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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! I am quite possibly a few years maybe decades late with reading Georgette Heyer. Writer of dozens of Regencies, the author is, according to Wikipedia, the grandmother of the current historical romance the great- grandmother is obviously, Jane Austen.

I wonder where Barbara Cartland falls into this genealogical tree , I had meant to read her books before but never got around to it. I live in the UK and her books are everywhere.

All book shops store bucket loads of them — even book shops that do not sell Romance. When I received the email from Sourcebooks Casablanca, I thought it was a Sign and said yes , please. What I did not know was how popular she is over here and to prove my point: everyday, on my lunch break, you can find me in the meeting room, reading. Usually my colleagues look at the books I read and say nothing: mostly because they are from US publishers and they have never heard of them.

BUT when I was reading Frederica, everybody stopped for a chat and to say they love her books. And so it is. I opened the book without really knowing what to expect and was immensely pleased that I managed to pick a book that had a Reformed Rake story — my favourite romance trope. The hero is the Marquis of Alverstoke his given name is Vernon.

Bored with the parties of the ton, bored with the mamas after his hand for their daughters. He even manages to be bored before the fact — one of the reasons why he never married is because he believes his wife will bore him to death. Enter Frederica — a non-nonsense , honest and witty distant cousin who asks for his help in sponsoring her sister Charis into Society. Charis is one of the most beautiful young women he has ever seen although a bit of a nitwit and he says yes, at first to unsettle his own sisters but later, it becomes known that he had other reasons behind it.

The thing with this book is: even though the title is Frederica, the main character really is the Marquis. We have more of his point of view than of Frederica which was a good thing because nothing warms my heart faster than the musings of a previously, cold and collected man, falling head over heels in love with a woman who is by no means, the prettiest of them all, but who is the smartest and the one who shares things in common with him. But do you know what the BEST thing about this reformed rake story?

He is and remains unapologetically cynical. He finds in Frederica a similar soul yet kinder who understands him and laughs with him. I loved how , as soon as he realised his love for her, he is bent on trying to make her life easier. How he wished to help her and unburden her but ONLY her. Like, for example in this short piece:.

If we get to know the Marquis quite well but the same cannot be said about Frederica — oh, we do know that she sees herself as being in the shelf she is 24!! But we hardly ever see her side of falling in love with the Marquis. POV kept moving around and I , at one point wondered if the dog, would too get his 15 minutes of fame a couple of scenes with the dog were so funny though. I read somewhere that Georgette Heyer is known for the detailed background on Regency customs and yes, this is most true.

Although interesting for most of it, I have to say I was a bit bored with some of the overly clunky passages and wished we could just have more of the Marquis and Frederica or of her brothers. Speaking of brothers — they were absolutely delightful and funny and their relationship with the Marquis was deliciously ludicrous and a pleasure to read about. As pleasurable was the overall experience I had with this novel. I will definitely be back for seconds.

Funny repartee, how I love thee. I just wish there were more of the amazing scenes between Frederica and the Marquis. Ana Grilo is a Brazilian who moved to the UK because of the weather. No, seriously. The dog scene makes me laugh every time I read it. Her books vary widely in style though, Frederica is one of the lighter ones, whereas These Old Shades, say, is more umm… melodramatic still great though!

I admit that I prefer her crime fiction. It is set in the post WW1 period and I think is very good. Plus, I really like the name Frederica, for some reason! Has a Mr. Austen only wrote contemporary novels. Ros — yes, of course you are right , she did write contemporary novels. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Lord Alverstoke cant resist wanting to help her 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: I am quite possibly a few years maybe decades late with reading Georgette Heyer.

Rating: 7 very good. Georgette Heyer Historical Regency Romance. By Ana. Is this a good place to start? Pam P May 28, at pm One of my favorite Heyers, love that repartee and that he remains what he is. Ana August 28, at am Ros — yes, of course you are right , she did write contemporary novels.

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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. For all intent and purpose this is my first Heyer.

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Book Review: Frederica by Georgette Heyer

She wrote more than sixty books in a variety of genres, but my favorite are her Regency romances. And the way she and her cast of hilariously demanding younger siblings take down the bored Marquis of Alverstoke? Watching him transform from a top-lofty dilettante into someone who cares deeply about Frederica and her family is irresistible. 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.

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