To make him jealous and to see a little more of the world, Kitty convinces cousin Freddy Standen to pose as her fiance. In Londo ...more
This is a Heyer novel, so of course I expected to enjoy it, but I hadn't planned on falling totally head over heels in love with it!! This is by far my favourite of her Regencies. It's been a while since I hadn't had that much fun with a novel!
This delightful Regency romp opens up with a hilarious scene of three cousins sitting in a drawing room at Arnside, waiting for their eccentric great-uncle to put in a ...more
The cotillion (also cotillon or "French country dance") is a social dance, popular in 18th-century Europe and America. Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country dance, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance.
That's what it says on the cover and that's what you will find between the covers of this delightful comedy of manners from the pen of Georgette Heyer, whose accomplishments in the recreations of the ...more
I am enjoying my reads from the prodigiously fertile pen of Georgette Heyer, but I'm not always sure what I'm going to get when I start Chapter 1. Some are dull (Faro's Daughter), some are stupid (Powder And Patch), some are downright wall-bangers (The Convenient Marriage), some are hysterically funny (Friday's Child), some are gothically dark (Cousin Kate), some are realistic non-HEA's (A Civil Contract), and some are little gems of near perfection (Arabella). I t ...more
a lesser heyer, in my view—and yet still possessed of a number of sparklingly funny passages and two very clever subversions of traditional regency romance plot devices.
i found the subtle tension between high ton propriety and compassionate but naive ideology fascinating. our country innocent of a heroine dismissed the unsavory reputation one must expect to find oneself with if one chooses to associate with vulgar but friendly people who laugh a lot. but when this kindhearted inclination w ...more
Kitty is fun, but my real love in this book is Freddie, the male lead, who is so wonderful and real. Not only has she given him a very strange manner of speaking, but he is always there, a presence that really warms the story from the inside out.
This is probably my favo ...more
I find it hard to say which is my favourite Heyer Regency. When I read Arabella that is my favourite,but when I read Cotillion that is my favourite.& I have only just reread Cotillion for the umpteenth time, but maybe Cotillion is my true, absolute love.
The point both books have in common are the heroine. Both are pretty brunettes with kind hearts & no real money of their own. Society's rules are less important to them than a social cons ...more
This is one of the few Georgette Heyer books I own, but haven't re-read in recent years. I won't make that mistake again. I must have read it early in my Heyer days, because I'm pretty sure I didn't understand the main characters, Freddy and Kitty, very well. Freddy, in particular, undergoes more character development than is common in Heyer's heroes and is easy to write-off in the early parts of the novel as empty-headed. He starts out much like many supporting characters in Heyer's other novel...more
Just lovely! Highly recommended for teen girls and young adults looking for a fun read with some substance. As well as being an entirely pleasant story, it is altogether worthwhile to witness Heyer's characters grow through their interactions with one another. With such a light touch she educates the reader in how to fall out of love with the reckless anti-hero after recognising his sordid, selfish side, and how to fall in love with the generous, gentle and kind-hearted hero. Few writers are ab ...more
This is not a good starter regency romance. It's a great tenth regency, particularly for people, like me, who really dislike the ones where the heroine falls for the handsome rake who she tames generally by letting him do appalling things to her. This is not that book. Very deliberately and awesomely not. It is a book about not being that b ...more
I absolutely loved Freddy! He is the perfect example of an alpha male in disguise; a well-dr ...more
Kitty Charing stands to receive a great deal of money from her guardian, ...more
Content: Clean (mild language)
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I loved that Freddy seems at first a bit ridiculous himself, and maybe stupid, but he turns out to be perfectly suited to the society he live ...more
"Possibly harkening back to the historical novels of Georgette Heyer, Ireland is often presented as a buco ...more
Yesterday was my birthday, and I indulged myself by sitting on my secluded patio, sipping on some freshly made lemonade, and reading this charming novel cover-to-cover... once again. Bliss!
Read on August 31, 2014
Re-read on February 21, 2015
I just adore Freddie!
I fell in love with Heyer's hero - again! This piece of her is brilliant. I think it is the most funny I have read by now. And, really, I wasn't sure on hundred percent how it ends up. When it ended up I have a big (really big) smile on my face and I was hugging the book [To tell the true I was hugging tablet. I regretted that in this case I hadn't a printed book. But still, I just had to hug it ;-) ].
What should I add? Very funny, witty, even a little surprising plot tw ...more
Oh my God, I AM ON THE FLOOR!!!! THIS BOOK IS AMAZING, FREDDY IS AMAZING, AND I AM JUST OVERCOME WITH FEELINGS!!!
This book is seriously HILARIOUS, so so so much fun. Fake engagements! Beta hero! Assholes getting punched in the face! The romance is stealthy - maybe too stealthy, but in the end VERY much swoon-worthy, let me tell you!
Also, this is really historically accurate. Apparently Heyer was obsessed with accuracy and kept really detailed notes on every aspect of Regency life. Just the diff ...more
I couldn’t decide between 4 and 5 stars, but I rounded to 5 because I continued thinking about it afterwards and am glad I read it.
This was written more than 50 years ago and is dated in some ways. It’s an example of a wonderful variety of characters whose “natures” create romantic conflicts. It’s a nice change of pace from the typical popular character types in most romances written today. It’s al ...more
I believe my opinion hasn't changed much except to have been more keenly aware, this time, about the seedy side of Regency London. The layers became more visible to me, and I found myself so glad that I belong to the era I live in now. I don't think I have ever been more conscious of the constrictions of Regency society whilst reading a Heyer novel, than I was on this, my third reading of C ...more
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In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.