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
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
The protagonist Kate is a penniless young woman of twenty-four. Her parents are dead, she doesn’t have any other relatives, and the only person who loves her is her former nurse. Kicked out from her position as a governess, Kate is trying in vain to find a new ‘situation’. She is close to despair, when unexpectedly a rich Au ...more
It has a Modern Gothic feel and a Regency Gothic setting, with its grand old house that becomes a mark of obsession for the innocent-but-plucky heroine's long-lost aunt (who reminded me greatly of Maleficent). Plus all sorts of family dysfunction and madness for extra Gothic fun. And it was definitely scary in places, in a small animals in danger from a proto-serial killer way. But the romance was very abrupt -- to the point where the heroine's suspicion that the ...more
1. Don't read this as an introduction to the b ...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
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
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I found it almost lyrical, I could see the beautiful still water that haunted Torquil, I felt his anguish over his dreams. His lingering worry that someone didn't have his best interests at heart. Poor Torquil.
Minerva was so like Aunt Em from Death in Kenya. They both did different ...more
She also provides a surprisingly accurate portrayal of a form of insanity not even really defined at the time (narcissistic personality) with one character -- while at the same time presen ...more
Unlike both of those stories, the heroine is blessed with commonsense, social graces, and a decent amount of intuition. Still, her position in life leaves her vulnerable and she's w ...more
Gothic attempt by Heyer. Secondary characters are fun, but Kate & Phillip know each other far too briefly and interact so rarely that their marriage proposal seems odd and rushed. CRAZY evil aunt. Poor crazy son. Eeek. Hits all the Gothic notes. Fun as an example of the genre, but a far cry from Heyer's finest. It is not even all that intriguing a story apart from the Gothic trappings.
And, yes, the aunt was very "kind' but Kate, there comes a point where you really don't owe them!
The plot line is laughable and plot twists are so obvious that readers can spot them pages before they happen. My twelve year old cousin could write a better novel. More than the story line it was the portrayal of the characters that got me so mad! The most interesting one is by far the aunt, who has sacrificed her life in the pursuit of her own kind of moral and standard. She is strong-willed, has endured countless pain and suffering and has managed to survive in a barren male-dominat ...more
While I liked this book, it seemed like Heyer could have made it even creepier and had a more climactic ending. Instead, everything takes place off screen. It's a story with a lot of potential. There are ...more
I did like the romance of Kate and Philip better than other Heyer books. Phil ...more
Turned off from her job as a governess, Kate Malvern has no where to go except to the home of her old nurse, Sarah Nidd, a carrier's wife. When Kate declares her intentions of becoming a fashionable lady's maid or a dressmaker, Sarah is appalled. A young lady like Kate shouldn't have to go into trade, even if her father was a gamester soldier who left Kate with nothing. Urged on by her cantankerous, but kindly, father-in-law, Sarah writes to Kate's estranged aunt, Lady Broome. ...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?”