Such was the whimsical, some would say outrageous, statement of the ageing Mr Penicuik, to the three of his great-nephews gathered around him.
The future of his vivacious step-daughter, Miss Kitty Charing, was thus assured, provided she married one of the handsome beaux now seeking her hand. But Kitty was in no hur ...more
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 ...more
I find it hard to say which is my favourite Heyer Regency. When I read Arabella that is my favourite,but when I read Cotillion that is my favourite.& I have only just reread Cotillion for the umpteenth time, but maybe Cotillion is my true, absolute love.
The point both books have in common are the heroine. Both are pretty brunettes with kind hearts & no real money of their own. Society's rules are less important to them than a social conscienc ...more
The way “Cotillion” starts out: with a miserly, eccentric uncle trying to hold his relations hostage to his will, I thought it would be dreary. But as soon as Cousin Freddy comes on the scene, the book takes a most pleasant, comedic turn! Against his will and his protests, the heroine ...more
The cotillion (also cotillon or "French country dance") is a social dance, popular in 18th-century Europe and America. Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country dance, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance.
That's what it says on the cover and that's what you will find between the covers of this delightful comedy of manners from the pen of Georgette Heyer, whose accomplishments in the recreations of the ...more
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
There is just something about a good Georgette Heyer book. They are light, funny, entertaining and oh so smart. And they are wearing the test of time. Still so good after so many years:) ...more
I am happy to report that, in short, Cotillion is a goddamn bonbon of a book – clever, cute, and so light and carefree it practically bounces. As an ad ...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...more
Kitty is the duckling ready to assume her swan plumage, and does she ever in this escape from Cranky Manor where her guardian has kept her in the severest of conditions. Needless to say, as soon as the opportunity presents itself, Kitty is on the first coach out of there.
And thus begins the shenanigans.
The entire story is amusing and set at a breakneck pace. Imagine if you will, Austen pairing up with Gilbert an ...more
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 ...more
First, "ditto" my 2018 analysis of Freddy. I positively adore him.
Second, I just adore this book. I've read it I-don't-know-how-many times over the last 9 years and it still leaves me in fits of giggles. That is, I think, part of the genius of Heyer. No matter how many times you read her dialogue, it is still genuinely funny. While she didn't write "classic novels" in the sense that you read her books to to learn about human character (though arguably you could), they are timeless g ...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
It has many facets to it and a host of colorful characters and situations. It's cute, sweet, clever, and even a little suspenseful. It is also very much a coming into their own themed piece for both Kitty and Freddy.
Freddy is the poster boy for beta heroes. He balks at schemes, adventures, and dust ...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 ...more
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 ...more
My husband (overhearing the audiobook I'm listening to): Cotillion?
It does say something that after reading this novel a gabizmillion times, it still makes me snort-chortle and, when that last scene with Freddy and Jack happens (view spoiler)[when Freddy knocks Jack down (hide spoiler)] I still feel exactly like the first time I read it:
Lots of family drama and shenanigans as usually per Heyer but this was the first book of hers were I was totally into the hero and his character development than the heroine. Don't ...more
Miss Kitty Charing was adopted by a wealthy man and he plans to leave his fortune to her, on the cond ...more
On Facebook a friend was talking about how many layers there are in Heyer's "sweet" romances, and it's so true! This one not only has a weird will, and mysterious Frenchmen, but also things like a young earl who is mentally handicapped, and a beautiful girl of low family who might be, essentially, auctioned off as a mistress!
Phyllida Nash, once again, is a great reader for these! ...more
“Tell you what, Kit! Got too kind a heart!”...more
A smile swept across her face. “Oh, Freddy, how absurd you are! When you have a much kinder one than I have!”
“No, really, Kit,” protested Freddy, revolted. “Haven't got anything of the sort! Been on the town for years!”
“Yes, you have,” averred Kitty, lifting his hand to her cheek for a brief moment. […]
Mr Standen, already shaken by having his hand rubbed worshipfully against a lady's cheek, goggled at her. “You think I've got brains?” he said, awed.
I absolutely loved Freddy! He is the perfect example of an alpha male in disguise; a well-dr ...more
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In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance nov ...more