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Whoever told me I d love Frederica waits an ominous pause WAS RIGHT It was so my kind of book competent heroines who don t need the heroes AT ALL, but the heroes JUST WANT TO HELP.OH GOD When Alverstoke is all, Oh my god, I don t love her, but I want to do everything I can to make her life easier I JUST DON T WANT HER TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING EVER, BUT I DON T LOVE HER, OKAY I love it so much I was explaining it all to my family and they were all, yeah And didn t understand how awesome it was that he was so full of ennui and then his fake cousins showed up who wanted to pay him back.Frederica is a book about two families One wealthy, greedy, and bored of EVERYTHING This is Alverstoke s family.The other family is the Merrivales Frederica s brothers and sisters They aren t penniless, but their estate has been mortgaged to the hilt and their eldest brother doesn t show a penchant for managing it well So, their oldest sister, Frederica has taken charge of everything, including her siblings.The cast is the Marquis of Alverstoke, who would spend the whole book like this if he could get away from the Merrivales long enough.Frederica who is, as previously noted, competent, awesome, flawed in that occasionally she is SO FED UP with being a middle aged spinster aunt at 24 or 22, I can t remember Jessamy, the second son who thinks he wants to join the church and so is REALLY SAD whenever anything bad happens, and blames himself Everyone else is like, SHUT UP, JESSAMY It was not your fault And then Jessamy makes a sad Charlie Brown face and declares he s unfit for a life in the church If Jessamy knew about global warming, he d think that was his fault, too.Felix who is obsessed with steam technology and stows away aboard a steam ship and then aboard a hot air balloon and convinces Alverstoke that it s an amazing treat for Alverstoke to visit a foundry that uses steam technology.Charis whose angelic beauty makes Frederica think that all she needs is a season in London to land a good husband.The whole plot is essentially Frederica and Alverstoke have flirty conversations and are interrupted byJessamy Jessamy I have done this TERRIBLE, AWFUL THING I will pay you back when you tell me how much money it cost you.Alverstoke It is not that terrible.Jessamy It is the most terrible awful thing that has ever been done Also, for real Tell me how much money I owe you.Alverstoke It is not that bad And stop talking about money.Felix Felix You want to take me to see machines Alverstoke How about my secretary takes you Felix But it is a TREAT FOR YOU.Alverstoke Ugh Fine.Felix 3Charis Charis I am participating in Romeo and Juliet with a guy who is also my pseudo cousin, but it is SECRET AND NO ONE KNOWS.Alverstoke You are so boring It s a pity you re so beautiful.Charis I am in loooooove And it is tragggic Alverstoke is trying to deny our loooooove.Frederica Everyone knows, Charis, stfu and marry someone who can support you, not our penniless pseudo cousin, ok Charis You are trying to deny our looooove You are evil No you aren t But you re trying to break us apart.Frederica facepalm If that has not convinced you, then let me remind you WHACKY FAMILY SHENANIGANS nuff said. Rich And Handsome, Darling Of The Ton, The Hope Of Ambitious Mothers And Despair Of His Sisters, The Marquis Of Alverstoke At Seven And Thirty Sees No Reason To Put Himself Out For Anyone Until A Distant Connection, Ignorant Of His Selfishness, Applies To Him For Help When Frederica Merriville Brings Her Three Younger Siblings To London Determined To Secure A Brilliant Marriage For Her Beautiful Sister, Charis, 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 Can T 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 DistanceThe Merrivales, A Family Of Solid Social Standing, Have Fallen Into Unhappy Financial Straits, And The Marriage Might Deliver Them From This Situation They Have Come To London For The Glittering Social Season, In Order To Give Young And Beautiful Charis A Chance To Make A Good Marriage, She May Be As Hen Witted As She Is Beautiful Frederica Herself, A Gay And Witty Charmer, Believes Herself Happily Beyond Marriageable Age She Is Twenty Four, After All They Boys Are Also Very Differents, Jessamy Is An Interesting Boy, And Felix An Engaging Scamp Frederica Is Saddened When Her Prime Prospect, Their Distant Cousin Lord Alverstroke, Seems Totally Uninterested But When They Are Introduced To London Society By The Marquis Of Alverstoke, They Find Themselves Both Besieged By Suitors Than They Can Possibly Handle With His Enterprising And Altogether Entertaining Country Cousins Getting Into One Scrape