From the G. Heyer Shelf: Frederica by Georgette Heyer


One of readers favorites, Frederica is full of surprises.

When Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, she 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.

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 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...

        Georgette Heyer is my favorite secular author. I seriously believe that no other author, whether classical or contemporary, can match her wit, her humour and her intelligence as an author. No other book has ever made me laugh out loud for days like her Regencies. Frederica was her first book that I ever read and I felt that I hadn't really read about romance before. I do believe that I would not be the person that I am today if it were not for her books.
        Now about Frederica, which happens to be my very favourite book in the whole world. The hero and heroine of the book (Frederica and Alverstoke) reminded me greatly of Mr. Darcy and Lizzy, only the conversation was much more sparkling and the plot of the book really exciting and even adventurous. He is bored and looks down on practically everybody. She is full of life and happiness, despite her burdens (her numerous and noisy but delightful siblings), and makes him feel alive for the first time in ages. How can he let her slip through her fingers? Only trouble is, he is not accustomed to doing things for other people and hates it for his boring, orderly life to be interrupted. So, for a time, all they do is talk. And, as it says in one of my favourite movies, "Lost In Austen": from the talking comes the love..... 
        And what a love that is.... their romance is absolutely breathtaking. If you thought that love changes Mr. Darcy, wait till you see what it does for this guy!
        There is also a great deal of humour, as I mentioned before, and many charming characters, which will remind you of people you know. As for the period detail, it is so beautiful and realistic, that you will be looking for your reticule before you are through with this book. In general, Georgette Heyer has made the Regency world come alive in a wonderful way, not only in descriptions of places, but also of sports, dress, speech, important persons of the time and a thousand other little things that help transport and educate the reader.
       Needless to say, I have read her books to shreds, this one most of all. It must be now about a hundred millions times that I have read Frederica and I am starting to feel the need to reread it.
       I think you will be the richer for having read this book.

Rating: 6/5   (I hope you will give me poetical license for this rating, 5 just didn't seem enough.)
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