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Frederica by [Heyer, Georgette]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." (Katie Fforde)

"A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds." (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

"My favourite historical novelist -- stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." (Margaret Drabble)

"Sparkling." (Independent)

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'Georgette Heyer is unbeatable.' Sunday Telegraph. A beautifully repackaged edition of one of the best of the best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1210 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZFPM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
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Frederica is without doubt my favourite Georgette Heyer novel – and I like her novels very much! What makes Frederica so good? Simply that she has populated this book with wonderful characters, amusing dialogue, interesting historical setting and a love story which is gentle and fulfilling.
The basic plot is that Frederica, a rather managing girl with three brothers and one sister, all younger than her, is attempting to launch her beautiful sister Charis into society so that she can make a good marriage. Frederica enlists the assistance of her sort-of cousin, the Marquis of Alverstoke, in this – and he agrees to spite his sisters. Alverstoke is an uncaring, flighty rake who doesn’t do anything for anyone else and is hugely selfish. Through his interaction with Frederica and her two youngest brothers, Jessamy and Felix, Alverstoke is brought out of his state of almost continual boredom and takes real responsibility for his adopted cousins.
The power in this story is the exquisite way in which Heyer portrays her characters. We are shown Alverstoke with all his faults, yet we also get glimpses into what makes him in some ways a good man – for example the honourable and fair way in which he treats his secretary, Charles, and in the way that he takes on responsibilities to his adopted wards in order to lessen some of the load on Frederica’s shoulders. Although Frederica initially comes across as a woman without fault, as the story progresses we see her occasional blindness in dealings with her sister and her eldest brother Harry; Frederica wants Charis to make a good match but Charis doesn’t want that for herself. As the story progresses Alverstoke becomes more responsible, more aware of the needs of others and more aware of the effect he has on them.
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Frederica is one of my favourite Georgette Heyers. The love that develops between Alverstoke and Frederica is very moving partly because it seems so unlikely at the outset. He starts out bored and cynical and the description of his increasing involvement with Frederica's delightful but unpredictable family is wonderful, funny and realistic. There is lots of humour and wit, loads of brilliant detail of the sights of London, new fangled inventions such as hot air balloons, steam engines, bicycles. All the characters are believable, very individual and fantastically well described. My favourite funny bit is the Baluchistan Hound bit - read it!
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The Marquis of Alverstoke has seen it all, and he was "without exception," one of "the most selfish, disobliging creatures alive", - then he meets Frederica Merriville.
I loved Frederica as the matriarch of her wonderful family, she struggles, with very little money from her fathers estate, to launch her beautiful younger sister Charis into the full glare of the marriage mart. Along for the ride are her two younger brothers Jessamy and Felix and the rusticated head of the family - Harry. When you mix Baluchistan Hounds with the treachery of the "Pocket Guide" that did not mention the small herd of cows in Green Park with a Pedestrian Curricle, followed by a dash across-country chasing a hot air balloon you can see this has all the ingredients of a true Heyer classic. Even Alverstoke's interfering sisters and brood of nephew's and niece's does not put a damper on the wit, amusement and truly satisfying ending.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2013
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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 faultlessly researched. The sub plots are interesting in their own right and the minor characters are well done - especially Charles Trevor the Marquis of Alverstoke's much tried secretary. I think the character who steals the show has to be Felix, Frederica's young brother, who is constantly getting into scrapes and having to be rescued.

If you want to read a light Regency romance written by a master then try `Frederica' - you will not be disappointed. In fact if you haven't read any novels by Georgette Heyer before then this would be a good one to start with.
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Frederica was the first Heyer book I read and I fell in love with it. It has the same effect on me as Pride & Prejudice- the typical, agonising question will they or won't they? U become involved with all the characters, although I do get annoyed sometimes with Charis, the beautiful airhead ( I'm sorry but that's the only way to describe her!) Frederica is as every herione should be: smart, beautiful, witty and charismatic. Lord Alverstoke simply tears your heart to pieces when he does all in his power to help Frederica, believing that he is only doing so because it relieves his boredom and that in no possible way could she feel the same way. It is simply beautiful!
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This book combines humour, compassion, crisis and romance with development of character, especially that of the hero. The Marquis of Alverstoke comes across as a complex person: selfish where his family are concerned yet generous to his friends; indulging in numerous amorous relationships yet kind to his secretary. His main characteristic is that he easily gets bored.

Enter Frederica Merriville, the eldest of a family of five. She applies to Alverstoke, a connection of her late father's, to help her launch her sister into society. He agrees and from then on his life is not the same, as he gets increasingly involved with the Merriville family. Not only does he offer Frederica advice and support, but also rescues from scrapes her youngest two brothers, the one studious and the other obsessed by scientific developments. This leads him to re-evaluate his own life.

The story is well-paced and has some very funny moments, as well as the usual romance. I've read the book twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. If you have never read a Georgette Heyer novel this would be a good place to start. If you're an avid GH reader:- this has some of the activity and humour of The Grand Sophy, but with the kindness and sensitivity found in Venetia (although the romance is much less developed). I recommend it.
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