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"Heyer was one of the great protagonists of the historical novel in the post-war golden age..." --Philippa Gregory

A reader favorite from the Queen of Regency Romance, Fredericais a charming story of a woman seeking security for her family, but finding love where and when she least expected it.

Determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, Frederica seeks outtheir 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 scrapeafter another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled.

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

Publisher: Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©1965
ISBN: 9781402214769
Branch Call Number: FIC Heyer
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 25, 2017

This is my idea of a guilty pleasure. A regency romance that spins around a London season and the quest of finding a suitable husband for Fredrica's younger sister. I got completely sucked in by the dialogue which is just wonderful.

Dec 01, 2016

Another hit by Georgette Heyer. Frederica is a wonderfully witty and entertaining novel of regency romance with endearing characters. While her novels follow a similar pattern in dandies falling for the most unlikely heroines, I love the way Frederica and her siblings turn the Marquis' self-absorbed world on its ear. Their "scrapes" and "accidents" never fail to make me giggle. This is definitely a favorite for me by an author I am so happy to have discovered.

Jul 10, 2015

I love Frederica! The heroine is so believable, which is nice because it seems she's often the most beautiful creature who's ever existed. Frederica isn't the most beautiful creature who's ever existed, but she's spunky, clever, kind, witty, and determined.

EuSei Jan 21, 2014

While I can't stand Nora Roberts--what a poor writer!--I love all Regency books by Mrs. Heyer. Frederica is one of my favorites. If you like Jane Austen you will love Georgette Heyer. Her sense of humor is priceless and her characters are endearing.

bkilfoy Mar 28, 2013

Georgette Heyer is officially well on her way to becoming one of my favourite authors. This book was an absolute delight from start to finish. Frederica is a bright and competent heroine with an amusing set of siblings and Alverstoke is a bit of a rake with a heart of gold. The two of them banter their way through the entire novel and every time they share the page, it's thoroughly enjoyable. Filled with rich historical detail, the plot clips along and never fails to entertain. Simply a fun book to read.

Sep 28, 2011

Still relevant!

Aug 07, 2011

I enjoyed this almost as much as The Grand Sophy, which remains my favourite.

Jun 21, 2011

I loved this book. The endearing, intelligent Frederica is a great heroine. And I very much liked the rapport between her and Alverstoke. I'm always sad and a little dissapointed when they end... I want more!

EuSei May 13, 2011

Frederica is my favorite of all Mrs. Heyer's Regency books. Heyer has a smooth narrative style and her funny scenes are hillarious. Frederica's younger brother has some really funny moments in this narration. If you like Jane Austen, you will LOVE Georgette Heyer. Certainly a book to read more than once.

Jun 16, 2009

Georgette Heyer was surely the ultimate Jane Austen fan. By the time of her death in 1974 she had written over fifty books, most set in Regency England and featuring smart, genteel young women falling in love. Heyer was less interested in social commentary than Austen, but she sure loved the society. Her historical detail is impeccable, but if what you love most about Jane Austen is the delightful characters and sparkling romance, then Heyer is the author for you. Frederica is a good introduction to her work. The title character is a capable young woman who?at the age of 24?is too busy running her household of precocious younger siblings to be concerned with her own romantic fate. That just might change when Frederica entrusts her charming family to the care of the snobbish Lord Alverstroke.

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