This is one of Heyer’s later books (1965) so it is avoids some of the pitfalls of rampant sexism and casual racism of some of her early stuff.
Per Amazon: 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 that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.
Normally wary of his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. But with his enterprising ― and altogether entertaining ―country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled.
This is a good one. Frederica’s family is adorable, even the “oh my gosh she’s so pretty everyone falls in love with her” sister (this is a favorite trope of Heyer’s that often gets on my nerves and too often the pretty girl is basically a monster).
I am using my Heyer book scale weighing the three most prevalent elements of swoony romance, mystery, and comedy.
Swoony Rating: 8
This book focuses a lot on the lovers and why they will be good together. Lord Alverstoke’s gradual thawing to Frederica and her siblings is sweet.
Mystery Rating: 0
There is no mystery to speak of in this one, somehow people manage to go about their lives without any foul play.
Comedy Rating: 6
The brothers are very charming and funny but their hi jinx never overshadow the romance.