Want to do everything I can to make her life easier I JUST DON T WANT HER TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING EVER BUT I DON T LOVE HER OKAYI love it so much I was explaining it all to my family and they were all yeah And didn t understand how awesome it was that he was so full of ennui and then his fake cousins showed up who wanted to pay him backFrederica is a book about two families One wealthy greedy and bored of EVERYTHING This is Alverstoke s familyThe other family is the Merrivales Frederica s brothers and sisters They aren t penniless but their estate has been mortgaged to the hilt and their eldest brother doesn t show a penchant for managing it well So their oldest sister Frederica has taken charge of everything including her siblingsThe cast is the Maruis of Alverstoke who would spend the whole book like this if he could get away from the Merrivales long enoughFrederica who is as previously noted competent awesome flawed in that occasionally she is SO FED UP with being a middle aged spinster aunt at 24 or 22 I can t rememberJessamy the second son who thinks he wants to oin the church and so is REALLY SAD whenever anything bad happens and blames himself Everyone else is like SHUT UP JESSAMY It was not your fault And then Jessamy makes a sadCharlie Brown face and declares he s unfit for a life in the church If Jessamy knew about global warming he d think that was his fault tooFelix who is obsessed with steam technology and stows away aboard a steam ship and then aboard a hot air balloon and convinces Alverstoke that it s an amazing treat for Alverstoke to visit a foundry that uses steam technologyCharis whose angelic beauty makes Frederica think that all she needs is a season in London to land a good husbandThe whole plot is essentiallyFrederica and Alverstoke have flirty conversations and are interrupted byJessamyJessamy I have done this TERRIBLE AWFUL THING I will pay you back when you tell me how much money it cost youAlverstoke It is not that terribleJessamy It is the most terrible awful thing that has ever been done Also for real Tell me how much money I owe youAlverstoke It is not that bad And stop talking about moneyFelixFelix You want to take me to see machinesAlverstoke How about my secretary takes youFelix But it is a TREAT FOR YOUAlverstoke Ugh FineFelix 3CharisCharis I am participating in Romeo and Juliet with a guy who is also my pseudo cousin but it is SECRET AND NO ONE KNOWSAlverstoke You are so boring It s a pity you re so beautifulCharis I am in loooooove And it is tragggic Alverstoke is trying to deny our looooooveFrederica Everyone knows Charis stfu and marry someone who can support you not our penniless pseudo cousin okCharis You are trying to deny our looooove You are evil No you aren t But you re trying to break us apartFrederica facepalmIf that has not convinced you then let me remind you WHACKY FAMILY SHENANIGANS nuff said 45Well here s one for the books For the books I kill meThis beloved GH classic previously a 5 for me is the
GH WHERE I M REVISING MYwhere I m revising my downwards since oining GRI get my reasons out of the way before I go on to the book s many positivesview spoiler I get that Alverstoke disliked his sister Louisa wasn t crazy about the parasitic Lucretia But his method of punishing them was to be cruel to their daughters Yes Jane is unlikeable but she is only a child Alverstoke has only the vaguest recollection of Lucretia s daughter Chloe Alverstoke s revengeinviting the beautiful Charis to the ball so she can outshine the other girls involves being cruel to two children This is unworthy of him Alverstoke s reaction to the Merriville s or Merivalethis edition has Frederica s family name spelt both ways aunt leaving her charges to support her sister whose husband is dying It may be Alverstoke s reaction but it is clearly also GH s that the aunt has made an unfair decisionBizarre to my 21st century eyes hide spoiler A man need not be dull merely because he is respectableNo he need not
be but he often is I am afraid Heyer was biased in writting Frederica Inbut he often is I am afraid Heyer was biased in writting Frederica In she seemed to try to cram as many loveable characters as possible in this one novelThe cast here to me were extraordinary Frederica His Lordship Jessamy and Felix Oh Felix you adorable little genius thing you LOLEven minor characters like Mr Trevor or even Mrs Jersey who was on screen no than 5 times they too were intriguing It did appear to be unfair to her other works no I mean after this my expectation will be unusually high whenever I pick up a Heyer book Frederica was a spectacular lady lead sincere while never boring naturally spirited without being over the top compassionate yet extremely practical As close as perfect in Regency setting I thinkOh what I have to mention is that the book was hilarious The banters were witty and realistic especially between Frederica and His Lordship But also with her duo of huggable little brosI am ust charmed by them I must have smiled all throughout reading this Ahhh Good Timesi would definitely recommend Frederica for readers who want to pick up their first Georgette Heyer book. Hey can possibly handleWith his enterprising and altogether entertaining country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep before he knows it the cold Maruis finds himself dangerously embroiled and plunged into one drama after another by the large and irrepressible Merriville family Alverstoke is surprised to find himself far from bored He is amazed to find herself unknowingly finds himself thoroughly beguiled by his distand cousins and most intriguing of all their strongminded sister Frederica who seems concerned with her family's welfare than his own distinguished attentions And when his younger cousin ends up in a terrible accident the dutiful Maruis becomes as chivalrous as ever to the those in his charge And Frederica begins