One of my top 5 Heyer books. Frederica is a strong, sensible, loving big sister to her 3 younger siblings. Finding her beautiful sister Charis a worthy husband brings the family to London for the season. Seeking support from a distant cousin, the Marquis of Alverstoke, she introduces herself to him only to find he has no interest in getting to know the Merriville family. Accepting the rebuff calmly, Frederica leaves his home only to be called back a few days later to find that Jessamy and Felix have led a crowd of upset people to his front door in hopes of keeping them away from accosting her directly. Thus starts the bonding of the 2 families. Lord Alverstoke takes a reluctant interest in the boys as they fall into one scrape after the other. He soon finds he enjoys the company of Frederica and ultimately decides to court her. The language of Heyer's books always adds to the story. Descriptions of her characters are painted so vividly that you cannot help but feel a kinship with each and every one of them. Some make me laugh out loud. A most enjoyable read with lots of action and opportunities for the hero to shine as he takes some of the burdens from Frederica's shoulders.
This one is the old 1965 version. It is still whole, not dog-eared but does show it's age. No rips or tears.