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Frederica

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Rich, handsome, darling of the ton, the Marquis of Alverstoke at 37 sees no reason to put himself out for anyone, that is, until the strong-minded Frederica, who seems more concerned with her family's welfare than his attentions, catches his eye.
Paperback, 330 pages
Published (first published 1965)
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Kathleen
Try this quiz about Frederica. It's one of Heyer's best Regency romances. I particularly loved the last half, including the sequence of events that begins in Hyde Park with the balloon ascension, and continuing all the way to the end.
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Frederica is a lovely story — fun, heartwarming, and plausible. It's set primarily in London, about 1817, during an era of mechanical advancement: pedestrian curricles, hot air balloons, hydraulic pumps, steam engines (all woven into the story).

A jaded nobleman is...more
Katie
Whoever told me I'd love Frederica? *waits an ominous pause*

WAS RIGHT. It was so my kind of book - competent heroines who don't need the heroes AT ALL, but the heroes JUST WANT TO HELP.

OH GOD. When Alverstoke is all, "Oh my god, I don't love her, but I want to do everything I can to make her life easier. I JUST DON'T WANT HER TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING EVER, BUT I DON'T LOVE HER, OKAY?"

I love it so much. I was explaining it all to my family and they were all, "...yeah." And didn't understand how aw...more
Rane

This was just a fun story with Heyer's trademarks shatter throughout. Because it's been awhile since I read Heyer it took me a few chapters to get back into her style of writing. This of course cleared up once I got into the story.

Frederica came across as a strong and devoted sister to her young siblings that drag her along with the Marquis of Alverstoke into many scarps that end up funny or a little to close for comfort. Alverstoke is aristocratic bored jaded man, and his change it adorable a...more
Kelly
One of the better realized Heyers. A mature romance, Frederica follows the trials and tribulations of the slightly older (mid twenties, oh no, over the hill!) long suffering title character as she tries to give her beautiful (and silly, of course) sister a London season and keep the rest of her siblings under control- with the help of her "cousin", the Marquis of Alverstoke. Let the hijinx appropriate to a tale full of young, enterprising boys, an emotional, silly sister, and a Marquis quite una...more
Diane
I'm going to use my two favorite words to describe this novel: Charming and Delightful. This is the third Georgette Heyer book I've read this summer, and I'm so glad I still have more than 30 of her Regency romances left to enjoy. Her books are a tonic, and I plan on saving them and bringing them out when I'm in high dudgeon.

Frederica is a smart, no-nonsense heroine who has been saddled with the raising of her younger siblings since their parents passed away. At 24, she considers herself too old...more
Hana
I loved the book and hero and heroine. I read it just after reading Northanger Abbey and the contrast between ditzy, romance-addled Catherine Moreland and Frederica could not have been sharper. Frederica has shouldered extraordinary burdens ever since childhood--and has done it with good humor, equability and love. At four-and-twenty she is a delightful, funny, mature and completely admirable young woman--no wonder Alverstoke falls head over heels!

The boys she has raised virtually single-handed...more
Lightreads
Oi. Heyer, I love her, but I swear sometimes explaining her books is like, “the dinner was fantastic, wonderful melon gazpacho to start, just a shame about the dead slug I found in my salad course.” The slug in this metaphor being, you know, sexism.

Like this one – really fun set up with the sister in charge of her colorful siblings and the selfish nobleman who becomes entangled in their mishaps and how she and they are the making of him into a better man. And it’s one of those good ones where th...more
Amy

Lord Alverstoke is bored. Bored with mother's parading their daughters in front of him, hoping he'll bite and bored with the constant demands of his sisters to assist with his neice's coming out ball. Being a wealthy bachelor is not only a blessing, it can be a curse.

Enter Frederica. Frederica and her siblings travel to London with the hopes of applying to Lord Alverstoke, their father's cousin, for help to introduce her sister to the ton. Charis, is a natural beauty and Frederica is sure she co...more
Caz
I haven't read this in years - I've just listened to the audio version, narrated by Clifford Norgate.

