The Hidden Life of Deer by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

So, technically this isn’t children’s literature? And by technically, I mean entirely: nothing about the packaging or marketing of this book is directed toward children. Fortunately, “children’s literature” as we know it began as a marketing ploy, and to a large extent the classification of this book as middle grade …

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everyone is (accidentally) queer – Part 3

Part 1 – Frederica herself Part 2 – Alverstoke and his foils So far Georgette Heyer’s Frederica has revealed a wonderful, albeit unintentional, abundance of asexual and aromantic characters. Hold on to your hats, my dears, there’s more. Chloe Dauntry, for one. Chloe is nearly seventeen, daughter of Alverstoke’s deceased brother, …

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everybody is (accidentally) queer – Part 2

Last week I talked about Frederica Merrivale, an ace-aro woman who is, at least nominally, the protagonist of the book named after her. (I say nominally because, as so often happens in romances, at least, those written by Georgette Heyer, the narrative focus slips back and forth between the female …

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everybody is (accidentally) queer – Part 1

A few weeks ago, desperately in need of a comfort (re)read, I picked up Frederica by Georgette Heyer. I soon realized that this was not the book I remembered. Regency romances – older Regency romances, at any rate – are desperately straight: no matter how dear her best friend is …