After Another Right On His Doorstep, Before He Knows It The Cold Marquis Finds Himself Dangerously Embroiled And Plunged Into One Drama After Another By The Large And Irrepressible Merriville Family, Alverstoke Is Surprised To Find Himself Far From Bored He Is Amazed To Find Herself, Unknowingly, Finds Himself Thoroughly Beguiled By His Distand Cousins And, Most Intriguing Of All, Their Strongminded Sister Frederica, Who Seems Concerned With Her Family S Welfare Than His Own Distinguished Attentions And When His Younger Cousin Ends Up In A Terrible Accident, The Dutiful Marquis Becomes As Chivalrous As Ever To The Those In His Charge And Frederica Begins To Imagine The Marquis As Match For Herself Quiz about Frederica For me, this book is one of Heyer s best historical romances Frederica is a lovely story fun, heartwarming, and plausible It s set primarily in London, about 1817, during an era of mechanical advancement pedestrian curricles, hot air balloons, hydraulic pumps, steam engines all woven into the story.A jaded nobleman is beguiled by two thoroughly likable boys and their witty, warmhearted, and devoted sister Frederica may not be a diamond of the first water, but she never bores Lord Alverstoke, not even when pondering restorative pork jelly Characterization is top notch Heyer thoroughly endeared her two adolescent boys to me loved their dog, Lufra, too Even better, she masterfully transformed the initially cold, cynical, and self interested Marquis of Alverstoke into a total luv a man who would sacrifice the world to keep his Frederica from worry Well, not the whole world Not quite Note, he grows a heart, but never becomes a pushover Heyer slowly develops relationships, and her style is subtle For example, we learn from the POV of a minor character Mr Moreton that Alverstoke is falling in love Then Frederica went towards him Alverstoke , holding out her hand, and he raised his eyes from Felix s eager countenance, and smiled at her, causing Mr Moreton to suffer a shock It was not at all the sort of smile with which his lordship beguiled his flirts, but something warmer and intimate Good God mentally ejaculated Mr Moreton Sits the wind in that quarter QUIBBLE I only wish Heyer had allowed the new lovers time together at the end, and a little intimacy but so it goes with Austen and Heyer.FORMAT I have read this novel several times over the years Also, I listened to narrator Clifford Norgate, who has a deep voice with an English accent quite good, especially his take on Alverstoke and the boys Another audio version is narrated by Kate Reading, which might suit the female roles better.CAST OF CHARACTERS collapsed, but NOT a spoiler view spoiler The orphaned Merrivilles, from Graynard Manor in Herefordshire Frederica Merriville acts as de facto mother to her four siblings, especially to Jessamy and Felix She is striving to give her beautiful sister Charis a London season Frederica is 24.Jessamy Merriville is her 16 year old brother He undergoes growing pains, balancing his boyish love for horses against his austere devotion to the church Jessamy has a large dog, Lufra the infamous Baluchistan Hound plays a fun role in several scenes.Felix Merrivile, her 12 year old brother, is crazy about mechanics, engineering, aeronautics, steam engines, hot air balloons, explosives, etc.Harry Merriville is enrolled at Oxford Eventually, he joins his siblings in London Age unknown, maybe 20.Charis Merriville is about 17, in London to make her debut because Frederica wants to see her comfortably married Charis would rather stay in the country and sew She is shy, kind, silly, and beautiful.The Merriville s man hating aunt, Miss Seraphina Winsham, came along to London to serve as chaperone She plays a minor role Alverstoke and acquaintances Vernon, the Marquis of Alverstoke, is a rich bachelor, age 37, the only son, pampered from infancy but raised in aloof austerity He is an arbiter of good taste, an athlete, a whip, a prime hand, and a generous but quickly bored lover He relies on his secretary, Mr Charles Trevor who plays a fairly important role in several scenes Alverstoke has three sisters His oldest sister is Lady Augusta Jevington, a commanding, arrogant matron nearing 50 She is married to a viscount, with adult children Gregory and In chapter one, Alverstoke pays a call on his widowed sister, Lady Lousia Buxted She is a rich, selfish, ungrateful tightwad Her disagreeable daughter Jane is coming of age Louisa wants Alverstoke to finance and host Jane s debut ball She also has an adult son, the worthy James, Lord Buxted Eliza Kentmere Alverstoke likes the youngest of his sisters, Lady Elizabeth Kentmere Eliza , who lives in the country with her beloved