Frederica: A funny and brilliant clean Regency romance

Frederica: A funny and brilliant clean Regency romance

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by Georgette Heyer
     
 

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Frederica only wants what's best for her family, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness. When she brings her younger siblings to

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"Heyer was one of the great protagonists of the historical novel in the post-war golden age..." –Philippa GregoryCelebrate the 80th birthday of Regency Romance with great books from Sourcebooks Casablanca!

Frederica only wants what's best for her family, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness. When she brings her younger siblings to London, she may find the chance to give them everything-and find love along the way.

Determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, Frederica seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.

Normally wary of his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. But with his enterprising – and altogether entertaining –country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled.

Charming characters and flawless proses make Frederica a fan favorite from the Queen of Regency Romance. Fans of Jane Austen, Tessa Dare, and Theresa Romain will delight in the entertaining story of a woman seeking security for her family but finding love where and when she least expected it.

More Regency Romances from Georgette Heyer:
The Grand Sophy
–When the incomparable Sophy arrives in London to stay with her aunt she takes the house, and the ton, by storm.
Sylvester-She meets none of his requirements for a wife. He is the chief villain in her novel.
Cotillion- A sham betrothal isn't the only thing that gets Kitty and Freddy into trouble, but it's definitely the beginning.

What readers are saying about Frederica

"It was so clever, brilliant, touching, entertaining and plain good FUN!"

"Has all of Heyer's best features: humor, wit, and irony; an exquisite sense of time and place."

"Perfection! ...Witty, sparkling, and heart-wrenching."

What reviewers are saying about Frederica

"Humorous, light-hearted...a nice, comfortable way to get your Austen-fix."-Love Romance Passion

"This is a great book that explores both the relationships of the characters, and the Regency era itself. Fun, entertaining, enthralling!"-Wendi's Book Corner

"[A] fun, charming book... Frederica is a keeper, going on my bookshelf."-Lesa's Book Critiques

"There was a playful, light-hearted feel to this book that, along with the engaging characters, totally charmed me."-Genre Reviews
"The novel ends on a most satisfying note, and I can think of no better way of spending a chilly winter evening – wrapped in a down comforter with my pooch sleeping by my side- than reading this gem of a book."-Jane Austen's World

"Overflowing with fun and family, this warm, joyful 1965 Regency is one of Heyer's later novels and another popular title."-Library Journal

What everyone has to say about the Queen of Regency Romance Georgette Heyer

"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." –Publishers Weekly

"[Heyer's] characters are witty and beyond charming, her prose is flawless and lighthearted, and her historical detail is immaculate."-Read All Over Reviews

"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable." -Sunday Telegraph

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Editorial Reviews

Once Upon a Romance
Frederica is a powerful Regency romance, that every fan of the genre should read.
— Marlene
Love Romance Passion
The novel is humorous, light-hearted... a nice, comfortable way to get your Austen-fix.
— Keira Gillet
Booking Mama
I think Ms. Heyer's writing is just so smart and witty... I highly recommend FREDERICA if you are looking for a good summer read. It is a very entertaining story with lots of romance.
— Julie Peterson
Chris' Book-a-Rama
I liked Frederica a lot, especially the banter between Frederica and Alverstone...
— Christina Maclean
Jane Austen's World
The novel ends on a most satisfying note, and I can think of no better way of spending a chilly winter evening - wrapped in a down comforter with my pooch sleeping by my side - than reading this gem of a book.
— Vic Sandborn
A Blog of Books
The characters can't help but be loveable - from the sister who is beautiful and can't tell anyone no, to the brother who can't help but be ernest, to the heroine herself. It all keeps you coming back for more.
— Nicole Heffernan
Wendi's Book Corner
This is a great book that explores both the relationships of the characters, and the Regency era itself. Fun, entertaining, enthralling!
— Wendi Barker
Books and Needlepoint
[F]ull of family, humor, society do's and don'ts and of course, romance.

