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A Cousinly Connexion

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  110 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Julian Stretton, Lord Meriden, wounded in the war and now home to assume family responsibilities is unexpectedly assisted by a practical young lady who is a distant relation.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Walker & Company
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Feb 07, 2017 Lyuda rated it liked it
Well, this is the case where the first half was pretty much 5-star read and then it started to drag, became less interesting due to a long separation of MCs (big no-no for romantic reads) with out of the blue culmination “I love you /let’s get married”.

It’s unfortunate because there are many aspects of the story I loved. It reminded me of Heyer’s The Unknown Ajax. Like Hugo, Julian (our hero) has been ignored and forgotten by his family, having grown up in his maternal grandfather's household.
Nov 11, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Heyer, regency romances
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Abigail A.
Shelves: historical, regency
Julian Stretton was shipped off to live with his grandparents at a very young age. Years later, while recovering from being badly wounded at Waterloo, he recieves word that his father and older brother have died within weeks of each other. He is now Lord Meriden. He has seven younger siblings to take care of, and a histrionic step-mother to deal with tactfully. Luckily, he also has the assistance of the children's cousin, Jane Ash.

There isn't much of a plot to this story; it is entirely about t
Aug 02, 2013 QNPoohBear rated it really liked it
Miss Jane Ash formed a tendre for Edward Wincanton, an Ensign in the Royal Navy when she was just 18. Her father forbid the match and Jane carried a torch for Edward, now Captain Wincanton, for the next 6 years. Now he has returned and Jane finds him repulsive. She knows they would not suit and refuses to marry him just because her father wants her to be married. She's perfectly content with keeping house for her father and older brother. When her Aunt Louisa writes to say her husband had died a ...more
Sheila Simonson's "A Cousinly Connexion"  
Like "Lady Elizabeth's Comet", this book is a wonderful depiction of Regency England, with all the details (language, dress, society, household details, farming, horses, climate, travel, etc etc) accurate for the time and place. 
The story is about Jane Ash, a young woman who is in danger of being put "on the shelf" but who refuses to marry her persistent suitor simply because she has no other options - she'd rather live a spinster than marry someone she
Nov 12, 2012 Camy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Sheila Simonson! I've read two of her books so far and they both have characters I love with witty dialogue and great storylines.

This book is a delight to read, with a sensible heroine with a great sense of humor. Jane is someone I would want as a best friend, kind and yet clear-sighted in her wit, without being sharp or caustic. The hero almost died at the battle of Waterloo and his injuries make him an interesting personality. I fell in love with him almost immediately.

It's t
Barb in Maryland
This is a very charming old-school Regency romance, very much in the Georgette Heyer mode. Not a lot happens of a dramatic nature and that is just fine. It is study in family relationships, with very enjoyable main characters. Julian Stretton, the new Lord Meriden, was badly injured at Waterloo and has been much delayed in taking up the reins of his inheritance. He has the requisite younger brother who is very tonnish. But Vincent is never made a figure of fun, nor is he a stock figure. Julian a ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Nenya rated it it was amazing
The world is ordered for the convenience of men. They have every advantage. To be balking at the few poor weak weapons available to you—
h's aunt to h (on 'snaring' the H). good advice!
Nov 10, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it
Recommended to Miriam by: Abigail A.
A pleasant Georgette-Heyer style romance.
Oct 03, 2016 Tess rated it liked it
Shelves: m-f-romances
3.5 stars
I was definitely not expecting to love this book, much less put it on my favorite books' list. When I first picked this up, it did not come to me that this was the Sheila Simonson of the Clanross' and company. It is based in about the same time, and you can tell by the quiet strength that characterizes all of Simson's writing, but o how different this was from the other three I've read from her!
There is a certain levity, a certain spirit that this book has that her Clanross ones did not. While I
Dec 14, 2008 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A Regency romance with a pastel cover and no Fabio paintings, I thought, would be full over over-emotional fluff without any of the fun sensuality that is the reward of reading romance. I was wrong. This book was strictly PG, but I found it an entertaining look at love growing between a very non-lofty lord and his stepmother's sensible and practical niece. Occasionally, it still dips into the melodrama, but otherwise I applaud Simonson on keeping these two characters likeable and pragmatic (most ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My personal favorite of Sheila Simonson's Regency romances, this tells the story of Jane who comes to rescue her aunt and cousins from the clutches of the stepson, Julian, who inherits a load of debt, a tarnished title of baron, and a bunch of half siblings he's never met, after Jane's cousin, the heir, dies in a scandalous duel, and his father dies a week later of a heart attack. Julian is a far from simple character and not the blackguard he is painted by his hen-witted stepmother.
Erica Anderson
While I enjoyed this traditional Regency, it's not as strong a book as Lady Elizabeth's Comet, which I highly recommend. Even so, A Cousinly Connexion is very welcome given the dearth of trads out there.
Jul 21, 2011 Laylah rated it really liked it
Reminding me of The Sound of Music somehow. Not as good as Lady Elizabeth's comet in my opinion, mostly because I feel her storytelling suits the first person POV more. It's just more romantic. Anyway, it's still a very very good regency romance.
Mar 08, 2008 CLM rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Rebecca
A beautifully written, very understated Austen-like novel. Highly recommended. Heroine Jane Ash is quite enjoyable.
Characterisation was great..story was well written..a little more connection between hero and heroine would have been nice
MB (What she read)
I was so pleased to find this long-lost old favorite made available as an e-book. It was a true joy to re-read!
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Oct 12, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing
“Excellent - very much in the Austen and/or Georgette Heyer style.”
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