I was given Frederica along with a message that not many men like to read Georgette Heyer. That statement piqued my curiosity, and I took to reading this novel as a challenge. A few chapters and I was bowled over, it was no more a chore, I genuinely liked the story.
Frederica is a simple romantic tale set in late Victorian England. That sounds bland, but the book is rich in terms of well fleshed out characters, evenly paced story and an attention to details of that period. The repartees between Lord Alverstoke and Frederica are absolutely sizzling. It makes you giggle when Frederica takes her dog Luffra to Lord Alverstoke's house and you can't hide a good laugh when her brother Felix badgers Lord Alverstoke into taking him to the Balloon Ascension. You will positively laugh out loud when you read about the Restorative Pork Jelly.
This book is not about moral issues or social progress. You can find issues with the book, the language is convoluted, it doesn't deal with the plight of the normal Londoners (those outside the landed gentry are summarily dealt as commoners or Genteels), etc. It is a fun read, and should be viewed as such. A delightful novel.