The Marquis of Alverstoke is 37, self-indulgent, and jaded.
He never accommodates anyone. He never stays in love for long. Then the
Merrivilles, his distant country cousins, arrive in London. Frederica,
the oldest and a virtual mother to her siblings, asks him to present
her beautiful sister, Charis, to high society so that Charis can make a
good marriage. The marquis agrees because Charis will outshine the
plain daughter of his irritating sister Louisa, annoying Louisa.
Frederica’s young brothers take a liking to Alverstoke, and soon he’s
embroiled in the affairs and misadventures of them all. Frederica’s
self-possession and frank manners fascinate Alverstoke; he’s never met
such a woman. This being a Georgette Heyer romance, you can guess where
the story is headed. It’s a delightful journey along the way, with
amusing characters and witty dialogue.
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