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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  19,061 ratings  ·  1,672 reviews
Rich and handsome, darling of the town, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke at seven-and-thirty sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. Until a distant connection, ignorant of his selfishness, applies to him for help.

When Frederica Merriville brings her three younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 27th 1992 by Arrow (first published 1965)
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Jessica Hubbard Yes! I have fallen in LOVE with Georgette Heyer. Now I've read them all and find myself desperately searching for an author to fill the void that has …moreYes! I have fallen in LOVE with Georgette Heyer. Now I've read them all and find myself desperately searching for an author to fill the void that has been left after stepping into the regency world of Georgette Heyer. (less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The Marquis of Alverstoke is bored.


He's especially bored with family and friends who try to get him to do things he doesn't want to do, like, say, put on a massive ball to launch his nieces in society. So when a distant, not-wealthy relative, Frederica Merriville, shows up, introduces herself and asks him to help introduce her beautiful younger sister into London society, he's really not inclined to help.


But then Frederica's young brothers show up, and 13 year old Felix quizzes the Marquis on
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
"A man need not be dull merely because he is respectable!"
"No, he need not be, but he often is"

I am afraid Heyer was biased  in writting Frederica. In that she seemed to try to cram as many loveable characters as possible in this one novel!

The cast here, to me, were extraordinary: Frederica, His Lordship, Jessamy and Felix. Oh Felix you adorable little genius thing you..


Even minor characters like Mr. Trevor or even Mrs. Jersey who was on screen no more than 5 times. they too were intr
mark monday
Frederica is an old maid. She's been "on the shelf" for years and at this point in her life is mainly concerned with making sure her much lovelier younger sister finds the right man. She has no such ambitions for herself, as she knows her eligibility has long since come and gone. But she's fine with her lot in life! She's been mistress of her household for quite a while, and is quite used to holding the reins and looking after her younger sister and two younger brothers as only a devoted mother ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!
Recommended to Anne by: Basically all the Heyer fans who have read it!
*Warning! Beware of spoilers, hyperventilation, and reader who got way too intense*

"'She may not be a beauty, like Charis, but she's - she's'
'Worth a dozen of Charis!' supplied his lordship."

Oh. My. Goodness!! Where do I even start?! First of all, I just feel it incumbent to say that, screw having one favourite Georgette Heyer book, because that is simply impossible. Every time I finish one of her novels, I think that I will never read another one that was just as amazing...and I get proved wron
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

Well here's one for the books! (For the books, I kill me!)

This beloved GH classic, previously a 5* for me, is the first GH where I'm revising my rating downwards since joining GR.

I'll get my reasons out of the way before I go on to the book's (many) positives.

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Quiz about Frederica. For me, this book is one of Heyer's best historical romances.

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 beguiled by two thoroughly likable boys and their witty, warmhearted, and devoted sister. Frederica may not be a diamond of the first water, but she ne
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great romance by Heyer, Frederica is smart, loyal, a wonderful sister to her younger sister and two younger brothers, and of course very pretty; although she doesn't give a fig about that. She has come to London to launch her teenage sister on to the marriage market. Charis is so stunningly beautiful and good-natured that Frederica hopes to make a splendid match for her.

Of course,nothing goes as planned,mostly because of her adventurous little brother, Felix (a wonderful creation) who i
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, owned, favorite
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
Georgette Heyer's Frederica is an entertaining and charming read. So I give away my secret: sometimes I just need a refreshing and tender romance to forget about the hard realities of life. It could have been a thrilling science fiction as well. But now back to the classics... ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another highly enjoyable offering from Heyer. This is not an original story line for her- I believe in Venetia, the love interest also takes on unruly/ lovable siblings of an older sister left in charge. The real stars of this book were Luff, the unmanageable dog, and Felix, the youngest brother. The one off putting element of the romance was Vernon calling Frederica 'my child'. But maybe that's just a modern would be off putting to me, at least! ...more
Al George
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alverstoke never saw it coming - BAM, drop the Cupid's arrow

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency, London, mostly, with a few forays here and there-ish

Length: 450 pages

Series: Not that I can tell.

Sexy times: Clean as a plate after my dog cleared the dishes for dinner

Plan on reading more by the author: OMG YES!

Synopsis, quick like: Frederica, raising her young siblings, comes to London w/the intent of giving her beautiful but semi dull sister, Charis, a season. She appeals to distant relation, Alver
2020 Review
I needed a comfort read and Frederica did not disappoint.