to imagine the Maruis as match for hersel. K amused that this was actually the novel s central characterThis was all set to be a happy 4 star book until the accident and the farm and the showing of true hidden colors by Lord Alverstoke Hidden from himself as well That seuence was incredibly moving and deepened the novel in a way that I did not expect Maybe a couple manly tears were even shed And then the story moved back into light fizzy comedy and did not suffer for it The richness of the book is admirable Voil 5 stars Georgette Heyer s Frederica is an entertaining and charming read So I give away my secret sometimes I ust need a silly and tender romance to forget about the hard realities of life It could have been a thrilling science fiction as well But now back to the classics Another great romance by Heyer Frederica is smart loyal a wonderful sister to her younger sister and two younger brothers and of course very pretty although she doesn t give a fig about that She has come to London to launch her teenage sister on to the marriage market Charis is so stunningly beautiful and good natured that Frederica hopes to make a splendid match for her Of coursenothing goes as plannedmostly because of her adventurous little brother Felix a wonderful creation who is interested in new fangled machinery and in his exuberance creates a ton of misadventures and mix ups for Frederica and their new found cousin Lord Alverstoke who has kindly agreed to launch Charis with a debutante ball from his estate Alverstoke is not doing it out of charity he hopes to one up his sister s plain daughter his niece which is cruel Our heroine and her 2 delightful and plain spoken brothers and their dog a faithful but reckless mutt combine to teach their snobby cousin how life ought to be lived in a warm loving family s embrace Warning Beware of spoilers hyperventilation and reader who got way too intense She may not be a beauty like Charis but she s she s Worth a dozen of Charis supplied his lordshipOh My Goodness Where do I even start First of all I ust feel it incumbent to say that screw having one favourite Georgette Heyer book because that is simply impossible Every time I finish one of her novels I think that I will never read another one that was ust as amazingand I get proved wrong every time I knew I would love Frederica way before I started it Countless Heyer fans kept recommending it to me and telling me it was one of the best and the blurb totally sounded like something I would enjoy Bored cynic becomes un bored by the arrival of country cousins who get into scrap The Maruis of Alverstoke is bored He s especially bored with family and friends who try to get him to do things he doesn t want to do like say put on a massive ball to launch his nieces in society 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 notinto London society he really not to help But then Frederica s young brothers show up and 13 year old Felix uizzes the Maruis on the latest fascinating technology like locomotives and blast pipes and pneumatic lifts and after that her sweet and gorgeous if rather airheaded younger sister Charis appears the epitome of all that is Regency era loveliness and it occurs to Alverstoke that it would be uite amusing to hold that come out ball and launch Charis into society along with his nieces Charis s beauty will outshine his nieces and that will give his bossy and insistent sisters absolute fits Hah serves them right The Merriville family is lively and likeable and a little bit crazy and as they get into one scrape after another and Alverstoke somehow ends up being the one who rescues them time after time he finds himself getting and attached to all of them Particularly to Frederica herself who is so busy trying to keep all of her younger brothers in line and rescue them from their escapades and get Charis married off to a sharp and well off man and keep her away from the men with pockets to let ie not rich that she never notices Alverstoke is gradually getting very interested in her Or if she does notice he can t tell if she really likes him in a romantic way or not or if she ll accept his suit And suddenly the bored Maruis of Alverstoke is no longer bored This is a delightful and charming novel The Merriville family is the best adventurous and lovable and a little off the wall The romance is pretty understated typical for Heyer Some interesting history about hot air balloons and other technology of the time brought to you courtesy of Frederica s young brother Felix Additional fun adventures courtesy of the noble if occasionally ill behaved Baluchistan hound 475 stars My only uibble view spoilerThe romantic scene at the end was rather disappointing Frederica was too oblivious for a smart woman in her mid twenties hide spoiler Whoever told me I d love Frederica waits an ominous pauseWAS RIGHT It was so my kind of book competent heroines who don t need the heroes AT ALL but the heroes JUST WANT TO HELPOH GOD When Alverstoke is all Oh my god I don t love her but Is best to keep his distanceThe Merrivales a family of solid social standing have fallen into unhappy financial straits and the marriage might deliver them from This Situation They Have Come To London situation They have come to London the glittering social season in order to give young and beautiful Charis a chance to make a good marriage she may be as hen witted as she is beautiful Frederica herself a gay and witty charmer believes herself happily beyond marriageable age she is twenty four after all They boys are also very differents Jessamy is an interesting boy and Felix an engaging scamp Frederica is saddened when her prime prospect their distant cousin Lord Alverstroke seems totally uninterested But when they are introduced to London society by the Maruis of Alverstoke they find themselves both besieged by suitors than ,
