sister, Charis, into society. Once he lays eyes on the beauty, he goes out of his way to help her, but soon finds himself embroiled in Federica’s dramas, while becoming an unwitting father figure to her young brothers, who are currently in her charge.

Although Lord Alverstoke is easily bored, he is puzzled by his fondness for his delightful cousin and the pleasure he finds in spending time with her brothers.

Frederica’s concerns are always centered on her siblings and doing right by them, completely disregarding the prospect of finding a husband of her own. Yet, she occasionally finds herself shaking off stray thoughts of Lord Alverstoke.

When a shocking development commands Frederica’s attention, Charis is planning to marry a man her sister does not approve of….

I have been a very long break from Regency period historical romance. Recently, I’ve found myself in the mood to bring historical romance back into my reading rotation, while also working through some titles on my TBR list. I have read a few of Georgette Heyer’s novels in the past- mostly her mystery novels- but if one is looking for a nice, clean, polite regency romance, Heyer is certainly a ‘go-to’ author.

One knows what to expect from a regency romance- so of course, there’s a great deal of fluff here, but there are some moments of suspense and concern, and Lord Alverstoke’s character takes great stride, redeeming him of his shallow self-absorptions. Frederica is a lovely, vibrant character, and I really enjoyed her dialogue and spirit.

Overall, this was a nice change of pace for me. Heyer’s books are what I refer to as ‘pure’ regency romance. These are so fun to read from time to time- and are good for my mental state, as well! Yes, I think it is time to start adding more of these lovely stories back into my regular reading routine!

4 stars ( )
  gpangel | Oct 8, 2021 |
1st read:
If you liked Oscar Wilde's [b:An Ideal Husband|5296|An Ideal Husband|Oscar Wilde|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1417045098s/5296.jpg|130598] then you will like this book. While it was incredibly predictable and 20 pages too long, the wit made this book fun to read. I'll bet that [b:Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot|64207|Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)|Patricia C. Wrede|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1388180354s/64207.jpg|505] authors Wrede and Stevermer got most of their slang from her books. She knows her time-period, that's for sure.

2nd read: There are several propriety-related inconsistencies that I noticed this time around. Tiny ones, when compared with other authors who are not quite as thorough as Heyer. It is still fun, brain-candy, and slyly entertaining. But it is high quality brain candy. Think Belgian Chocolate compared to Crunch bars. And I would still recommend it to people who like quality historical romance. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
This is a reread for me. I've had this copy a long time, it is a 1965 edition (1st, third printing) a friend of my mother gave me. I enjoyed it this time every bit as much as I did the first time I read it. ( )
  clue | Aug 26, 2021 |
Another favorite of Heyer's for me. What I liked about it was the whole idea of a family as a whole being on one side of a romance, sort of like a package deal. I fell in love with the Merriville family. As always, Heyer's wit is just so prevalent. Especially in the exchanges between young Felix and the Marquis of Alverstoke the cynical, bored, nobleman. Alverstoke really grows on you as the book progresses. Frederica, oddly enough, is not my favorite Heyer heroine, but she is still a plucky and bright girl. I've tried reading similar regency authors, some are good, but I keep coming back to Heyer as she, only eclipsed by Jane Austen, is the ideal author for this genre in my opinion. ( )
  AnnieMK | May 12, 2021 |
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Rich, handsome, darling of the ton, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters - the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. Until a distant connection, ignorant of his selfishness, applies to him for help. Plunged headlong into one drama after another by the large and irrepressible Merriville family, Alverstoke is surprised to find himself far from bored. The lovely Charis may be as hen-witted as she is beautiful but Jessamy is an interesting boy, and Felix an engaging scamp. And, most intriguing of all, their strong-minded sister Frederica, who seems more concerned with her family's welfare than his own distinguished attentions ...

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