— Kristi Herbrand

Genre Reviews
There was a playful, light-hearted feel to this book that, along with the engaging characters, totally charmed me.
— Deborah White
The Book Smugglers
Verdict: delightful repartee, a good Hero and crazy kids as secondary characters = win.
— Ana
Lesa's Book Critiques
[A] fun, charming book... Frederica is a keeper, going on my bookshelf.
— Lesa Holstine
The Bookworm 07
I had previously posted on my blog that I was looking for that next favorite book, and I found it here with Frederica. This book is funny, charming and full of interesting characters.
— Naida Milenkovic
Becky's Book Blog
If the modern day romance novel is the wonder bread of the literary world, Georgette Heyer would offer readers the fiber-heavy complexity of whole grains.
— Rebecca Laney
At Home with Books
Frederica is a fun, witty and intelligent read... I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes a good historical romance.
— Alyce Reese
Library Journal
05/15/2014
Frederica Meriville, considering herself far too old at the advanced age of 24 to ever wed, wants nothing more than for her beautiful younger sister to make a good match. To that end, she heads to London where she convinces her very distant relation, Lord Alverstoke, to take an interest in her family. But Alverstoke finds his interest fixed on the witty and lovely Frederica. VERDICT This is one of the most charming of all of Heyer's delightful Regency romances; the mood is particularly summery with hot-air balloon launches, mischievous younger brothers, and a rambunctious hound of mixed pedigree.
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"The novel ends on a most satisfying note, and I can think of no better way of spending a chilly winter evening - wrapped in a down comforter with my pooch sleeping by my side - than reading this gem of a book." - Jane Austen's World

"There was a playful, light-hearted feel to this book that, along with the engaging characters, totally charmed me." - Genre Reviews

" If the modern day romance novel is the wonder bread of the literary world, Georgette Heyer would offer readers the fiber-heavy complexity of whole grains." - Becky's Book Blog

"I think Ms. Heyer's writing is just so smart and witty... I highly recommend FREDERICA if you are looking for a good summer read. It is a very entertaining story with lots of romance." - Booking Mama

"I liked Frederica a lot, especially the banter between Frederica and Alverstone... " - Chris' Book-a-Rama

"I had previously posted on my blog that I was looking for that next favorite book, and I found it here with Frederica. This book is funny, charming and full of interesting characters. " - The Bookworm 07

"Frederica is a fun, witty and intelligent read... I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes a good historical romance." - At Home with Books

"Verdict: delightful repartee, a good Hero and crazy kids as secondary characters = win. " - The Book Smugglers

"Frederica is a powerful Regency romance, that every fan of the genre should read. " - Once Upon a Romance

"[A] fun, charming book... Frederica is a keeper, going on my bookshelf." - Lesa's Book Critiques

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402230233
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Regency Romances , #24
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
34,574
File size:
923 KB

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Excerpt from Chapter One of Frederica

Not more than five days after she had dispatched an urgent missive to her brother, the Most Honourable the Marquis of Alverstoke, requesting him to visit her at his earliest convenience, the widowed Lady Buxted was relieved to learn from her youngest daughter that Uncle Vernon had just driven up to the house, wearing a coat with dozens of capes, and looking as fine as fivepence. 'In a smart new curricle, too, Mama, and everything prime about him!' declared Miss Kitty, flattening her nose against the window-pane in her effort to squint down into the street. 'He is the most tremendous swell, isn't he, Mama?'

Lady Buxted responded in repressive accents, desiring her not to use expressions unbefitting a lady of quality, and dismissing her to the schoolroom.

Lady Buxted was not one of her brother's admirers; and the intelligence that he had driven himself to Grosvenor Place in his curricle did nothing to advance him in her good graces. It was a fine spring morning, but a sharp wind was blowing, and no one who knew him could suppose that the Marquis would keep his high-bred horses waiting for more than a few minutes. This did not augur well for the scheme she had in mind - not, as she had bitterly observed to her elder sister, that she cherished any but the gloomiest expectations, Alverstoke being, without exception, the most selfish, disobliging creature alive.

