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
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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
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 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
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 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 a...more
Oh my god. Where to start?
I had read a couple of Georgette Heyer's novels in the past and found myself charmed by them. They're written in the era of Austen with a definite Austen flair, so unlike Julia Quinn and her lovely regency novels, the prose Heyer uses is more formal. But still very accessible and easy to follow, which pleased me.
I had danced around reading this one for the last couple of years because I simply wasn't in the mood. Then, yesterday afternoon, upon my extr...more
Some of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments:
Captured the whole theme of the book for me: "She gave a shaken laugh. "Oh, Freddy, how can you be so absurd, when you ar...more
Kitty is the adopted daughter of an eccentric and wealthy older man with no children. He’s as tight fisted as they come and has the idea that he wants his favorite nephew to get his wealth, but can’t feel good about leaving Kitty with nothing. So, he decides to allow Kitty to choose a husband from among his four eligible nephews, sure in himself s...more
Anyway, it was a slower read than normal for Heyer, however, once it got into the swing of...more
As the ward of a very rich and eccentric gentleman, Miss Kitty Charing stand to inherit a fortune as long as...more
The characters were either ridiculous (Dolphinton, Freddy, even Kitty herself), or caricatures...more
Kitty Charing stands to receive a great deal of money from her guardian,...more
Eccentric great-uncle Matthew summons his great-nephews to his estate to tell...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