Enjoy one of only two Heyer Gothic Regency romances.
Kate, in dire circumstances, is surprised to receive an invitation to live with a distant aunt. Her aunt, uncle, and cousin welcome her to their estate, buy her new clothes, and provide all the amenities a Young lady of quality should have. Slowly, however, as strange events unfold, Kate begins to realize that her aunt's...more
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This was two different books that didn't mesh well together. The romance conflicts with the suspense in a way that takes the power out of both of them. By the time Kate finds out she could be in real danger, she's already got an ally who's more powerful than any of the forces that threaten her. And in a romance context I accept women agreeing to marry men t...more
Innocence and trusting nature can be charming, but not for a woman who is well past her years of youth and has not lived a very sheltered life. She certainly isn't a naive miss just out of schoolroom - I can't get why she's so obsessed with disbelieving the obvious truth. She came off as an idiot instead of a sweet girl trusting the best of p...more
Until her Aunt Minerva shows up and sweeps her off to Staplewood, a grand estate in the English countryside. It is like a Cinderella story! Aunt Minerva treats Kate like the daughter she never had. Kate finds herself spoiled with pretty things, petted...more
What sets this one apart from her other Regency novels is the character of Torquil who is, to me, the star of the book.
Try reading this, taking into account modern days attitude to madness and psychiatry. This is in the time before Fluoxetine and Olanzapine. Wh...more
It is a love story but also a suspense story with a rather unexpected ending. When you have read a few of Georgette Hyer´s books you sort of know the story (even if it´s nearly always a good story). But in Cousin Kate I was pleasantly surprised.
Kate Malvern finds her quite with out means to support her self after she had had to quit her last place as a governess. She stays with her old nurse Sarah (one...more
1. Don't read this as an introduction to the b...more
A Gothic tale of madness and deceit, complete with thunderstorms, full moons, and a plucky heroine who must keep her wits to survive her visit to Staplewood. Most of the plot twists were pretty obvious, but I enjoyed the read -- I didn’t want to put it down. By two-thirds of the way to the end, I was waiting for something “horrible” to happen! Unfortunately, It took nearly another hundred pages for this “horrible” something to occur, and it slowed the story down too much...more
So of course I had to read it...
Cousin Kate starts off lighthearted, but but within 50 pages the plot takes on a darker, more gothic feel. There is a romance involved, but it's actually not the central theme of the book - mental illness...more
Its kind of gothic l...more
This was a decent Heyer novel. Not my favorite, but not my least favorite either. It is rather gothic in flavor which is a break from her other regency novels...more
She has traveled to her childhood nurse, Sarah's home until she can find another placement. She doesn't feel like she can stay with Sarah as she has her own husband and family to care for - so when her Aunt Minerva shows...more
Georgette Heyer was an intensely private person. A best-seller all her life without the aid of publicity, she made no appearances, never gave an interview, and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. Heyer wrote very well-researched historical fiction, fu...more
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"Oh, yes, indeed it has, and it is crushing me!" she said earnestly. "If only there were some way of requiting her - not arranging flowers, or entertaining Sir Timothy, or bearing Torquil company, but a big thing! Something that was vital to her, or - or even something that entailed a sacrifice! But there isn't anything that I can discover."
There was a pause, during which he frowned down at his well-kept finger-nails. At length he said slowly: "If she were to demand it of you, would you be prepared to make a sacrifice of yourself?”