To this proposition, Lady Jevington, a commanding matron on the shady side of forty, lent only qualified support. She might (and did) think her only brother selfish and disobliging, but she could perceive no reason why he should be expected to do more for Louisa than for herself. As for Louisa's two sons and three daughters, Lady Jevington found herself unable to blame Alverstoke for taking no interest in any of them. It was really impossible to be interested in such commonplace children. That he was equally uninterested in her own offspring did, however, argue a selfish disposition. Anyone would have supposed that a bachelor who was not only of the first stare but who was also possessed of considerable wealth would have been only too glad to have sponsored such a promising nephew as her beloved Gregory into the select circle which he himself adorned, and to have exerted himself to have brought dear Anna into fashion. That Anna had become eligibly betrothed without the least assistance from him in no way mitigated her ladyship's resentment; and although she admitted the justice of her unfashionable lord's reminder that she disapproved of the frippery set to which Alverstoke belonged, and had frequently expressed the hope that Gregory would never allow himself to be drawn into it, she still could not forgive Alverstoke for having made no attempt to do so. She said that she wouldn't have cared a rush if she had not good reason to suppose that Alverstoke had not only purchased a cornetcy in the Life Guards for his young cousin and heir, but made him a handsome allowance into the bargain. To which Lord Jevington replied that as he was very well able to provide for his son, who, in any event, had no claim whatsoever upon his uncle, he could only give Alverstoke credit for having enough good sense to refrain from making an offer of monetary assistance which would have been deeply resented by the Honourable Gregory Sandridge's parents. This was perfectly true; but still Lady Jevington felt that if Alverstoke had had a grain of proper feeling he would not have singled out for his favour a mere cousin instead of his eldest nephew. She also felt that in a better organised state of society his eldest sister's son, rather than a removed cousin, would have been his heir.

Without wishing to see Gregory so unfairly elevated, Lady Buxted was in general agreement with her sister, both ladies being united in contempt of Mr Endymion Dauntry, whom they stigmatised as a perfect block. But whether their enmity towards this blameless young man arose from their dislike of his widowed mama, or from his handsome countenance and magnificent physique, which cast both Gregory Sandridge and young Lord Buxted into the shade, was a question no one cared to ask.

Whatever might have been the reason, his two elder sisters were convinced that no unworthier heir to Alverstoke's dignities than Endymion could have been found; and neither had spared any pains to introduce to her brother's notice all the prettiest and most eligible damsels who were fired off, year after year, into the ton.

But Alverstoke's besetting sin was a tendency to become rapidly bored. It had vanquished his sisters; for although neither of them could suppose, reviewing the numerous dazzling barques of frailty who had lived under his protection, that he was impervious to feminine charms, neither was so muttonheaded as to indulge optimism very far when he seemed to be developing a tendre for some diamond of birth, beauty, and fortune, thrust under his nose by one or other of his sisters. He was perfectly capable of making the lady the object of his gallantry for a few weeks, and then of veering off at a tangent, forgetting her very existence. When it was borne in upon his sisters that prudent parents looked askance at him, and that he was generally thought to be dangerous, they abandoned their attempts to provide him with a wife, devoting their energies instead to the easier task of deploring his indolence, condemning his selfishness, and scolding him for any of his moral aberrations which came to their ears. Only his youngest sister refrained; but as she had refused several flattering offers for her hand, and had married, to please herself, a mere country gentleman, and rarely visited the Metropolis, she was considered by her two sisters to be a negligible quantity. If they spoke of her, which they seldom did, it was as Poor Eliza; and although they knew that Alverstoke preferred her to themselves it entered neither of their heads to solicit her help in the matter of his marriage. Had it done so they would have dismissed the idea, in the well-founded belief that no one had ever, since he grew to manhood, exercised the smallest influence over him.

