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Frederica [Paperback]

Georgette Heyer
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Jan. 1 2009
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 cant 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…

WHAT READERS SAY:

"A writer of great wit and style… I've read her books to ragged shreds." - Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph
"Stylish, witty, and bang up to the mark!" - Punch
"One of Georgette Heyer's more adorable heroines." - Saturday Review
"Classic Heyer-the author at her best!"
"Not only do the characters seize your heart from the first moment, they are three dimensional and so alive. It is just wonderful!"
"What a great book. One of my favourites, as the most beautiful is not the heroine."
"Witty, enchanting, and impossible to put down. This is one of Heyer's best works and one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read."
"A wonderfully written witty tale of the downfall of a cynic. I was charmed."

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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. (Vic Sandborn Jane Austen's World 2009-01-23)

There was a playful, light-hearted feel to this book that, along with the engaging characters, totally charmed me. (Deborah White Genre Reviews 2009-05-18)

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 Becky's Book Blog 2009-05-26)

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 Booking Mama 2009-05-26)

I liked Frederica a lot, especially the banter between Frederica and Alverstone... (Christina Maclean Chris' Book-a-Rama 2009-05-26)

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 The Bookworm 07 2009-05-27)

Frederica is a fun, witty and intelligent read... I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes a good historical romance. (Alyce Reese At Home with Books 2009-05-27)

Verdict: delightful repartee, a good Hero and crazy kids as secondary characters = win. (Ana The Book Smugglers 2009-05-29)

Frederica is a powerful Regency romance, that every fan of the genre should read. (Marlene Once Upon a Romance 2009-05-29)

[A] fun, charming book... Frederica is a keeper, going on my bookshelf. (Lesa Holstine Lesa's Book Critiques 2009-06-01)

This is a great book that explores both the relationships of the characters, and the Regency era itself. Fun, entertaining, enthralling! (Wendi Barker Wendi's Book Corner 2009-06-03)

The novel is humorous, light-hearted... a nice, comfortable way to get your Austen-fix. (Keira Gillet Love Romance Passion 2009-06-12)

[F]ull of family, humor, society do's and don'ts and of course, romance.
(Kristi Herbrand Books and Needlepoint 2009-06-29)

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 A Blog of Books 2009-08-21)

About 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. The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. 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 herdeath from lung cancer in 1974. 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. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.

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By killerwhaletank TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is possibly one of my favourite Heyer books, and I've read a lot of them! I love her writing style, I love her wit, I love her characters, and this one is chock full of well written supporting characters, plot twists and surprises, and just good fun. There's a lot going on in the story that you don't always see coming, but it made me laugh out loud many times. I love that the hero (Lord Alverstoke) is kind of a bored cynic who has never had to exert himself on anyone's behalf before, and is shocked to discover that he might have the capacity to care for someone other than himself after all. I also love that from the first moment you are introduced to Frederica, her two incorrigible younger brothers, and her soft-hearted but dim-witted sister, you can't help but love them. Best of all, I love the banter and the way the friendship between Alverstoke and Frederica develops.

You absolutely cannot go wrong with this book, or with this author in general. All of Georgette Heyer's books have a charm to them. I got to the end of the story and wanted immediately to start over back at page 1. Well worth reading over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frederica Aug. 3 2009
Format:Paperback
I must say that this is my favourite of all Georgette Heyer's Regency novels. I have owned this book for more than 40 years, and it has travelled many, many miles with me, to be packed and unpacked again. The characters are so very well developed, the portayal of each extremely enjoyable, and the story gallops along to reach its inevitable and charming conclusion. This is a book I would gladly recommend to any Regency fan, very, very satisfactory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Heyer! Feb. 20 2004
Format:Hardcover
I'm afraid bookjunkie said everything so perfectly and eloquently I have very little to add and yet I must add my voice to those who claim this as their favorite Heyer. In Frederica, you have an exquisite heroine - intelligent, humorous, well-looking but not a diamond, kind, and above all totally believable as a woman who could turn the world of an accomplished, arrogant, self-centered rake upside down. Heyer manages beautifully to make our hero, Alverstoke, all those things and yet absolutely marvelous at the same time. As usual, Heyer's secondary characters are perfection - interesting and amusing and so believable you feel she must know these people. This book is a must read for any regency fan - it is one of the best! An added bonus is that it hardly matters how much you pay for it - I don't think I could ever get tired of reading this book; I probably re-read Frederica twice a year: it never loses it's charm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Clifford Norgate's reading of Frederica Sept. 17 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
... One of the joys in listening to a good reading of a favorite book is picking up on details that you had skimmed over and half-forgotten.
I have so far heard Clifford Norgate's version of Frederica, and other actors's readings of COTILLION and REGENCY BUCK. It was interesting contrasting how a woman (Phyllida Nash) reads a man's part in Cotillion, versus how a man (Clifford Norgate) reads a woman's part in Frederica. I have to say that I prefer the former to the latter.
Nevertheless, this is a very good reading. Alverstoke, with his deep voice, and Charles with his lighter voice, and Charis with her die-away feathery voice all come across brilliant as do the "ailing" Lucretia. Minor characters are also done very well, as is the more "normal" voice adopted for the narrator. Where the tape did not work quite so well for me in imagining Frederica. However, the dialogue was so funny that I forgave Mr Norgate his inability to completely evoke one of my favorite heroines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Funny and full of style Jan. 27 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
For any Regency Romance lover, Georgette Heyer's books are in a class all their own. This book is one of her warmest, filled with believable, quirky characters and a masterful use of our language. The story of feisty, practical Frederica, this book details her efforts to provide good futures for her younger siblings . . . and the efforts of a charming, rakish Peer of the Realm to change Frederica's future. Ms. Heyer's dazzling style, historical polish and delicious wit are beautifully evident in this fast and funny romance. There is something for the heart and for the mind . . . and for the funny bone!
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