family She plays a role in the second half of the book Mrs Lucretia Dauntry The hypochondriac Mrs Dauntry has a dense but kind and handsome son Endymion Alverstoke s heir and an intelligent, good natured daughter, Chloe Darcy Moreton Alverstoke s best friend is Mr Darcy Moreton He is attracted to Frederica.Mrs Parracomb Caroline Parracomb is a married woman with the soul of a courtesan She is Alverstoke s lover when the story begins, but he s becoming bored hide spoiler This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books I read it easily once a year I m afraid I m going to gush all over this review, but I ll do my best to keep this coherent.The winning feature of this book is the Merriville family, particularly as they enmesh themselves into the carefully ordered life of Lord Alverstoke In stark contrast to his sisters, who value him mainly for his vast wealth, he finds himself captivated by these mere connections as they seem actually interested in him Indeed, one of the recurring events is when one or another of the Merrivilles try to pay him back for something he has done for them a novel experience for the Marquis.Of the Merrivilles, Felix is the most engaging His various London exploits are a charming background for most of the novel But you end up liking Jessamy as well, for all he isn t half as charming as his younger brother You can see how deeply important these two boys are to Frederica and it s clear that she couldn t possibly abandon them to their negligent oldest brother which means that anybody who can t love them as well has no chance of winning her heart It s a good thing, then, that Alverstoke becomes attached to them.My favorite part of the book, however, is how little self aware Frederica is She is so caught up in her plans for her siblings that she truly doesn t see how Charis doesn t want the kind of marriage that Frederica plans for her And the moment when Alverstoke points out to her what love is such a great climax view spoiler Is it like that Being in Love You see, I never was in love, so I don t know And I made my mind up years and years ago that I wouldn t marry anyone unless I was truly in love with him Alverstoke, I don t think I can be, because I don t feel at all like Charis, and she does know It has always seemed to me that if one falls in love with any gentleman one becomes instantly blind to his faults But I am not blind to your faults, and I do not think that everything you do or say is right Only Is it being not very comfortable and cross and not quite happy, when you aren t there That, my darling, said his lordship, taking her ruthlessly into his arms, is exactly what it is Oh Now I know I am in love This slays me every single time hide spoiler Another great romance by Heyer, Frederica is smart, loyal, a wonderful sister to her younger sister and two younger brothers, and of course very pretty although she doesn t give a fig about that She has come to London to launch her teenage sister on to the marriage market Charis is so stunningly beautiful and good natured that Frederica hopes to make a splendid match for her Of course,nothing goes as planned,mostly because of her adventurous little brother, Felix a wonderful creation who is interested in new fangled machinery and in his exuberance, creates a ton of misadventures and mix ups for Frederica and their new found cousin Lord Alverstoke who has kindly agreed to launch Charis with a debutante ball from his estate Alverstoke is not doing it out of charity, he hopes to one up his sister s plain daughter, his niece, which is cruel Our heroine and her 2 delightful and plain spoken brothers and their dog a faithful, but reckless mutt combine to teach their snobby cousin how life ought to be lived, in a warm, loving family s embrace. Another highly enjoyable offering from Heyer This is not an original story line for her I believe in Venetia, the love interest also takes on unruly lovable siblings of an older sister left in charge The real stars of this book were Luff, the unmanageable dog, and Felix, the youngest brother The one off putting element of the romance was Vernon calling Frederica my child But maybe that s just a modern sensibilityit would be off putting to me, at least Alverstoke never saw it coming BAM, drop the Cupid s arrowSetting Time Genre Regency, London, mostly, with a few forays here and there ishLength 450 pagesSeries Not that I can tell.Sexy times Clean as a plate after my dog cleared the dishes for dinnerPlan on reading by the author OMG YES Synopsis, quick like Frederica, raising her young siblings, comes to London w the intent of giving her beautiful but semi dull sister, Charis, a season She appeals to distant relation, Alverstoke, who