I'd more or less forgotten the plot, but it's one of those books where the inclusion of younger siblings works really well and makes for some funny and delightful moments. The romance between Frederica and Alverstoke moves slowly, with him becoming aware of his feelings for her quite some time before (it seems) she has any idea, or about hers for him. They form a strong friendship to start with,...more
Lady Wesley
This is one of my top three Heyer titles, and the audio narration by Clifford Norgate is just spot on. His vocalization of the marquess is a bit stuffier than I would like, and occasionally he veers off into Winston Churchill territory, but he does a very nice job with all of the female voices and especially with the two cute young boys who, for my money, make this a standout book. As all too often happens with Heyer, the ending is cut too short, and I would have enjoyed seeing more of Frederica...more
Estara
Sep 04, 2011 Estara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romance with sparkling dialogue and great characters
Recommended to Estara by: one of my favourite Heyers in German, let's see what it sounds like in English
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The UHQ Nasanta
4 - 4.5 stars

No, we do not have the perfect hero, the rake who is good to his elders, loving to his siblings, gallant to the distressed, and saves puppies or kitties. Instead, we have the Marquis who does his best to dodge his responsibilities to his family, has little to no affection for his siblings, and is quite selfish. What a refreshing change this was from historical romances written by modern-day authors!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Marquis find himself in a situation that was more...more
Jeannette
Half-way mark, and while it's got all the right elements: cute kids, rascally dog, "mature" heroine (she's 24), and a confirmed bachelor who's not quite rake material -- it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I'm sure Alverstoke would be just as bored as I am by now.
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Not my favorite Heyer but enjoyable, a little above average.

STORY BRIEF:
Parents are dead, leaving five siblings in the care of an aunt who is frequently absent. The oldest Harry handles the finances and is elsewhere during most of the book. The second oldest is Frederica, 24 years old, who is raising and caring for the younger three. She wants Charis to have a proper London season to find a husband. Charis is a devastating beauty who is not smart, has very few skills, but is humble, g...more
Kathryn
I normally reserve five stars for books that are objectively good, like Middlemarch, but I love Frederica so much that I can't give it a paltry four. This is one of my favorite Heyer books, because I love the heroine, and the dialogue really sparkles in this particular novel.

Georgette Heyer is the acknowledged queen of Regency romance; there isn’t anyone who can even touch her facility in this genre. For the uninitiated, the Regency in question was when George III was unfit to rule, and the Prin...more
Linda
The Heyer binge continues, but either my stamina is flagging, or this one just wasn't as much to my taste. I was bored by the plot before it had gotten off the ground.

As soon as the usual suspects were introduced: a rich, cynical older man and a capable, straightforward young woman with a number of younger brothers, it became obvious what was going to happen. Rich Man is Intrigued by Refreshing Young Woman. Young Woman does not particularly care for Rich Man. Woman's Brothers get into trouble,...more
Jacob Proffitt
This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books. I read it easily once a year. I'm afraid I'm going to gush all over this review, but I'll do my best to keep this coherent.

The winning feature of this book is the Merriville family, particularly as they enmesh themselves into the carefully ordered life of Lord Alverstoke. In stark contrast to his sisters, who value him mainly for his vast wealth, he finds himself captivated by these "mere connections" as they seem actually interested in him. Inde...more
Nicole
Frederica has been my favourite novel of the four I have read now and I think Frederica Merriville is the strongest female character created by Heyer so far. Frederica is determined to give her beautiful younger sister Charis a season in London to make a comfortable marriage. She asks very distant relation Marquis of Alverstoke to hold a ball at his London home to present her sister to the Ton and the Marquis agrees, but only to gain revenge upon his sister and relieve his persistent boredom. So...more
Laura
Hilarious! Much of the credit belongs to Clifford Norgate’s unparalleled gifts as a narrator (I listened to it on cd), but I must admit that with this novel Georgette Heyer actually does, in part, deserve a comparison to Jane Austen. Mind you, not because of elegant satire, intricately balanced structure, or searing insights into the inner lives of characters – don’t get your hopes up – but because of her effortless wit. It’s like the illicit offspring of Jane Austen and P. G. Wodehouse.