2018 Review
Told you I re-read this book every year.
If I end up an old maid, do not blame Mr. Darcy. Blame the Marquis of Alverstoke.
I repeatedly reiterate in my earlier reviews that other Heyer heroes rank higher in my regard. I think, as I get older, that becomes less the case. I know I ought to like the others more. Charles, from The Grand Sophy, for example (though that temper...) or Freddy from Cotillion (who is a sweethe
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
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
Susan's Reviews
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my top ten favourite Georgette Heyer books. I "chortled" into my handkerchief many a time (and, I must confess, that I emitted plenty of uncontrollable rollicking laughter to boot!) Frederica's young mad scientist brother, Felix, often had me rolling on the floor with laughter! A must read!

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Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
4 1/2

I love Frederica.

It's a lot of fun to be inside her head, she's always trying to give her family the best she can, but she doesn't always get it right. Her Cousin Alverstoke is baffled by her, she's nothing like the scheming females he is used to. Their conversations are hilarious.

But this time, I have to say that it is not the Hero and Heroine that make this book so fun, it's Felix, Frederica's youngest brother. He gets into scrap after scrap, rather like Just William. What with his kee
Okay, how, HOW have I not read this until now? Not only that, as soon as I started to read it, about fifty people told me it was their favorite! Where have they been all this time?

Anyway. Yes. This just went into my top 5 Heyer novels, along with The Grand Sophy, Venetia, The Convenient Marriage, and These Old Shades. The thing with her novels is that you know from the first pages who will end up together, but the joy is in the characters, especially the supporting characters, and the various hi
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gift, romance-hist
Charming and delightful regency romance.

Heyer's plucky heroines make for enjoyable reading. Frederica is the penultimate eldest sister who has inherited the mantle of family matriarch after her parents' deaths. Juggling four siblings' needs is time consuming for as a soon as one is settled, another needs sorting out.

While I liked this one, I didn't enjoy it as much as Cotillon. This one was rife with responsibilities which I don't have issue with, but the conversations between Alverstoke and Fr
This is one of my favourite Heyers: it's both funny and completely inverts the usual taming the rake tropes. We spend a large amount of time in Alverstoke's point of view, watching him being besotted and having him fret over the question of whether his feelings are returned.

And, really, we need more cultural eras that are willing to show men as so entirely vain about their appearance. Not just the dandies, but people like Alverstoke, who seem to treat tying their cravat with High Church reverenc
Abigail Bok
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Georgette Heyer novels. The heroine is delightful, the hero has an interesting development arc, and the secondary characters are rich. I love the well-developed family life, and of course the Baluchistan hound!

2020 reread: I am so impressed by the complexity of this book, with nuanced characters revealed through dialogue packed with layers of implicit meaning. One reason Heyer's world is so believable is that her characters live in a finely detailed social structure that is al
Lady Wesley
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Luisa Knight
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance, audible
Marvelously fun!

I hesitate to label this as a romance novel as it's really so much more than that. The book is not just about Frederica, but about her humorous siblings, Alverstoke, Charles and a list of other dear people. So perhaps it is a romance, for you, the reader that is, to fall in love with these warm and realistic characters.

And if your family likes reading Gene Stratton-Porter books aloud, you'll enjoy this one too. There's a hot air balloon adventure with the young brother and a dog
Roman Clodia
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Sad to say that I found this rather disappointing and definitely not in my list of favourite Heyers: while I adore the pairing of Frederica herself and Alverstoke, they don't have enough page space or development in their relationship: she just keeps calling him 'abominable' while 'choking' back her chuckles (I was tempted to do a Kindle count of how many times those words were repeated...) until she suddenly realises she's in love with him after all and wham, they're engaged.

Far too much time,
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
Alex Ankarr
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Frederica is supreme, there is none greater, a Nonesuch, a nonpareil! Dammit, a Netflix production would be rather fabulous. I vote for James Acaster as the nerdy younger brother, but then I vote for James Acaster for anything and everything. And Mae Martin as the Bambiesque beauty they're trying to get married off - which ditto.

Who for Freddie, though? Mmm-hmm, Abby Hammond would be pretty great I think.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread February 2021 (5 stars)

I loved this even more upon rereading and this time around it actually usurped the place of the Grand Sophy as my favourite Georgette Heyer novel I read to date. Frederica and her family are endlessly entertaining, heartwarmingly sweet and an absolute joy to read about. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Read July 2019 (4.5 stars)

This was not quite as arresting as "The Grand Sophy", mainly due to the fact that Frederica - while still an interesting and lovable heroine - pales somewhat
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, romance
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,
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance nov

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