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Cotillion (original 1953; edition 2007)

by Georgette Heyer

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Info:Casablanca Pr (2007), Paperback, 288 pages
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Cotillion by Georgette Heyer (1953)

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This is my favorite Heyer book. I have read most of the others and this one has always stood out. I misread the hero's description in the beginning and was wishing the whole book through that Kitty would end up with so-and-so but, according to Heyer's other books, she HAS to end up with the Corinthian. Well, I could hardly put this down. It is funny, unexpected, and sweet. I reread it quite often. ( )
  MotoNeNe | Nov 4, 2016 |
If one had to be restricted to reading only one Heyer novel, this would be one of the top contenders, along with The Grand Sophy (for sheer fun) and An Infamous Army (for its integration of a first-rate handling of the Battle of Waterloo into its social plot). The characters are appealing, the plot deliberately sets up one conclusion only to veer off to another, and the social exchanges are, as usual, sparkling.

It's above all a coming-of-age story for both the primary characters rather than just one (Heyer's heroes are frequently, though not always, fully formed from their first appearance), and this allows the romance plot to proceed without severe problems from implicit inequality of agency.

Heyer pretty well defined her own subgenre within comedy of manners, and has never really been matched: every "successor" I have seen fails to manage the same balancing act between comedy of manners, romantic subplot, and (frequently) bildungsroman . This butterfly of a book gets a full five stars for its place within that subgenre. ( )
  jsburbidge | Nov 1, 2016 |
I love this book! I had forgotten how funny this book is! ( )
  bburton131 | Jun 19, 2016 |
A fun, light page-turner. Good-hearted and quite funny. Recommended! ( )
  ben_a | Jun 10, 2016 |
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The Saloon, like every other room in Arnside House, was large and lofty, and had been furnished, possibly some twenty years earlier, in what had then been the first style of elegance.
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'Dash it, Kit!'
'My contempt is roused by the blubber-headedness that leads you into such gross error.'
"I am happy to be able to tell as many of you as I can that I have not the smallest wish to marry any of you!"
Miss Fishguard's method of entering any room in which she had reason to believe that a tête-á-tête was taking place, was first to peep round the door with an arch smile, saying: 'Do I intrude?' and then, without awaiting an answer, to trip across the floor on tiptoe, as though she feared to disturb a sick person. The habit arose partly from timidity, and partly from a resolve never to presume upon her position; and it never failed to irritate her employers.
[Kitty, chatting with Freddy's sister about her belief in Freddy's chivalrous nature.]

Yes, and a great deal more to the purpose than all the people one was taught to revere, like Sir Lancelot, and Sir Galahad, and Young Lochinvar, and -- and that kind of man! I daresay Freddy might not be a great hand at slaying dragons, but you may depend upon it none of those knight-errants would be able to rescue one from a social fix, and you must own, Meg, that one has not the smallest need of a man who can kill dragons! (chapter 16)
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"I am happy to be able to tell as many of you as I can that I have not the smallest wish to marry any of you!"

The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. The wily old gentleman has hatched a typically freakish plan for his foster daughter's future and his own amusement: his fortune will be Kitty's dowry. But while the beaux are scrambling for her hand, Kitty counters with her own inventive, if daring scheme: a sham engagement should keep wedlock at bay...
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Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible great-uncle Matthew--provided she marries one of her cousins. Kitty is not wholly adverse to the plan, if the right nephew proposes. Unfortunately, Kitty has set her heart on Jack Westruther, a confirmed rake, who seems to have no inclination to marry her anytime soon. In an effort to make Jack jealous, and to see a little more of the world than her isolated life on her great-uncle's estate has afforded her, Kitty devises a plan. She convinces yet another of her cousins, the honorable Freddy Standen, to pretend to be engaged to her. Her plan would bring her to London on a visit to Freddy's family and (hopefully) render the elusive Mr. Westruther madly jealous. Thus begins Cotillion, arguably the funniest, most charming of Georgette Heyer's many delightful Regency romances.

No sooner does Kitty arrive in London than she becomes embroiled in the romantic difficulties of several new acquaintances. Kitty's French cousin, Camille, a professional gambler, has won the heart of her new friend, Olivia--who also happens to be the object of Jack Westruther's dishonorable intentions. Meanwhile, Kitty's doltish cousin Lord Dolphinton has fallen in love with a merchant's daughter who's embattled with his mother and needs his help. Finally, there is Kitty herself, who begins to wonder if the dandified Freddy might not be the man for her after all. As in all of Georgette Heyer's books, Cotillion transcends genre--it is, quite simply, wonderful literature. Historically accurate down to the finest details of dress, deportment, and speech, Heyer was also a master at creating unforgettable, comic characters, and Kitty Charing and Freddy Standen stand out as one of her most charming romantic duos ever.

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Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible great-uncle Matthew--provided she marries one of her cousins. Kitty is not wholly adverse to the plan, if the right nephew proposes. Unfortunately, Kitty has set her heart on Jack Westruther, a confirmed rake, who seems to have no inclination to marry her anytime soon. In an effort to make Jack jealous, and to see a little more of the world than her isolated life on her great-uncle's estate has afforded her, Kitty devises a plan. She convinces yet another of her cousins, the honorable Freddy Standen, to pretend to be engaged to her. Her plan would bring her to London on a visit to Freddy's family and (hopefully) render the elusive Mr. Westruther madly jealous. But she didn't count on falling in love with the dandified Freddy.… (more)

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