Frederica by Georgette Heyer is a Regency romance by the master at the height of her powers. It’s a delightful story of a young woman determined to take care of her younger siblings with no thought to her own future. She enlists the aid of a distant cousin her father once spoke highly of. Although Lord Alverstoke is not a man who will normally go out of his way to be kind and helpful for anyone, he finds himself wanting to help Frederica. To his astonishment he takes a great interest in her young brothers, and he finds Frederica more and more engaging as he comes to know her as well.
The plot moves along, and there are some wonderfully amusing scenes (including one early on in which the mongrel dog owned by the siblings causes trouble and has to be rescued by the distinguished Marquis). Frederica is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys Regency or other historical romances.