Frederica (Paperback)

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Although originally published in 1965, the years have done nothing to diminish the charm of Georgette Heyer’s writing.  Her Regency novels are more comedy than romance; in the vernacular of the time, they are a mad romp through the high society of 19th century England.  All of her Regency novels, as well as her mysteries are being reprinted and nothing makes me happier than to see her back on a bookstore shelf.
Frederica Merriville is the de facto guardian of her younger sister, Charis and her two youngest brothers, Jessamy and Felix.  Although the Merrivilles are a fine old family, they have fallen on financial hard times.  Everything that is left of the estate will go to the oldest son, Harry, who is more than happy to leave the rest of the family in Frederica’s care.  Thankfully, she has a good head on her shoulders and knows just what to do.  She will find a well-to-do husband for Charis.  It shouldn’t be too hard, because Charis is gorgeous.  Frederica knows that if she can just give her a season in London, Charis will contract a brilliant marriage and Frederica will be able to settle down in a small cottage and finish raising the two younger boys.  All she has to do is convince the Marquis of Alverstoke, a very distant family connection, to sponsor Charis into the London social scene.  Fortunately, the Marquis is bored and mad at his sister.  On a whim, he agrees to help Frederica and her family.  Well, little does he know what he’s getting himself into.  Suffice it to say that Frederica and her family are definitely not boring.

— From Karen B.


New York Times bestselling author Georgette Heyer's beloved tale of an entertaining heroine stumbling on happiness when her marital machinations for her sister go awry.

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 on him that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.

Normally Lord Alverstoke keeps his distance from his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers. But with his enterprising -- and altogether entertaining--country cousins chasing wishes and getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled.

The Georgette Heyer Signature Regency Collection is a fresh celebration of an author who has charmed tens of millions of readers with her delightful sense of humor and unique take on Regency romance. Includes fun and fascinating bonus content--a glossary of Regency slang, a Reading Group Guide, and an Afterword by official biographer Jennifer Kloester sharing insights into what Georgette herself thought of Frederica and what was going on in her life as she was writing.

Praise for Georgette Heyer:
"I have Georgette Heyer's books in every room of my house."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492677642
ISBN-10: 1492677647
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 448
Language: English
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