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Cotillion

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  7,838 ratings  ·  835 reviews
"My favourite historical novelist."-Margaret Drabble
"Sparkling."-Independent on Sunday
A sham betrothal isn't the only thing that gets Kitty and Freddy into trouble, but it's definitely the beginning ..
A most unusual hero
Freddy is immensely rich, of course, and not bad-looking, but he's mild-mannered, a bit hapless-not anything like his virile, handsome, rakish cousin Ja
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Paperback, Berkley LARGE-TYPE Edition, 496 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1953)
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D.D. Chant
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
*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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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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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
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."
julio
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 19, 2007 Tahariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Jacob Proffitt

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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_inbetween_
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
BJ Rose
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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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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Katharine
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
Karlyne Landrum
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
Ridley
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.
Amy
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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Laura
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
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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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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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!
Maria
Mr. Penicuik believes he is about to die, so he decides to bequeath his fortune and estate to his ward, Kitty Charing. The only thing she must do to get the inheritance is to marry one of his nephews. As a result, he summons all of them to explain his will but the only one Kitty would love to have as a husband, Jack Westruther, does not show up at the meeting. Later, she decides to run away and meets, by chance, another nephew of his old guardian, Freddy Standen, who did not arrive in time at hi ...more
FlibBityFLooB
I finished reading this book with a big grin on my face. What a happy ending!!! :) :) :) A very witty and amusing book. I love how Georgette Heyer's characters speak. I loved Dolph in this book -- very original! I loved the dandy Freddy, too. I admit it was hard to picture his clothes based on the crazy description of yellow silk pants and beaver hats. Definitely recommend this book to fans of the era. :)
Valshar ⚜ Jonathan
What a wonderful story!! To date, this is tied with Frederica as my favorite Heyer novel. I think my reviews are getting shorter and shorter lately but here goes:

The Good

Fun heroine! Kitty goes around getting herself involved in one hilarious mess to another. All to the exasperation of Freddy…

Excellent hero. Freddy doesn’t run around, or gamble, or any of that rot. He is however obsessed with fashion. This might be a negative in other cases but it helps make things even funnier.

Additional romanc
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Soph
Loved it!! Funny and subtlety romantic with a great ending! Freddy is a different type of hero but dashing in his own way. One of my favourites :)
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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Alice
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Cotillon?

"Depuis que j'ai découvert Georgette Heyer avec Adorable Sophy, et grâce à Milady, j'avais hâte d'avoir l'occasion de la lire de nouveau."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...


"Catherine Charing a été élevé par un tuteur riche mais pingre et ne possède rien qui lui appartienne. Et celui qu'elle appelle son grand-oncle va alors décider que pour hériter, elle doit impérativement choisir un mari parmi ses neveux. Même si l
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Wealhtheow
To retain her guardian's money, Kitty has to marry one of her guardian's great-nephews, of which there are many. She only has interest in one: Jack, the handsome scapegrace she remembers from childhood. To get to London to make him fall in love with her, she convinces another great-nephew, the foppish Freddy, to pretend to be engaged to her so she can travel in his company. Kitty, who is described as "country-bred" every chapter, is amazed at London and the scandalous lives of the ton. Her soft ...more
Kathy
So here's the setup. Uncle Matthew Penicuik has made his Will, leaving his fortune to his ward, Miss Katherine 'Kitty' Charing with the stipulation that she marry one of his great nephews. If she doesn't, she will be penniless, and his money will go to a charity. Which one will she choose?

Captain Claud Rattray - away in the Army on the Continent and unable to present himself to Great Uncle Matthew and make an offer for Kitty's hand. Odds: a million to one since he chopped off her doll's head man
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Melody
Second roman de Georgette Heyer que je lis et même si j'ai une préférence pour Adorable Sophy , j'ai passé un agréable moment de lecture car une fois encore l'humour était au rendez-vous. ...more
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