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Cotillion

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  9,812 Ratings  ·  1,019 Reviews
`I am happy to be able to tell as many of you as I can that I have not the smallest wish to marry any of you!' The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr. Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. The wily old gentleman has hatched a typically freakish plan for his stepdaughter`s future and his own amusement: ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2nd 1992 by Arrow (first published 1953)
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D.D. Chant
Sep 13, 2011 D.D. Chant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love, love, love, Freddy!!! He is one of my top (if not THE top) Georgette Heyer heros. Surprised that's how I feel? Then let me explain. Freddy isn't your average GH hero, he is a pink, NOT a rake, NOT a nonsuch and certainly NOT 'in the petticoat line'. He is quite simply everyone's friend but no ones crush. His cousin Jack (Who IS a rake, IS a nonsuch and is VERY much in the petticoat line) thinks he's amusing in the way that you might find a kitten or puppy amusing. Which effectively made ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kitty Charing is the orphaned ward of the miserly and eccentric Mr. Matthew Penicuik. "Uncle Matthew" has no children of his own, but has five grand-nephews, including his favorite, the suave and handsome gambler Jack. Kitty has a crush on Jack, and Matthew hopes he’ll marry Kitty, but he decides to throw the field wide open: he'll leave Kitty his fortune, contingent on her marrying any of his grand-nephews. So Matthew calls a meeting of all of his single grand-nephews, two of whom promptly prop ...more
Anne
Apr 21, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that needs to laugh :)
Recommended to Anne by: Jaima
*Spoilers ahead! Also beware of fangirling and reader who got considerably carried away*

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
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Algernon
Sep 30, 2015 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

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
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Hannah
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

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
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Phrynne
Jul 02, 2013 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Heyer's best books featuring one of her very best characters, that of Freddie Standen. Such an adorable man and just the perfect match for Kittie once she comes around to realising it. So many great characters in this book! I loved Freddie's father and his sister, Meg and Dolph was also great fun.
There is just something about a good Georgette Heyer book. They are light, funny, entertaining and oh so smart. And they are wearing the test of time. Still so good after so many years:)
Muriel
Cotillion quickly moved to the top of my favorite Heyer books. It's so frustrating to see her lumped into the general romance novel section as she's so much more than that and I'm afraid that a lot of people who are snooty about reading "romance" novels are missing out on a marvelous author. Time Magazine put it best, "With a Georgette Heyer you don’t buy a book, you buy a world. If it suits you, you settle down forever."
Kelly
I believe that this book is the definition of the word "romp." It's all a farce, hardly any romance in it at all except the silly kind Heyer makes fun of (despite the fact that the story is almost all tangled marriage plots- they just involve such ridiculous people who by and large are not in love with each other, so there's absolutely no romance at all.). There are a plethora of laugh out loud lines and exchanges, and I very much wish that someone would turn this into a play in the style of Osc ...more
Vivian
This was me finishing my first Heyer novel. Yeah, yeah, yeah... where have I been.



Kitty is the duckling ready to assume her swan plumage, and does she ever in this escape from Cranky Manor where her guardian has kept her in the severest of conditions. Needless to say, as soon as the opportunity presents itself, Kitty is on the first coach out of there.

And thus begins the shenanigans.

The entire story is amusing and set at a breakneck pace. Imagine if you will, Austen pairing up with Gilbert an
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julio
Aug 19, 2012 julio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
dandy.

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
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Tahariel
Jun 04, 2007 Tahariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic people
Shelves: romance, period
I absolutely adored this book - Heyer's writing is, as always, not only perfectly in period but sublime, the humour subtle and the romance so carefully handled that each moment when it is moved along a little more seems perfect.

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
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Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
Warning there may be spoilers for Arabella by Georgette Heyer in this review.

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
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Jacob Proffitt
Jan 03, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

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Clare Cannon

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
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Karlyne Landrum
Aug 14, 2009 Karlyne Landrum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the top three Georgette Heyer -- and that's saying something. She's always deft with her handling of the handsome hero and pretty but destitute heroine plot, but Cotillion goes beyond the ordinary with lovely side characters and issues which all go to further the reality she's taking Kitty -- and us -- into. None of the "extraneous" characters are; they are there with great intent to show all of us what kind of man Freddy is. And I for one say, "I like him. I like him better than Hugh. I ...more
_inbetween_
Jul 28, 2007 _inbetween_ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How many times have I read all these books? This one, oddly enough, I once summarised in longhand on a few sheets of A4 paper while at school, from start to finish. Even then it had seemed even drier and even more understated than Heyer's other novels, but after Last Hellion and Wooster I had to read up on Freddy. Only when considering my other re-reads does it become clear again that this Jack is not that extraordinary, that Heyer always rooted for the down-to-Earth protagonists - even if they ...more
Lightreads
Regency. The one where Kitty's eccentric guardian requires her to marry one of his nephews to get her inheritance, and Kitty schemes to get the one she wants.