has just turned both of his sister s requests for a ball money coming out thing He says yes, simply to rile up his sisters and what ensues his an amazing dash about London, flights in balloons, issues with a Baluchistan hound, steam engines, possible Gretna Green episodes and oh, so much At the end, Alverstoke and Frederica are perfectly in love and the world is good again Suffice it to say, Heyer s description of things like the ballooning is amazing This is one of those pivotal elements in to the book where we see Alverstoke rise to the occasion becoming the sarcastic bad ass super hero Heroine Frederica Smart Older Spinsterish but not Witty as hell Stubborn Fearless She may not be full on gorgeous and it s her smarts that make Alvertoke fall in love with her Hero Alverstoke Here s the deal, at least it was apparent to me, this guy is bored of everything I mean there is pretty much nothing in his world that is exciting, difficult, stimulating, meh ness Can you imagine living that way So he becomes and I am making a leap here a sarcastic, shit He s not terribly kind He s not terribly helpful He s not terribly positive about the future But the man can raise a quizzing glass like nobody s business Why it did or didn t work for me It worked Really well This is not just a love story between the H h No, it s a story about life, a family, trying to raise three boys one who thinks he s ready to head the family idiot , another who is determined to martyr himself and take everything so seriously and the last who is determined to explore the world willy nilly and find every adventure possible It s the story of a beautiful woman and her season, sort of There are plenty of secondary and tertiary characters who s lives the reader is catapulted in to over and over again Stand outs, of course, are the boys I Whispersynced this and must say, the narrator s reading of both boys was awesome, and his Charis was hysterical I adored this book I laughed A LOT And for a first Heyer, it was amazing What have I been waiting on A man need not be dull merely because he is respectable No, he need not be, but he often is I am afraid Heyer was biased in writting Frederica In that she seemed to try to cram as many loveable characters as possible in this one novel The cast here, to me, were extraordinary Frederica, His Lordship, Jessamy and Felix Oh Felix you adorable little genius thing you LOLEven minor characters like Mr Trevor or even Mrs Jersey who was on screen no than 5 times they too were intriguing It did appear to be unfair to her other works, no I mean after this, my expectation will be unusually high whenever I pick up a Heyer book Frederica was a spectacular lady lead sincere while never boring, naturally spirited without being over the top, compassionate yet extremely practical As close as perfect in Regency setting, I think.Oh what I have to mention is that the book was hilarious The banters were witty and realistic, especially between Frederica and His Lordship But also with her duo of huggable little bros.I am just charmed by them, I must have smiled all throughout reading this Ahhh Good Times.i would definitely recommend Frederica for readers who want to pick up their first Georgette Heyer book. Warning Beware of spoilers, hyperventilation, and reader who got way too intenseShe may not be a beauty, like Charis, but she s she s Worth a dozen of Charis supplied his lordship Oh My Goodness 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 amazingand I get proved wrong every time 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 To sum it up in a nutshell Alverstoke I AM SO BORED Merriville family show up.Frederica Merriville Will you please launch Charis and me into society Alverstoke Argh, fine Frederica Thank you How much money do I owe you Alverstoke Don t worry about the money.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 Alverstoke Just don t.Jessamy Merriville Can you please help me I am in a shocking scrape Alverstoke Argh, fine.Jessamy Thank you How much money do I owe you Alverstoke Don t worry about the money Harry Merriville Thank you so much for helping out my siblings How much money do I owe you 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 Alverstoke Argh, fine.