Vernon,...more
Miranda Davis
Among my favorite GH's Regency romances. She is a terrific, no-nonsense heroine with a terrific sense of humor and whimsy; he is a near-fatally bored aristocrat manipulated into helping her launch her beautiful sister into society to make an advantageous marriage that the family needs to survive. Wonderful, wonderful secondary characters of her brothers and their relationship with the oldest being horrified by the doings of the younger one, who is a scheming engineering prodigy. Makes me wonder...more
Kelli
The dialog is classic Heyer. So good and witty. I love her ideas for plots and her study of people in general. Its so entertaining. A lot of people have this one as there very favorite. I differ in that regard because, while I think its very witty and quality writing, the story did drag some. And this storyline isn't my favorite kind in Heyer's collection of stories. Still, read this just for the fun dialog and hilarious things Frederica's family says and does.
Jeanette
Frederica, Frederica, Frederica- where do I start! Up until now The Grand Sophy was my favorite. Here's another absolutely marvelous, 60 years before its time at least, 5.5 star perfection. 437 pages of absolute delight. From the world of the "novels of manners" in a more rigid and repressed time to the most modern snarky, nasty girl- no one author I have read comes close in alive female characterizations as Heyer. Jane Gardam is close for the male ones. Heyer is a better plotted Jane Austin wit...more
LuvGirl
I ended up reading a lot of this book and didn't even put it on my currently reading shelf because I wasn't sure about it. I was right to be weary. It ended up being not my cuppa. It was okay at first. The hero seemed interesting, but as soon as the heroine entered the scene it became extremely long winded, literally. She would go on a rant about nonsense for a whole page. It took her forever to get to a point. The secondary characters also took up a lot of time and space getting to know them. N...more
Damaskcat
I can vividly remember curled up in front of a fire reading ‘Frederica’ when it was first published in 1965. I tried to ration myself to a chapter at a time but of course I couldn’t resist reading it in larger chunks. This is the first time I’ve read it since and it has stood the test of time extremely well. There is a likeable and down to earth heroine and an interesting hero as well as a large cast of flamboyant and well-drawn characters.

The dialogue flows and the historical background is faul...more
Valshar ⚜ Jonathan

My absolute favorite Heyer novel so far!! As is usual now, my short review follows:

The Unexceptionable

Splendid heroine!
-I- was in love with Frederica from the moment she showed up! :-)

Wondrous Hero!
Alverstroke is both wonderfully acerbic and charming at the same time.

Sweet Romance (and Clean)!

Fantastic Younger Brothers!
Jessamy and Felix were the sort of brothers I’d want. Particularly Felix due to his obsession with mechanics. :-)

Hilarious Situations!
Typical fare for Heyer of course! As usual,...more
Zumbagirl
I started this book not knowing what to expect - this is a much different book than what I normally read. The way Ms. Heyer writes is more challenging to me than most - I felt like I was reading Shakespeare or Toni Morrison and I needed an Idiot's Guide to Frederica to understand the story. It was somewhat annoying to read so many exclamation points too - at the end of practically every sentence. Those are the negatives. The positives are many, though. It's not an original premise - a young woma...more
Sharanya
Excellently crafted, as always! But what I particularly enjoyed with this book, which I always found slightly lacking in others by Ms. Heyer, was the way in which we as readers could enjoy the leisurely progress and growth of the relationship between the two main characters. In most other Heyer novels, there is some sort of sudden realization of love (as in Sylvester, or Faro's Daughter, for example), which is enjoyable in its own way, but in this novel it is carefully placed and fully developed...more
Laura
Frederica is my favorite Georgette Heyer book so far - and I love Georgette Heyer's novels! If you are a Jane Austen fan searching for unique regency romance novels to read in the vain of Austen, Georgette Heyer is your woman. While nothing truely compares to Austen, they are very entertaining and much better than run of the mill regency novels.

Frederica is the story of the Merriville family. The oldest of the clan, Frederica, considers herself at 24 as quite on the shelf. She is in charge of th...more
Susan
Feb 12, 2011 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Goodreads Heyer fans
Shelves: fiction
A Heyer glossary, taken from Frederica, which also more or less captures the essence of Heyer novels:

ambergris: A waxy grayish substance formed in the intestines of sperm whales and found floating at sea or washed ashore. It is added to perfumes to slow down the rate of evaporation.
cicisbeo: (Italian) the escort or lover of a married woman, esp in 18th-century Italy
dovecots: A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons.
éclat: Brilliancy of success or effor...more
Coffcat
A couple of weeks ago I found myself staring unhappily at my pile of "to read" books. Unfortunately I'd found myself in a rut of reading the same sort of books over and over again and was bored to tears. I told myself I wanted a real story, something you could sink your teeth into, and "gasp" maybe learn a new word or two.

Well, I got that with Frederica, and more. A fun little romp with ornery children, misbehaving dogs, flighty sisters and one handsome hero "unknowingly" ready to be enchanted...more
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