This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books I read it easily once a year I m afraid I m going to gush all over this review but I ll do my best to keep this coherentThe winning feature of this book is the Merriville family particularly as they enmesh themselves into the carefully ordered life of Lord Alverstoke In stark contrast to his sisters who value him mainly for his vast wealth he finds himself captivated by these mere connections as they seem actually interested in him Indeed one of the recurring events is when one or another of the Merrivilles try to pay him back for something he has done for them a novel experience for the MaruisOf the Merrivilles Felix is the most engaging His various London exploits are a charming background for most of the novel But you end up liking Jessamy as well for all he isn t half as charming as his younger brother You can see how deeply important these two boys are to Frederica and it s clear that she couldn t possibly abandon them to their negligent oldest brother which means that anybody who can t love them as well has no chance of winning her heart It s a good thing then that Alverstoke becomes attached to themMy favorite part of the book however is how little self aware Frederica is She is so caught up in her plans for her siblings that she truly doesn t see how Charis doesn t want the kind of marriage that Frederica plans for her And the moment when Alverstoke points out to her what love is such a great climaxview spoilerIs it like that Being in Love You see I never was in love so I don t know And I made my mind up years and years ago that I wouldn t marry anyone unless I was truly in love with him Alverstoke I don t think I can be because I don t feel at all like Charis and she does know It has always seemed to me that if one falls in love with any gentleman one becomes instantly blind to his faults But I am not blind to your faults and I do not think that everything you do or say is right Only Is it being not very comfortable and cross and not uite happy when you aren t thereThat my darling said his lordship taking her ruthlessly into his arms is exactly what it isOh Now I know I am in loveThis slays me every single time hide spoiler uiz about Frederica For me this book is one of Heyer s best historical romances Frederica is a lovely story Fun heartwarming and plausible It s set primarily in London about 1817 during an era of mechanical advancement pedestrian curricles hot air balloons hydraulic pumps steam engines all woven into the storyA aded nobleman is beguiled by two thoroughly likable boys and their witty warmhea Frederica is an old maid She s been on the shelf for years and at this point in her life is mainly concerned with making sure her much lovelier younger sister finds the right man She has no such ambitions for herself as she knows
her eligibility has long since come and gone But she s fine with her loteligibility has long since come and gone But she s fine with her lot life She s been mistress of her household for uite a while and is uite used to holding the reins and looking after her younger sister and two younger brothers as only a devoted mother could Frederica is destined for a life full of family but a life that is essentially devoid of any romantic love Our poor heroine may be a stolid capped matron but she remains spry and uick witted despite her advanced years Frederica is 24 years oldVernon is the Maruis of Alverstoke He s been an eligible bachelor for well over a decade and would prefer to go to his grave as such Far from a loving sibling he has a vague affection for one sister thinks nothing at all about a second and is actively indifferent towards a third They all know him to be a selfish rake and lover of married ladies easily cast aside when bored Boredom is perhaps the chief cross that the Maruis bears If someone begins to bore him it s over If he suspects
someone could bore him it won t even begin Boring people also include individuals like debutantescould bore him it won t even begin Boring people also include individuals like debutantes his boring heir and all of his boring nieces and nephews most whose names he s never bothered to learn Vernon is the hero of the novelGeorgette Heyer wrote a book that I knew would be a delicious treat within pages Every sentence elegantly in place the comedy both subtle and broad the characters charming or outrageous or sometimes both This is a master of the form writing in a relaxed style always making sure period detail is front and center without overwhelming the plot always making certain her story s various parts are kept carefully moving along while not feeling rushed It is like she wrote this smiling I certainly smiled times than I can count Frederica herself reminded me of another of her heroines the fabulous Venetia although she is certainly her own uniue individual She has a certain attractive gravity that is unlike Venetia s effervescence Lord Alverstoke reminded me of another of her heroes the Duke of Avon although he is also his own uniue individual His apathy and especially his uick ability to be utterly bored by boring people charmed me perhaps because that latter trait reminded me of myself There were many times I sat bac. Rich and handsome darling of the ton the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters the Maruis of Alverstoke at seven and thirty sees no reason to put himself out for anyone Until a distant connection ignorant of his selfishness applies to him for help When Frederica Merriville brings her three younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister Charis she seeks out their distant cousin the Maruis of Alverstoke Lovely competent and refreshingly straightforward Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement the Maruis agrees to help launch them all into society Lord Alverstoke can't resist wanting to help her Normally wary of his family which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor seekers Lord Alverstoke does .