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 Heyer is famous for her great characterization, and in this novel, her characters are not just people in a story, they became real, so real that you come to know them, love them and predict their every move as if you d been acquainted with them for years You feel as though you d really met them, and not just read about them in a book.The aforementioned cynic, Lord Alverstoke, is definitely one of Heyer s best heroes Not only is he fascinating, awe inspiring, composed, and magnificent, but he was so well developed and his evolution was so believable, that I couldn t get enough of him Redeemed rakes or semi rakes were always my thing, and I was left than satisfied with his story Plus, he was jaw dropping sexy Let s take a moment to appreciate some mental eye candyThat coat of blue superfine was moulded over magnificent shoulders and those clinging pantaloons in no way concealed the swell of muscles in his lordship s powerful thighs which unmistakeably proclaimed the athlete Just So Hot 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.Basically, he s a total badass 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 likethe Merriville family Passing off as Alverstoke s cousins, the Merrivilles are probably Heyer s most adorable family ever I just need to give them all a hug Felix is the most charming twelve year old, with his love and thirst for knowledge of all things machines, mechanics, steam boats, aeronautics and I don t know what besides, and his habit of bursting into rooms making demands and looking like an orphan cast penniless upon the world to make sure he gets a positive answer Never would I have imagined loving a kid of his age so much in a book, but he was the best Jessamy was also extremely loveable, with his indecisive mind torn between preaching and having fun, his deep sense of duty and his love of horses He was a great character and had really good scenes Then, the beautiful, dumb blonde Charis made a really nice foil for Frederica, because she was all looks and no brains, with a shy, too good disposition, and a propensity for trying to please everyone all the time And Frederica, the elder of the clan, is on the other hand only passably good looking, but incredibly resourceful, brave, intelligent, witty, competent and simply wonderful She always knows what to do, and she always has a laugh in her eyes This is no green schoolroom chit who is on the catch for a husband and sulking and getting vapours for the merest trumpery No way Frederica is twenty four, and considers herself as an old maid on the shelf, without charms or attractions whatsoever She is old cattishI don t recall his name it was so long ago Ah, yes he said sympathetically, Before you became so old cattish Old cattish She checked herself, and then said, with a rueful smile Oh dear I suppose that is what I am The point of coming to London is for Charis to make a great match, not her Frederica is not on the hunt for a husband She has no thought of marriage at all Only of Pork Jelly And before he fully realizes what is going on, it is already way too late and the Marquis is embroiled beyond recovery.From their very first meeting, Alverstoke finds himself acting against all his usual principles in other words, he sits down and listens to Frederica instead of dying of boredom Frederica Oh, hello, Cousin Alverstoke I didn t actually think you would come, but thank you so much for coming anyways, and please will you sit down, we have a few things to discuss, like your relationship with my late father, Charis s season, our presentation to the ton Alverstoke What kind of female is this First of all, what kind of house is this Frederica It s called shabby genteel No worries though, no one will care By the way, I don t appear like a managing female, right Alverstoke Are you one Frederica Well, I kind of have to be you know, the whole family depends on me Anyways, will you please help us Alverstoke We re not really connected for real, you know.Frederica Okay I get it, you don t want to help I ll manageAt these words, the Marquis, who had had every intention of bringing the interview to a summary end, irrationally chose to prolong it And there In spite of himself he just can t tear himself away, and goes on having a lengthy conversation with Frederica, and then, I kid you not, they are interrupted by Felix, Jessamy and Charis, and he just sits there and chats with every body and finds that he likes them all, and as soon as he sees Charis he goes I m going to give THE BALL, after all and it s like Ooooh yeah, shit s about to get real.But before The Ball, there is this hilarious episode about Frederica bringing their dog Lufra to the Green Park, where she didn t know there were cows because the deceitful guide book forgot to mention it and Lufra starts chasing them and creates a crazy mayhem, so Frederica blurts out that the dog belong to her cousin, the Marquis of Alverstoke and everyone is like O O no way, that can t be his dog, but they nevertheless all end up on his doorstep before noon and while they are all waiting for his lordship s convenience in the library, Heyer feels the