Recommended Read 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. Review: Dear Readers, For all intent and purpose this is my first Heyer.
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Where do I even start?! First of all, I just 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 just as amazing 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 scrapes right on his doorstep? Huh yes, I think so! But I had not anticipated that I would find every single page delicious, and that the ending would leave me desperately wishing there was a sequel.
I just love this book SO much! It was so clever, brilliant, touching, entertaining and plain good FUN! Merriville family show up. Frederica Merriville: Will you please launch Charis and me into society? Frederica: Thank you! How much money do I owe you? Charis Merriville: Can you please take us all to the maze? Alverstoke: Argh, fine. Charis: Thank you, thank you!! Words cannot express how thankful I am! HOW can I thank you??
Jessamy Merriville: Can you please help me?! I am in a shocking scrape!! Jessamy: Thank you! Harry Merriville: Thank you so much for helping out my siblings!! Alverstoke: Damn it, was it is with you all and money and thanks?!?!?!? Felix Merriville: Can you please, pretty, pretty please, take me to the foundry?? Felix: YAY!!! And it will be such a nice treat for you!! Alverstoke: Damn it, I love these people.
I must say, witnessing the downfall of a cynic is an oddly satisfying and pleasant experience. There is something so very endearing about a hardened, cold and self-centered man whose heart slowly gets softened in the most unusual ways by the most unusual family! Redeemed rakes or semi-rakes were always my thing, and I was left more than satisfied with his story.
Plus, he was jaw-dropping sexy. Indulged and pampered his whole life, the incredibly selfish Marquis never thinks about anyone but himself, and consequently finds everything and everyone a dead bore. His sisters bore him, social activities bore him, conventions bore him, political activities bore him, doing anything productive bores him. Even his dazzling bits of muslin bore him! To do him credit though, he is a horse expert, a great athlete and is always dressed bang up to the nines without looking like a ridiculously dandified counter-coxcomb.
And a really hot one at that. What he needs is a distraction. A good one. Something that will make him want to bestir himself without having it feel like a chore.
Something fun, pleasant, and just plain loveable. Something like I just need to give them all a hug. Never would I have imagined loving a kid of his age so much in a book, but he was the best.
REVIEW: Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Frederica by Georgette Heyer Miss Seraphina Winsham, having had the introduction repeated to her in stentorian accents by her nephews, subjected his lordship to a hostile stare, and uttered, repulsively: "I daresay! The slight bow he made won no other response than a curt nod, and an even more repelling stare. Miss Winsham, informing Frederica darkly that it was just as she had expected, stalked out of the room. What has put her all on end, Charis?
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