It was not to read him a lecture that Lady Buxted had on this occasion commanded him to visit her: indeed, she had resolved to say nothing that could set up his back. But as she awaited his entrance the hope which (despite experience) had entered her breast upon hearing of his arrival was succeeded by the reflection that it was just like him to have allowed five days to elapse before putting himself to the trouble of answering a summons, which, for anything he knew, might have been of the utmost urgency. It was with difficulty that she schooled her countenance to an expression of affectionate welcome; and with still more difficulty that she infused cordiality into her voice when he strolled, unannounced, into the room. That was just like him too: the sort of casual behaviour which her ladyship, a high stickler, much deplored, seeing no reason why he should treat her house as if it were his own.

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Meet the Author

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. It is known that she was born in Wimbledon in August 1902, and her first novel, The Black Moth, was published in 1921.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known also as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and they had one son together, Richard.
Georgette Heyer's novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades. English Heritage has awarded Georgette Heyer one of their prestigious Blue Plaques, designating her Wimbledon home as the residence of an important figure in British history. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. A very private woman, she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. Her work included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.

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Frederica 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HA! What a humorous book with wonderfully developed characters! The book has all the elements you come to expect from Regency books, but the extra characters provide such a surprisingly delightful new direction that you will put this one on your favorites shelf to read again and again through the years!
Kewlreading More than 1 year ago
For anyone who knows Georgette Heyer's books, nothing more needs to be said. For anyone else, what are you waiting for? Frederica is a wonderful story with two strongwilled protaganists. Alverstoke is rich nobleman and used to having his way. He's also used to dealing with - and thwarting - the many people (like his sisters) who are constantly badgering him for favors and even more money. Frederica, the oldest of five children, is also strong-willed and used to getting her way - but for completely different reasons than Alvestoke. Her family is relatively poor. Even when her father was alive, she was the one who took care of the family and managed their affairs. If Alverstoke's strong will comes from having everything and having far too many people who would like a piece of it, Frederica's strong will comes from having almost nothing and no one apart from her sister and three brothers. Now, chance has given Frederica an unexpected opportunity to come to London for the season. She wants nothing for herself - but she is determined to give her younger sister a chance at a good marriage. She has also decided that Alverstoke is the very person to help her achieve this ambition. Sit back, pick up this book, and enjoy. Then, read the rest of Heyer's wonderful fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A managing female on the shelf wants her beautiful younger sister to make a good match. Younger brothers, large dog with personality, hot air balloon, etc, loose in London make for one escapade after another. And of course the requisite peer whose life is never the same after he meets Frederica!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever and literate, Georgette Heyer was the original "Regency Romance" writer. Her research is impeccable on the period and her characters are always appropriate to the period. She will run several plots with multiple characters into a fantastic tangle and then unravel them with a delightful twist at the end. Never dark in tone, always upbeat in attitude, Heyer is the ultimate escapist writer. She is Jane Austen on a roller coaster and with a grand sense of humor. Frederica is one of her funniest novels and should be on your permanent shelf (and so should all of her others!!)
rangerdragon More than 1 year ago
I have only recently discovered Miss Heyer's work. I love all of her characters. They are silly, honest, and quite believable. Frederica is enchanting. The plots ar secondary, but still able to hold interest. Drawing room farces is a term that often comes to mind. Jane Austin's only rival. Regency romance as it was meant to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Georgette Heyer for an afternoon escape and her books stand up well for rereading. For me this one has the best leads, best romance, and absolutely the best dog! Although Arabella is a close second in the dog category. Comedy, love, a little bit of drama, and none of those in excess. Well worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The relationship between the main characters was best friends but, lacked real romance. The two didn't seem to feel any "sparks" when the other was near nor become aware of any romantic sensations until the last pages! The abundant antics kept me engaged, as well as the creative writing but, the over all "love" story and ending left me disappointed. S.A.K.
kahken More than 1 year ago
Classic story of spinster meets Man-About-Town. Dialog is wonderful and descriptions can't be beat. I've read most of her Regency Romances and feel this is one of the best.
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I've read this book many times over the years and I still enjoy it. ESPECIALLY the younger brothers. I appreciate the lack of bedroom scenes which are becoming rediculous in current books. I love to laugh and this one does it for me.
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EntertainingCM More than 1 year ago
Lots of fun, a great Regency Romance from Heyer
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