need to stop all the action in this very climatic scene, to show us exactly how my lord Alverstoke ties his neckcloth I m serious The footman hurries upstairs to Alverstoke s dressing room, and the valet lets him in after telling him to stay put and not make a single noise, because their master is tying his neckcloth They both watch him, completely awe struck, as he lets his head fall slowly, four or five times, in order to achieve beautiful yet unobtrusive folds The scene is so completely unnecessary, but so awesome at the same time Then when he finally comes down Frederica Ooh heyy there you are, I brought your dog back Alverstoke cleverly goes along with whatever Frederica is doing Well thanks, but what the heck happened Random people that followed Frederica to make sure the dog was really Alverstoke s It s your dog for real A Barcelonan hound Frederica Yup, and I m never walking it ever again Alverstoke From Barcelona Frederica, how can you be so bird witted Baluchistan, not Barcelona Baluchistan Frederica can barely restrain her chuckles Oooh that s riiiight Random hatchet faced lady Is Baluchistan even a place Alverstoke Sure Let me show you on the globe Hatchet faced lady How on earth did that beast even get here Alverstoke Smugglers Hatchet faced lady WHAT I NEVER OMG HAVE IT IMPOUNDED ALREADY Alverstoke I didn t smuggle the dog into the country I merely caused him to be smuggled out of Baluchistan That last line is the actual line in the book Is Alverstoke brilliant or what He deserves some sort of improvisation medal or something But the best part of that scene is Frederica completely cracking up at her own joke, after the random people leave and bursts out laughing saying It s like Puss in Boots My cousin, the Marquis of Alverstoke and Alverstoke is all confused, then he gets it and they laugh together and it s super adorable Then, even though it s mainly to enrage his sisters, Alverstoke gives The Ball, aka a splendish party thrown in his ballroom at Alverstoke House, in order to present Charis and Frederica to the Ton while it looks like he s presenting his niece Jane and his cousin Chloe Lady Jersey is there, and she s a great friend of the family and she was super hilarious because she understood everything at a glance and loved to see Alverstoke s sisters and his cousin Mrs Dauntry, seething with rage It was so funny, and everyone else couldn t figure out why Alverstoke would help the Merrivilles in any way, least of all invite them to the ball But then, he doesn t just launch them all into the Ton His job could have finished right there, but no, he rescues their dog, brings Felix to all sorts of places, lets Jessamy drive his horses, drives Charis around, all the time trying to convince himself that he s not falling for FredericaThe Marquis believed himself to be hardened against flattery He thought that he had experienced every variety, but he discovered that he was mistaken the blatantly worshipful look in the eyes of a twelve year old, anxiously raised to his, was new to him, and it pierced his defences Honestly though, who could resist Felix Felix Cousin Alverstoke I have a super awesome idea Alverstoke Oh god, oh god, oh god Yes What is it Felix You and me should go together to the foundry To learn about steam engines Boats Mechanics Alverstoke I honestly couldn t care less Dear boy, I know nothing about those things How about my secretary takes you He would loooooooove it Mr Trevor DON T YOU DARE Oh, no, actually, Lord Alverstoke knows wayyyyyy than I do Alverstoke Dammit Charles you re not helping at all here Felix Cousin Alverstoke Please I want to go with you raises melting blue eyes to him and makes orphan cast penniless upon the world face Alverstoke WHY do you have to look at me like that Oh, alright, alright Felix WOOHOOO, IT S GOING TO BE AWESOME Wait, you WANT to come right Alverstoke YES, YES, OMGGGGGG YEEEEESSSSSS Maybe I exaggerated a little too much Felix You re the best Mr Trevor Thank God, allelujah Alverstoke You are so paying for this, Charles.Alverstoke s interactions with the whole family are just priceless He s completely loveable when he talks to the boys, super in control when he deals with Charis, and just completely heart melting whenever he talks to Frederica They had so many awesome, lengthy conversations, and you can so see him falling for her because she s so awesome and entertaining, and it is just all so WONDERFUL The last half of the book was even better, when Felix coaxes Alverstoke into bringing him to watch a balloon ascension, and Alverstoke honestly couldn t care less, once again, and prays there will be a snowstorm or something in the middle of June, to save him from his terrible fate P