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
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BJ Rose
Mar 20, 2009 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-regency, keepers
This is a treasure, and was such a pleasure to read! Kitty is a naive, caring country girl who convinces mild-mannered Clark Kent - oops, I mean Freddy to engage in a fake betrothal with her so she can escape her miserly adopted uncle and enjoy some time in London. Kitty is a very likeable but impulsive heroine who creates plenty of opportunities for Freddy to come to her rescue, which he does repeatedly.

I absolutely loved Freddy! He is the perfect example of an alpha male in disguise; a well-dr
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Amy
Feb 05, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a few things you can always be certain of in life. Murphy's Law, taxes, and relatives. Particularly, the annoying ones. Every family has them, those queer people who can't really disown but would rather not claim blood with. Cotillion is a hilarious, romantic novel filled with relatives, romps, and regency romance. It is Georgette Heyer at her best, and I would say Cotillion is almost as good as The Grand Sophy.
Kitty Charing stands to receive a great deal of money from her guardian,
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Tijana
Ovo je bezbrižno i veselo i totalno nepretenciozno i neproblematično. I glavni junak/mladi ljubavnik je dendi koji nema veze ni sa mračnim tajnama ni sa junačkim podvizima nego živi za modu ("kako vezati kravatu na sto načina") i stekla sam jaaak utisak da je glavni uzrok junakinjine privlačnosti za njega to što će moći da joj nabavlja garderobu do mile volje. (I obratno.) Ništa otkrovenja uz oluju i grmljavinu, ništa razorna strast i cepanje steznika (našto kvariti prvorazredne steznike, pitam ...more
Katharine
Mar 05, 2008 Katharine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, romance
Ok, just for Cotillion alone I may become a Heyer fan after all. It was fantastic: funny, clever, bright, great dialogue, sympathetic characters, charming romance, well-balanced plot, easy to read. I loved it. The hero is so cute I want to keep him, despite being dandyish and not interested in "writing coves". The heroine is (typically for Heyer) impulsive and a bit strong-minded and clueless at the same time, but somehow manages to be wholy charming instead of obnoxious. The side plot twists, w ...more
Nikki
I loved Cotillion so much. I should've turned my attention to finishing it earlier -- it's wonderful. A typically complicated plot of ridiculous characters doing ridiculous things, and even though I didn't see the romance at the beginning -- and there was a lot of very practical arrangements going on -- I came to love it and squeal happily at it at the end.

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
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Ririn
This is my favourite of all Georgette Heyer's novels and I have reread it at least once a year after the first time I read it back in 2012.

The unconvensional (and quite unexpected) hero, but you can't help but to love him too. And the sweetest and the kindest couple ever, in my opinion.

Now that GR has had the reread function, I just wonder, how many times a year will I reread this haha.

Really really love this!
Ridley
Jun 18, 2011 Ridley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a slow, uneven start to it, but once Heyer introduces everyone and sets the chaos dial to 11, it hits its stride with hilarious results. It's the most fun I've had reading in a good long while.
Laura
Mar 31, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-and-fun
Miserly Great-Uncle Matthew is both frightful and frightfully rich. Though he has a surfeit of great-nephews, he has no heir. But he does have a pretty young ward on whom he decides to settle his fortune... provided she marries one of the great-nephews. Everyone knows our heroine Kitty has been infatuated with rakish “Cousin Jack” since childhood, yet when Great Uncle Matthew summons all the great-nephews to his house so they can try their luck proposing to Kitty, Jack doesn’t show up. The nerve ...more
Mo
The last time I was in a reading slump, "The Grand Sophy" by Georgette Heyer brought me right out of it. This time I chose "Cotillion".

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!
Inspired Kathy
Jul 12, 2015 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I was a little lost the first few chapters. I couldn't keep track of all the characters. Once I got them all straight I started to really enjoy this story. Not my favorite regency but still one I'm glad I read. Lots of fun likable characters.

Content: Clean (mild language)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Jane Stewart
4 stars. Light-hearted romantic adventure with quirky and endearing characters.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
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
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Janet
I can't believe I haven't written a review of Cotillion. Devil's Cub, Cotillion and Friday's Child are my three top Heyers. I wrote about it today, just a little aside, in a St. Patrick's Day piece at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Freddy is a hero to die for and his father is perhaps even more unforgettable (read down for my thoughts on Lord Legerwood, taken from a Father's Day essay at Heroes).

"Possibly harkening back to the historical novels of Georgette Heyer, Ireland is often presented as a buco
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Lea
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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
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

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.

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