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I hope it's a wonderful discussion! I haven't read Frederica in much too long - I may have to pull my copy off the shelves again. I still remember my first time, so many years ago, when I was so delighted to find Heyer's books on the shelves in England, after so many years of making do with the few on the library shelves.
I had no idea then how many books I still had to discover! Post a Comment. Published in , Frederica has been one of my favorite Heyers since I first read it at age 14 or so. But I get ahead of myself! What makes Frederica so appealing? Chapter One. Vernon Dauntry, the Marquis of Alverstoke, is rich and so indulged that he is often bored. His sisters think he is selfish because he is not interested in their offspring or in being obliging — to them.
Alverstoke declines, not very gently, which upsets his sister and his niece, once she finds out. Lady Buxted says bitterly that she is sure he would have agreed had the ball been for his heir, their cousin Endymion Dauntry.
She and their sister Lady Jevington resent Endymion, a pleasant if not very bright military officer, and have spent a lot of time unsuccessfully trying to find their brother a suitable bride so Endymion will not inherit the title.
Chapter Two. Alverstoke is even bored by his mistress, who offends him not only by greedily demanding cream-colored horses to draw her barouche but also by drenching her written demand in ambergris now that I am reminded it comes from whale sperm I am revolted too. He tells Charles Trevor, his serious but delightful male secretary, to pay her off. That does not motivate him to make the acquaintance of these ladies, although Charles is rhapsodic:.
On second thought, Charles wonders if Charis might be better off not meeting Alverstoke, lest he break her heart. He knows Alverstoke would not seduce a respectable girl but he guesses that Charis is inexperienced and might misunderstand the rules of flirtation. In the meantime, Lady Buxted calls on him with her daughter to beg again for a ball for Jane. He says no to her too. Finally, his older sister, Lady Jevington, stops by to order him not to give in to Lady Buxted or Mrs.
Dauntry, or she will wash her hands of him! Alverstoke says that almost persuades him to do it. Coming in Chapter 3, we will meet the Merrivilles! In the meantime, here are some thoughts to begin our discussion:. Boredom is not an attractive quality but Alverstoke also possesses a highly developed sense of humor.
Is this appealing or would you rather have a sexy hero like Damerel? Can a sense of humor be sexy? Should someone who is rich endlessly support his relatives? Does Lady Buxted have a real grievance? Down with primogeniture! How does this compare to the beginning of Cotillion where Kitty also ends up making her bow to society?
Frederica and Charis were lucky that they happened to run into Charles Trevor because he is one of the few people Alverstoke trusts. Click here for more of the Frederica group read. Labels: book discussion , book review , Frederica , Georgette Heyer , Historical Fiction , historical romance , regency.
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REVIEW: Frederica by Georgette Heyer
January 23, by Vic. Inquiring readers: This is my second review this year of a Georgette Heyer book to help you while away the winter doldrums. When SourceBooks sent Frederica my way I went into paroxysms of joy, for I recalled loving the book when I first read it just out of college. Years later I like it even better. After reading Frederica I thanked my lucky stars that Georgette Heyer was such a prolific writer and that she lived a long life. She wrote over 50 books, most of them quite entertaining, and the knowledge that I still have so many to choose from leaves me quite content At present I am reading The Convenient Marriage and I have just finished Black Sheep.
She wrote more than sixty books in a variety of genres, but my favorite are her Regency romances. And the way she and her cast of hilariously demanding younger siblings take down the bored Marquis of Alverstoke? Watching him transform from a top-lofty dilettante into someone who cares deeply about Frederica and her family is irresistible. 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.