Kitty’s Daring Scheme Turns into a Madcap Adventure
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Giveaway Win!
Poor Kitty Charing is in a terrible fix! Her crotchety and miserly old guardian just informed her that she is to be the sole beneficiary of his fortune and estate, but only if she marries one his nephews. While some of Mr. Penicuik’s nephews are eager to inherit his fortune and marry his ward, others are not. And unfortunately for Kitty, the one nephew (Jack) she was hoping to bestow her hand upon in marriage, has the audacity to not even show his face! Kitty in desperate straits decides that there is no other recourse except for her to runaway. One of Mr. Penicuik’s nephews (Freddy) stops her from this absurd notion and instead agrees to enter into a sham engagement with her. Kitty hopes this fake betrothal will grant her the London adventure she’s always wanted, as well as teach her negligent suitor, Jack, a well-deserved lesson! What ensues is a whirlwind adventure complete with an abudnance of mishaps, marriages, and hilarity!
To put it simply, reading Georgette Heyer novels is a blast! I love the fantastic combination of comedy, drama, and history in her novels. One of my favorite aspects of her writing is Ms. Heyer’s exquisitely-crafted secondary characters. All these characters are skillfully drawn and possess distinctive and unique personalities. Her simple-minded Lord Dolphington kept me in stitches with his repetitive recitals: “I like Freddy. Always have. I like him better than Hugh. I like him better than…” I also took pleasure in Freddy’s father, Lord Legerwood with his arch comments, and his daughter Meg, with her appallingly bad taste in fashion. And we must not forget the cantankerous and gouty Mr. Penicuik, or Kit’s incurably sentimental governess, Miss “Fish” Fishguard, whose histrionics were quite hilarious.
Just like in Devil’s Cub, Ms. Heyer’s employment of Regency cant and colloquialisms in Cotillion is a source of great amusement and entertainment for me. My favorite phrases in this novel include: “make a cake of myself,” “all the crack,” and “havey-cavey!” There is quite a bit of dialogue in Ms. Heyer’s novels, and through her dialogue I was able to learn much about these colorful characters and experience the action of the plot firsthand.
The romance between this unlikely hero and heroine may be my favorite Heyer romance yet! Kitty Charing, although she starts out as a self-absorbed and impetuous schemer, beautifully grows into a big-hearted and admirable heroine with a penchant for helping others. And our hero – while he may not be the most handsome and charming of men, he does capture the reader’s heart by being reliable, honorable, and always coming to the rescue. I took great pleasure in witnessing how these characters, while becoming embroiled in the affairs of others, underwent character transformations of their own.
Cotillion by Georgette Heyer is incredibly entertaining and memorable. I highly recommend!
Awhile back I had the good fortune of winning two copies of Cotillion in two separate giveaways. One during Austenprose’s month long celebration of Georgette Heyer The other in a set of Georgette Heyer novels from Sourcebooks, during Austen Authors month long debut.
When this happened, I decided to save the second book to giveaway to my lovely readers! So dear readers, if you want to enter this international giveaway please leave a comment stating which Georgette Heyer novel you recommend I read next. Besides Cotillion, I have read The Masqueraders and Devil’s Cub.
Or, if you haven’t read any Georgette Heyer novels, leave a comment about which one you want to read yourself.