Loved this book. It's getting hard to figure out which is my favorite anymore. The story is hilarious. Predictable but with a few twists and turns. The dialogue is amazing as usual. The family relationships are so varied and so accurate. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Huge fan of Georgette Heyer and, so far, Frederica is one of my very favorite of her heroines. This young woman has everything needed in the romantic heroine: good sense, beauty, resourcefulness, wit, compassion and more!
Excellent story line, endearing characters.
A very popular Georgette Heyer novel, but not one of my favorites because I found it was much too longwinded with too many mundane details, and a story line that dragged ....... Better Heyer reads are Arabella, Venetia and Black Sheep - my favorites!
I love all of Georgette Heyer's books ... I read them years and years ago, and am now rereading them!
Some time ago I read a definition of the Regency romance as a book where peopled talked themselves into being in love. (I wish I could remember who said it.)
Of course, that is no longer true. In most of the current Regency's the clothes come off and the manners fail quite early in the story. I think that is a shame, so I have happily returned to Ms Heyer's romances.
Frederica is a lively, intelligent heroine who took on her sister and brothers' care when they lost their parents. She is now determined to give her stunningly beautiful sister, Charis, a season and a chance at a good marriage.
The Marquis of Alverstoke is definitely not a paragon of all the virtues, but he is an essential part in Frederica's plans. And you would have to be from Mars not to know what happens from there.
The characters in this book are interesting and vivid, even the minor characters. I enjoyed spending time with them and I think you will, too.
I really liked this book. It shows a lot of strength of character and a willingness to scarific for others.
Book was good. Reminded me of another author..buy Heyer has a wonderful way of putting things,
If one enjoys Georgette Heyer books, this is one of her best. Frederica is a strong, intelligent woman with a delightful family, for whom she is in charge. Heyer is a master of detail for Victorian era stories, and her books make you laugh and want to personally know the characters.
This is one of my very favorite Georgette Heyer books.
Frederica is my second Heyer read, the first one was Black Sheep. I enjoyed Black Sheep so I was expecting a similar read, but surprisingly - I actually liked Frederica even more! Maybe it was because this novel was more funny in many aspects than Black Sheep was, so I was smiling more often. Frederica Merriville is the oldest daughter in the Merriville family and used to raising her siblings and running the household. In this story, her sister Charis is about to have her first season. Frederica is determined that because Charis is so beautiful and unaffected, she should come out in London, so she appeals to the Marquis of Alverstoke, a distant relation. Alverstoke is used to people asking him for things and saying no, but on a whim decides to pretend he was charged my Frederica's dead father to be a guardian to her younger siblings. This book seemed to be an easier read for me than Black Sheep, but I think it's because reading the first book made me more experienced with Heyer's regency slang, so this time it didn't take me as long to understand what someone was saying! There were a few funny moments in this book, and I think I'm with many people when I say I enjoyed the scene(s) with the dog (Baluchistan Hound!), and most scenes where Alverstoke finds himself being manipulated by Frederica's younger two brothers. I can understand why this is many people's favorite Heyer novel. Glad I picked this one!
Nora Roberts wrote the forward, Georgette Heyer is one of her favorites, and I can't think of a better recommendation!