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Monday, January 14, 2008

Review: Cotillion

Cotillion
by Georgette Heyer

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 Jack...

A heroine in a difficult situation

Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible and eccentric guardian-- provided she marries one of his great-nephews...

A sham betrothal

No sooner does Kitty arrive in London than the race for her hand begins, but between confirmed rakes and bumbling affections, Kitty needs a daring scheme...

Cotillion is, arguably, one of Georgette Heyer's most charming Regency romance. Georgette Heyer was one of the authors who introduced me to Regencies, and her magic is still alive today.

Kitty and Freddy, who concoct a scheme to get her into London and away from her guardian, fall into more and more complicated schemes as cousins, thwarted love, and elopements enter the picture.

The subplots are varied, but all add to the wonder that is Kitty and Freddy. The ends are woven so skillfully together the reader is drawn into the intrigues and the maneuverings by these two as they attempt to help their family and friends on the course to true love...while gaining a mutual appreciation themselves.

I recommend this book highly, especially if you've not read any Heyer before. It's lighter than some of her other works and not as ponderous. It's a very good introduction to the woman who has been credited with inventing the historical romance and creating the entire subgenre of the Regency romance. Her works are historically accurate and are full of details of the era. If you are interested in the Regency time period, you could do worse than read Georgette Heyer.



Review by Rose

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