I am coming to Heyer in the opposite way, after reading countless romances, including many Regencies. Frederica is the first book I have read by Georgette. After reading Frederica I thanked my lucky stars that Georgette Heyer was such a prolific writer and that she lived a long life. She wrote over The orphaned Frederica has arrived in London in the hopes of . If you read no other novel by Georgette Heyer, it should probably be this one.

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And I didn’t care much for the social side of it.

It felt a bit like a history lesson, in the best possible way. By the way, I don’t appear like a managing female, right?!?

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. Frederica doesn’t try to play Alverstoke; she just wants to be friendly, and he finds her so unusual among his acquaintances that he can’t help being intrigued.

One of the things that I have really come to appreciate about Heyer is her fabulous detail to the period — the food, clothing, furnishings and language.

The Merrivilles are liked by everyone for their easy and engaging manners and good breeding. The thing with her novels freverica 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 hijinks that occur.


I wonder if a man’s ardent declaration of love could be squashed by something more wonderful than restorative pork jelly.

I just wished Frederica and Alverstoke has more time as lovers then it coming at the very end. Frederica might not be as beautiful as Charis, but she possesses such style and class that Lady Jersey promptly grants the two girls vouchers for that most exclusive of clubs: Heyer’s plucky heroines make for enjoyable reading.

Elizabeth Kentmere is settling into married life with her husband and new daughter, when her domestic peace is disturbed by her young, tempestuous brother. Thank you heyfr for reviving my memories. And it will be such a nice treat for you!! Vernon Dauntry, Marquis of Alverstoke, had been quite determined to snub the Merrivilles before ever he set foot in their house; the sight that met his eyes as he entered their shabby drawing-room made him all the more so.

She observed life with a wry smile and a frank glance.

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Alverstoke’s best friend is Mr. To wrap it all up, Heyer’s a good old bird who usually does a bang-up job of writing a novel, and if you’d told me a few weeks ago one of her novels would bore me I’d of said it was all a damned hum. He plots to bring all the girls out together at a ball he’ll host, sure that Charis will so outshine his nieces that it will teach his sisters a lesson.


The Social Duties of Cpt. Maybe I exaggerated a little too much. View all 17 comments. I rationed the chapters so that I could savor this lovely romance. Thank you drederica the review. Whether I radiate those things like I wish to those around me, I don’t know!

Me, I love it. Anyways, will you please help us? Blythe Smith Review Date: And then he rectifies the matter by finding her a footman. He would loooooooove it!

Preview — Frederica by Georgette Heyer. It was not at all the sort of smile with which his lordship beguiled his flirts, but something warmer and more intimate.


At least it would seem so to those of the company who are “right ones,” and know the proper way of viewing the world! She is a rich, selfish, ungrateful tightwad. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer’s greatest asset.

Dear boy, I know nothing about those things! Merriville family show up. Darcy Moreton have noticed he has fallen seriously in love at last.

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