Then his valet wakes him up bright and early, pulling the curtains and letting the sunshine in and GOOD MORNING MY LORD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY and Alverstoke is all FML , and even once he actually gets there and he sees there isn t a lot of wind, he goes YAY, IT MIGHT BE CANCELLED Woop, Woop Wait OMG, no If they postpone it, FELIX WILL DRAG ME INTO THIS AGAIN ANOTHER DAY NOOOOO.It doesn t get postponed, but Felix grabs one of the ropes in an attempt to ride in the balloon and succeeds, of course , but unfortunately when it lands in the country, they hit a tree and Felix falls unconscious, breaks a few ribs and contracts a rheumatic fever, which forces him to stay at a local farm for a few weeks, where Alverstoke and Frederica take turns nursing him, and fall madly in love with each other Frederica doesn t realize it however, but Alverstoke certainly does, and one day, as they are taking a walk together, he recklessly decided to take the plunge Alverstoke takes a deep breath come on man, you got this Frederica Frederica is too absorbed in her thoughts and doesn t hear him Alverstoke dammit this is not going well FREDERICA Frederica RESTORATIVE PORK JELLY Alverstoke ABORT THE MISSION Lord Buxted Proposed to Frederica at a super inopportune moment Frederica WHO THE HELL WOULD BE DUMB ENOUGH TO PROPOSE RIGHT NOW to Alverstoke You d never do that, would you Alverstoke Nooooooooooooo Neeeeeeveeeerrrrr I felt SO BAD for him By that time he s so hopelessly in love with her and just wants to propose, but right moment never seems to present itself When they get back to London, Frederica nearly has a heart attack a few days later, because Charis has eloped with Endymion, Alverstoke s super handsome cousin, who s as brainless as Charis Alverstoke and his sister Eliza the only awesome one are trying to comfort Frederica, when Charles Trevor bursts in and tells them that they are not married, because he saved the day Charles THEY ARE NOT MARRIED Frederica Charles Okay so, I got there in time for church and Alverstoke Was Charis crying Charles Maybe, I don t know, anyways, I waited until the speak now or forever hold your peace part , then I yelled THIS MARRIAGE CANNOT TAKE PLACE and Alverstoke Now Charis was crying right Charles Yeah, probably, anyways then we all went back to Endymion s house, then he freaked out, his mom freaked out and Alverstoke Charis was crying Frederica SHUT UP, ALVERSTOKE Charles Anywayyyys, as I was saying, they are not married and everything it okay now Alverstoke You really are awesome Frederica Yes Charles blushes Eliza But heeyyy Vernon, speaking of which, when is your engagement, no, YOUR WEDDING going to happen already Alverstoke Eliza, no, stop Charles I was gonna say thoughAlverstoke OH WERE YOU that s the actual line from the book Eliza Well propose already Alverstoke Can you let me do my own proposal omg Eliza Okay, but Vernon, stop waiting for the perfect moment TAKE THE MOMENT AND MAKE IT PERFECT leaves with Charles Alverstoke I HATE SISTERS But for real though, FredericaFrederica has been there all this time You don t really want to marry meAlverstoke No, but my sisters, my friends and my secretary think I should wink Fredrica But I have no thought of marriage actual line Alverstoke Yeah, I know All you think about is Pork Jelly Frederica WHAT You wanted to ask me THEN Alver Well yeah, but then Pork Jelly happened actual line There is something very daunting about Pork Jelly Frederica BUT IT S RESTORATIVE PORK JELLY No joke, she really says that It s not just Pork Jelly darn it, it s restorative Pork Jelly Frederica is so awesome though, Alverstoke will NEVER EVER, EVER be bored for the rest of his lifeHe wished to spend the rest of his life with her, because she was the perfect woman he had never expected to encounter Awww 3 3 They are one of my favourite literary couples ever, so well matched and you can tell theirs is a love that will last because its foundations are solid andFrederica will become a She Marquis Woohoo D DRegency fans and other people out there, do yourselves a favour and pick up this wonderful romp set in England in the 1810 s, it is SO good it s guaranteed to make you smile.The audiobook, narrated by Clifford Norgate, is also highly entertaining, although Alverstoke sounds like he s 67 and not 37, and Frederica sounds a little too demure and not jovial enough Her brothers are spot on though I m having a really good time reliving the story by listening to itHis lordship, in fact, previously ruthless on his own behalf, was now prepared to sacrifice the entire human race to spare his Frederica one moment s pain Goodness I love these people 3 3Buddy read with Becca and Tweety